Western Animation: Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf
The third of three movies starring Scooby-Doo
, Shaggy, and Scrappy-Doo
. The last movie produced for Hanna-Barbera's Superstar 10
series, it was also the last appearance of Scrappy-Doo in animated Scooby-Doo
We open up to Tyler County, USA, where the narrator introduces us to our heroes; Shaggy has become a race car driver, with Scooby and Scrappy as his on-board mechanics, cheered on by his "adoring but liberated girlfriend"
But this happy scene can't last as we shift to darkest Transylvania, where Count Dracula
is holding a meeting of monsters at his castle. It's time to decide the Monster of the Year, but the Werewolf
is absent, having gone into retirement. With one of the most iconic monsters AWOL, Dracula is about to call the contest off until he learns of a special night—three of them—when the moon comes into position to make a new
werewolf. Unfortunately, that new werewolf is none other than Shaggy!
Dracula sends his minions the Hunch Bunch
, a pair of hunchbacks, to America to transform Shaggy and bring him to Transylvania. Shaggy refuses to take part, however, and Dracula makes a deal with him: If Shaggy can win the Monster Road Race
, Dracula will undo the transformation. However, the Count has no intention of letting his new werewolf go that easily...
This direct-to-TV movie includes examples of:
- All Just a Dream: When the gang wakes up in Dracula's castle, Shaggy tries to invoke this.
Dracula: Never mind; this is not a dream!
- Baleful Polymorph: Shaggy.
- Bedsheet Ladder
- Brainless Beauty: Vanna Pira, the ditzy brunette. As Drac says, "Her brain is running on empty." He also remarks, "Her mind wanders and she just goes along for the ride."
- Go fig, she is the most human-looking monster there. (Yes, she's a monster. The eyes and the fingernails are a dead giveaway that she's a vampire.)
- Butt Monkey: The Hunch Bunch.
- Chew Toy: Dracula.
- Cool Car: All of them. The tops would have to be Shaggy's car.
- Cool Plane: Dracula flies one near the end.
- Covers Always Lie: As seen above, Shaggy doesn't wear his normal attire as he usually does in the franchise (green shirt and brown/brownish red pants). Instead he wears a red shirt and jeans here.
- Dem Bones: Mr. Bone Jangles.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Subverted. Despite literally fighting for the lead, none of the other monsters stoops to this. Dracula, a non-participant, is the one setting up traps.
- The Ditz: Vanna Pira.
- Dripping Disturbance: The Hunch Bunch, to keep Shaggy from being well rested for the race, try to invoke this. Brunch even calls it "The Old Dripping Faucet Ploy."
- Everything's Worse with Bees: The Hunch Bunch try to sic Transylvanian Bees on our heroes. It backfires.
- Evil Brit: Brunch of the Hunch Bunch.
- Fat and Skinny: The Witch Sisters.
- Flat Joy: The peasants watching the race. "Yay."
- Turns genuine whenever anything bad happens to Dracula.
- Foreign Queasine: Dracula tries to use food to entice Shaggy into staying, and it almost works — until Shaggy and Scooby learn what's in the buffet...
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Vanna Pira's little tattered gown outfit.
- He's Back: Dracula and the Hunch Bunch in the end.
Shaggy: We're through with werewolves, vampires, and monsters forever.
Dracula: That's what he thinks.
- Hiccup Hijinks: Shaggy gets the hiccups just as he becomes a werewolf. He keeps changing back and forth with each hiccup, until he stops hiccuping and stays in werewolf form by the time he reunites with Scooby, THEN he learns too late that he's a werewolf and at that time, the hiccups stop.
- The Igor: Besides the Hunch Bunch, there's also Wolfgang, a wolfman-like creature who slavishly serves the Count.
- I Lied: Whenever the Count is called out for breaking a promise, he claims to have had his fangs crossed. Good thing Vanna-Prya's ditziness wound up helping in the heroes in the end.
- Iron Buttmonkey: Count Dracula is the one who suffers most of the slapstick humor.
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Dracula pronounces Shaggy's name as "Shah-ghee".
- It Was Here, I Swear: Scooby, while trying to explain that Shaggy is being stalked by monsters. Later, some kids after Shaggy transforms.
- Killer Gorilla: Genghis Kong
- Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Dracula is able to go out in the daylight by putting on sunscreen. Presumably, Vanna Pira wears it too because she also goes out in the sun.
- Late to the Punchline: Vanna Pira
- Lying Finger Cross: Played with, when Dracula claims that he had his fangs crossed after promising to let Shaggy and friends go.
- Man-Eating Plant. One of Dracula's attempts to slow down Scooby and Shaggy involves a man-eating plant. It tries to eat him instead.
- Monster Mash
- Non Sequitur Thud: Dracula's plan to stop Shaggy in the race with a set of train track across the road and some train sound effects backfires when, in something out of a Road Runner cartoon, he gets struck by a real train and carried along on the cow catcher. All along, he dazedly sings, "Pardon me, boy. Is this the Transylvania choo-choo?"
- Officer O'Hara: The cop who arrives at the drive-in theater to investigate the werewolf sightings has a distinct Irish accent.
- Or My Name Isn't...
- Pepper Sneeze: Scrappy uses pepper to force a monster to sneeze and spit out Shaggy and Scooby.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Inverted. A kiss from Googie wakes Shaggy up.
- Punny Name: Vanna Pira. A play on Vanna White, after whom Vanna Pira is modeled. Most kids in this generation likely won't get the joke.
- Reaching Between the Lines: Any time Crunch speaks to Dracula, he ends up spitting in the vampire's face. This happens even if Crunch is talking to Dracula through a video screen or on the radio.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Vanna Pira shoots Dracula in the face with the starting pistol.
- Remember the New Guy: Googie, who was created solely for the movie to have a female lead. She didn't appear in anything of Scooby media since then.
- Road Runner vs. Coyote: Dracula and the Hunch Bunch alternately try to sabotage Shaggy's progress during the race, only for it to backfire on them every single time.
- Road Sign Reversal: Dracula does this to send Shaggy and Scooby into the tar pits.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Scooby tries this when discovering Shaggy has become a werewolf, but Shaggy stops him from doing so, saying, "Come back here!"
- Sequel Hook
- Shock and Awe: Frankenstein's Freaky Franken-Wagon is equipped with a cannon that shoots lightning bolts.
- Sore Loser: Dracula, after Shaggy and Scooby win the race.
- Stock Scream: Dracula gives off a couple of Wilhelms.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Count Dracula, who's not happy about it.
- Teleporter Accident: Count Dracula tries out a new teleportation device to send a message to the Hunch Bunch, upon which he (and the Hunches) discover that it left his pants behind. When he finishes his message and teleports back, it leaves his boxer shorts behind this time. Dracula understandably does not use the teleporter again.
- Thememobile: All of the cars in the race except the Werewolf Car.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The Hunch Bunch.
- Train Escape: Shaggy attempts to lose the other racers by darting in front of an oncoming train. Everyone else makes it, however, except for Iron Buttmonkey Dracula.
- The Unintelligible: Crunch of the Hunch Bunch.
- Visual Pun/Hurricane of Puns: By the carload. One elicits groans from the peasants.
- Wacky Racing: Heck, this is practically Wacky Races, only with Scooby and monsters.
- Walk Through The Camera: Where Shaggy in his werewolf state is being chased at a Drive-In Theater.
- The Walls Are Closing In
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?"
- Wicked Witch: Two of them, the Witch Sisters.