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Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a television special produced in 1987 by Hanna-Barbera for the Superstars 10 series. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Scrappy-Doo head down south to the Beauregard Mansion. The owner of the plantation, Colonel Beauregard, has passed away, and left everything to Shaggy. There, they learn that hidden somewhere on the property is a 'king's ransom' worth of treasures. However, like all old houses, the estate is haunted! Scrappy decides to hire some ghost exterminators. What our heroes get are the Boo Brothers: Straight Man Freako, wise-cracking Shrieko, and the aptly named Meeko.

If that wasn't enough, there are other perils on the treasure hunt: an escaped circus ape wandering around, hillbilly neighbors the Scroggins; overly affectionate Sadie Mae and her gun-totin' brother Billy Bob, debatably loyal butler Farquard, and Sheriff Rufus Buzby.


Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy have to all this to deal with and more as they track down the treasure, following clues left behind by the colonel.

This was the first of the three Superstars 10 movies to star Scooby, and rather conservative compared to its successors (Ghoul School and Reluctant Werewolf). The presence of real monsters is comparatively minimal, and the plot does contain several mysteries (complete with the classic "Scooby-Doo" Hoax), as opposed to the other two's emphasis on straight-up action and adventure.

This direct-to-TV movie has examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sadie May Scroggins. She's a perfectly pretty scantily clad blonde with long legs and a beautiful figure, and she makes sure her brother doesn't shoot Shaggy, but she comes on so strong that Shaggy is soon more scared of her than the ghosts.
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  • American Accents: Several southerns ones, with the sheriff's being more gentlemanly and the Scroggins siblings having more of a hillbilly vibe. The ghost of Shaggy's uncle uses a stronger drawl and speaks more slowly. Farquard instead uses more of a "creepy" voice with a slight European-ish accent.
  • Badass Mustache: The real sheriff.
  • Bears Are Bad News: One appears and his cave also holds one of the hidden jewels as well.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Several things menace Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy in this one. There's the ghost of Shaggy's uncle, the walking skeleton, a headless horseman, an escaped gorilla (though he's more freaked out than anything), a large bear at one point, and Billy-Bob Scroggins. It ends up the sheriff's brother TJ was behind the ghostly uncle, the skeleton, and the horseman. And with the gorilla not meaning to be scary, and Billy-Bob nothing more than a dangerous annoyance, it's really just a single Big Bad.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For all of their messing around, the Boo Brothers do help Scooby's group out of some jams.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sheriff Buzby stops by several times and ends up this way.
  • Civil War: Shaggy's uncle apparently served, since he wears a Confederate uniform (that is oddly blue). But even if we assume this movie takes place in the 1970s, Shaggy's uncle is described to have known him in his first riddle, and so would have been at least 150 years old (if he was 20 during the war).
  • Closed Circle: Because Shaggy's jeep sinks into the mud, the phone lines do not work, and Billy-Bob is prowling around in the woods.
  • Cold Cash: One of the jewels is hidden in the ice tray in the freezer.
  • Corrupt Hick: Sheriff Buzby.
  • Covered in Kisses: Averted: A recurring gag in the film involves Sadie pulling Shaggy off-screen and kissing him repeatedly. However, due to be a hillbilly, she lacks the lipstick needed for this to work.
  • Covers Always Lie: One poster has Shaggy in his green shirt and brown/brownish red pants when he actually wears his red shirt and jeans in the movie.
  • Crusty Caretaker: Farquad
  • Cute Bruiser: Sadie Mae Scroggins, who can twist her brother's gun around his neck, or in knots.
    • Scrappy has his moments, including tussling with Farquad for a diamond off screen. And standing up to the gorilla.
  • Dance of Romance: One-sided, Sadie Mae thinks that the guys are having a party when music starts playing. She then takes the confused Shaggy and starts dancing. She's immediately smitten with. Shaggy? Not so much.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Being hillbillies, Sadie Mae and her brother are both barefoot.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: One of the many threats is a Killer Gorilla who escapes from a wrecked circus train.
  • Everybody Cries: The Boo Brothers' story about being orphans causes Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy to break into tears.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: An escaped circus ape wandering around the grounds scares Shaggy and Scooby, but as Scrappy points out, isn't that bad a guy.
