All Animation Is Disney: Ironically, while this film is pretty hard to mistake for a Disney production, the "Aliyah-Din" segment was pretty much Hanna-Barbera trying their hardest to be like Disney.
Hilarious in Hindsight: This movie feels so much like a Warner Bros. Animation production, yet this movie was produced back when Hanna-Barbera was still owned by Turner Entertainment. Two years later, Time Warner bought Turner, and got Hanna-Barbera through it. Then in 2001, Hanna-Barbera was actually folded into Warner Bros. Animation.
Special Effect Failure: When Shaggy and Scooby overreact to learning they were supposed to taste the Caliph's lunch to see if it was poisoned, they go Green Around the Gills, but as they do they become semi-transparent for half a second.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The film has often been criticized for its' radically different approach than the traditional Hanna-Barbera fare, largely with the character redesigns and not featuring Shaggy and Scooby-Doo on a spooky mystery.