For the 53rd anniversary, I wrote up a post re-ranking each of the Scooby series from my original rankings in 2019. A few people mentioned that they would like to see a post of my movie and special rankings. I decided to split up the movies and specials, so my plan is to do the specials next month, but in the meantime, here is my rankings of every Scooby-Doo movies! Since there are 48 of them, this post took forever to write, so I hope you enjoy my rankings!
48. LEGO Scooby-Doo: Blowout Beach Bash
I'll be honest, I was never a fan of this and as I posted recently, it's one of my least favorite pieces of Scooby-Doo media of all time. I enjoyed the first LEGO movie (Haunted Hollywood) quite a bit, but the mystery for this one felt really thin. While I didn't love Music of the Vampire's music, it was at least passable, whereas the songs here were actually annoying. In particular, the "Blowout Beach Bingo Bash" song at the beginning was the worst offender.
47. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the 13th Ghost
Blowout Beach Bash was the only film that I dislike to the point of there being pretty much nothing I enjoyed about it. With this film, I want to start by giving the possibly unpopular opinion that this would have been decent if it were just a normal DTV. Ironically, that's also kind of the problem. Given Scooby fans waited 34 years to get the conclusion of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, this was a pretty big letdown. I don't blame Tim Sheridan at all for this. After listening to his interview with A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo, it's clear he did the best he could with what he had. It was the Warner Brothers mandates of "no real ghosts" and "no Scrappy-Doo" that were the issues. These are both core elements of the series, so essentially, WB set the film up so it could never stay true to the original series. I really respect that Tim Sheridan kind of made the film open ended so people could come to their own conclusions, and I think that was the only way he could have gotten around the mandates to make the film at least somewhat true to the original. However, the issue is that Velma is so in-your-face about it all being fake that it really clouds the ending so that the rest of the gang's perspective doesn't really show.
I think this would have been a decent film if it were just a normal DTV, but it feels disrespectful to the original material to have this as the ending to 13 Ghosts. The tone was nothing like the original series, there were several huge continuity errors, and many of the core characters of the series (Scrappy, Weerd and Bogel) do not show up.
46. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
This film has pretty much the same explanation as the last one. I do feel it's a little better because none of the original Zombie Island characters were actually excluded, but it still pales in comparison to the original Zombie Island, and the same problem with Velma being intense and in-your-face about the zombies all being fake remains.
45. Arabian Nights
It's probably an unpopular opinion to place this film as high as I did, even though it's near the bottom already. To be honest, I appreciate this film for what it was. The only real issue with it is that it's marketed a Scooby film when Scooby-Doo appears in only 20% of the film. Honestly though, given the title card does not say 'Scooby-Doo,' I think it's possible they just marketed the DVD as Scooby-Doo for more sales, when it was not made with the intention of being a Scooby movie. Otherwise, both the Yogi and Magilla stories are interesting and enjoyable. I suppose it really depends on if you like the original Yogi Bear and Magilla Gorilla cartoons, but I do feel that a lot of people's opinion of these films is unfortunately clouded by the lack of Scooby. At least in my opinion, it's not a badly written film if you give it the chance.
44. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
I'm gonna be honest with you all, I did not rewatch all of these films for these rankings. I rewatched certain ones, but my schedule has been increasingly busy lately, so rewatching nearly 50 full-length films wasn't an option without making you all wait until next year for these rankings haha. That being said, there are a few films (like this one) that I've only seen a couple times that I don't remember quite as well, so I may forget some details.
This film was one that I somewhat enjoyed at first, but it is very weird haha. I personally enjoyed "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" with KISS much more. I like the bizarre, fantastical plot of Goblin King much more, but this one didn't do much for me. That isn't to say it's bad though, I just liked most of the other films better and it's not one I'd want to return to often, hence it's ranking.
43. Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
I liked the plot of this, but the musical didn't quite work into the plot as well as it could have, in my opinion. I personally liked "The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!" from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? much more, because it fit better with Christian Slater being a guest star. The gang randomly breaking out into song in this film didn't feel quite as natural.
42. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
While you'll soon see that I found Mystery Begins to be an excellent prequel, this one didn't work as well for me. I liked all of the actors and actresses as much as I did in Mystery Begins, but I didn't enjoy all the romantic stuff. They borrowed the Shaggy/Velma romance element from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and it didn't work well here either. At the very least, their relationship wasn't toxic like it was in SDMI, but it felt like it completely overtook the mystery which was not particularly enjoyable. I also first watched this film when Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was first airing, and since this movie premiered right in the middle of the Velma/Shaggy/Scooby drama in SDMI, it felt like way too much romantic stuff.
This is one that I'm a bit conflicted on. I like the self-parody element of some aspects in the film, but other elements were really annoying and/or bad. As I mentioned this June when I did the voice talent rankings, Fred is characterized as a narcissist here. I think there is a way they could have made it funny, but to me, it felt like he was actually an unlikeable jerk. I would also say that Scrappy being the villain soured me on this film, mainly because it led to 20 years and counting of "Scrappy sucks!" jokes. In terms of the other actors/actresses they picked, while I did like all of them, Matthew Lillard was the only one that really stood out as screaming "this is Shaggy." Daphne and Velma were decent, but neither of them felt like a perfect fit for the roles, even if I did think they did a good job. On the other hand, the plot of the gang breaking up and finding each other again to solve a mystery on an island with demon rituals being performed was interesting.
