Western Animation: Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
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 a witch’s ghost is haunting 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 . . .
- 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 a little ridiculous.)
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant. Turkey.
- 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.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Hex Girls.
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier: Though its predecessor is still considered darker.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Mook DLE: This studio did the animation.
- I'm Melting: Shaggy and Scooby try to melt the Witch's Ghost using water. But as it turns out, it doesn't work.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to Zombie Island, although not too much.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: The eponymous villain seems like an intended example of this.
- Non-Singing Voice: Averted for the Hex Girls' two on-stage songs: "Hex Girl" and "Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air". Both were performed by the three girls' voice actresses. Played straight during their credits song "The Witch's Ghost", where a voice distinctly unlike Jennifer Hale is singing the lead.
- 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, sometime Ravencroft was aware of from the beginning.
- 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 is Sally McKnight.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dusk and Luna.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: The whole town pulls one to boost tourism.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wicked Witch: Double subverted with Sarah Ravencroft, as Ben Ravencroft explains.
- 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.