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Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King

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 Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King  (DVD)

  Review by Minal 10/6/08

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 adventure.

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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Updated 10/6/08  


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