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The sixth direct-to-video installment of the Scooby-Doo franchise, Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and again directed by the guy who brought us Scooby-Doo comics, Scott Jeralds.

Once more the film was done in a retro format resembling the classic Hanna-Barbera 1970s cartoons and this movie was the final time featuring Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Heather North and Nicole Jaffe from The New Scooby-Doo Movies together, as this was North and Jaffe's final time voicing Daphne and Velma respectively. This was also North's final project before her death in 2017.

The movie begins with Fred’s Mexican pen-pal inviting him and the rest of the gang to come visit him in Veracruz, Mexico. Fred’s friend Alejo Otero owns a fancy hotel and offers to let them all stay while vacationing. The gang decides it’s a good chance to take a break from solving mysteries, only to find there’s a new mystery waiting for them when they arrive in Veracruz. The mythical Mexican monster El Chupacabra is supposedly tormenting the residents of the town and chasing away visitors. Of course, the gang begin investigating around the town to see what they can turn up.



  • Ambiguous Situation: Were the two cats that seemed to come alive form the wall robots or real cats? They certainly act like real cats licking Fred and when they see a parrot.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Smiley and Charlene are behind the hoax as an attempt to get the Otero family to sell their land.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: El Chupacabra is depicted as a Mexican Sasquatch. See Sadly Mythtaken below.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The museum guide, also known as Charlene, is a much crueler person than she seems.
  • Cactus Cushion: When the gang get chased around by the Chupacabra, Velma manages to evade it at one point by dressing up a cactus to look like her; the monster grabs the cactus and gets injured by the needles, and then backs up into another one.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A billboard is seen for Mr. Smiley's theme park in America early on. Later a similar bill board is seen suggesting he wants to build a new one in Mexico. Turns out Mr. Smiley's the culprit. He wanted to steal Alejo's land to build his theme park on.
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  • Compressed Hair: Under her Chupacabra disguise, Charlene wears a museum guide disguise, with a wig that compresses her big and puffy hair.
  • Chupacabra: The Monster of the Week. Although the only thing consistent about it is its apparent diet of goats (and even then, it is only mentioned once).
  • Crazy-Prepared: The bad guys have all kinds of very impressive animatronic robots scattered throughout the area to intimidate the gang, tracking devices, signs to divert them to a museum and more.
  • Damsel in Distress: Daphne gets kidnapped in a tourist attraction mid-film in an attempt to scare away the gang, but she is found outside shortly after.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: After Charlene's revealed as one of the culprits and is carted off to prison alongside her lover, Mr. Smiley, Dolores (Luis and Alejo's mother) admits that she never really liked Charlene that much to begin with, even going so far as to call her a "bruja" (the Spanish word for "witch").
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mr. Smiley learned the hard way that if you only speak English in a foreign community, chances are a vast majority of them won't understand what is being said. His attempt to impersonate a ghost and convince the town's inhabitants to sell off their land fails because no one knows what he said.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Downplayed, but still: The Curandero, a quintessential sage/shaman/wise mentor figure, turns out to have a personal website. When Daphne expresses surprise about this, he replies with a hint of a smile: "As I said: expect the unexpected."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Mr. Smiley mock Alejo for respecting his father's wish to not sell the family hotel. Lampshaded at the end by Señor Fuente.
  • Expressive Mask: Mr. Smiley's rubber skull mask is capable of showing a wide range of emotions and the jaw moving perfectly with his voice.
  • Genre Savvy: El Curandero tells the gang that by investigating they will be in grave danger if they investigate, and predicts the culprits are the businessmen from up north who had their development plans refused by the locals. He's dead right on both points.
  • Gold Digger: Charlene only wanted Luis' money.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The constant use of the Spanish language is justified since the entire film takes place in Mexico. In fact, the fact the villain doesn't speak Spanish is an important plot point.
  • Happily Married: Alejo and his wife.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Senor Fuente might want the Ortega's land but he wants it honestly and takes their refusal gracefully, even trying to help them under circumstances which he could have used to his advantage instead.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: An animal version, great Dane Scooby and a chihuahua develop a crush on each other.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Shaggy and Scooby talking about how ridiculous the idea of the monster is while there's a clear view of them having barricaded their door and carrying tongs.
    • Dona Dolores saying to stay calm about the kidnapping before undergoing a complete Freak Out.
  • Kick the Dog: An annoyed Charlene chews out Luis for being a hopeless romantic, and reveals that she only wanted his money and that she and Mr. Smiley are a couple. Telling him, "Oh, would you wake up and smell the café leche you pea-brained romantic?"
  • Language Barrier: The threat written in Spanish on the Mystery Machine had a grammar error no real Spanish-speaking person would make and the alleged ghost of the Otero patriarch only spoke English. These are hints that the bad guys don't speak Spanish.
  • Latex Perfection: Mr. Smiley's skull mask and Charlene's museum guide disguise, which she even wears under the Chupacabra suit.