40. Scooby-Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map
Although it is low on my rankings, I will say that I think this movie gets more hate than it deserves. The most typical complaint I've heard from people is that puppets freak them out. I've never been frightened by puppets, so maybe that's factoring into it, but I like how they tried to reboot A Pup Named Scooby-Doo here. The plot itself is very simple and a bit boring, but I didn't dislike it. Its biggest crime, IMO, is being forgettable.
39. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
I really liked the element of having the gang's old foes come back to haunt them. It was very neat to see the monsters in live-action form. My criticism about Fred from the first movie still stands, Velma and Daphne's actresses feel decent but not perfect fits, and the parody aspect of this is hit or miss for me depending on the scene. This isn't a least favorite, but I wouldn't say I love it either.
38. Big Top, Scooby-Doo!
This is another one of those more forgettable films, IMO. Tbh, I don't know if I've even seen this film since it first came out. I liked the werewolves as villains and the gang becoming part of the circus was fun. I honestly don't remember much else about this film, which I guess further accentuates how forgettable this was to me. I would have been interested in seeing the original DTV for this, which was a combo of Music of the Vampire and this film titled Circus of Vampires.
37. Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon
In 2012, I remember being shocked when they announced WWE was teaming up with Scooby-Doo for a crossover. It seemed like such an odd choice, especially since we'd never had a crossover movie at that point unless you count Arabian Nights (which isn't really a crossover, I'd argue, since each show was separate). I liked WrestleMania Mystery far more than I thought I would, and I enjoyed this one too, but the first one was a bit better to me. The idea of wrestlers racing each other was certainly a creative idea, I'll give them that haha.
36. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
This LEGO crossover is much better than Blowout Beach Bash and represents how to do a differently animated film properly. It was neat to see classic villains like the Mummy, the Headless Horseman and the Zombie in LEGO animation. They worked these classic villains into the plot very well as being roles of a classic horror actor. I also liked the tongue-in-cheek inclusion of the gang being LEGOs, where they could detach their legs and arms and such. That was a clever way to promote the Scooby LEGO sets that didn't feel intrusive or like the LEGO executives were shouting "hey, buy our product!" at you haha.
35. Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword
I feel bad putting this so low since it was Casey Kasem's last time ever voicing Shaggy. However, in an otherwise super solid era of DTVs, this one was a bit more forgettable. The Black Samurai was definitely a cool villain and without ruining anything, I liked the twist at the end. However, the film being so focused on Shaggy and Scooby at the end brought it down a bit, because Goblin King and Chill Out had already just done that, so it would have been nice to have the focus be more on the whole gang.
34. Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
I enjoyed this movie and the villain being a parody of the movie Alien was super neat. We had some good side characters in this one, particularly U-Boat. I didn’t necessarily feel that this was that memorable of a movie, and it’s not one I’ve returned to after the first watch, hence its placement here.
33. Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
I thought this was a really cute movie. The velociraptors and Phantosaur were great villains. Velma’s crush on Windser was an example of romance done well in Scooby, in my opinion. It was a side plot that didn’t take over the mystery, and tbh, it felt like a breath of fresh air as compared to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated where Velma’s relationship with Shaggy was in-your-face. There are so many good Scooby movies that it’s a little hard to rank them, because I don’t want to put any too low, but I like other movies better than this one. This one wasn’t super memorable in any way, I guess except for it creating that Shaggy meme lol.
32. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob
I liked this film quite a bit. After Velma began obnoxiously declaring everything was fake in the 2019 sequels, I was admittedly worried about what would happen with this film since there was time travel involved. However, I thought they handled it really well. I liked the little twist at the end regarding Merlin too, although my one complaint is that I thought they made Merlin a little too ridiculous, particularly how he wore jewelry that said “posh king.” I thought the villain was excellent and it was cool to dive a little more into Shaggy’s ancestry.
31. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
I was pretty surprised when they first announced Scooby would be crossing over with the WWE in 2012 (keep in mind, we’d had no crossover films at that point). I have to say, I liked this much better than I thought I would. The wrestlers all fit decently well with the mystery and it didn’t feel forced like I thought it would. The villain was neat as well, and made sense with the plot. I liked this moreso than the second one, although I like the celebrity chef, Bill Nye, Batman and Courage crossovers better than this one.
30. Scooby-Doo! FrankenCreepy
We’re getting into the top 30, and since there are so many great Scooby movies, it’s getting harder and harder to pick which film should go out next. I quite liked FrankenCreepy, but it’s not one I’ve returned to as often, so that’s going to be my choice for the #30 spot. It was really interesting to explore Velma’s ancestry, and I liked how they incorporated four of the gang’s most classic foes into the mystery. I thought this was an example of referencing classic villains in a way that’s done well, and not just forced in for the sake of having them there like some of the later DTVs would go on to do. The one thing I didn’t like about this film were the transitions. They were over-the-top from the start, and began to wear on me as they continued to be done throughout the film. They didn’t significantly impact the quality of the film, but I would have preferred more subtle transitions instead of ones that were like someone practically screaming “alright, onto the next scene everybody!” in your face lol.
29. Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
I thought this was one of the better crossovers that we got in the era of constant crossover films, that *fingers crossed* is hopefully over for now at this point lol. I enjoyed the celebrity chefs and thought they fit really well into this plot, unlike KISS and the second WWE movie. The villain was also super cool. It was odd they made Fred's uncle Bobby Flay, but I thought Bobby and Giada made good guest stars. I will say though that I have never watched their cooking shows, and I've heard from other people that they were off-model from that. I don't feel anything else about this movie was particularly super memorable, but I do remember walking away from watching this film feeling like they executed this crossover quite well.
28. Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
I want to start out by saying I think the twist in this film was amazingly executed, and I really liked the setting of the theater. The Phantom was also a very cool villain. However, what brought this movie down a bit for me was the Fred and Daphne romance stuff. I don't tend to mind some level of romantic stuff if it's executed well, like Velma and Windser in Legend of the Phantosaur, Fred and Daphne in SDMI, or Velma and Coco in Trick or Treat. I think this had the potential to be executed well. However, creatively speaking, I think it was a very odd choice to frame it as if Daphne came to the sudden realization that she was in love with Fred. Fred and Daphne being a couple has been done so many times throughout the franchise, so it was very weird to have the writers make it seem like it was this revolutionary concept that had never been explored in the history of the franchise. Particularly coming off of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, I feel like it would have been better to just have had Daphne and Fred already be a couple, rather than making fans go through Daphne's hopeless pining for Fred that had already been explored so many times. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this made the film bad in any way. However, I feel the romantic subplot here was focused on too much and detracted from the main plot a bit, which is why this is a little lower than it could have been.
27. Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
I had the disadvantage of not watching the Batman: The Brave and the Bold series when going into this movie, but I imagine it was amazing for fans of this series to have what was essentially a reboot of the series with this crossover. The fact that this movie explored Batman's one unsolved case was a really neat plot. The Crimson Cloak was such a creepy villain. They did a great job of picking a villain that fit well with both franchises. I also thought it was really neat how so many of the old Batman villains showed up in the movie. Overall, I would say this is one of the more memorable crossovers, but it's just slightly beat out by Courage and Bill Nye for me.
26. Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
I could see people being a little surprised that I have this ranked so high, but I have a bit of soft spot for this film. While I do wish Fred, Daphne and Velma would have had more of a role in this film, I really liked seeing Shaggy and Scooby venture of on their own. I liked the Abominable Snowman as a villain, and the setting of the Himalayas had an excellent atmosphere. It was cool Del showed up again, too!
25. Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy
We're at the top 25 of my favorite Scooby-Doo films, and I feel like we're really getting into the good stuff now. It was so cool they brought Tim Conway back in this film to voice Fred's father. I really enjoyed meeting Fred's parents. The gang solving all the mysteries on that mystery cruise so quickly was hilarious haha. The pirates were really amazing villains, and the fact that there were so many of them significantly rose the stakes. A classic for sure!
24. Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
Althoguh I wouldn't really consider this a crossover film since Blue Falcon and Dynomutt were basically just characters in a movie, I do really like this movie. It was neat how they explored Dynomutt lore and incorporated Mr. Hyde from the first Scooby/Dynomutt crossover into this. The plot of the gang being at a Comic Con was very engaging, and I really enjoyed this film overall.
23. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
Although I know this film didn't work for a lot of people because of the car chase being nearly the entire movie, I actually really liked this one. It captured the Halloween vibe well, and the Jackal-Lanterns genuinely felt super creepy. Although it was a bit random, I thought Bill Nye fit very well with the plot here. I didn't like his Guess Who episode very much because I felt his performance was a bit flat, but I really enjoyed his performance here.
22. Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog
This is my favorite Scooby-Doo crossover film. After a bit of a sketchy history the preceding few years about incorporating real monsters, this film did a great job striking a good balance between real and fake. They really combined the best of both worlds with this film, and as somebody who hadn't watched the show as a kid, they did a good job providing background information on Courage without feeling like it was too much. I liked the dark, creepy tone of the film and the mystery was great. The clown randomly showing up throughout the movie was also funny lol. The only thing about the movie I didn't like was the fart joke, and that was so brief it didn't really bother me at all. The cicadas were amazing villains, even as somebody who isn't a fan of bug/animal villains usually. What my favorite part of the film was, though, was the exploration of what it meant to be courageous. That theme fit so well with both of the franchises, and they did a great job incorporating it into the plot without making it seem like some cringey lesson for kids. I was super impressed with this crossover, and it's my favorite of any of the crossover films. I know this was originally going to be one of the Guess Who episodes, but I'm so glad that they made this into a movie.
21. Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
Besides the 2010 films, this is my favorite of the animated 2010s era DTVs. I really like films that explore the gang's ancestry, and I thought this film did a really good job with that concept. I thought the Ghost of Dapper Jack had a super creepy design, especially due to his skeletal features. The ending (which I won't ruin) reminds me quite a bit of the ending of Boo Brothers, which is neat. I found all of the minor characters in this film to be well-developed, which made for an engaging plot.
20. Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster
This is easily my favorite version of the Loch Ness Monster. As I just mentioned, I like plots where we get to know more about the gang through meeting their family (and I hadn't really thought about how heavily explored that type of plot is in these DTVs until writing up these reviews haha). It was really interesting that they explored that Daphne's danger-prone tendency is because it runs in the family. The atmosphere of being in Daphne's ancestral castle is amazing and really makes this movie for me. The film had a very cinematic feel to me, which greatly contributed to my enjoyment of this.
19. Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
I really love this film, and like the last one, a big part of that is because of the setting. The Hawaii setting is so atmospheric and the whole movie gives off a summery vibe, which is when I often watch this film. The Wiki Tiki was a super creepy and menacing villain, and the plot around the surfing contest is a lot of fun!
18. Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
A ranking of #18 seems too low for this, but I guess it just goes to show how many stone cold classics are left! Tony Cervone and Spike Brandt did an incredible job with this film, and it really captures that same dark tone that I love so much from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. The Woodsman in particular is a terrifying villain that looks like he came out of a horror movie, but the Spectre of Shadow Canyon and the Fishmen were also amazing. The setting of the camp felt very spooky, even during the daytime scenes. The twist at the end with one of the campers was also quite shocking.
17. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
Besides Daphne & Velma, this is my favorite of the Scooby live action films. I don't necessarily feel all the actors and actresses did a perfect job with playing the roles of the gang, but they had nice chemistry with one another throughout the film. The plot of the gang meeting at school and bonding over a mystery worked really well, and it was fun to see them become closer throughout the course of the movie. Even if it's not perfect, I thought this was a really nice origin story for Scooby. I still watch this pretty much every year on the anniversary.
16. Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico
This is such a classic when it comes to Scooby movies. I love that they got the original cast back, and while I wouldn't say that this felt like a Where Are You episode, they certainly did a good job capturing the classic tone. It was fun seeing the gang go to Mexico to meet up with Fred's pen pal. Alejo and Luis fit super well with the gang and I enjoyed the large chunk of the movie that was spent exploring the city and nearby area.
15. Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy?
Similar to Loch Ness Monster, this film has a very cinematic feel to it. I absolutely love the twist at the end regarding the culprit. The hordes of mummies marauding in the tomb gave this film a dark tone, although even the scenes where the gang is outside the tomb are fun little adventures. I thought Cleopatra's ghost was an amazing villain. While I wouldn't usually like this type of character, I even thought Amelia and the other tomb raiders were good characters and that was an interesting plot point to explore. This movie kind of stands out as notable in the sense that Velma wasn't in most of it, and I found it interesting to see the gang's dynamic when it was just Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne and Fred.
14. Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo!
There are going to be a few moments coming soon where a good chunk of readers probably are going to exclaim "how did this get so high?", and this is one of them lol. It may just be recency bias, but Trick or Treat really worked for me as a DTV. While I wouldn't want Coco creating all the monster costumes the gang has ever faced to become canon, this worked very well for me as a one-off. I've seen some people complain about the last 20 minutes of this divulging into randomness, but that was my favorite part lol. That's right up my alley in terms of humor, so that was great to see and I'd honestly love if it happened again in future films. I just wrote up a whole review on it about a month ago where you can read my full thoughts, but yeah, this one really clicked for me more than I thought I would. This is my favorite regular DTV in the last 12 years.
13. Scooby Goes Hollywood
This might be another surprise for people, as I don't think a lot of people would put this so high. A theme you'll notice as we get higher up here is that I love Scooby movies that take creative risks like this. I guess there was no creative risk yet since this was the first ever Scooby film, but I really liked how meta this special was. Watching Shaggy and Scooby's adventures chasing stardom was really entertaining, and this remains a classic for me even though it's completely unlike any of the other films. I really liked the musical numbers and in my opinion, this is a good example of how you do a Scooby-Doo musical film right, unlike Music of the Vampire which I found to be just okay.
And we have yet another example where many of you are probably saying "how is this so high in your rankings?" haha. I know this is kind of a polarizing film where people seem to either love it or hate it, but I really liked this film. The most frequent criticism I see about this film is that it's more of an adventure than a mystery, but I've honestly never really been one of those fans who is hardcore "Scooby must be mysteries and mysteries alone." This was a really fun adventure film and I liked the attempt at creating a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, even though it seems like that concept has been completely scrapped after this film. I don't really have any amazing case to make for why this is such a top tier Scooby movie; I guess I just found this to be a really fun, feel-good adventure and that's why this is so high for me.
11. Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo
I'm going to fully admit, this probably wouldn't be as high as it is if not for my high level of focus on this movie for my current fanfic. The atmosphere of Whirlen's castle is amazing, and I really liked Madelyn's character. I know many people didn't like her having a crush on Shaggy, but it honestly didn't really bother me and felt like background. I loved what unique villains this movie had. The gryphon was a super cool choice of villain that fit really well with the magic school, and I loved how the banshee was able to switch between looking like a beautiful woman and a hideous crone.
10. Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
So we've arrived at my top 10, and we're kicking it off with Legend of the Vampire. Having the gang solve a mystery at the music festival was a really cool setting, but the stars of this film for me were the villains. The Yowie Yahoo was a more menacing, freaky vampire than we'd ever seen before in Scooby, even with Gramps the Vamp being a tough act to follow. As for the Wildwind vampires...well, it's my username, so you can imagine my opinion on them isn't exactly negative lol. I loved seeing the Hex Girls again too! The only thing I think could have been improved is that I wish the Hex Girls were more prominent in the film. As compared to Witch's Ghost, they almost feel like background characters here, which is a shame since they were so well-loved in Witch's Ghost.
9. Daphne & Velma
I guarantee you that 99% of the Scooby fandom does not share my opinion here. This movie gets way more hate than it deserves in my opinion, and it saddens me a little bit that most people don't even bother watching this film. I can totally understand that it's not for everyone and that most people aren't going to think of highly of it as I do, but I wish people would give it a chance before bashing it. This film felt honestly like what we'd get if Disney announced they were making an original movie around Scooby-Doo. I know that genre isn't for everyone, but I felt like it really worked here. Even without a monster, this was a really fun, feel-good mystery plot and it was cool to see a different take on the origin story of how Daphne and Velma met.
8. Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
Unless you're counting the 80s movies (all of which are in the top 7), I believe this is the last controversial opinion of the bunch. Most people seem to think this movie is absolutely bonkers, and I completely agree with them...except I think it's weird in a good way. This movie is probably the wackiest Scooby film out there, but it's executed so well. What I enjoy most about the film is how it incorporates Halloween into almost every aspect of the film, while staying super lighthearted and fun. When I first saw the film, my reaction was "what the heck did I just watch?", but on subsequent watches, I really warmed up to this. This is easily the best Scooby-Doo Halloween film, and I still watch this every single year close to Halloween.
7. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf
All of the 1980s films are absolutely top tier for me, but this one is just slightly below the other two. I love the concept of Shaggy being dragged back to Dracula's monster realm to be put in a race. The atmosphere of the castle is top notch and the racing antics are so much fun. I thought Googie fit really naturally into the film. The only thing I will say against the film is that the racing segment is just a tad bit long.
6. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
While it's my least favorite of the "Revival Era" DTVs, that certainly should not be taken as a diminishment of how incredible this film is. It's such a cool plot idea to have the gang be sucked into a video game based on their own mystery-solving adventures. The Phantom Virus was a very creepy and menacing villain, and the film got even better when the gang's old foes appeared in the video game. It was super amazing how the gang got to meet the past versions of themselves through the video game and solve the mystery with them.
5. Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
I absolutely adore this movie. Shaggy and Scooby's relationship with Crystal and Amber was so sweet, which makes the ending even more heartbreaking. In my opinion, this is the best done romantic plot in the entirety of the franchise. Besides the Space Kook (because there's just no way to live up to him lol), these are also easily my favorite aliens in the entire franchise. Everything about the plot and atmosphere of this movie is amazing.
4. Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost
Besides the fact that this movie (and Zombie Island) has the best writing in the entire franchise IMO, the setting is also what makes this film so incredible. Oakhaven's small-town setting feels so quiet and peaceful, and I love how the movie progresses slowly at the beginning to allow us to get to know each of the side characters. The twist at the end is also hands-down the best twist in the entire Scooby franchise (although it does have some fierce competition from "Wrath of the Krampus). This movie also gave us the Hex Girls, who are my favorite recurring characters in the entire franchise.
3. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
If we got another film in this tone someday, I think I would be over the moon. I love the maturity of this film, both tone-wise and in terms of the characters' personalities. The Ghost of Morgan Moonscar and all the zombies are incredible villains
2. Scooby-Doo and the Boo Brothers
Some people say the Scrappy-Doo era didn't do mysteries very well, but I find the mystery in this film to be absolute perfection. I love scavenger hunts and haunted houses, and the omnipresence of all the different ghosts was amazing. I loved that element in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, so it was really cool to see it brought back here in a more developed way. The Boo Brothers being parodies of the Three Stooges never personally bothered me like it does some others. Some of the ghost designs here were incredible, particularly the ghost of Shaggy's uncle. He's such a creepy villain and remains one of my favorite ghosts in the Scooby franchise to date. Although this isn't exactly like a Scooby-Doo mystery, I'm in love with the plot of this film and how it provides a little bit of a twist on the classic Scooby-Doo formula.
1. Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
This comes as no surprise if you've been following this blog for awhile lol. This is such a creative concept for a Scooby film and I have so much nostalgia over this film. The girl ghouls are absolutely adorable and I like the plot of Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy having to save them from an evil witch and her minions. The puns are also top notch haha. This is such a unique contribution to Scooby's filmography and I really appreciate how different this film was.
Wow, this ended up being a gigantic post lol. If anyone else is up to the daunting task of ranking every single Scooby film, I'd love to see your rankings! Since we're getting new DTVs every year, I'm also thinking about keeping a running list of my rankings at the end of my reviews for all future DTVs, similar to what I did with Guess Who.