  • Evil Twin: TJ, the real sheriff's brother, turns out to have been impersonating his brother throughout the movie to get the Beauregard treasure.
  • Expy: The Boo Brothers are an obvious parody of The Three Stooges.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Sadie Mae
  • Feuding Families: Apparently the Beauregards and the Scroggins have been feuding for years, which is why Billy-Bob Scroggins wants to fill Shaggy full of lead.
  • Forceful Kiss: Sadie Mae does this to Shaggy at least twice in the movie. Granted, because it's a kid's film, we never see lip contact. Shaggy's "Like yuck!" response suggests so.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: The first thing the Boo Brothers do to the Civil War ghost is slingshot Meako onto him. The Colonel responds in kind.
  • Headless Horseman: One of the many ghosts, only for our heroes to learn he's just a dummy on a robot horse.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: The Boo Brothers are ghost exterminators- who are ghosts. When Shaggy brings this up, their retort is;
    Freako: It takes one to catch one, don't it?
    Shrieko: Except in our case, it takes three, nyuk nyuk!
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: It's eventually revealed that the sheriff was actually being impersonated by his brother T.J. The real sheriff differs from his brother by having a mustache.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Scooby accidentally uses the Headless Horseman's horse to chase Sheriff Buzby into the pond, Buzby starts telling Scooby to "Push the button!" This gets Shaggy wondering- how did the Sheriff know the horse was mechanical?
  • Killer Gorilla: Subverted, Scrappy even lampshades that the gorilla might not really be dangerous, just scared and alone.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Well let's see, we've got our three heroes going to inherit Shaggy's Uncle plantation. Which happens to be haunted by his ghost, and a skull ghost...and a headless horseman...and a wolf! So they have to call in three real ghosts to bust those ghosts. And if that's not enough, the butler is mad at Shaggy, a hillbilly girl is looking to get with him, her brother is trying to shoot him, there's an escaped circus ape that's big and blue running about, an angry bear as well and a incompetent sheriff out to catch the ape. Catch all that?
    • Then in the end let's make it even more crazy with the fact the sheriff is actually not the sheriff but his twin brother, but luckily the real sheriff shows up and in the end looks like Shaggy's Uncle's real ghost is out there too.
  • Lovable Coward: Besides Scooby and Shaggy, there's also Meeko of the Boo Brothers. Freako has to literally drag the poor ghost into the hunt.
  • Love at First Sight: Sadie Mae falls head over heels in love with Shaggy after meeting him during a dance.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • The Sheriff was behind some of the ghosts, but what about the candle that won't blow out? The hand that scratches Scooby's ear? Shaggy's trousers dancing a jig? The picture that threw a sword at Shaggy?
    • The Skull Ghost is obviously a guy in a costume in some scenes, because you can see the black lining around the bones, but in earlier scenes the ghost has glowing eyes and no black lining, implying that some of the time, it's a real ghost.
    • While Shaggy is reading one of the clues, two people are watching him. The Sheriff didn't have an accomplice.
    • And then there's Shaggy's uncle appearing at the end, and his voice is heard a while before that... Ghosts obviously do exist in this film, since the Boo Brothers are ones, so what's to stop some of the "ghosts" being real ghosts?
  • The Millstone: While they do have some Big Damn Heroes moments, the Boo Brothers do not help with the mystery and largely serve as comic relief.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: The ape.
  • Monster Sob Story: The Boo Brothers do this to talk Shaggy into rehiring them again, complete with playing sad music on a violin.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Billy Bob doesn't want Shaggy anywhere near his overly affectionate sister, giving him another reason to try and shoot him.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Every time Shaggy reads a clue out loud, there's usually a shot of a shadowy figure listening in. After reads the last clue, the Skull Ghost appears with this to say;
    Skull Ghost: Thank you for solving the mystery for me, fools!
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Sadie Mae would love for Shaggy to stop playing "hard to get" so she can be with her beloved.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Holding Shaggy and the dogs at gunpoint, the Skull Ghost repeats this phrase nearly word-for-word by the time he finds the treasure. Had he been paying attention, he might've just got it.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: A possibly intentional case: when the Skull Ghost uncovers the treasure, he drops his British-esque accent and starts sounding Dixie.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Shaggy gets REALLY fed up with the ghosts at one point and wants them out of mansion, even going as far as breaking the record they were dancing to.