  • Lazy Mexican: Subverted. Shaggy is initially excited at visiting Mexico due to the cultural tradition of taking Siesta's, until Velma explains why they happen and he's repelled at the idea of hard work. This is the only time the idea comes up in the entire film.
  • Loophole Abuse: Shaggy and Scooby are told to search the East side of town for the monster. They decide that since the Mystery Machine is located on the east side of town they'll just search it then stay there until the others get back. Naturally, it backfires on them.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • So how much of the things at the pyramids were special effects? And then (most of) the gifts Alejo's family leave at his father's grave did that happen? The only gift that was not gone? Charlene's.
    • Also, the Curandero (medicine man) gives the gang some cryptic hints, implying that the monster is not real, "the only evil force in this land is greed", and "the answers to all your questions can be found in the past" (which leads the gang to investigate the national museum). His role in the plot is never explained: does he just happen to know something about the goings-on, or does he have some sort of psychic powers?
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Fred's attempt to speak Spanish leaves something to be desired. Ironically, he's much more versed in Spanish grammar, as he manages to figure out a major clue from a threat written in Spanish that the culprit isn't a native speaker due to a grammar error.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The tour Guide, smiling widely talking about how the ancient Aztecs sacrifices involved "ripping out their still beating hearts to offer to the Gods. Super!"
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: One of Dolores' friends comments that she wishes the consenter would run off with her future daughter in-law. Dolores calls her out on this.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted. When the gang was chased by a mob of angry tourists, they used obvious disguises like they always did in their previous adventures. The angry tourists saw through their disguise immediately.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mr. Smiley pretends to be the ghost of Alejo and Luis's father telling them to sell their hotel. But Alejo pointed out their real father spoke only Spanish. When he's found out, he complains that he doesn't know how to speak Spanish and asks why can't everyone just learn English.
  • Red Herring: Señor Fuente. He is introduced wanting to buy Alejo's land...but isn't the bad guy. In the end, he explains that, for as much as he wanted to buy the land, he came to respect the fact that they didn't want to sell it and admired the family's love for his old business partner, Señor Otero (Luis and Alejo's dad). He also explains that he had learned of Charlene and Mr. Smiley's scheme and wanted to warn them of it.
  • Retraux: Produced in the same retro Hanna-Barbera style as Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire and later with Krypto the Superdog; all of these being directed (and created in the latter) by Scooby/H-B veteran Scott Jeralds.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The urban legends associated with El Chupacabra describe it as being reptilian and that it sucks the blood of goats, hence the name ("Chupacabra" translates to "goat-sucker"). The Chupacabra in this movie is a Bigfoot-like creature, and characters never mention it drinking blood (it is mentioned eating goats, however). While the Chupacabra is popularly known as the "Mexican Bigfoot", that doesn't mean that it's literally Mexico's version of Bigfoot (the Chupacabra doesn't even come from Mexico, but from Puerto Rico). Though to be fair, they probably would've had trouble using a faithful version of the Chupacabra in a Scooby-Doo movie, anyway, especially one emulating the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons from 1969-1979. Ironically, they kind of got it in reverse from the last film, where a Bigfoot-like monster was inaccurately portrayed as a bloodsucker.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The Chupacabra is a fake monster used by Mr. Smiley and his associate, Charlene.
  • Shout-Out: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."
  • Smelly Skunk: The Gang are forced to stop the Mystery Machine thanks to a skunk, which has Visible Odor coming off it. They take cover on a billboard and the skunk laughs at them.
  • Special Effects Failure: In-Universe; the "magical eagle" is very obviously just a machine. However, it's convincing enough to fool the gullible tourists.
  • Spot the Thread: Freddy, when reviewing the footage of the vandalized Mystery Machine, deduces that the perpetrator doesn't speak Spanish due to the word manana missing the tilde, the ~ symbol above the first "n."
  • Stupid Crooks: The villain this time around makes some notable mistakes, such as relying on absurd, flimsy hoaxes and attempting to impersonate a Mexican man when he doesn't speak a word of Spanish.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • When he heard Alejo yelling for help, Luis freezes in terror rather than immediately running over (since their father's passing, he was afraid of losing his brother too), and initially claiming he'd been unconscious at the time something he clearly sees as his Moment of Weakness and is ashamed of. He apologizes for his cowardice, but Alejo immediately forgives him, claiming that there are worse things than being a coward. Shaggy, a self-proclaimed coward, would know.
    • The gang publicly apologize to Luis for wrongfully suspecting him even though he'd had no knowledge of that mistaken suspicion and wouldn't have ever known if not for their apology.
    • Offscreen Señor Fuente, upon getting an inkling of Smiley's scheme, chooses to warn the Ortega's rather than just sit back and try to profit off of it himself.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The tourists think they’re in some lighter movie with actual spirit animals and being Badass Bystander's against the sinister vandals, but are really just Unwitting Pawn's of the villains who've been distracted into chasing the heroes.


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