Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
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|Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King|
|Written by||Joe Sichta|
|Directed by||Joe Sichta|
Larry Joe Campbell
|Country of origin||US|
|Running time||74 min.|
|Distributor||Warner Home Video|
|Preceded by||Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (2007)|
|Followed by||Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword (2009)|
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King (AKA Scooby-Doo And The Shadow Goblins) is the twelfth in the series of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films produced by Warner Bros. Animation (though it used a Hanna-Barbera logo at the end of the movie). This movie, along with the next film Samurai Sword were both produced and completed in 2008, but Goblin King was released first in time for the Halloween season. It was dedicated to Paulette Oates, who helped resurrect Warner Bros. Animation in the late 1980s. All the main voice actors of Mystery, Inc. reprise their roles. The DVD was released on September 23, 2008. This is the first Scooby cartoon produced entirely without either one of the original creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Unlike the previous seven movies, this movie implies to be a mix-up/parody film, similar to Zombie Island, Witch's Ghost (which previously featured Tim Curry), Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase, by making all the fantastical elements of the story real. It is also significant in the fact that it shows Shaggy and Scooby being the main characters, something that has not been seen since the television movies of the 80's. The film is a bit more light-hearted than others. It is the 5th, as well as the 2nd-to-last, movie that involves Scooby and the whole gang where the monsters all turn out to be real, instead of a person in a costume.
The Mystery, Inc. gang visit a Halloween carnival on Halloween night. When the magician "The Amazing Krudsky" (voiced by Wayne Knight) does not allow Scooby to see his show, Shaggy and Scooby expose Krudsky as a fraud. Later, the rebellious fairy Princess Willow (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) enters Krudsky's tent, where he secretly reveals his wishes to become a real magician. The fairy inadvertently causes Krudsky to notice an entry on the Goblin Scepter in a spell book. The Goblin Scepter can be combined with fairy magic to control Halloween. Krudsky then gets an idea to obtain the scepter and rule the world with it. The fairy decides to toy with him, but while flying, the fairy accidentally slams her small body against a metal chair knocking her out; Krudsky then crushes her with his flyswatter. When he notices her cry of pain from being crushed, he sees that she is a real fairy, kidnaps her, and absorbs her magical powers, becoming a real magician.
Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby trick-or-treat all night. Their last stop is a spooky looking house which claims to be a "genuine magic shoppe". However, a very loud thunderstorm also begins, frightening our heroes. Inside, they meet the kind Mr. Gibbles (voiced by Wallace Shawn), who reveals that magic really does exist. At that moment, Willow enters being chased by Krudsky. Krudsky captures the Princess, turns Gibbles into a rabbit, and steals the magic equipment before leaving. Mr. Gibbles explains to an astonished Shaggy and Scooby that Krudsky, after capturing the good magic of the princess, will now want the bad magic held in the scepter of the Goblin King, which will cause an imbalance in the supernatural order. Shaggy and Scooby must go into the world of magic via the Grim Reaper Railway, get the scepter before Krudsky can, and return home before sunrise or else they will be trapped in the magic world forever. Before they depart, Gibbles gives them magic cards that perform spells just by reading the inscription on each one. However, they have to be saved for emergencies because each card can only be used once and each spell is temporary. To make it less suspicious-looking, Shaggy and Scooby are magically disguised by being transformed into monster-like versions of themselves.
While looking for Shaggy and Scooby, Fred, Daphne, Cait and Velma see Krudsky conversing with the Goblin King through a mirror where the Goblin King (voiced by Tim Curry) agrees to exchange his scepter for Princess Willow at midnight at a clock tower. However, seeing all the evil magic and the Goblin King in reality causes Velma's rational mind to shut down; Fred and Daphne leave Velma to rest and go the tower and set a trap for the Goblin King and Krudsky. In the magic world, Shaggy and Scooby go to a bar owned by a werewolf (voiced by Tim Curry) and find that everyone is afraid of the Goblin King and will not help them. The Goblin King's two bumbling henchmen, Glob and Glum (voiced by James Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell), attempt to capture Scooby and Shaggy, but they are saved by Jack O'Lantern (voiced by Jay Leno), a living pumpkin who leads them to three witches while running away from the Headless Horseman. Along the way, they avoid the Headless Horseman (who was Jack's former body) by heading across a covered bridge which the Headless Horseman can't cross. The three of them arrive at the Witches' Hut where they meet the Grand Witch (voiced by Lauren Bacall) and her two fellow witches (voiced by Grey DeLisle and Russi Taylor). The witches send Shaggy and Scooby on a ride on their flying broomstick named Broomy towards the Goblin King's castle, but they are shot down by Glob and Glum by a goblin gun-like cannon.
