Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf
|Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf|
Australian DVD Cover
|Distributed by||Worldvision Enterprises (1988-92)
Turner Program Services (1992-99)
Warner Bros. Television (1999-present)
|Directed by||Ray Patterson|
|Produced by||Berny Wolf
William Hanna (executive)
Joseph Barbera (executive)
|Written by||Mark Bernay|
|Screenplay by||Jim Ryan|
Brian Stokes Mitchell
|Music by||Sven Libaek|
|Editing by||Mark Bernay|
|Production company||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Running time||90 min.|
|Preceded by||Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)|
|Followed by||Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights (1994)|
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a 1988 animated comedy horror movie for television produced by Hanna-Barbera. It was the last to air as part of the Superstars 10 series. It also marks Scrappy-Doo's last appearance until 2002's Scooby Doo live-action feature film.
Every year, all of the classic Hollywood monsters (consisting of Frankenstein's monster, his wife Repulsa, a Mummy, the Witch Sisters, Bone Jangles the Skeleton, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Snyde, Swamp Thing, and Dragonfly) gather at Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania for the "Monster Road Rally", an ultimate road race similar to Wacky Races, awarding the winner with the "Monster of the Year" award as well as many other prizes only monsters would enjoy (and one prize — a trip to Hawaii — that none of the monsters want). This year, however, Dracula receives a postcard from the Wolfman stating that he has retired to Florida and will not be participating. Lacking one of the most well known monsters, Dracula fears they will have to cancel the race. Luckily, Dracula's minion Wolfgang notifies him there is another option, namely, to create a new werewolf. After searching an old book for information on who is next in line to become the next werewolf, it is revealed that it is none other than Shaggy Rogers, who recently demonstrated his skills on the racetrack by winning a funny car race.
Dracula sends his hunchbacked henchmen (the mushmouthed, incomprehensible Crunch and the well-articulated British Brunch, together known as "The Hunch Bunch") to America to transform Shaggy into a werewolf, using the light of the full moon and bring him back to his castle. After two attempts that Scooby thwarts, the Hunch Bunch manage to transform Shaggy by exposing him to moonlight while he is at a drive in movie with Scooby, Scrappy, and his girlfriend Googie in his customized race car. The Hunch Bunch then picks up the car using their "bat-copter" and flies the group back to Transylvania. Here, Shaggy is informed that he was chosen to be the next werewolf and that he must participate in the monster race. Shaggy, having no desire to be a werewolf, is displeased with his current situation. Dracula tries all manner of coercion: bribery of all sorts, imprisonment, and even trapping him in a room with a needle wall. Ultimately, however, Shaggy still refuses until Dracula reluctantly strikes a bargain with him: if he agrees to drive in the race and wins, Dracula will change him back to a human, and allow him and his friends to leave.
Unwilling to lose his werewolf, however, Dracula begins plotting to sabotage Shaggy and keep him from winning. After being kept up most of the night, driving the severely detuned wolf-wagon in the race, being sent on misleading detours, rescuing Scrappy and Googie from traps, and dodging dangerous monsters and magic spells, he even sends Ghengis Kong who grabs Scooby and tickles him, Shaggy manages to win. Dracula refuses to revert the spell, claiming he had his fangs crossed when they made the agreement. The heroes steal Dracula's spell book and make their getaway. Dracula chases them in his weaponized car and then his plane, where the four only barely manage to dodge Dracula's powerful gadgets, but a thunderstorm ensues and Dracula's plane is struck, sending him plummeting into the ocean below where he is chased off by a shark.
In the end, Googie uses the book to change Shaggy back to normal and the group is happy for him to be normal. That night, the gang all sit down to watch another horror movie, but Dracula, Brunch and Crunch sneak up behind their window, and say "We're baaaack!".
Character Voices Starring
- Don Messick as Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
- Casey Kasem as Shaggy
- B.J. Ward as Googie and Repulsa
- Hamilton Camp as Dracula
- Jim Cummings as Frankenstein, Skull Head, and Genghis Kong
- Joan Gerber as Dreadonia and Woman at Store
- Ed Gilbert as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Snyde
- Brian Mitchell as Bonejangles
- Pat Musick as Vanna Pira
- Alan Oppenheimer as Mummy
- Rob Paulsen as Brunch
- Mimi Seton as Screamer
- Frank Welker as Crunch
Image Entertainment released Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf on Laserdisc in 1992, and Warner Home Video later released Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf on DVD in Region 1 on March 5, 2002.
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