  • Overly Long Gag: Shaggy spends almost a minute and a half walking through the woods, talking about how paranoid he's getting with the ghosts while he knows there's really no one following him. The whole time, Sadie May and Billy Bob are following him, tackling each other to try to get an advantage at hugging or shooting him, respectively.
  • Police are Useless: Sheriff Buzby, who comes around only to be the victim of slapstick. Turns out this guy isn't really the sheriff, but his twin brother, TJ.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Given the theme song is entirely about the Boo Brothers, with Scooby Doo hardly mentioned, it's hard to believe this wasn't a pilot for a Boo Brothers series.
  • Powder Trail: Billy Bob blows himself up with the accidental variety.
  • Power Trio: Besides Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy, there's the Boo Brothers.
  • Pungeon Master:
    • Shrieko, who gets a Dope Slap from Freako in return.
    • Also Shaggy's deceased uncle—many of his riddles are solved with puns. The house's knee, for example? The chim-ney.
  • Real After All: The Ghost of Shaggy's uncle. In the end, after the hoax has been exposed, Shaggy sees the ghost and assumes it's Scooby joking around...until Scooby pops up next to him to prove it's no joke! While the previous instances of this ghost appearing was TJ Buzby in disguise, this time it's the real deal.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: It turns out that the 'ghosts' scaring Scooby and company were the result of one of these. Shaggy begins to suspect as much when they find trap doors and such all over the plantation grounds.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Billy Bob has no desire for his sister Sadie Mae to marry a Beauregard, making him want to fill Shaggy with bullet holes quicker.
  • Silly Spook: The Boo Brothers, who come across as a ghostly version of the Three Stooges.
  • The Starscream: Farquad, who while he doesn't make any attempts on Shaggy himself, shows no real concern for Shaggy's welfare and giddily enjoys the prospect of his leaving. He makes it quite clear that he doesn't enjoy being left out of the will after working for 60-odd years.
  • Strongly Worded Letter: Sheriff Buzby's reaction to Billy Bob's Reckless Gun Usage shooting off the belt to his pants (but doing no damage, aside from causing the sheriff's pants to drop) is to threaten to write the hillbilly a citation.
  • Sunglasses at Night: The special takes place at night, yet Farquad wears sunglasses. He takes them off only once to show that he's got a bad case of Fish Eyes.
  • Super Strength: Sadie May Scroggins ties her brother's rifles into knots several times. Her brother's so mad she "took that mail order muscle course!"
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Shaggy lets Farquad keep a diamond he stole from Scrappy, if only because that way he won't think about the riddle they have. Farquad later serves them a nice dinner at the end, presumably appeased.
  • Trigger Happy: Billy Bob Scroggins' first reaction to finding out that Shaggy is "kin folk to the Beauregards, who us Scroggins' have been a-feudin' with for over 145 years" is to try to shoot him, and continues to do so throughout the course of the special. Thankfully, his sister won't let him succeed.
  • Verbal Tic: Shrieko's 'Nyuk nyuk', which doubles as a Shout-Out to The Three Stooges.
  • Vinyl Shatters: Shaggy stops the Boo Brothers' party by grabbing the record off a phonograph and breaking it on the ground as it makes the sound of glass breaking.
  • What's a Henway?: Shrieko tells Freako to be sure he looks in 'the updoc', leading to this exchange:
    Freako: What's updoc?
    Shrieko: Nothing! What's up with you?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • While the gorilla and Farquad storylines are resolved, Billy Bob and Sadie Mae just vanish altogether after the well.
    • A wolf also appears during the beginning of the movie, but disappears shortly afterwards. It may have been robotic like the Headless Horsemen's horse, though.
  • Where It All Began: When Shaggy and the dogs first enter the house, they skid into the fireplace. Guess where the treasure is?
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Though this could be said of many villains in the Scooby-Doo franchise, in this film, its actually zig-zagged. The main villain is impersonating a cop for the duration of the film, and is carrying a weapon, but doesn't ever just shoot Shaggy and his dogs. Why? Because it would draw unnecessary attention, and later, he uses Shaggy to find Beauregard's treasure. However, when Shaggy and the others do attempt to (uncharacteristically bravely) stop the villain at his moment of triumph, he does pull a gun on them as he doesn't need them anymore. Luckily, he is stopped by his own carelessness.


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