ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Z – Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)

Director: Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima, Jim Stenstrum

Writer: Davis Boi, Glenn Leopold (Screenplay) William Hanna, Joseph Barbera (Characters)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, B.J. Ward, Adrienne Barbeau Tara Strong, Cam Clarke, Jim Cummings, Mark Hamill

 

Plot: The Mystery Gang reunite and visit Moonscar Island, a remote island with a dark secret. Daphne wants more than just a villain in a costume, and they get more than they ever expected.


Tagline – This time, the monsters are real!

Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun as Always

 

Story: Scooby Doo on Zombie Island starts as the gang as gone their separate ways, Daphne has become a reporter along with Fred as her producer and is setting out to discover real ghosts, Velma now working in a book story and Shaggy and Scooby work in airport security.

To celebrate Daphne’s birthday the gang come back together to investigate New Orleans, first unsuccessful before they meet Lena a chef on Moonscar Island who brings the gang to Simon Lenoir’s mansion which has a haunted history and it isn’t long before the gang find themselves facing a brand new mystery.

 

Thoughts on Scooby Doo on Zombie Island

 

Characters – We know the gang from before, but this is one of the few animated movies that addresses any sort of career away from the mystery solving antics and a romantic angle between Fred and Daphne. Scooby and Shaggy always getting haunting and searching for their next meal. The suspect list is interesting because we get the home owner Simone who has a mysterious past when it comes to being able to keep the house in a certain style. We have Lena the sexy chef that has a seductive way about her. The gardener Beau that is only ever seen alone or in the aftermath of an incident and Snakebite Scruggs who has been hunting a legendary catfish and hates tourists.

StoryThe story follows the Mystery Inc gang as they have gone into the real world with jobs and careers, they end up coming back together in search for real ghosts with the new mystery being one of the realest they have ever faced. The story does have hints a more adult themes than the television show had ever given us, the mystery being real does seem different and works for a feature film, it does feel like one of the scarier of the stories too.

Adventure/Comedy/Family/MysteryThe adventure the gang find themselves on does feel like one of the scariest in their history, even though the comedy does lighten the mood for the most part, this one will not be for the younger audience though, the horror side will be too much for them to handle, solving the mystery is what we love to do with the gang and what we get to do here.

SettingsThe film keeps most of the action on Moonscar Island in New Orleans, a location known for his mysterious sightings and beliefs, this adds to the horror side of the adventure because elements could be based on real stories.

AnimationThe animation standard is what we have come to expect from the Scooby-Doo franchise, everything works well and we get good moments throughout.


Scene of the Movie –
The on running ‘Dog where’ line.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This does actually feel like a Daphne movie over the rest of the gang.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun addition to the animated Scooby-Doo franchise, while slightly scarier than the rest it does hit the marks needed.

 

Overall: Scooby-Doo fans will enjoy this one.

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Aladdin (1992)

charactr cardDirector: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writer: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale, Charles Adler

 

Plot: When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Instant Classic

 

Story: Aladdin starts as we see the evil Jafar looking for a lamp but hi plans are put on hold when he needs to find a diamond in the rough. We move onto meet street thieve Aladdin who steals to survive and help others who are less fortunate. We also meet Princess Jasmin who needs to be married off by her Sultan father by her next birthday but wants to fall in love before marrying someone.

After Jasmine runs away she meets Aladdin who gets placed into helping Jafar retrieve the Lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Once Aladdin finds the lamp he awakens the Genie who grants him three wishes that could change his life forever.

Aladdin is one of the most popular Disney movies all time and I can see why. We have the unlikely hero that is good at heart but never given the chance to be the success he could be, we have a strong female lead and a villain tired of being in the shadows wanting power. Mixing all of these together we get a full story that does everything you need in a film taking the Disney Princess idea to a new world. This will always be considered a true classic that will forever be loved.

 

Character Review

 

Aladdin: Aladdin is the small town street thieve that does what he needs to, to survive. When he meets Jasmine he instantly falls in love but finds him the target of Jafar to steal a magic lamp. The lamp gives him three wishes that he uses to make himself a Prince to marry Jasmine but it isn’t long before his true self is discovered and he can become a hero by himself. Aladdin is a great character that shows just because he does criminal activities he is doing them for the right reason and is selfless at heart.

Genie: Genie comes from the lamp giving Aladdin three wishes having been trapped for years. He has rules but must grant wishes that don’t break these rules to his master. He loves working for Aladdin but ends up being forced into working for Jafar. Genie is one of Robin William best performance as the pure energy behind this film that you want to see every single scene he is in.

Jasmine: Jasmine is the princess that is being forced into marrying a prince but she keeps rejecting any that come her way. She escapes the kingdom and falls in love with Aladdin who is everything she shouldn’t be marrying. Jasmine is a strong princess which is unlike most of Disney’s for the time she wants love and will make sure she finds it.

Jafar: Jafar is the Sultan’s most trusted advisor but he has plans to become the Sultan himself and will look into to any means to make this happen including finding the lamp to wish for the power. Jafar is one of your typical villains you see in a Disney film that will always be one to hate.

Support Characters: Aladdin has good supporting comedy character that will make you laugh through the film.

Director Review: Ron Clements, John MuskerThe pair give us one of the most memorable and stand out Disney films of all time.

 

Adventure: Aladdin takes us on an adventure as Aladdin goes from street thieve to worthy hand in marriage for Jasmine.

Animation: Aladdin had the brilliant animation you have come to know from Disney.

Comedy: Aladdin has great use of comedy with most coming from Robin Williams.

Family: Aladdin is one the whole family could enjoy with jokes for the whole family to understand.

Fantasy: Aladdin puts us in the middle of a fantasy world that is filled with genies that can grant wishes.

