Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
|Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost|
|Written by||Rick Copp
David A. Goodman
|Directed by||Jim Stenstrum|
Mary Kay Bergman
|Country of origin||United States
Joseph Barbera (executive producer)
William Hanna (executive producer)
|Running time||67 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Home Video|
|Preceded by||Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)|
|Followed by||Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000)|
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost is the second in a series of direct-to-video animated films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on October 5, 1999, and it was produced by Warner Bros. Animation (although with a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. copyright) starting in 1998. The Mystery, Inc. gang, which includes Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma, travel to a New England town called Oakhaven after being invited by horror writer Ben Ravencroft. Like a number of direct-to-video Scooby-Doo animated films released in the late-1990s and early-2000s, Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost features real ghosts instead of simple bad guys in masks, giving the film a darker tone. The videos sold well and received generally positive reviews in the press. The film has been adapted into a book.
It is the second of the first four Scooby Doo direct-to-video film to be animated overseas by Japanese animation studio: Mook Animation.
This film marks the first time voice actor and radio-personality Scott Innes voiced Shaggy, as Billy West (who voiced Shaggy in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island) needed time for his role as Philip J. Fry on Futurama.
Ben Ravencroft, a famous horror writer who Velma is a big fan of, assists the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving a case at a museum. Ben invites them to his hometown, Oakhaven, Massachusetts. When they arrive, they find the town converted into a tourist attraction by Mayor Corey, complete with 17th-century replicas and attractions based on the alleged ghost of Sarah Ravencroft, an ancestor of Ben's who was persecuted as a witch by the town in 1657. Ben disputes this, claiming Sarah to be a Wiccan who used natural herbs to heal people and had a diary that could prove her innocence.
Scooby and Shaggy are chased by a witch and run into Ben and the gang. They find broken tree branches at the scene and are drawn to an all-female gothic rock band, "Hex Girls", lead by Sally "Thorn" McKnight. The gang then decides to split up; Fred and Daphne stay to watch the Hex Girls, Velma and Ben go explore an old barn and Shaggy and Scooby follow the Mayor. Fred and Daphne see Thorn doing some sort of ritual and are convinced the Hex Girls are witches. Velma and Ben find a cherry-picking truck in the barn. Scooby and Shaggy follow Corey, until they encounter the witch and flee to the gang.
The gang, Ben, and the Hex Girls meet in the woods. The witch appears and gives chase, but is captured by Velma. The witch is revealed to be Mr. McKnight, who is Thorn's father. Velma locates the truck and explains that the truck's arm made the witch appear to fly, with the townspeople jointly involved. Ben scolds everyone involved for exploiting Sarah's good name. Back at Ben's house, Fred and Daphne apologize to the Hex Girls and Thorn explains the "ritual" was for soothing her vocal cords and that she is actually part Wiccan. Corey and Mr. McKnight arrive to apologize to Ben for using his ancestor in their publicity stunt, explaining the witch was to boost the town's failing tourist economy and that they found inspiration from digging up the head marker for Sarah's grave; they kept it secret just not to upset Ben. It is then recalled that Scooby found what appeared to be belt buckle earlier, which was actually from Sarah's diary.
Everyone goes to the buckle's location, where Scooby discovers the buried book, which is actually a spell book. Ben reveals that Sarah was indeed a witch who was imprisoned within her book by Wiccans. He engineered the encounters with the gang, as he knew they could lead him to the book. After taking the book from Ben, the gang attempts to flee in the Mystery Machine, but Ben (with his newly acquired powers) renders the Mystery Machine useless by damaging its tires. Ben takes back the book and finally summons Sarah. He soon discovers, however, that her ambitions are to destroy the world, rather than rule it alongside him.
Disillusioned, Ben attempts to imprison Sarah, but she tells him that only a Wiccan could defeat her. The gang launches an attempt to get the book while Sarah begins to turn pumpkins, trees, and a turkey into monsters in order to stop them. Daphne and Velma free the Hex Girls and Velma convinces Thorn to use her part Wiccan ancestry to banish Sarah into her imprisonment. Sarah, however, manages to pull Ben in to make him suffer her fate with her, and they are both imprisoned inside the book. The book is then destroyed when a tree branch which caught fire falls on and burns it. The gang and townsfolk celebrate their deliverance with a Hex Girl concert with Scooby Doo and the gang (and the still-gigantic turkey) joining in on the performance.
- Ben Ravencroft - a famous horror writer and the descendant of Sarah Ravencroft. It is shown, that due to Sarah's magic, Ben is said to have inherited some powers. He attempts to release his ancestor in order to rule the world, but later finds out that she would rather destroy the world instead of ruling it. In the end, he is dragged along with his ancestor into the spellbook, which is later destroyed by a burning branch.
- Sarah Ravencroft - a pale-white middle-aged witch in the 1600s. She terrorized New England until the Wiccans imprisoned her in her spellbook. Unlike Ben, who wishes to rule the world, Sarah prefers to destroy it, putting her at odds with Ben. In the end, she is imprisoned back into her spellbook along with Ben, before the book is destroyed by a burning branch.
- Scott Innes - Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers
- Frank Welker - Fred Jones
- Mary Kay Bergman - Daphne Blake
- B.J. Ward - Velma Dinkley
- Tim Curry - Ben Ravencroft
- Jennifer Hale - Sally "Thorn" McKnight
- Neil Ross - Mayor Corey
- Jane Wiedlin - Dusk
- Kimberly Brooks - Luna
- Tress MacNeille - Sarah Ravencroft
- Peter Renaday - Mr. McKnight
|1.||"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?""||Billy Ray Cyrus||1:02|
|2.||"Hex Girl"||The Hex Girls||1:43|
|3.||"Earth, Wind, Fire, and Air"||The Hex Girls||1:55|
|4.||"The Witch's Ghost"||The Hex Girls||3:10|
|5.||"It's a Mystery"||The Hex Girls||3:08|
|6.||"Scooby Snacks"||The Hex Girls||3:19|
|7.||"Zoinks!"||The Hex Girls||3:10|
|8.||"Those Meddlin' Kids"||The Hex Girls||3:17|
|9.||"Ghost Story"||Louis Febre||3:13|
|10.||"The Ghost Is Here"||Joe Pizzulo, Gary Falcone||2:21|
|11.||"Terror Time"||Joe Pizzulo, Gary Falcone||2:55|
|12.||"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? [Instrumental][Mix]"||David Mook, Ben Raleigh||2:43|
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, a direct sequel to Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, which was released in 2000.
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