Landing in a fairy village, Shaggy and Scooby find three fairies who help them to the Goblin King's castle entrance. Using a potion from the witches (made from someone called Scratch), Shaggy and Scooby disguise themselves as Daphne and Velma in order for Glob and Glum to let them into the castle. Only a few minutes away from midnight, Shaggy and Scooby try to run off with the scepter, but are caught and sent to the dungeon by the Goblin King who heads off to meet with Krudsky. At the clock tower, Krudsky and the Goblin King are almost through with their trade when Fred and Daphne release a trap and run off with the princess. But the trap only catches the Goblin King and Krudsky takes the scepter turning himself into the new Goblin King. After turning the Goblin King into a goose, Krudsky and his goblin army capture Fred, Daphne, and the now-awakened Velma, and he uses his powers to turn Fred into a vampire, Daphne into a witch and Velma into a werewolf (respectively). At that moment, Scooby, Shaggy, and Jack O'Lantern arrive having been saved from the dungeon before sunrise by the fairies and Broomy. Jack sacrifices himself to strip Krudsky of the staff which Scooby uses to break Krudsky's spells, restoring his friends and the Goblin King back to normal.
The Goblin King is revealed to be Willow's father, as he holds her responsible for the trouble that has been caused and punishes her for this and her selfishness, grounding her for a year; he, however, admits that he is relieved to have her back. Mr. Gibbles brings Jack back to life with the king's help. The Goblin King then takes Krudsky prisoner for both his crimes and treachery (where the Goblin King tells him that he'll have plenty of time to "work on his act") as he returns to the magic world, alongside the goblin army, Willow, Jack, Broomy, and Mr. Gibbles. To keep the balance between the worlds, the Goblin King also uses one final spell to erase the memory of the events from Fred's, Daphne's, and Velma's minds; however, Scooby and Shaggy are allowed to keep theirs as they have proven their courage. As morning comes, Fred, Daphne, and Velma forget what transpires (due to the effects of the memory-erasing spell) as Shaggy and Scooby-Doo come to pick them up.
- According to the Fair's name (and Krudsky), the gang still resides in the town of Coolsville, their home town frequently referred to in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
- In the scene where Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, and Daphne Blake are being chased by the Monstrous Machine (the Mystery Machine affected by one of Krudsky's spells), they run past a fairground prize stall full of Scrappy-Doo Teddy Bears.
- Judy's silver dress costume is related to Emma's silver dress costume in the What's New Scooby Doo episode Large Dragon at Large.
- Scooby-Doo You Believe in Magic? - a feature which shows simple magic tricks and the secrets behind them.
In the scene where Shaggy & Scooby-Doo enter the monster bar when the monsters are singing, some monsters from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, The Scooby Doo Show, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire are sighted. Here's a list of the featured monsters:
- The Werewolf Ghost from "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf"
- The Phantom Shadow from "A Night of Fright is No Delight"
- The Creeper from "Jeepers! It's the Creeper"
- The Mummy of Ankha from "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too"
- The Snow Ghost from "That's Snow Ghost"
- The Ghost of Mr. Hyde from "Nowhere to Hyde"
- The No-Faced Zombie from "The No-Face Zombie Chase Case"
- The Ozark Witch from "The Ozark Witch Switch"
- Penguin's Troll disguise from "The Caped Crusader Caper"
- A blue version of The Roller Ghoster from "Roller Ghoster Ride"
- A Kelp Monster from "Scooby-Doo, Where's the Crew?"
- Frank Welker - Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones
- Casey Kasem - Shaggy Rogers
- Mindy Cohn - Velma Dinkley
- Grey DeLisle - Daphne Blake, Cat Witch, Honeybee
- Wayne Knight - The Amazing Krudsky
- Jay Leno - Jack O'Lantern
- Wallace Shawn - Mr. Gibbles
- Tim Curry - The Goblin King (credited), Werewolf Bar Owner (uncredited)
- James Belushi - Glob
- Larry Joe Campbell - Glum
- Hayden Panettiere - Fairy Princess Willow
- Lauren Bacall - The Grand Witch
- Thom Adcox-Hernandez - Sparkplug
- Russi Taylor - Owl Witch, Tiddlewink
- Who's At the Door - sung by Wallace Shawn
- Bump in the Night - sung by various Halloween Monsters
- Goblin Oogie Boogie - sung by James Belushi
- Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword was released in 2009.