Scooby-Doo was a staple of Saturday morning cartoons, regardless of what decade you grew up in.
There have been 14 cartoon shows and over 40 movies based on Scooby, and they are not slowing down It seems that every year or two there is a new show, or movie, or both.
Some of the new iterations are amazing, some are horrible. If you haven’t watched Scooby-Doo and the gang since the 70s or the 80s, where do you start? You start right here, that’s where. I am going to break down the
5 Best Direct-To-Video Scooby-Doo Movies
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island was the first direct-to-video movie. Released in 1998, it started a new chapter for the franchise, focusing on longer-form action-oriented storylines that were deeper and slightly darker while still holding on to the humor we love.
The members of Mystery, Inc. get bored with solving mysteries. The culprits always turn out to be phonies so Daphne chooses to hunt real ghosts instead of fakes. The gang reunites after a year and go on a road trip to find haunted destinations for Daphne’s show.
Their search brings them to zombie island (Moonscar Island). Although they are initially investigating the ghost of pirate Morgan Moonscar, the plot takes a turn when they find the island is swarming with zombies. Real zombies!
Pirates, zombies, voodoo, cat people, and more. This movie throws in so many elements that each could have been a movie on its own. Yet the writers manage to make it all work together in this now-classic.
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost
This time Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang travel to Oakhaven, Massachusetts to investigate some strange events going on with the popular novelist, Ben Ravencroft. When all the trouble is blamed on the ghost of a 17th-century witch that is an ancestor of Ben’s.
Ben claims his ancestor Sarah was a Wiccan and never a witch, to begin with. It is up to the gang to find Sarah’s missing journal and get to the bottom of this mystery.
While still having a darker undertone, it was not quite as scary as zombie island. The development team had much more creative control over the first movie, and they used it.
The Witches Ghost also introduces fan-favorite “The Hex Girls” into the series. An all-girl goth/rock group that performs most of the music for the movie. The Hex Girls have since become very popular and have appeared in several movies.
- Scott Innes, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker (Actors)
- Jim Stenstrum (Director) - David A. Goodman (Writer)
- Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
UFO sightings have always intrigued millions of people across the globe so it makes sense that Mystery Inc. would jump on the bandwagon eventually. Alien Invaders was the third direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movie.
Shaggy takes a wrong turn and enters into a hidden government base where they encounter a UFO. This causes Shaggy to crash the Mystery Machine and the gang are now stuck in this small town until they can get repairs.
From there it is straight-up X-Files, with UFO sightings, aliens, secret agents, and missing cows. It’s up to the gang to figure out what is going on.
It is a perfect Scooby movie, full of mystery and adventure, with a twist ending that nobody saw coming.
This movie is also special because it was the last movie in which Mary Kay Bergman voiced Daphne before her passing in November 1999.
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
Directly after Alien Invaders, Warner Brothers followed up with another amazing production. Released in October 2001 Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase brings the gang into the world of hi-tech.
Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma all get sucked in a video game and have to play through all the levels to get out. Each level takes place in various environments and time periods throughout history. They must find the Scooby Snacks at the end of the level to progress.
Sounds easy enough, but when the game gets infected by a virus, all bets are off. Now the gang not only have to escape the game, but they also have to shut down the phantom virus.
When they reach the final level they have to take on a team of the series most memorable monsters, with the help of some unexpected allies.
- Scott Innes, Joe Alaskey, Bob Bergen (Actors)
- Jim Stenstrum (Director) - Joseph Barbera (Writer)
- English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
While all of the other entries on this list are decades old, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery was released only a few years ago. So why are we recommending a movie that was released in 2015 on a retro blog? Because it is 1 hour and 20 minutes of the greatest cross-over in existence, and it is 100% retro!
Scooby and the team visit the Kiss World amusement park to enjoy a Halloween concert and solve the mystery of the Crimson Witch.
The Crimson Witch is from an alternate universe called Kissteria and plans to summon “The Destroyer” to conquer the Earth.
It is all rock, all action right from the start and it gets progressively better throughout the film, ending in an all-out psychedelic rock battle!
The actual members of Kiss not only voice their characters, but they also perform several of their classics.
This is hands down the best Scooby-Doo movie ever made and it will never be topped. Think I’m exaggerating? Just watch this.
And you won’t believe the explanation for that awesomely impossible battle. Are you ready for this? Scooby and the gang were actually just high AF, and it was all a hallucination. Best Scobby-Doo ever.
- Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle Griffin (Actors)
- Spike Brandt (Director) - Jim Krieg (Writer) - Tony Cervone (Producer)
- English (Publication Language)