Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost

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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. copyright.

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 . . .

Tropes:

  • Ambiguously Brown: Luna is dark-skinned and has dyed red hair, but it's unclear if she's black or a non-white Latino. If Luna is her real name, however, the latter could be true.
  • 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 much doubt to these claims.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant. Turkey.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ben Ravencroft, what with all the Ship Tease with Velma and ultimately using Mystery Inc. to find the food 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: Velma looked up to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
    :Shaggy: Like, it worked in the The Wizard of Oz!
  • 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 by the standards of Scooby-Doo.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dusk and Luna after they're freed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Extremist Was Right: The Puritans that ruled the early Commonwealth of Massachusetts were Church Militant theocrats who judicially murdered dozens of people because of wild accusations of witchcraft. One of those they executed was Sarah Ravencroft, who WAS a Very Real, Very Evil witch and threat to the rest of the world. Unfortunate Implications Ahoy?
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Ben and Sarah Ravencroft, however, Sarah is a definite force not to be reckon 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.
  • 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.

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