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Scooby-Doo has been around since 1969. It has obviously had lots of TV series, movies, and even some video games. This sub-page focuses on the single largest chunk of it (at least by number of titles): the Direct-to-Video film series.

By 1998, the venerable franchise had become moribund, although multiple incarnations of the TV series were airing in syndication (as they had for decades), nothing new had been made since Arabian Nights. Hanna-Barbera output at the time had been highly reduced under Turner, and most of the funding was going to the shows Cartoon Network Studios was making within the larger company. Similarly to what was created with Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, the time was right to tap into a new era for the studio's best-selling property, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Animation, whom eventually absorbed Hanna-Barbera (and Cartoon Network Studios branched off as their own unit). The first fruit of this was Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (though that project had its' genesis as an unmade episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron). This movie kick-started a complete revival of the franchise over the next several years – three animated TV series, two live-action theatrical films, two live-action TV-movies, and at least one new Direct-to-Video cartoon per year each year since 1998 (it averages out to about one every nine months).

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Cartoon Network is owed some gratitude for helping air a lot of these upon their first arrival, especially with the first few installments of this series.note 

As of 2019, there have been thirty entries in this series, spread across four style development eras.

For the Lego movies see Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Lego Film Series.


Here are all the Direct-to-Video films:
  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998): A year after Mystery Incorporated went their separate ways, the gang reunites for Daphne's birthday and accompanies her on her investigation on Moonscar Island near New Orleans. The island is said to be haunted by the ghost of a pirate, but the gang discovers is is native to something potentially worse; zombies. And for once, they're real.
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  • Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost (1999): Mystery Incorporated is invited to Oakhaven, Massachusetts by famous horror writer Ben Ravencroft, whom Velma is enamored with. The town has become a tourist trap revolving around Ben's ancestor, Sarah, who is said to be a witch, and Ben seeks to prove her innocence by finding her diary. However, Oakhaven is being terrorized by a witch once more, and what exactly are these locals — especially the Hex Girls — up to?
  • Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000): While passing through Roswell, New Mexico, Shaggy and Scooby claim to have seen aliens in the desert. While Daphne, Velma, and Fred try to gather more information from the locals, Shaggy and Scooby fall head over heels for a hippie photographer named Crystal and her golden retriever named Amber, but is there more to them than meets the eye?
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  • Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001): Mystery Incorporated visit a college to see their friend, Eric, who is studying to be a computer scientist. A virtual creature known as the Phantom Virus had emerged from his game and has gone rogue on campus. Though the virus is sent back into the virtual world, so is the gang, who must complete the game in order to get home. The problem? Eric based the game off of their escapades, which means that they'll have to face off against their worst foes once more, but fortunately find that their greatest allies are... themselves?!
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire (2003): The first movie in the What's New? era, but is based in style off the original series. The gang's vacation in Australia is cut short when they hear about a monster known as the Yowie Yahoo kidnapping contestants from the Vampire Rock Music Festival.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico (2003): The gang go to Mexico to solve the mystery of El Chupacabra.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster (2004): The first movie actually done in the same What's New? style. The gang travels to Loch Ness in Scotland to visit the Blake family's ancestral home, Blake Castle, which has recently been terrorized by the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005): While on a free trip to Hawaii, the gang finds themselves in the midst of dispute between the natives and mainlanders, in belief that a demon known as the Wiki-Tiki has been causing disappearances after the local surfing competition opened entry to non-natives.
  • Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? (2005): Cleopatra appears to rise from the dead when her treasure is pursued by Amelia von Butch. The gang must find a way to keep von Butch away from the treasure before Cleopatra turns everyone to stone.
  • Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006): The gang go on a cruise with Fred's parents, only to discover that there are ghost pirates invading the ship.
  • Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (2007): Scooby and the gang encounter the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King (2008): Scooby-Doo and Shaggy have to save the day on Halloween night when a magician named Krudzky tries to take over the world using the Goblin King's magic.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword (2009): The gang travels to Japan for Daphne's martial arts tournament at a prestigious academy, a mysterious ancient Black Samurai rises from the dead to regain a lost artifact that could mean ultimate evil for everyone...
  • Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo (2010): The first movie in the post-What's New? era. The gang goes on a trip to check on Velma's younger sister, Madelyn. She's been studying stage magic at the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy, where apparently there have been sightings of a giant griffin. The gang decides to investigate.
  • Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010): The gang volunteer to work as camp counselors at Camp Little Moose, Fred's childhood camp. While there, they must solve the mystery of the monsters from the camp's ghost stories coming to life.
  • Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011): Mystery, Inc. ends up investigating the mystery of a ghost dinosaur.
  • Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2012): Scooby and the gang attend a vampire-themed festival in the bayou, where they have to stop a vampire desiring Daphne as his bride.
  • Big Top Scooby-Doo! (2012): Our heroes investigate a traveling circus being attacked by werewolves.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013): A crossover of sorts with Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, where a convention featuring a showing of the new Blue Falcon movie is disrupted by the Blue Falcon's archenemy Mr. Hyde.
  • Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2013): Fred and Daphne become finalists for a show called Talent Star, which is being menaced by a vengeful phantom.
  • Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014): Co-produced by WWE Studios, this is a Crossover that involves the Mystery Inc. gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania, with cameo appearances by WWE Superstars and Divas such as John Cena, Triple H, Kane, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, Sin Cara and AJ Lee, as well as Vince McMahon, lending their voices. It is WWE Studios' first animated film.
  • Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (2014): The gang are invited to Velma Dinkley's ancestral home, a castle that was once lived in by Velma's ancestor Baron Basil von Dinkenstein. While there, a curse befalls the gang that causes Velma to go mad and try to bring her ancestor's monster to life.
  • Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness (2015): Scooby and the gang go onboard a space tour ship and have to stop an alien wreaking havoc on board.
  • Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015): KISS and Mystery Inc. team up to try to solve the mystery of the Crimson Witch, before she summons the Destroyer from the dimension of Kissteria.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016): The second Crossover with WWE Studios with returning cameos of Triple H, The Miz and Vince McMahon and new ones like The Undertaker, Kofi Kingston and Sheamus
  • Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown (2017): The gang go to a town to visit Shaggy's cousin Tawny. While there, they learn that the town is being haunted by the ghost of Shaggy's outlaw ancestor Dapper Jack Rogers.
  • Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018) : A crossover with Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with many of the voice actors reprising their roles from the series and other projects. The Scooby Doo characters previously guest starred in the April Fools episode of the series, "Batmite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases".
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost (2018): While traveling to the opening of a resort started by Fred's uncle Chef Bobby Flay, the gang must confront the Red Ghost when it haunts the place.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (2019): A long-belated follow-up to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo where Mystery, Inc. have to help Vincent Van Ghoul recapture Asmodeus, the last of the 13 ghosts released from the Chest of Demons.
  • Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (Follow-up to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island)
  • Upcoming sequel to Scooby-Doo And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery

