Western Animation / Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders

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The aliens are here
They're out in force tonight
The aliens are here
We better keep out of their sight
The aliens are here...

Directed by Jim Stenstrum, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is the third direct-to-video installment for the Scooby-Doo franchise, produced by Warner Bros. Animation with a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. copyright.

Unlike the previous films, in spite of the grimmer atmosphere, it also had a lighter tone.

The gang is driving through the Sonoran Desert when a sandstorm comes up and Shaggy makes a wrong turn onto government property but only to lose control of the Mystery Machine when Shaggy sees an UFO and the gang find themselves on the outskirts of small town Roswell where people are supposedly being abducted by aliens. Itís up to the gang to solve the mystery.

Tropes:

  • Anal Probing: Very subtly implied.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lester insists he has pictures of the aliens and their ship, but they turn out to be paintings, not photographs as implied. He again passes this along to the feds when the captured scientists insist the aliens were for real. The gang laughs knowing the feds will not be impressed by what they see.
    • The best part is the scientists think this will get them off the hook, unaware of what Lester actually meant.
  • Continuity Nod: During Shaggy's song, & the subsequent daydream, there's a brief part that shows the rest of the gang in their original series outfits as they're all chasing a ghost in an old house. They even subtly throw in the original HB running & stopping sound effects from the 60s & 70s underneath the music. That's some attention to detail right there.
  • Darker and Edgier: The atmosphere is grimmer than usual Scooby-Doo fare with the threat of aliens lurking in the background, the mystery of what the government is up to, and the quiet town is a pretty bleak setting. However, see Lighter and Softer.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: And a Tear Jerker at that.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Groovy" is Shaggy and Scooby's idyllic, sweet as honey daydream about their love for Crystal and Amber, featuring them climbing mountains and borderline psychedelic imagery since both Shaggy and Crystal are hippie-age lovers.
  • Foreshadowing: Aside from being just a tad out of touch with the times, it's obvious that none of Crystal's gear is of human origin.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Shaggy gets a song about his new fantasy of marrying Crystal, having children with her, and all that jazz within a few hours after meeting her.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Lester claims that the aliens who abducted him did many invasive experiments on him - including what is implied to have been a very horrific Anal Probing. There's no dialogue and we see him telling this story from outside.
    • While Shaggy continues to gush about Crystal, Dottie, the waitress, remarks "tastes better than it looks, sweetheart." Which is subtle enough to make it seem like she's talking about the food she's serving.
    • Shaggy tries to brag that he saw a huge jackalope to Crystal. She's not impressed since now he's exaggerating its apparent size. Shaggy meekly begins shrinking the size of it, with Crystal remaining unimpressed until he finally admits it's actual size. Well, it that wasn't a hard example of this trope...
  • Interspecies Romance: Shaggy and Crystal along with Scooby and Amber because they're aliens.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Just as Scooby is about to wolf down a burger Lester knocked to the floor by accident, Shaggy downs it in one gulp. After years of stealing Shaggy's food, it's refreshing to see Shaggy beat him to the punch.
  • Lighter and Softer: In spite of the grimmer atmosphere, it has the real aliens as the good guys and disguised humans as the bad guys.
  • Mook DLE: Did the animation.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Crystal the photographer is one. Or so it seems, until it's revealed that she's an Alien Among Us.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Shaggy and Scooby meet up with the others at the town's local diner, they're still so lovestruck after Crystal and her dog, Amber, that when their friends ask what they want to order, the two Big Eaters say they aren't hungry and don't even order anything.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Zig-zagged. The very human villains faked the main alien threat, while the actual aliens are disguised as humans.
  • She's Got Legs: Local waitress Dottie isn't bad looking, and we get a lengthy shot of her legs from behind as she walks away.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: A non-lethal version. Shaggy and Crystal along with Scooby and Amber have to part ways at the end.
  • Talking Animal: Amber is revealed to be one at the end while in her dog form, much to the surprise of the gang. Fred comments on the irony, seeing how Scooby already fits the bill.
  • Totally Radical: Crystal's even worse than Shaggy, seeming like she was plucked right out of the 1960's. Turns out her race discovered transmissions from Earth in the 1960's and assumed that everyone still talked and dressed like that.
  • Tsundere: Crystal's dog Amber was this to Scooby when Shaggy and Scooby met the girls. She does eventually come to like him over time.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Shaggy makes a wrong turn onto government property courtesy of a sandstorm and then winds the gang up near Roswell after seeing an UFO.

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