Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur


The sixteenth Scooby-Doo Direct to Video film. With Dinosaurs!

When it is discovered that Shaggy has a condition that causes a Heroic B.S.O.D. with every scare, the gang decides to take him somewhere relaxing, La Serena Spa, the least haunted town on Earth. Of course, it would be boring if nothing happened but relaxation, so a giant ghost dinosaur is thrown in to shake things up. This strikes Shaggy into one of his break downs, so Mr. Hubbley, the owner of the spa, decides to take matters into his own hands with a little bit of hypnotism. Every time Shaggy hears the keyword, he is filled with uncontrollable bravery. The only problem is, Mr. Hubbley forgets the keyword. And to make matters worse, Shaggy accidentally hears it and goes all out on a biker gang at a G-Rated Pub, and agrees to race their leader on a motorcycle down Dead Man's Curve while he's brave.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Black Bead Eyes: Everybody. At one point, Velma says that she thinks Winsor's eyes are the color of sea foam green by moonlight. Cue a picture of Winsor on Velma's phone with black eyes.
  • Completely Missing the Point: The doctor forbids Shaggy to get into the Mystery Machine. So what does Fred do? He paints over the letters to create the mustard machine.
  • Continuity Nod: Freddy's Jerk Ass GPS returns from Abracadabra Doo. This time he gets them to where they want to go without nearly getting them killed.
  • Covers Always Lie: I didn't know the Phantosaur drooled green... Or is that...? Ew!
  • Distaff Counterpart: Seriously, would you believe Winsor is not part of Velma's family tree?
  • Foreshadowing: When Velma's on her date with Winsor, he really doesn't want to talk about the Phantosaur attacks.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Scooby provides these as usual. The bit where he gets hyped up on coffee even drags the rest of the gang into it.
    • Fred and Daphne are in the foreground trying to figure out what to do next, not realizing that they keep saying the codeword that switches Shaggy into "brave mode." Meanwhile, Scooby tries to figure out what the word is from what they're saying by repeating the words they say (with Fred and Daphne occasionally thinking he's responding to them), and manages to guess every word except for the right one.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Every time Shaggy gets scared.
  • Heroism Incentive: Scooby Snacks yet again. Scooby actually uses one to wake Shaggy from his coma via aroma therapy.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Mr. Hubley's equipment is much different than swinging a pocket watch in front of your face. The word that Shaggy needs to hear to turn into a serious badass happens to be "bad", but Scooby never realizes this until later.
  • Improbable Age: While it's quickly pointed out that it was photoshopped, for Scooby's Rescue Dog card to have been issued in 1969 as it claimed, Scooby would have to be at least 42 years old, which has never even come close to being reached by a Great Dane.
  • Large Ham: Brave Shaggy, as lampshaded by Fred.
    "Is that part of the 'brave' thing? That you say weird stuff that sounds like movie lines?"
  • Lampshade Hanging: This film is very lampshade heavy even as it simultaneously plays things completely straight. In addition to others already pointed out on this page, there's this:
    Freddy: "I think we may have this one wrapped up!"
    Freddy: "True."
    • Also, the bit lampshading the villains' habit of confessing after being caught.
    "Can you shut him up? I'm trying to confess over here!"
  • Love at First Sight: Velma and Winsor fall head over heels pretty much the moment they lay eyes on each other, especially Velma. Winsor at least needed a short conversation before it really kicked in.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Shaggy as usual.
    Shaggy: I think I'm going to, like, like this place.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Very much with Velma - it gets to the point where she can't even form full sentences once she sees Winsor.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Scooby-Doo finds a dinosaur bone, which just so happens to be extremely rare. After Professor Svankmajer thanks him for it, he just buries it again.
  • Mythology Gag: Winsor's car has a bumper sticker that says "Been to Camp City", a reference to a location in the previous film "Camp Scare".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Daphne turns the paint-stripper back on, and forgets to turn it off, causing the mines to explode and trapping everyone underground.
    • The ending, where Shaggy has his hypnosis undone, only for everyone else in the gang to believe they're Shaggy, too. Even Scooby.
    • Also the instance where Scooby-Doo finds a rare dinosaur bone, and Svankmajor and Winsor are going crazy about it. Once they move on, Scooby buries it again.
  • Out of Character: Velma, after falling in love with Winsor. She initially had no interest in solving the mystery. But she's more or less back in character when she learns of Winsor's involvement.
  • Police Are Useless: The cops that show up when the Fiery Phantosaur attacks town aren't much of a help. Of course, as usual, they show up at the end to cart Professor Svankmajer and Winsor to prison.
  • Raptor Attack: The second-half of the film has several(to the point where the film almost feels like an unofficial Jurassic Park sequel). It turns out the raptors were the graduate students using stolen outfits from the dinosaur exhibit, though one wonders why they have horns
  • Recognition Failure: In a way. Mr. Hubley never gets Shaggy's name right.
  • Running Gag: Scooby spends the entire movie guessing random words to find Shaggy's codeword, usually way off base. When he finally does figure it out, nobody can understand what he's saying.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Mr. Hubley lampshades the basic formula when he's talking about how he couldn't get more land to make the spa bigger.
    Mr. Hubley: Waddya gonna do? Dress up as some monster and scare everyone away?
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Massospondylus and Appalachiosaurus are mentioned.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Shaggy refers to his brave side as the other guy.
  • Shown Their Work: Fred points out the fact that hypnosis cannot make a person do something they normally wouldn't.
  • Slippery Skid: Done to the raptors with a jar of marbles.
  • Stern Teacher: Fred's teacher says that since he helped recover the greatest dinosaur find in history, he'll bump his grade up to a C-.
  • Snake Pit: When the main characters are trying to escape the mines when they are about to blow up, they find a pit of snakes they have to cross.
  • Toilet Humor: When Shaggy is threatened by the bikers.
    Shaggy: And there goes the bladder.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shaggy whenever his hypnosis kicks in also when the cave is collapsing and his hypnosis gets turned off and he finally summons the courage to save the day.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: With Scooby and a ghost elephant during the opening credits when the gang is being chased by ghost animals.
  • Wham Line: Played with. When Shaggy is turned back into his regular self, he tells Fred that if he's going to jump to the ledge, he needs a movie line to say before he does it. They eventually end up with "When you say jump, I say 'How high?' ".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The mine snakes affected Velma the most.