Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
|Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers|
|Written by||Jim Ryan|
|Directed by||Paul Sommer
|Voices of||Don Messick
Hamilton Camp (uncredited)
June Foray (uncredited)
Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Paul Frees (uncredited)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||Syndicated|
|Original release||November 1987[when?]|
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is an animated television movie produced by Hanna-Barbera for the Superstars 10 series. It roughly follows the continuity of the 1980-era series, in that Shaggy Rogers, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo are the only Mystery Inc. characters that appear in the telefilm.
Shaggy discovers that his uncle Col. Beauregard has died and left him his country estate, which is on a Southern plantation and is apparently frequented by ghosts. Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy head for the estate in order to claim Shaggy's inheritance. However, upon their arrival, they are pursued by a headless horseman and by the alleged ghost of a Confederate colonel who taunts them by telling to leave or else.
Meanwhile, they meet the creepy manservant Farquard who tells them that a vast fortune in jewels is hidden somewhere on the estate, and it is rightfully his, and Shaggy has no business there. Intrigued, the gang decide to hunt down the jewels, much to Farquard's chagrin and the local Sheriff, who is on the trail of an escaped circus ape and is skeptical about the jewels' existence. They follow the trail through a number of clues that the Colonel has hidden for them, but their progress is interrupted by a number of ghostly apparitions that include living skeletons, headless corpses and the ghostly Colonel himself.
In order to exorcise the ghosts, Scrappy suggests they call ghost exterminators, and the trio end up appointing the "Boo Brothers": Freako, Shreako and Meako (three bumbling ghosts whose mannerisms closely resemble those of the Three Stooges). Their novelty was to get rid of the ghost haunting them. ("They're ghosts themselves!") Is Beauregard Manor really haunted, or are the ghosts created by someone who is out to get the treasure for themselves? There are plenty of suspects including Farquard and the late Colonel's neighbor Billy Bob Scroggins, whose family has been rivaling with the Beauregard family for generations.
Throughout the TV movie, there are 12 various clues to Beauregard’s treasure which led Shaggy, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo to different locations around the mansion. The clues are scrolls and various pieces of jewelry:
- “To find the next clue in the place, go outside. Then look for part of the house with its knee out.” (hidden with a diamond) – the chimney
- “You’re nearer the family jewels than before. A broken key unlocks the next door.” (hidden with another diamond) – the piano
- “Look for a relative who’s quite old, whose face cannot look, and whose hands cannot hold.” (hidden with yet another diamond) – the grandfather clock
- “There’s no pendulum in this clock. So what does it lack besides a tock?” (hidden with a smaller diamond) – the attic
- “For the next clue, don’t look any higher. Just think what you’re called when you’re not the buyer.” (hidden with a gold-&-diamond necklace) – the cellar
- “The next clue you seek is large and flat. It’s the kind of stone you wear as a hat.” (hidden with a gold choker) – a headstone in the cemetery
- “You’re nearing the end of this obstacle course. So if you go buggy, you won’t need a horse.” (hidden with a gold brooch pin) – the stable
- “To get to the bottom of things is the trick. Think how you’re feeling when you’re not sick.” (hidden with a ruby) – the well
- “At the end of this tunnel, there are many more pearls. But on the way, there are many more perils.” – pearls in the basement
- “There’s no mystery about the next clue. Inside Bear Cave, the jewels are in plain view.” – Bear Cave
- “Go to a place that covers the tide. To find the last clue, just ‘pier’ inside.” (pearl-&-ruby necklace) – the boathouse
- “No more riddles, here ends the chase. The treasure’s in the fireplace.” (hidden with a jewel-encrusted crown) – the fireplace
- Shaggy’s truck is actually a Suzuki Samurai.
- The chest that Shaggy searches in the attic is the Chest of Demons (minus the demon face lock plate) from “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.”
- The family feud between the Beauregards and the Scroggins is a reference to the Hatfield-McCoy feud.
- Sorrell Booke plays a comically inept, bald Southern sheriff in “The Dukes of Hazzard”, eventually reprising the role for this animated romp.
- Billy Bob Scroggins shoots musket balls from his flintlock blunderbuss, which actually uses shot (as with a shotgun), though Sheriff Busby called it a ‘rifle gun,’ and Billy Bob called it a rifle.
- Shaggy’s Uncle Beauregard is implied to have been a Confederate colonel: This isn’t possible as the Civil War ended in 1865. This telefilm is most likely set in the 1980s. If he died around the 1980s, he would’ve been at least 140 years old. (assuming he’s commissioned at 20 years old on the last days of the Civil War).
- Shaggy’s classic outfit is a green shirt and red pants. However, during the time period when this TV movie was broadcast (1985-89), he wears a red shirt and blue pants. This 1985 version appears in “Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.”
- The Boo Brothers seem to be a parallel, and they act similar to the Three Stooges.
- This was Paul Frees’s last voice-over performance. He died in 1986, a year before the TV movie was first broadcast.
- Shaggy is more serious than he usually is in the franchise. Also, he seems to be a bit bad-tempered, while other times, he’s much more gentle.
- At the end, Shaggy says they’re ‘splitting for home,’ although they have no way of knowing if the Poor Old Witch is still there.
- Fred, Daphne and Velma don’t appear in this animated film, since these characters were removed for an indefinite period.
- Don Messick ............ Scooby-Doo / Scrappy-Doo
- Casey Kasem ............ Shaggy
- Sorrell Booke ............ Sheriff Rufus Buzby / T.J. Buzby
- William Callaway ............ Billy Bob Scroggins / Beauregard’s ghost / Ape / Ghost in the attic / Headless Horseman
- Victoria Carroll ............ Sadie Mae Scroggins
- Jerry Houser ............ Meako
- Arte Johnson ............ Farquard / Skull Ghost
- Rob Paulsen ............ Shreako / Dispatcher
- Michael Rye ............ Mayor
- Ronnie Schell ............ Freako / Demonstrator ghost
- Hamilton Camp ............ Ghostly laugh (uncredited voice)
- June Foray ............ the Witch (uncredited voice)
- Mel Blanc ............ Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester (uncredited voice)
- Paul Frees ............ Narrator (uncredited voice)
- Executive producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Producer: Kay Wright
- Written by: Jim Ryan
- Supervising director: Ray Patterson
- Directors: Paul Sommer, Carl Urbano
- Executive in charge of production: Jayne Barbera
- Creative design: Iwao Takamoto
- Music composed and conducted by: Sven Libaek
- Director of music supervision: Joanne Miller
- Recording director: Gordon Hunt
- Casting director: Andrea Romano
- Telant coordinator: Kris Zimmerman
- "Main Title Theme" music and lyrics by: William Hanna
- Post-production supervisor: Joed Eaton
- Production manager: Wayne Dearing
Home Media releases
- Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10
- “Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School”
- “Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf”