35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2001
In this new movie it is the 90's. The whole gang are grown up with their own careers. Daphne is a reporter who has her own talk show. Freddie is a writer who produces her show, they are also dating. Velma owns a mystery bookstore. Shaggy is still exploring his career path. Scooby Doo still likes eating those scooby snacks. They take the mystery machine to New Orleans to find a real haunted house on a mysterious Bayou. They find that the ghosts and Zombies haunting the island are real! They must solve the mystery of Zombie Island.
I grew up with Scooby Doo in the late 70's and the 80's. It is great to see Scooby Doo making a comeback in the 90's. The characters are still funny. I like it that they are not stuck in a 70's timewarp. The characters are grown up with careers. They wear 90's cloths and listen to 90's music. The music goes with the action in the movie. This is a great movie for anyone who has grown up watching Scooby Doo.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Scooby-Doo and the gang are back, in the first of a new series of direct to video Scooby-Doo Movies. This time, the gang is dealing with some real horrors.
After years of finding nothing but crooks in masks, the gang gives up on ever finding any REAL ghosts. So, much like in the live-action movie (only this one came first), Mysteries, Inc. splits up. Shaggy and Scooby get jobs as customs agents, but are fired when they can't help themselves and eat all the contraband food. Velma opens her own Mystery book store, sorta reminiscent of what Ray did in Ghostbusters 2. And apparently Fred and Daphne couldn't pull apart from each other. Daphne became the star of her own investigative TV series, with Fred as her adoring Producer and one man crew.
As Daphne's Birthday approaches, she plans to start a special theme on her show, Haunted America! Daphne intends to search the country for REAL ghosts, starting in atmospheric New Orleans. As a birthday surprise, Fred gathers the old gang back together and Mysteries, Inc. is back in action! For a while they have no luck though. They are still finding nothing but men in masks. Until they run into a beautiful girl named Lena, who claims to live on a REAL haunted island. From there on, things get REALLY scary.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is full of great laughs and scares, and a great story too, one that isn't dumbed down for little kids. The gang is totally updated, and yet Daphne still looks gorgeous! And for those of you who have always wanted to see some romance between Daph and Freddie, well, here you go! The first in a great new line of videos that every Scooby-Doo fan should enjoy, unless you're hung up on the masked criminal stuff. I for one am glad to see things go REAL for a change! And the Scooby-Doo gang has never been so well animated! Pick up a copy today! I can't wait to replace my VHS with the DVD!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2006
For some time Scooby Doo was all but retired and made a brief comeback with "Laughalympics." In 1998, the original Scooby Doo gang would reunite to make this phenomenal movie. But do beware. PG 13 would probably be a more appropriate rating for this movie. It goes to levels Scooby Doo never before went. And while well done, it would probably be a good idea for parents to screen it first and then decide if it is appropriate for children.
Well, that said, this Scooby movie is quite arguably Scooby's greatest movie. To make sense of Scooby's long retirement, there is a flashback with Scooby and the gang solving yet another mystery. Some time passes, and the gang has went their seperate ways. Daphne and Fred have a television show and decide they want to see some real ghosts. Except for Fred, the voice casting is different. But they did a good job of finding voices that at least resembled the original voices. (If it's any comfort, the original voice cast would eventually reunite for the 5th and 6th movies.)
Moving on, the gang does get back together, and they head towards New Orleans in hopes of seeing some real ghosts. (2 of the 5 parties are of course reluctant. Guess which 2.) Down in Louisiana, they find some more cases of just 'bad guys in masks.' Later they meet Lena who flirts with Fred and offers to show them her employer's (Simone's) haunted house. They also meet Jaques who seems nice enough and the gardener who does not seem so nice. After Scooby fights with Simone's cats, Simone is understandably annoyed, but she agrees to let the gang in. Soon afterwards, we see some things that appear to indicate the presence of ghosts, but as any Scooby fan knows, there might be a rational explanation, and if so, what is the motive?
Scooby and Shaggy offer some comical moments with their too healthy appetities. Soon afterwards, clues start appearing that would make us suspect that some real ghosts are involved, but there is some room for doubt. One thing about this Scooby movie is that the expansion from 30 minutes to 90 or so is a good one. It gives us time to remeet the gang, and time to wonder if the ghosts are real or not, and enjoy some welcome suspense as well. Of all Scooby's adventures, this is one of the LEAST contrived and predictable.
Another thing you will notice in this Scooby movie is a surprisingly intense soundtrack. (And I had NO problem whatsoever with that!) In a typical Scooby fashion, the gang gets separated and the horror unfolds. This is one ending I won't give away. But I will say true horror unfolds as we find that surprises shock us for a moment, but then make sense upon discovery. The explosion of misleads enables us to say: "Oh! No wonder!" In all honesty, this movie is more frightening than a lot of so called horror on the market. And perhaps the most frightening moment in this movie is when the 'villain' explains the events that preceeded that of the movie. Good writers seem to know that recognition is often the most horror filled aspect of a story.