I tried to keep my reviews decently condensed so this post was a manageable length (not to mention that writing 48 paragraphs certainly took a good chunk of the day to type up lol), but if you're curious about my opinions related to anything I didn't mention, you're always welcome to ask in the comments!
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Oh boy, here we go:
11/1/2022 09:52:27 am
Wow, yeah it's a very different list! I wasn't too surprised about any of your choices, but Legend of the Phantosaur and Big Top seem super high to me! I didn't really feel either of those were particularly memorable, tbh.
11/1/2022 10:31:24 am
Funny you say that, those are actually easily some of the most memorable post-2010 DTVs to me. In contrast to others like Abracadabra Doo, Trick or Treat, Daphne & Velma, etc, which are some of the most memorable for you, but I feel the opposite about them. And I do feel it's recency bias that Trick or Treat is so high for you, I feel that's gonna drop down a good number places (I was especially taken aback by it being higher than almost every WNSD era DTV, an era you like a lot).
11/1/2022 10:57:37 am
Abracadabra has always been memorable to me, although I will admit it might be a little higher because of recency bias with the fanfic I'm writing. You're probably right about Trick or Treat lol. I don't blame you for not writing up 48 explanations. That took me hours to write all that up haha.
11/1/2022 01:44:17 pm
I don't think Camp Scare and Abracadabra Doo have similar tones, one is a slasher-esque whilr the other is Harry Potter-esque, they're inherently very different. As a slasher fan, Camp Scare is definitely more up my alley.
11/1/2022 02:05:41 pm
They're definitely different in that regard, I just thought they both had similarly dark tones, albeit for different reasons. Camp Scare is darker in terms of it feel dark in a slasher way, but the castle in Abracadabra Doo and the island also felt quite dark to me at times. I guess Camp Scare is more consistently dark, though.
11/1/2022 10:37:34 am
Oops, #26 was meant to say Music of the Vampire, not Legend of the Vampire (why do I keep mixing them up lol).
11/1/2022 04:31:27 pm
I would say your list is closest to mine of any list here at the moment. A few big and small differences, but yeah
11/1/2022 11:50:16 am
Oh boy..that list is so different from mine and some of your opinions are really controversial. But, it's okay. Daphne and Velma is too high imo, same with Mystery Begins. Curse of the 13th Ghost is underrated in my opinion..that might be because I haven't watched the "Scooby Doo and the 13 ghosts" series but I'll get to that sometime. Stage Fright, Frankencreepy, WWE original and Batman brave and the bold are all in my top 10 and were so low on yours lol. But, we all have our opinions. Boo brothers and ghoul school are really enjoyable but they aren't top 10 for me.
11/1/2022 12:52:06 pm
Yeah, I knew Mystery Begins and Daphne & Velma were probably not going to be very high on anyone else's lists, but I really enjoy those films. I'd definitely recommend watching 13 Ghosts if you have the chance! I enjoyed Stage Fright, FrankenCreepy, WWE and Brave and the Bold even though they were ranked a bit lower. I just liked other movies a little better. Ghoul School and Boo Brothers have a ton of nostalgia from childhood for me, and they've been my favorites since I was a kid.
11/1/2022 11:53:22 am
1. Scooby Doo- Camp Scare!
11/1/2022 12:53:22 pm
Wow, Stage Fright, Big Top and Curse of the 13th Ghost are super high! I'm a little surprised with how low Ghoul School is too. You've got a great list here, though!
11/1/2022 04:41:37 pm
Yeah..Big Top was one of the films that when I went to recheck the list I was confused to find so high..I'd put it behind reluctant werewolf now.
11/1/2022 12:37:48 pm
One thing that could have made return to zombie island better besides getting rid of Velma’s need for monsters to be fake was the fourth werecat. The movie never explained where the fourth were-cat came from and the one character even said that maybe mystery inc didn’t stop all the werecats last time. If the fourth werecat had been the plot of the movie maybe it could have turned out differently.
11/1/2022 12:55:04 pm
I absolutely agree with you. I usually like plots where there's a mysterious villain and you don't know whether they're real or fake, but here it didn't really make sense. Like you said, it was very random and they never really explained where the werecat came from or incorporate it into the plot of the movie at all.
11/1/2022 01:42:02 pm
I couldn't rank all of these movies so easily, but I will admit there are some that do rank higher for me, and I do have criticisms for some of them, but in the end, I enjoyed every single one of these movies.
11/1/2022 02:03:24 pm
There are very few Scooby movies I don't enjoy either. The only one I don't enjoy at all is Blowout Beach Bash, but the other ones are all good. Curse of the 13th Ghost and Return to Zombie Island annoy me from a continuity standpoint, but I don't dislike them and there are definitely parts of the movie that are enjoyable.
11/1/2022 03:52:01 pm
Been told I have the worst list ever seen, so I figured I’d share
11/1/2022 11:00:56 pm
I don't think your list was terrible. A lot of your picks seemed similar to mine and others one here. I'm a little surprised Reluctant Werewolf and Cyber Chase is so low, but otherwise I wouldn't say anything about your list was shocking. It was great to see SCOOB! so high on someone's list too! It's really underappreciated IMO.
11/1/2022 04:12:03 pm
I noticed I’m missing Frankencreepy. I’ll put it at 20. I’m missing another one and I’m really not sure what it is. But it’s bothering me.
11/1/2022 04:23:01 pm
Moon Monster Madness is missing
11/1/2022 04:58:37 pm
Ahh, thank you. I had Moon Monster Madness on my draft while writing this, don’t know how I skipped over it. After Monster of Mexico before Big Top is where I would put it.
11/1/2022 04:22:55 pm
I probably COULD rank some more of these, but I have either not seen or have just not refreshed myself on a lot of these, so my ranking are the ones that I think I can fairly rank, which are 30 of them because I don’t *want* to rank all of them and I want to provide a little commentary
11/1/2022 11:10:19 pm
30. It's interesting you like the first film better than the sequel!
11/2/2022 01:14:46 am
I don't mean more childish as an insult at all as I feel there is nothing wrong with a certain level of childishness in Scooby Doo. I love A Pup Named Scooby Doo for example. But in comparison to those other 3 (not necessarily in comparison to all of the movies), it definitely feels more geared towards children to me. Less mature is probably a better way of stating it, but I mean the same thing there
11/2/2022 06:29:36 am
Oh okay, that makes sense. I was tired when I responded to your comment last night, so I didn't pay attention to the fact that you hadn't seen any movie past 2014 (except for SCOOB!). Is that because of what you mentioned last week about always having the option of new content to watch?
11/2/2022 07:07:52 pm
I’ve seen a couple of them, as I said below there, but it’s been a while. I think that has to do with it a little bit, also just the fact that I like returning to the older stuff a lot of the time when I have the time to watch something
11/2/2022 07:49:57 pm
That makes sense! I look forward to hearing what you think of the post-2014 films if you ever watch them :)
11/2/2022 04:55:46 am
Oh wow, I was a bit surprised you still haven't seen any movie past Frankencreepy except Scoob. I guess I was under the impression you had seen at least Straight Outta Nowhere and such. When you decide to check all of them out, you'll be in for a wild ride.
11/2/2022 09:48:00 am
I’ve seen Moon Monster Madness before, and while I don’t remember it being bad, I barely even remember it, and I’ve seen one of the Lego ones, but try not to remember it. I’ve also seen part of the Batman one, but think I got busy and then never finished it
11/2/2022 07:59:00 pm
I was surprised to see Moon Monster Madness so high on a few people's lists, because I also barely remember it.
11/1/2022 05:57:33 pm
Love them all
11/1/2022 07:30:39 pm
Definitely some surprises! Appreciate the effort it took to write out all your thoughts.
11/1/2022 11:15:25 pm
Thanks! :) I feel like a lot of What's New films (except maybe Chill Out and Samurai Sword) stand out to me, but Pirates Ahoy is definitely a big standout. I agree with you that it feels very cinematic and it was a lot of fun to meet Fred's parents. For me, I never felt it was cheap, but I don't get the comparison to Where Are You that some people make. I've heard a few people say "it's just like Where Are You," but it didn't feel like that same tone at all to me even though the voice actors were there. Dracula's one of my favorite parts of Reluctant Werewolf too lol. I like Googie quite a bit, and would love to see her again. With Cyber Chase, I guess I don't agree about the setting being boring, but I think the pacing could have been better. It always bothered me how they rushed through six of the levels in a montage when some of them looked like fun lol. I think it would have been better if the levels were paced better, since they started feeling rushed after the first level (except for the final level). YES! Boo Brothers has incredible animation and I would argue it's some of the best in the franchise. I love how moody it is!
11/2/2022 06:09:58 am
Here: 43. Return to Zombie Island
11/2/2022 06:27:13 am
Lol I enjoyed reading your list! The only surprises were that Cyber Chase and especially Aloha Scooby-Doo seemed low compared to most other people's lists.
11/2/2022 06:59:01 pm
I honestly don't know what people see in Aloha, I haven't watched in a whille but from what I remember the villain is super obvious and easy to figure out really early making the whole movie really dull and anticlimatic.
11/2/2022 07:07:23 pm
As for Cyber Chase, I watched a review a little while back that was a real eye opener to just how bad and lazy the writing really is.
11/2/2022 07:49:02 pm
The villain was kind of easy to figure out, I guess, but I just enjoy the summer vibe of it and how peaceful the atmosphere/setting of the film feels. I thought the Wiki Tiki had a very cool design even if it was easy to figure out the culprit.
11/2/2022 10:31:28 pm
I guess my thing is that Scooby Doo rarely throws me in for a loop with the culprit anyway, so I guess stuff like that doesn’t bother me. There probably are exceptions I guess, but for me, it’s not like we have Agatha Christie writing movie scripts for Scooby Doo or anything lol
11/3/2022 06:27:41 am
Lol someday we need a mind-bending, Agatha Christie level Scooby-Doo episode haha. The only reason a culprit being easy to figure out would bother me is if the villain had a cheesy/bad design too, for example, the ghost costume that Asa Shanks wore lol.
11/3/2022 11:34:20 am
For me what let's Cyber Chase down is the fact they go through 3 levels then it's like, oh, we've run out of time, song and montage time and just skip so many interesting ones in the blink of an eye.
