DVD Movie Show Reviews
Scooby Doo, Halloween and the Headless Horseman. What a winning
combination. The Mystery gang’s latest adventure begins at a carnival
where Shaggy and Scooby Doo run afoul against The Amazing Krudsky, a lousy
and shady magician who wants nothing more than to be the most powerful
person around. Krudsky’s dream comes true when he captures the Princess
Fairy Willow, steals her powers and then seeks the powerful Goblin Scepter
from the Goblin King. Catching a glimpse of what horrors lie in store for
their friends, Shaggy and Scooby travel to Halloween Land to stop the
Goblin King from trading the scepter for the princess. Along the way,
they befriend Jack O’Latern, borrow a frisky broomstick from a trio of
witches, and take on a band of goblins. Meanwhile, Daphne, Freddy and
Velma try to stop Krudsky in the human world.
There are a lot of things in this movie that remind me of other books and
movies that I liked: the Grim Reaper Railroad reminds me of Harry
Potter’s mode of transportation to the magical world; the witches around
the cauldron remind me of MacBeth; and the Headless Horseman’s inability
to cross the covered bridge recalls the scene from Sleepy Hallow.
The music in this Scooby adventure is, in my opinion, the best of all of
the Scooby movies and is what pulls the whole thing together. The Mystery
gang are split up for much of the movie, which is a pity because the
adventure would have been more fun if the whole gang had been together.
Shaggy and Scooby also spend less time obsessed with food in this movie
than any other adventure they’ve ever been in, which I suppose is only
something a diehard Scooby Doo fan would notice.
The only character I did not like in this movie was Princess Fairy Willow
– she was an annoying, giggling twit. Otherwise, the rest of the
characters were a lot of fun. The voices that bring the characters alive
are fabulous. I can’t believe after all these years that Casey Kasem is
still doing the voice for Norville “Shaggy” Rogers. The amazing Tim
Curry and legendary Lauren Bacall also lend their voices to this fun
Overall, this is the best Scooby Doo movie to come out in years. It was
definitely a scream! And totally worth watching.
The DVD also includes a special track entitled “Scooby-Doo You Believe
in Magic” in which a magician shows the viewer how to do several basic
magic tricks such as the floating rubber band, vanishing #2, disappearing
card trick, and the salt shaker trick. While there are a lot of trailers
and promos on the DVD, the trailer for “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie
Brown” fits perfectly.
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