Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
It's the witch's ghost
She's what we fear the most
It's the witch's ghost
If she catches us we're toast
We got a problem...
The second direct-to-video film in the Scooby-Doo franchise
, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost
was directed by Jim Stenstrum and produced by Warner Bros. Animation
with a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.
Also, as a side note, Scott Innes now voices Shaggy, taking over from Billy West
So, basically the Mystery Inc. gang travel to a New England town called Oakhaven after being invited by horror writer Ben Ravencroft to view the fall color. When they arrive, the gang learn that the ghost of a colonial Wiccan who burned as a witch is terrorizing Ben's hometown, and she happens to be Ben’s ancestor. While investigating the mystery, Scooby and the gang meet the local eco-goth rock band, The Hex Girls
. With the Hex Girls' help, our heroes eventually find there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye . . .
- Ambiguously Brown: Luna is dark-skinned and has dyed red hair, but it's unclear if she's black or a non-white Latina. If Luna is her real name, however, the latter could be true.
- And I Must Scream: Sarah's ghost drags Ben with her when she's pulled back into her diary. And then a burning branch destroys the diary so neither one can ever escape again.
Velma: Ben Ravencroft’s last book is one the world will never buy...
- Artistic License – Religion: Everything said about Wicca is blatantly wrongnote , but at least the writers don't equate it with Wicked Witch. They equated it with "good witch".
- Furthermore, Wicca is a religious faith that anyone can practice if they choose, meaning that there is no such thing as Wiccan ancestry. (In other words, Thorn being "1/16th Wiccan" is just as silly as someone claiming to be 1/16th Catholic.)
- Lastly, Wicca did not exist prior to the 20th Century. It was established in its current form in the 1950s by Gerald Gardner. Though Wicca is sometimes stated to be a survival of repressed medieval paganism, there is no evidence of these claims.
- Asshole Victim: Ben Ravencroft. His intent of activating his Wiccan powers to enslave the world.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant. Turkey.
- Badass Boast: The Witch gives one to Ben Ravencroft after the latter demands her loyalty for being released.
Sarah: I serve NO ONE! Leastwise a worm like thee. Aye, thou hast freed me so now I can punish the world for my long imprisonment; I shall create an era of darkness over this land!
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Ben Ravencroft is gunning for this, wanting to rule the world alongside his ancestor Sarah. However, to his dismay, he finds that Sarah wants to destroy the world, not rule it, and ends up at her mercy while she takes center stage as the Big Bad.
- Big Eater: Scooby and Shaggy, proving this once again in one of their more notable eating adventures. They apparently eat so much that Jack has to run to the market to stock up on food to cook, and leave him with enormous stomachs and a massive pile of dishes. It's a wonder Scooby could walk with such a Balloon Belly.
- Big "NO!":
- Velma screams one when Ben activates the book’s magic, and another when he is blessed with dark magic.
- By Sarah when Thorn successfully recites the incantation to reimprison her.
- Ben shouts three of them when Sarah pulls him into the book with her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ben Ravencroft, what with all the Ship Tease with Velma and ultimately using Mystery Inc. to find the book and free his ancestor.
- Blind Without 'Em: Velma and Ben without their glasses, leading to an adorable scene where they accidentally put on each other's spectacles and do a Double Take. Ben then uses Sarah's book to repair his magic.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Hex Girls, Dusk, Thorn and Luna, respectively.
- Broken Pedestal: Velma looked up to (and it’s highly hinted that she had a bit of a crush on) Ben Ravencroft, he was her favorite writer. And then he reveals his true colors.
- Call-Back: After what happened in Zombie Island, everyone in Mystery. Inc. is more accepting of irrational events happening like Ben using black magic.
- Canon Immigrant: This was the introduction of the Hex Girls, who would return in Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire and would go on to appear in What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
- The Chessmaster: Ben Ravencroft orchestrated the entire events that lead the gang to Oakhaven, including being behind the Museum mystery at the start of the movie that would lead to Velma meeting him.
- Continuity Nod: Ben is seen reading about the gang's exploits in a newspaper detailing the "Moat Monster Mystery" the gang solved in the previous movie.
- Cute Little Fangs: The Hex Girls sport prosthetic vampire fangs as part of their image.
- Darker and Edgier: As compared to the original Scooby-Doo cartoon series, although its predecessor is still considered slightly darker. What sets these two movies apart is the fact that they feature real monsters (i.e. zombies, ghosts) as opposed to petty criminals in masks.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Hex Girls. They may look scary and have an obsession with vampire lore, but they're really nice on the inside.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Subtly so, but the title and chorus of "Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air" mentions the same element twice (Wind and Air being the same thing in terms of the classical elements). Presumably, "Earth, Wind, Fire, And Water" wouldn't have the same ring to it and would mess up the lyrical scheme.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Ben is shocked when Sarah wants to destroy the world in revenge rather than rule it. He then tries to banish her back, only to find that because he's not pure of heart he can't.
- Evil All Along: Ben Ravencroft, who kept convincing others that his great-grandmother Sarah was just a misunderstood woman who was unfairly executed, but she actually was an evil witch all along, and he intends to use her to become a warlock.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Ben frees Sarah from her imprisonment in the hopes of ruling the world together along with her. What he doesn't count on is that Sarah is more Omnicidal Maniac than Evil Overlord.
- Evil Laugh: The Witch's Ghost has one clearly inspired by The Wizard of Oz. The real Witch's Ghost has a much more impressive one.
- Expy: Ben Ravencroft is a dead ringer for David Xanatos. And he bears more than a passing resemblance to real life New England horror novelist Stephen King.