The films overall commonly provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Animated Credits Opening: The newer films seem to be going on this direction. While all the films are animated, the opening credits usually include cases the gang is working prior to the events of the movie, and consist of much cheaper and trippy animation with musical accompaniment.
  • Art Evolution: The animation has changed three times (four eras in total), recently it has been at its most stylized.
  • Big Budget Beef-Up: Compared to the original shows produced by Hanna-Barbera.
  • The Cameo: Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon, Frankenstein Jr., Space Ghost, the Herculoids, and Claude Pertwee (from H-B's 1970 show Where's Huddles?) all make appearances in the 2013 movie Scooby Doo: Mask Of The Blue Falcon.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Already known for this prior to the DTV series, where almost every entry follows the formula.
  • Cowardly Lion: Scooby and Shaggy, in comparison to being more one-dimensional cowards in the original series, are more competent and well developed in this series.
  • Darker and Edgier: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is definitely the darkest Scooby Doo movie so far. The three movies that followed also stepped into this territory, and it wasn't till 2010 when Camp Scare brought it back.
  • Demoted to Extra: Shaggy and Scooby in the 2004-2005 movies (which spend more time focusing on Fred, Daphne and Velma), and Fred, Daphne and Velma in the 2007-2009 movies (where the focus is largely shifted towards Shaggy and Scooby.)
  • The Ditz: Fred, in the 2004-2009 movies, keeing in line with how he was with What's New, Scooby-Doo?
  • Fanservice: Ever since Abracadabra-Doo and beyond, they've done this more and more with Daphne and, to a lesser degree, Velma. Plus, one movie characters. Best examples in Camp Scare where Daphne and Velma have a scene in bikini and swimsuit and feature Jessica, a really curvy girl and Fred note her.
  • Hero of Another Story: KISS is this to Mystery Inc. in their team up. The reason why the Gang hasn't met up with them before is because their mysteries are more "cosmic" in nature.
  • Invisible Parents: The '10's movies indicate that the Gang are still high school students, but their parents are never seen or brought up, save for Velma getting a call from her mother in Abracadabra Doo! and a silouhette cameo of Velma's parents in the opening sequence of Frankencreepy. Presumably, this is to keep their connection to the other Scooby-Doo entries ambiguous so to not keep viewers hung up on those details. Velma's parents are the only ones implied to be Angie and Dale from Mystery Incorporated, since they're Velma's only parents (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo introduced Velma's parents, but they were Flat Characters that only appeared once).
  • Knight of Cerebus: The earliest two films had some:
    • The first had Simone, Lena, and Jacques in Zombie Island. They are the first villains in the Scooby Doo franchise to be outright figuratively and literally monstrous, having committed murder countless times before and tried to kill Mystery Inc. (and nearly killed Scooby and Shaggy to a point Shaggy "was going to feel like a raisin") and an undercover police officer to preserve their immortality as well as suffering Family Unfriendly Deaths when the harvest moon became no longer in alignment.
    • The second has Ben Ravencroft and Sarah Ravencroft in The Witch's Ghost. Ben is a devious and dangerous warlock. However, the threat posed by him is eclipsed by that of his more genocidal ancestor after she is released from her prison.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Due to the DTV films being over 15 years old, they've changed frequently as the years have gone on and public interests evolve:
    • Movies from Zombie Island to Cyber Chase gave both the Gang and the Mystery Machine much more modern designs, they were more explicitly adults (even complaining when they were called "Meddling kids"), potshots at their outdated outfits and the formula, the aesthetic of the films being darker-colored and more realistic, and having more real monsters in them.
    • The films Legend of the Vampire and Monster of Mexico tried a retro redesign, bringing back most of the classic cast, old Hanna Barbera Stock Sound Effects and the classic designs, being more cartoonish, and the return of direct hoaxes.
    • Loch Ness Monster to Samurai Sword gave the Gang looks more line with What's New Scooby Doo, largely going back to the formula of the original series, being much more realistic (in most cases) occasionally making fun of series staples but being more likely to play them straight, and for the most part keeping with the guy in a mask formula, but in the end took major steps back to fantasy adventure in the last two of this era.
    • The 2010 films employ darker shading, have a more self-aware (but not outright self-defying) tone, and the monsters tending to be much more violent. The animation is also in line with the original shows again, but more polished, and generally not very cartoony.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Scooby and Shaggy do get several moments to themselves when put into real danger and up their game from their usual cowardice of running for their very lives.
  • Long Runner: The series of Direct-to-Video films alone have been going on for almost twenty years, and is still going today. It's pretty much guaranteed that there will be at least one new installment per year, sometimes more, with only one year being missed.
  • Loose Canon:
    • The 90s-era movies take place after Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, with Cyber Chase implying that The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo happened as well (Shaggy's virtual self is based on his appearance in the 13 Ghosts era).
