Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf

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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" Googie.

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:

  • Alien Lunch: Shaggy and Scooby are clearly grossed out by the foods Dracula is serving at the pre-race party, such as bat burgers, frog fudge, spider-web spaghetti and plasma pizza, all of which is enough to make Scooby go Green Around the Gills Through a Face Full of Fur.
  • 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!
  • Art Shift: Compared to the previous two Scooby-Doo movies in the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series, which used hand-painted cel animation, this one was digitally colored in-house at H-B.note  At times, the limitations of the early computer system really show. This and Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (which came before this one) were the only two movies in the series to use digital ink-and-paint.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Shaggy.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight with Googie, averted to a very slight extent with Vanna Pira. After the Hunch Bunch's attempt to stop the Werewolf Wagon with a massive spider web across the road goes wrong, the ensuing crash breaks one of Vanna Pira's nails.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Shaggy and Scooby attempt to escape from the castle using one. It backfires because there's a crocodile at the bottom.
  • Bee Afraid: The Hunch Bunch try to sic Transylvanian Bees on our heroes. It backfires.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Shaggy's skills in racing come in very handy when he's coerced into filling in for the Werewolf in the Monster Road Rally.
  • Chew Toy: Dracula.
  • Clothing Damage: As a werewolf, Shaggy's toes cut through the ends of his shoes.
    • The Witch Sisters send spells from their wands at the Mummy, only for them to leave two holes in Dracula's cape.
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dawn: When in Transylvania, our heroes are woken up by the crowing of a green monster-like rooster.
  • 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.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Dracula threatens the Hunch Bunch with this a few times, usually when they fail to do what he wants them to. Brunch even mentions it at one point: "We'd better stop that werewolf fellow fast, or the master will have us for tea, old boy!"
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Hunch Bunch dropping tacks from their copter on to the track to try and take Shaggy out of the race. He avoids the tacks and drives off a cliff by accident instead, so it takes Shaggy out of the race... and all the other drivers as well because of how they hadn't thought of how to remove the tacks from the track.
  • 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."
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While commentating on the Monster Road Rally, Vanna Pira says the only thing that could keep Shaggy from winning would be if he got lost or something. Dracula likes this idea and sends Shaggy and Scooby down the wrong road. It works until they're rescued from the Shlock Mess Monster by Googie and Scrappy and they get back on course.
  • Eureka Moment: A comment from Vanna Pira about how Shaggy could only lose the race if he gets lost gives Dracula the idea to make that happen, with the possibly unintended side effect of running straight into a monster that would capture them.
  • Evil Brit: Brunch of the Hunch Bunch.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When the Hunch Bunch try to spring another trap on Shaggy and Scooby after a string of failures, they somehow fail to see the cliff they're flying towards, and crash into it.
  • 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...
  • Foreshadowing: Shaggy winning the opening race sets up how he will have to do the same thing in the Monster Road Rally in order to get himself and the others home.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Vanna Pira's little tattered gown outfit.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: A few of Dracula's and the Hunch Bunch's attempts to stop Shaggy and Scooby in the race. The aforementioned spider web is one, where Shaggy is warned of it by Googie and stops before he can reach it. The other cars drive into it and are propelled backwards through the air, causing a massive crash. The attempt to stop them with a man-eating plant also goes badly wrong, as Crunch pouts water on the seeds far too soon, and the plant attacks Dracula, who was unable to escape in time.
  • 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.
    Dracula and the Hunch Bunch: We're back!
  • Here We Go Again: Spoofed at the end. It appears that Scooby-Doo has also become a werewolf, only he was just wearing a realistic rubber mask. But then unbeknownst to them, Dracula and the Hunch Bunch are watching at the window...
  • 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.
  • Hybrid Monster: Dragonfly.
  • 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.
  • Insult Misfire: When they first arrive in Transylvania, Shaggy points at Swampthing and Dragonfly and says "That's a whole week of nightmares!", and Swampthing laughs, thinking he's talking about Dragonfly. Each thinks and says that Shaggy was talking about the other. Averted immediately afterwards when Swampthing insults Dragonfly ("[Shaggy] means you, gnat nose.") and Dragonfly shouts "Who are you calling names?!"
  • 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.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Vanna Pira may be on Dracula's side, but doesn't really show any signs of being evil, apart from laughing when Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy and Googie wake up at the castle and see all the monsters in front of them.
  • Monster Mash
  • Non Sequitur, Thud: Along the race course, there is a railroad crossing with a train approaching. All the racers are able to beat the train to the crossing, but Dracula, who was hanging onto Dr. Jekyll's car, is hit by the lowering crossing gate and is knocked onto the train, being 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.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Shaggy when he finally sees he's become a werewolf.
    • Scooby, and then Shaggy, when they see the crocodile at the bottom of their Bedsheet Ladder. A Delayed "Oh, Crap!" in Scooby's case as he didn't notice the crocodile until after he had climbed into its mouth without knowing it was there.
    • All the other drivers at the end of the race when they realise Genghis Khan is about to collapse on them.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: The Hunch Bunch when Dracula points the starting pistol at them after their attempt to give the Werewolf Car a bad start fails.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: "We'll bag your werewolf tomorrow night, or our name isn't the Hunch Bunch!"
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Thanks to an idea from Scooby, Shaggy as a werewolf wears a bag on his head while trying to pass some of the crowd at the drive-in. It doesn't work.
  • 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.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: A few music cues from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School are reused here, and when our heroes initially arrive at the pre-race party, the monsters are dancing to music from Rockin' With Judy Jetson.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted with Shaggy. When Shaggy is in his werewolf form, he has reddish-brown eyes. However, he's still good-natured throughout the movie.
    • Played straight with Dracula. He forces someone to become a monster, holds that person and his friends hostage, and intends to rig the race so that he's forced to race for all eternity.
  • Red Is Heroic: Shaggy wears a red shirt and he drives a red convertible car.
  • 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!:
    • Subverted. Scooby tries this when discovering Shaggy has become a werewolf, but Shaggy stops him from doing so, saying, "Come back here!"
    • Dracula tells the Hunch Bunch to do this once they have poured water on the man-eating plant seeds he intends to have grow into a plant that will attack Shaggy and Scooby in the latter stages of the race. Crunch demonstrates by pouring water on the seeds then and there, and he and Brunch run for it.
  • Sequel Hook
  • Shock and Awe: Frankenstein's Freaky Franken-Wagon is equipped with a cannon that shoots lightning bolts.
  • Shoe Slap: When the Hunch Bunch are dressed up as cats and making cat noises to keep Shaggy awake, Frankenstein hurls his shoe at them to shut them up.
  • 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.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Dracula is chasing Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy and Googie as they're making their escape, he fires headstone rockets at them, creating a tornado, and a lightning bolt from a cloud that created said tornado disintegrates his plane with him in it. His reaction is this trope as he realizes he's about to fall hundreds of feet into the sea.
  • There Are No Rules: Shaggy and Scooby are convinced they'll easily win after one of the bridges they just crossed gets destroyed and slow down. The rest of the monsters suddenly catch up and Bonejangles explains they all took a shortcut. Shaggy complains that that's cheating, to which Bonejangles tells him that "in this race, anything goes".
  • 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, half of the time.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: The way Vanna Pira talks about Shaggy, it's heavily implied she has a crush on him, even describing him as cute the first time she sees a picture of him.
  • 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.

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