Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare


Premiering on Warner DVD in 2010, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare revolves around the gang becoming counselors at Camp Little Moose, a run-down summer camp that Fred remembers fondly from his childhood. When they arrive, they discover that the local campfire stories have been coming true, from the Ax-Crazy Woodsman to the screeching ghost of a lost hiker, and a monstrous fish-man in the lake. It's up to the gang to solve this mystery, but can they do it before the monsters find what they're looking for?

This film has been received relatively well, mostly for its darker take on the monsters, multiple Crowning Moments of Awesome for every member of the Scooby gang, and an extremely interesting and mildly complicated plot on the part of the villains.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: The ranger investigating the destruction of Camp Little Moose flirts with Velma. She is revolted by it.
  • The Ace: Luke. He is shown to be very good at swimming (as he is the only only one to not wear a life preserver), is shown to be a very prominent archer and also shows his strength in the last battle with the Woodsman by pushing an large, rusted bell into the villain, nearly knocking him off.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Camp Big Moose has "cheaters, schemers, and...hot counselors!"
  • Ax-Crazy: Played extremely straight with the Woodsman.
  • Big Dam Plot: The villain's plot involves dynamiting a dam to get to a Buried Treasure in a Sunken City.
  • Car Fu : Scooby uses some very cool driving skills to capture the Fishman with the Mystery Machine.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The zipline.
  • Cherry Tapping: Fred pushes the Woodsman out of a clock tower window by pressing his nose like a button.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Velma is told to "just stand and look pretty". Daphne's response? "He thinks you're pretty!"
  • Conspicuous CG: Many scenes are pretty obvious.
  • Emo Teen/Perky Goth: Trudy has the makings of both. She started out Emo, but Velma's encouragement helped bring Trudy out of her shell. Out of the four members of the gang, Velma is a natural at being a counselor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Baby-Face Boretti has no problem with destroying a dam / lake to find some treasure, as long as nobody drowns when the resulting flood annihilates Camp Little Moose. Of course, not having to worry about a murder charge just makes it easier to relax once he gets the treasure, so it may be a case of Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The campfire story in the beginning has the villain fall off a cliff and smash into every rock on the way down.
  • Fanservice:
    • Both Daphne and Velma in swimwear. While Daphne in a bikini is very sexy as usual, Velma showing off her curves is quite a surprise for the franchise.
    • Jessica fits the role of Ms. Fanservice. She is extremely attractive, wears shorts, and her first appearance is in a bikini.
  • Fish People: The Fish Man is called such, but he's more of a crocodile with some fins and the ability to stand up.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Canoeing up Schmitz Creek without a paddle..."
  • Knight of Cerebus: The monsters are some of the darkest in the Scooby franchise to date, with only the ones from Zombie Island and Mystery Incorporated arguably being worse. The Woodsman is treated like something straight out of a slasher film, the Fishman nearly drowns Daphne and Fred, and the Spectre is a borderline Eldritch Abomination. And it isn't a crook in a mask either, like the first two.
  • Meganekko: Velma and Trudy pull this off as a pair.
  • Mythology Gag: The "mistaking dynamite for candles" gag was also done in the original TV show.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: And they crossdress, too!
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Trudy. With the hood pulled over her head, she has a streak of hair covering the left half of her face.
  • Proscenium Reveal: It appears as if Shaggy and Scooby are camping when they first see them, but minutes later it’s revealed they’re really in an outdoor display at a grocery store.
  • Real After All: The Stinger shows that the Specter was actually a real ghost in a surprisingly effective Jump Scare.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Shaggy, Scooby and Deacon go flying head first into the RV everyone was seeking.
  • Sunken City: The lake in Camp Big Moose has the remnants of an old town sunken in it.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Woodsman's death in the beginning campfire story.
  • Who Is Driving?: Scooby-Doo is driving! How can this be? (He drives well, at that.)
  • Who Wears Short Shorts: A given, considering the location, but Daphne and Jessica's are by far the shortest.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Trudy has purple hair.