    • The 10s-era movies may or may not take place after Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, or alternatively, take place in a universe that Broad Strokes it. These references are a lot more teasing than with other works, with things such as a Freeze-Frame Bonus of the van having a Crystal Cove license plate only to be blown up moments later, a kiddie ride employee wearing a costume of one of the show's Monster of the Weeks, Velma's mother being implied to be a My Beloved Smother, Velma's sister that we've never met yet nothing contradicts her existence, and so forth. On the other hand, Daphne and Fred's relationship is still Will They or Won't They? status, despite it being a part of their character arc throughout the show.
    • Fred's house in Beach Beastie looks exactly the same as it did in Mystery Incorporated. Shaggy and Scooby also complain that it's full of traps that they keep accidentally setting off, which was also an issue back in Mystery Incorporated.
      • The fact that at the end of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated the universe resets itself into a less edgier, but still fairly dark version of itself helps as the '10s-era could well be that new universe.
  • Mythology Gag: The series while having many different adventures has been pulling much deeper out of the well as of late than ever before. Some movies even become throwbacks to a specific older series like The New Scooby-Doo Movies or gags of Hanna-Barbera like characters being a fictional tv show in one episode only to crossover for real later.
    • In the opening sequence to Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy, when we see Velma's family tree, the silhouettes of her parents resemble their Mystery Incorporated incarnations.
  • Reconstruction: The most recent films, especially when compared to Mystery Incorporated's totally reworked and self-defying approach - the plots mix played straight Scooby mysteries (though they also play with them in some of their films) with witty writing, lots of lampshades (even as they unashamedly use the tropes in question) and crazy occurrences that sometimes derail but always loop back into the plot. They come off as Scooby mysteries re-imagined with a sometimes more modern comic and sometimes darker and edger approach and willing to do a lot more with the characters, and help modernized the franchise and pull of the job a bit better than What's New did.
  • Romantic False Lead: There have been a few: Ben to Velma in The Witch's Ghost, Jessica to Fred in Camp Scare, Winsor to Velma in Legend of the Phantosaur, and Bram to Daphne in Music of the Vampire.
  • Rule of Fun: In Frankencreepy, a Take That, Audience! joke is made towards a character who nitpicks at the minor errors throughout the movie. The obvious message is that you shouldn't take all of this too seriously and have fun.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: For obvious reasons as well as a major recurring feature throughout the series.
  • Shared Universe: The 10s-era movies establish that Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a Broad Strokes of Young Justice, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Space Ghost, Frankenstein Jr., Mighty Mightor, The Herculoids, and possibly more. Yeah. And we may have to add more to that list if these movies are a sequel to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  • Take That, Audience!: The 2010-era movies have made numerous references to Mystery Incorporated, a few being pokey towards fans that take continuity seriously (i.e. the fans that want the 2010-era movies to be in the same continuity as Mystery Incorporated and/or look down on the 2010-era movies for being Reconstruction/Lighter and Softer instead of taking after the Darker and Edgier/Cerebus Syndrome tone of Mystery Incorporated). In the same vein, however, the movies are lightheartedly reminding viewers to loosen up because Scooby-Doo has ultimately always been Rule of Fun. This may be a mix of Trolling Creator, as some of the staff on these movies are returning staff members (namely Brandt and Cervone, who helped produce Mystery Incorporated and have had many more hands on roles in the Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry direct-to-video series).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? is a notable example of screwing up the usual "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, where Velma is the one staging the thing to scare away treasure thieves from the tomb. Scooby and Shaggy also assume this role in movies such as Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King, Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, and Big Top Scooby-Doo!. However, the most notable example is from Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur, where Shaggy performs the most impossibly amazing feats that nobody would ever think possible of him.
  • Turn of the Millennium: The earlier films took place in this time period, and interestingly this seems to be the time when the Scooby-Doo franchise seemed most dormant.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Given Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost are Darker and Edgier in contrast to the usual light-heartedly comedic nature of the overall franchise, this is expected due to the villains being Ax-Crazy and real supernatural threats in contrast to the previous Malevolent Masked Men with petty and non-homicidal criminal motives. Zombie Island has Simone, Lena and Jacques, while Witch's Ghost has Ben and Sarah Ravencroft, the latter of witch is much more vile than the former. Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy took this even farther when old villains from the past return with revenge murder on their agenda.

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