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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.