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Writer: Jeremy Adams

Producers: Jim Krieg, Amy McKenna, Rick Morales, Sam Register

Directors: Cecelia Aranovich Hamilton & Ethan Spaulding

Voice Director: Wes Gleason


July 21, 2019 (San Diego Comic Con)

September 3, 2019 (Digital release) (Walmart DVD release )

October 1, 2019 (wide DVD release)

Synopsis : "The gang returns to Zombie Island ."

On September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo: Where Are You premiered, and won over many people with its more fun, light hearted take on mystery solving . Now we celebrate 50 years of Scooby Doo with an interesting movie to say the least. Let's talk about it. This movie involves the gang winning an all expenses paid vacation to Moonstar Island courtesy of Elvira, though it's actually on Moonscar Island . While Shaggy and Scooby are excited , the other gang members still have the drive to solve mysteries. Things get worse when they encounter a group of zombies who are insistent on finding Morgan Moonscar's treasure , and they get sucked back into mystery solving. Now they have to figure out what's going on.

I guess I should address the elephant in the room. This isn't a direct sequel to Scooby Doo On Zombie Island. It's instead more of an in name only sequel that just uses the movie for nostalgic purposes. I can imagine many people wouldn't like the movie in that regard. How's the movie on it's own though? If you look at it as a regular Scooby movie, then it's pretty good. The main message of the movie is about how you can't always avoid trouble, so you can at least embrace it and work it through with your friends. Let me go through some of the most notable characters.

Shaggy and Scooby : One thing the movie does well is with how Shaggy and Scooby are written. They're very insistent on not solving any mysteries since they just want to get away from it all. While there's a sense of stubbornness, there's also a good heart underneath. They just want to be able to spend time with their friends, and when seeing them miserable, cancels the promise they made to not solve mysteries. Plus, as much as they don't like the scare, they do like the excitement.

Fred, Daphne, and Velma: The rest of the gang is in top form. While they do have the drive to solve mysteries , they also try to go out of the way to not solve mysteries. This helps show how much they care for them. In particular, even when cornered by "real" zombies , they still try to keep the promise for them. They're definitely very good friends even with their tendencies to deliver justice, even with Velma being more skeptical of the supernatural than usual .

Alan Smithee : Of the characters introduced in this movie, Alan Smithee stands out the most. He's a movie director who orchestrated everything in the first half of the movie. He lured the gang with a vacation with Elvira's help, and had his crew dress up as zombies in order to get them to play the part in his movie. Yeah, the guy definitely has his screws loose, even burning the boat at one point to finish the movie , but he still has a great respect for the gang given that he lets them help with the movie and the mystery. Plus, he didn't help the actual fake zombies in finding the treasure.

Now let's talk about the tone and the ending . While there are some dark moments, it's otherwise the tone of regular Scooby movies. There's also plenty of references to other Scooby projects. It's essentially fan pandering , but its at least funny. There's also some intense action, like the car chase. As for the ending , let's discuss. The fake zombies not from the movie crew are actually the ferryman and two locals. However, the gang saw 4 cat creatures, and only 3 were involved in the scheme, meaning a real monster on the loose. The gang then realizes mystery solving is in their blood, and tell the sheriff (The same one from Scooby Doo And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost) that they have the drive to solve mysteries. He then just asks them to be careful.

If someone wants a direct sequel to Scooby Doo On Zombie Island, then this won't exactly be satisfying. As a regular Scooby movie for the 50th anniversary, it's really good, and worth a watch.

Here is the cast for the movie.

Frank Welker as Scooby Doo, Fred Jones

Grey DeLisle Griffin as Daphne Blake , Mrs. Withers, Customer

Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers

Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley

Janell Cox as Cat Person, Sister Withers

David Herman as Jack, Sheriff

John Michael Higgins as Alan Smithee

Dave B. Mitchell as Driver, Ferry Captain

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira

Roger Rose as Lead Cat Person, Narrator

Travis Willingham as Seaver, Customer…
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Mccraeiscook2017205's avatar
I absolutely think this movie sucked because it was an insult to Zombie Island due to it’s false continuity,the real monsters that made the original serious and scary,are all being fake,and it’s lack of dark tone.
JekyllAndHydeChannel's avatar

Plus it acts more of a parody of Zombie Island then an actual fucking sequel to it.

Mccraeiscook2017205's avatar
Yeah,cheap lousy cashgrab.
Pelswick234's avatar
I can’t help but think the last few movies are cheap cash grabs. 
jppiper's avatar
Happy Birthday Scooby-Doo!