The twelfth Scooby-Doo
direct-to-video animated film produced by Warner Bros. Animation
, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
is the first of films produced without William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
This movie takes elements from Zombie Island
, Witch’s Ghost
, Alien Invaders
as well as Cyber Chase
by having supernatural elements in the story as real
. The movie’s significant in showing Shaggy and Scooby as main characters, something not seen since Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
and Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf
, though not sure about Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights
. Though the film is a bit more light-hearted, it’s the fifth as well as the second to last movie that involves monsters being real, instead of a person in a costume
It's Halloween night, and the gang has decided to visit a Halloween carnival. However, when a magician, "The Amazing Krudsky", does not allow Scooby into his show, Shaggy and Scooby both decide to expose him as a fraud. After Shaggy and Scooby succeed in ruining his show, Krudsky
returns to his dressing room, where a fairy, Princess Willow, inadvertently causes him to discover an entry on the Goblin Scepter in a spell book. She decides to toy with him, but he eventually discovers her, and drains her magic so he can become a real magician.
Shaggy and Scooby, after trick-or-treating all night, persuade the gang to let them hit one more house. When they arrive, they meet Mr. Gibbles, who tells them that the building is actually a genuine magic shop, and that magic exists. However, Princess Willow flies in at that moment, being chased down by Krudsky
. He captures her, turns Gibbles into a rabbit and steals all the magical equipment before he leaves. Gibbles then explains to Shaggy and Scooby that the only way for Krudsky
to be stopped is for them to enter the world of magic via Grim Reaper Railway and retrieve the Goblin Scepter before Krudsky
does. But if they don't make it back before sunrise, then they'll be trapped in the magic world forever.
The film provides examples of the following Tropes:
- Afterlife Express: The Grim Reaper Railway.
- Baleful Polymorph: This is Krudsky's major form of attack once he gains magical powers. He turns Gribbles into a rabbit, Velma into a werewolf, Fred into a vampire, Daphne into a witch and the Goblin King into a goose. Additionally, Shaggy and Scooby are turned into a snail and a mouse by the witches in the Dead Bogs.
- Big Eater: Shaggy and Scooby, as usual. Of course, they're trick-or-treating.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As it turns out, the Goblin King really isn't a bad guy. In fact, he's Willow's father.
- Continuity Porn: When Shaggy and Scooby are in the tavern, you can spot many of the monsters they encountered in previous series.
- Covers Always Lie The Goblin King is actually the good guy instead of the Big Bad as people may believe when looking at the cover.
- Distressed Dude: After making it to the castle of the Goblin King and sneaking in, Shaggy and Scooby blow their disguises, and are immediately sent to a tower in chains.
- Flying Broomstick: The witches loan Scooby and Shaggy a flying broomstick to use as transportation in the Goblin Kingdom.
- Foreshadowing: Remember the part when Daphne, Fred and Velma look through the cutout board of a witch, vampire and werewolf at the beginning of the movie? Yeah, guess what they temporarily turn into respectively later in the film.
- Functional Magic
- Headless Horseman: Shaggy and Scooby are chased by one once in the world of magic.
- The Hecate Sisters: The witches.
- Heroic BSOD: Once Krudsky obtains real magic power, Velma's logical brain shuts down.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jack O'Lantern. Don't worry, he gets better.
- Hot Witch: The Cat Witch (as she is identified in the credits).
- Irony: Shaggy and Scooby are not afraid of Halloween, despite the fact that they get freaked out by guys in costumes every single day of the week.
- They have good explanation though, they know everyone is in costume and the point of the holiday is meant to be fun. So there's no reason to be scared (least by no one with malicious intent). Plus, y'know, free candy.
- Papa Wolf: The Goblin towards his daughter Willow.
- Literal-Minded: Shaggy and Scooby gain magic potion made from scratch. Cue the scene shifting to one of the witches on a tombstone that reads "Here lies Scratch" and giving a wicked laugh.
- Magicians Are Wizards: Krudsky drains Princess Willow's magic to grant himself real magic powers.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman : To get inside, Shaggy and Scooby drink a magic potion end up dressing like Daphne and Velma, respectively. This actually isn't the first film where they do it.
- Monster Mash
- Mythology Gag: Mr. Gibbles conjures the Black Knight Ghost during his song.
- Out of Focus: Fred, Daphne and Velma are in the story but play a bit role at best. This is all Shaggy and Scooby.
- Sanity Slippage: Velma goes temporarily insane when she sees a real live fairy.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Surprisingly averted.
- Skeletal Musician: The band in the monster bar that Scooby and Shaggy stumble into while searching for the Goblin King's castle are skeletons.
- The Cameo: There's a bunch of Scrappy Dolls, that get innocently run over by a monstrous hijacked mystery machine (hmmmm) and Krudsy flips through a picture of Fangface.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Scooby and Shaggy ruin Krudsky's act and don't even apologize.
- Though Krudsky was being a jerkass to them first (he wouldn't let Scooby in). And it seems to imply that Krudsky is a Jerkass Woobie.
- Vine Swing: Scooby does this to save Shaggy from the Headless Horseman when he is being chased through the swamp.
- Where They Were: How it ends.