Western Animation: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
The ninth installment in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video
series produced by Warner Bros Animation
, Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
was the only one to get a limited theatrical release in selected cities of the United States.
Velma has been in Egypt for six months helping out Prince Omar, who's working on restoring the Sphinx, so the gang tries to surprise her by visiting. However, they run out water in the Mystery Machine's radiator. While looking for water, they meet an Egyptian nomad Amahl Ali Akbar, who shows them the way to the sphinx. When they arrive, they meet the former host of a show called "Fear Facers," Rock Rivers, who hopes he can come to Egypt and get some footage to revive his show. Eventually, Scooby picks up Velma's smell, and they find her, surprising her as they had originally intended.
Velma introduces her friends to Omar, then shows them an Ancient necklace she found with the tomb of Cleopatra. However, treasure hunter (and grave robber) Dr. Amelia von Butch shows up with her crew to loot Cleopatra's grave. Using modern equipment, they open the tomb via explosion. Once the grave is opened, it unleashes a curse made by Cleopatra, stating that all who enter shall turn to stone. Nobody believes it, so von Butch decides to enter the tomb anyway, despite the fact that Omar had recently been separated from the others and turned to stone. Once in the tomb, a trap is set off, splitting up the gang.
This film provides examples of the following Tropes:
- Actor Allusion: An internal one - at once point, Fred does impressions of the rest of the gang, ending with a Scooby impression. Frank Welker, of course, voices both Fred and Scooby - which means he was voicing one of his characters doing an impression of another one of his characters.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Velma has beome one. Von Butch is the evil version.
- Artistic License – History: The Battle of Actium is portrayed as Egypt being conquered by the Romans, which is simpler to get across than the Roman faction Cleopatra allied with fighting the one she didn't.
- Berserk Button: When Velma drops her glasses, they're picked up by a mummy, who supposedly turns Velma to stone. Scooby Doo, being a dog, is loyal to all his friends, and that is something you don't do!
- Big Damn Movie: It's an awfully complex plot on the character's part.
- Big Friendly Dog: Scooby adores Velma, and it shows in the scene where after picking up her scent, he barrels into her much in the same way he usually does with Shaggy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Scooby and Shaggy jump from a falling platform to save their lives.
- A Day in the Limelight: This is Velma's movie.
- Foreshadowing: When Von Butch arrives, Prince Omar notes, "Velma, we must act quickly." This was a hint for both Prince Omar and Velma creating the plot. Also the above mentioned Berserk Button... Well, Velma "can't see without her glasses", remember?
- It Belongs in a Museum: Velma says this about Cleopatra's treasure.
- Monumental Damage: At the end, Shaggy sets off a giant firework, which collides with the Sphinx's nose.
- Mythology Gag: In the 1969 episode Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too, the gang had faced a mummy who's m.o. was turning people to stone with a curse in fact this might have been where Velma got the idea for the hoax
- Velma dresses up like Cleopatra. She did so previously in the 1969 episode Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too, as she, Shaggy and Scooby were trying to elude the mummy of Anka.
- Pragmatic Adaptation
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Velma was behind it all, dressing up as Cleopatra, and using Prince Omar and his workers to dress up as the mummies in order to scare away treasure hunters.
- Spanner in the Works: It turns out the Scooby Doo Gang nearly became this for Velma's plot, which was the scare off the grave robbers, when they showed up.