11/3/2022 02:25:05 pm
That bothers me as well. Some of those levels, like the giant bug and the Ancient Egyptian one, looked really interesting. While it’s something that I wish were written better, it didn’t cloud the whole movie for me like it did for you. The first three levels (especially the first one) and final level are great, but yeah that was really lazy writing on their part to go through all those levels so quickly.
11/3/2022 03:09:27 pm
I could get behind wishing it was longer for more depth in those levels, but I still don’t think it bothers me much at all in my rankings
11/4/2022 12:12:46 pm
Surprised I'm saying this but I actually didn't mind the Curse of the 13th Ghost 2nd time around. Yeah it's not the best but it wasn't all bad and there were some neat elements, so thinking about I'd probably stick it around mid-tier 20s. I'll give Return to Zombie Island a rewatch to but expect that to remain shite.
11/5/2022 08:14:30 pm
I'll have to rewatch them at some point, because I've only watched Curse of the 13th Ghost and Return to Zombie Island when they first came out. Interesting you thought 13th Ghost was better the second time though. I'll be interested to see if Return to Zombie Island improves on your second watch!
11/6/2022 02:38:58 pm
For Zombie Island it did a little but I'd still rank it dead last for just being totally stupid and destroying the vibe of the original. As for Curse I'd say 30/43.
11/6/2022 03:20:13 pm
Yeah, I don't think my opinion will change on it either when I rewatch it. Curse of the 13th Ghost at least had the semblance of the original tone, whereas Return to Zombie Island didn't really even have that.
11/2/2022 08:51:39 am
I was expecting Goblin King to be more divisive, but almost everyone here has it fairly high on their list. That movie tends to receive so many varying responses that it would warrant a poll to itself lol, with options of "love it", "like it", "neutral", "dislike it" & "hate it". Would be interesting, this idea could work for all divisive Scooby films.
11/2/2022 01:51:33 pm
Yeah, it’s crazy how many people have Goblin King so high on their list! I expected to be in the minority placing Goblin King so high.
11/2/2022 09:50:42 am
Do you have tickets for scolding instead of shooting? Just kidding of course, I can’t complain about this one too much even though seeing Aloha that low is sad lol
11/2/2022 07:00:27 pm
Ha Ha, as I said to Wildwind, from what I remember it was super easy to figure out the villain early making the whole film super anticlimatic and boring.
11/2/2022 09:13:01 am
biggest problem with this list is scoob, scooby goes hollywood, and daphne & velma are way too high. and stage fright is way too low.
11/2/2022 11:36:56 am
Your list is definitely a very unique one with a lot of your placements! I have only rewatched 15 of the 47 Scooby films (I personally include Goes Hollywood in my specials ranking) and I do not supply a rating or ranking until I have fully re-seen them. So I'm way behind on this and probably won't have it ready for a while longer still!
11/2/2022 01:54:43 pm
I look forward to seeing your list! :)
11/2/2022 09:36:55 pm
What I like best about Chill Out ( my #9) is how they are kept apart. They start out separated and remain that way for the longest time. It really gives Daphne, Velma, and Fred time to shine as a unit To me, those three were basically lifeless and lacking in personality in the late 70s so giving them room to do their thing was futile. It was only later when they honed in on the potential, could you achieve something like Chill Out did: making the trio the best part of the movie.
11/3/2022 06:29:32 am
That's a really interesting way of looking at it! I agree them being separated works for the most part in Chill Out, although Shaggy and Scooby felt way more prominent than Fred, Velma and Daphne. I don't feel it worked as well in Samurai Sword, since Fred, Velma and Daphne were just kind of pushed to the background for a good part of the film.
11/3/2022 08:17:27 am
Tbf, they are pushed even more to the background in Goblin King, yet it's in the top 10. It doesn't bother me that the last few WNSD movies were more Shaggy and Scooby centric, in a lot of ways it works in those films' favor for the stories they're going for.
11/3/2022 10:04:04 am
Yeah, I agree with you. Goblin King worked as a Dhaggy/Scooby solo adventure whereas the plot of Samurai Sword wasn’t as strong in general (and Fred, Daphne and Velma being absent didn’t help that).
11/3/2022 10:43:34 am
I’ll say this much for Goblin King in comparison to Samurai Sword (even though you know my opinion on it), I at least remember it enough to rank, despite last seeing it around the same time as Samurai Sword which I did not feel comfortable ranking
11/3/2022 02:22:40 pm
Yeah, even though I love the WNSD era of movies, Samurai Sword is easily the least memorable.
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11/4/2022 02:14:51 am
I like James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies, But can we please not let him release the R-rated cut of the first live action Scooby-Doo movie.
11/4/2022 08:29:21 am
There's no R rated cut in the first place. That early version of the script was never filmed and produced.
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11/4/2022 08:36:42 am
11/11/2022 02:09:21 pm
Wow i was one of the people who asked about a film ranking and i really enjoyed this long post. Here is another big post i hope some of you will read it all and let me know their opinions about my list. So here we go.
11/11/2022 02:18:03 pm
11/12/2022 08:15:30 am
No worries about the long post! :)
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