Romance: Aladdin has a romantic story that follows a princess who wants to fall in love rather than be forced into marriage.

Settings: Aladdin puts us into a world that shows the type of world that Aladdin is living in.

Suggestion: Aladdin is one that I think everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Whole New World.

Worst Part: Not one.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears:

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: A diamond in the rough.

Trivia: This film became the 14th (and the first animated movie) to gross more than $200,000,000.

 

Overall: One of the BEST Disney films of all time.

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Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006)

logoDirector: Chuck Sheetz

Writer: Margaret M. Dean, Jed Elinoff, Scott Thomas (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Ron Perlman, Freddy Rodriguez, Tim Conway, Edie McClurg, Kathy Najimy, Arsenio Hall, Dan Castellaneta

 

Plot: Scooby and the gang take a mystery-themed cruise through the Bermuda Triangle, but what starts out as staged hi-jinks soon turns into the real thing. Ghost pirates are prowling the legendary waters of the Triangle, searching for a priceless treasure and someone on board the cruise ship may hold the secret to it’s location. Now Scooby and the rest of gang will have to solve the real mystery behind the mysterious treasure or they may end up walking the plank to sink to the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker!

 

Verdict: Fun Filled Family Adventure

 

Story: We only watch these films to see where the gang end up, as they always end up in a position where there is a mystery to solve. Putting the gang on a mystery cruise only for them to ruin the trip for everyone before the real mystery begins. The case is always larger than the TV series mysteries and usually has a few more twists and turns. It really does what it needs to do and will keep the fans entertained. (7/10)

 

Character Review

 

Scooby Doo: The most famous Great Dane gets up to his usual here, with his stomach taking over, but unlike other films he knows when things get personal he will step up instead of waiting for a Scooby Snack. (7/10)

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Fred: With his parents inviting the gang on the cruise, he gets all embarrassed by them, but his plan as always goes slightly wrong before he takes full control to save his parents. (7/10)

 

Shaggy: Typical Shaggy performance whose stomach always comes first, but his nose helps the gang get to safety when the gang is in danger. (7/10)

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Velma: The brains of the gang who puts together the mystery and as always she knows who did it. (7/10)

 

Daphne: Always comes over as a bit of a diva but always ends up being a lot smarter than she is given credit for, she uses her resources to get the gang free.(7/10)

 

Captain Skunkbeard: The captain who is after a buried treasure in the Bermuda Triangle, he is capturing any ship that comes close and building an army of ghost pirates. (7/10)

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Rupert Garcia: The man that Captain Skunkbeard is after as he has the answer to where the treasure is. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Chuck Sheetz – Good direction to create everything you want in a Scooby Doo film. (7/10)

 

Animation: Good animation showing you don’t need all the best animation for a good film. (7/10)

Comedy: Normal level of comedy for a Scooby film that gives enough laughs without it being a full blown comedy. (7/10)

Family: Good for the whole family to watch. (9/10)

Mystery: Always good for a ‘who done it’ without being too confusing. (8/10)

Settings: Good setting using the Bermuda Triangle and its history to add to the mystery. (9/10)

Suggestion: These films will always be good for the family to watch as they have enough entertainment to keep everyone happy. (Kids And Family Watch)

 

Best Part: Bermuda Triangle idea works well.

Worst Part: Not enough potential suspects.

Funniest Scene: Costume pick.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: This is a franchise that will go on and on.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 minutes

 

Overall: Fun Family Film

Rating 70

Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014)

boxDirector: Brandon Vietti

Writer: Michael Ryan (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Matthew Lillard, Frank Welker, Paul Levesque, Glenn Jacobs, Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, John Cena, Vince McMahon

 

Plot: When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to Wrestlemania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show. Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE superstars to solve the case.

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Verdict: Entertaining crossover

Story: It is hard not to love this as I am a huge fan of Scooby Doo and Wrestling so the mix works well for me. The Scooby investigation is like always throwing up a number of suspects that you have to figure out the truth along with the gang. The WWE superstars join the investigations to good effect adding a few laughs. (8/10)

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Character Review: Shaggy – As always the hunger chicken runs around with his pal Scooby getting himself into trouble. (8/10)

Character Review: Scooby – After he wins the dance contest on the computer he gets invited and causes all sorts of trouble in WWE city. (8/10)

Character Review: Fred – Always up for trying a new piece of technology Fred gets to try his new camera and constantly annoys everyone with the flash. (8/10)

Character Review: Daphne – Thinks wrestling is stupid until she meets John Cena and gets a crush on him. (7/10)

Character Review: Velma – Understands the technology of what is going on but doesn’t seem important to this investigation. (6/10)

Character Review: John Cena – Helps the gang out by saving the day every time they end up in any sort of trouble. (7/10)

Character Review: Sin Cara – Yes Sin Cara is an important character in a film. Doesn’t say a word, but quiet funny. (7/10)

Director Review: Brandon Vietti – Good direction entering his first Scooby adventure after years doing Batman films. (8/10)

 

Animation: Typical fun Scooby adventure really. (8/10)

Family: Good family film to watch pre-Wrestlemania (8/10)

Music: Bit disappoint with the lack of catchy musical numbers, they only use some entrance music. (5/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: A fun setting used WWE City a fictional city where the wrestlers learn their trade surrounded by a creepy forest perfect for Scooby adventure. (8/10)

 

Suggestion: If you are a fan of either you should watch this, it’s all good fun. (Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: AJ training Scooby and Shaggy

Worst Part: Weird choice of Superstars.

Funniest Scene: AJ training

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No, but the Scooby franchise will return.

 

Overall: A good fun Scooby Doo adventure

Rating 77