- Extremely Short Timespan: Excluding the prologue and epilogue, the movie is set over one whole day, with most of it occurring at night.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Though they don't actually kiss, Scooby and Shaggy pretend to invoke this dressed as a young couple to fool the Mayor. It works.
- Fat Flex: Both Shaggy and Scooby gain a massive amount of weight early in the film after gorging at a diner for several hours (to the point the restaurant owner had to make a trip to the market to re-supply on food). When coming across the Hex Girls, the two try to impress them by pushing up their weight, but it immediately flops down in fear when the Girls reveal their (fake) vampire teeth.
- Ben becomes visibly irritated and annoyed when Velma continues to incessantly gush about his work, and is extremely eager to cut her off once they arrive in Oakhaven. This is a hint that he is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and is only using the gang for his own ends.
- Potkins begins the famous “You Meddling Kids” phrase after being caught, only to put the blame on Ben, hinting this is really a hoax. In addition, Ben is the one who does the unmasking, foreshadowing he set the whole thing up.
- Ben somehow knows the names of the entire Mystery Inc. crew, he even snickers a little when pointing out Scooby and Shaggy. This is because he read about them in the newspaper, prompting him to set up the museum hoax from the start.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Ben takes off his glasses after repairing his eyesight with dark magic.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Subverted: The Hex Girls "ritual" turns out to be for show and the "potion" they were seen making was just an herbal treatment for their vocal cords.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Daphne gets a touch of this from Fred's interactions with Thorn.
- Green Thumb: Sarah animates several pumpkins and trees to do her bidding.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Ben and Sarah's argument is essentially Tim Curry and Tress MacNeille trying to out-ham each other. It is awesome.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: When Thorn seals Sarah back into the book, Sarah drags in Ben with her saying she won't be alone again. Once they're sealed in, stray fire burns down the book.
- I'm Melting!: Shaggy and Scooby try to melt the Witch's Ghost using water. But as it turns out, it doesn't work.
Sarah: (unimpressed) What was that?
- Keep Away: The gang does this with Sarah's book to keep it away from Ben, and then from Sarah so that Thorn can read the banishment text.
- Knight of Cerebus: As with the villains featured in the film before this one, Ben and Sarah Ravencroft are very much dangerous threats that should be taken seriously.
- Lighter and Softer: As compared to Zombie Island, but not by much. The Witch's Ghost is still exceptionally dark by the standards of Scooby-Doo.
- Mook DLE: This studio did the animation.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: The eponymous villain seems like an intended example of this.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The giant turkey. At the end it becomes the new tourist attraction.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Ben Ravencroft and Mystery Inc. attempt to clear Sarah's name because they believe she was this. As it turns out she was indeed very evil, something Ravencroft was aware of from the beginning.
- No-Sell: Water doesn't work on Sarah's ghost.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Upon being freed from her imprisonment, Sarah's immediate priority is to destroy the world as revenge for said imprisonment, much to Ben's shock.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The Hex Girls. Dusk, Luna and Thorn are Stage Names. Later, when her dad gets unmasked, it's subverted in the case of Thorn; her real name turns out to be Sally McKnight.
- Rewatch Bonus: Everything learned about Ben near the climax takes on a whole new meaning since the audience now knows his true motives and the reason he appeared from the start.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dusk and Luna after they're freed.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The whole town pulls one to boost tourism.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sarah was actually a Wicked Witch and her ghost has been kept in her diary for centuries.
- Shaking the Rump: Daphne does this during the Hex Girls' concert at the end of the movie.
- Ship Tease: When Velma and Ben touch hands while reaching for their dropped glasses. Derailed by Ben turning out to be evil and just using the gang all along.
- Shout-Out: At one point, Shaggy tries to splash a pail of water on the ghost of Sarah Ravencroft...to no avail.
- Spell Book: What the diary, which Ben Ravencroft is seeking, is.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Downplayed. Daphne asks Ben why he doesn't just ask Mystery Inc. to find the spellbook, but Velma knew that they would never help him when they knew what the book was.
- Taking You with Me: Not wanting to be sealed back in the book alone, Sarah Ravencroft decides to take her grandson inside the book with her.
- Tempting Fate: Ben offers to pay the bill for Scooby and Shaggy's lunch before they start. Velma jokes that he's going to regret it, and she's right. Mercifully, he doesn't live long enough to have to pay the surely massive bill Scooby and Shaggy left him as he's taken into Sarah's prison with no way to return.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Almost the entire climax of the movie is played up in the trailers, especially where Sarah is released and Ben is revealed to be Evil All Along. Sarah is even featured on the boxart.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Ben and Sarah Ravencroft, however, Sarah is a definite force not to be reckoned with.
- Villain Has a Point: Ben isn't wrong when he chews out the mayor and Thorn's father for using his ancestor's legacy as a tourist attraction. He crosses the line by attacking them with dark magic, however.
- We Can Rule Together: This was Ben's plan for helping free Sarah. It doesn't go according to plan. He also said he thought Velma would prefer the new him.
- Wham Shot: The shot revealing that Sarah’s journal that Ben has been searching for - supposedly one about her medicine that will clear her name - has a huge, demonic skull on it. This immediately makes it clear that Ben was not telling the truth about his ancestor.
- Wicked Witch: Double subverted with Sarah Ravencroft, as Ben Ravencroft explains in one of his biggest lies.
- Witch Species: In this movie, magic is hereditary. And both Ben Ravencroft and Thornnote have the right ancestry.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The real Witch's Ghost speaks it. Oddly, her spellbook averts the trope, as it's written in proper modern English.
- You Keep Using That Word: Wicca is a religion, not a synonym for Good Witchcraft.