Again, I consider this a strong contender for Scooby's greatest movie, but do be warned. It may very well be too much for young children.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2001
The first of four new Scooby Doo movies is better than the '70s TV show. I'm a fan of them for quite some time, and it was quite a pleasant surprise to see them use new people to voice the ghost-chasing crew. (Don't kid me, I liked the voices for the show also.)
Also, it takes a fresh and exciting turn into the ghosts and the supernatural of New Orleans, when the team comes back to try and pursue real ghosts/monsters for Daphne's TV show, they run into a pretty young thing that strikes up interest in Fred (voiced by Tara Charendoff-Strong, who plays Gwen in the two "Sabrina" movies), who says that her boss's mansion is haunted and invites them over to investigate, which leads into unexpecting and scary stuff.
What makes this movie and its sequels exciting is their turn into supernatural/ghosts that is real, not people in suits (some people and kids will be disappointed by this). Also, the animation is more bold and colorful. Lastly and mostly, the actors who voice them breathe fresh life and brings them from the '70s into the '90s-2000's.
What I can say about this is that demanding Scooby-Doo fans can stay away, if they expect bad guys in suits and masks. If fans of it expect a plot twist and REAL scary stuff, then this is for you.
Not rated, contains some animated violence and subject matter that may be too much for small fry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2003
I have purchased all of the updated Scooby-Doo cartoon movies so far. I believe there are five to date and I also believe that they are a definite improvement over the old 70's cartoon. I won't viciously bash the classic cartoon except to say Hanna-Barbara's use of low-tech sound and animation shortcuts were very tiresome before. (i.e. The overuse of the limited number of people they hired for voice talent [Casey "Shaggy" Casum excluded] and the looping scenery as seen in almost every H&B toon of that period.)Zombie Island has changed everything for Mystery Inc. from the insertion of real "X-Files" type plots to excellent scenery, coloring techniques and high quality animation. The gang finds themselves on a tour of Louisana to try to find "real ghost mysteries" for Daphne's television show. Since a fair share of Louisiana's history deals with supernatural legends such as "voodoo" zombies and vampires it was really quite fascinating to watch this realm develop in a "realistic/fantasy" sort of way. Another neat aspect of these movies has to be the attempt to show the viewer a little history and culture about wherever the mystery is taking place. For example, Zombie Island takes place in Louisiana and it makes a rather decent facsimile of the culture, architecture, cuisine, local habitants and the appearance of that region. The humor in Zombie Island is subtle and enjoyable. Fred scoffs at his outdated ascot and Shaggy's suitcase is full of identical clothing to what he's always wearing. There is a flirty "romantic development" between Fred and Daphne and questions are always asked about what Fred's intentions are whenever he separates the group and excludes Velma from his section of the search party. Shaggy and Scooby's silly antics are kept traditionally intact which is one of the best features of all the new movies. There are some new traditions and lots of old. So in closing, I'm giving Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island five stars and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did it makes an excellent addition to any dvd collection.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2001
I must admit that the first time I watched Zombie Island it was with low expectations. I am 34 years old and like most people my age we grew up watching Scooby Doo on Saturday morning.
My wife and I first purchased the "classic" Scooby Doo series for our 3 year old son. He really enjoys watching them over and over and over again!! I must also admit that my wife and I also enjoy the classic episodes.
We purchased Zombie Island about a month ago and he likes it as much or more than the classics.
I was skeptical at first as I previously stated. How could a new version of Scooby Doo measure up to the classic ones?? Especially without the original voices and annimation..
Zombie Island does justice to the original series. The characters, although very 90s' are still very much the same as the ones in the classics. They actually wear different outfits-with the exception of Shaggy (Velma does have different shoes and socks!) The Mystery Machine is updated with computers ect. Even the Scooby Doo song is done in a very 90s' way.
Not to mention, the animation is much better in Zombie Island than the classics.
A true example of "the more things change-the more they stay the same" True, Scooby Doo is "updated" but it hasn't "changed"
Scooby Doo Zombie Island should appeal kids as well as adults who grew up watching the classics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2005
After an absence of 7 years, Warner Brothers jumpstarted Scooby-Doo's career with a line of direct-to-home movies. "Scooby Doo on Zombie Island" was the first, and best of these movies.
The story starts with the Mystery Inc members living their own lives after they split up. Daphne, now a successful TV show host, is hosting a new show featuring haunted houses of America. Fred, as her producer, uses this as an opportunity to bring the gang back together. Shaggy and Scooby, fired from their recent post as airport security guards, and Velma, the owner of a mystery bookstore, agree. Their first show segment takes them to New Orleans where they meet Lena Dupree, a housemaid working at an estate on Moonscar Island. She claims that the house is haunted by the ghost of Morgan Moonscar, a pirate who terrorized the bayous a couple of centuries back. will they be able to solve the mystery? Will the ghost be real or just another guy in a costume?
The animation in this movie is superb and reminiscent of the new Johnny Quest series. The characters are updated, and the result is quite amazing. even the mystery machine is updated and looks quite cool now. I don't understand why Warner Brothers later decided to drop this animation style and revert back to the classic style, especially in the series :what's New Scooby-Doo". The animation in this movie is also quite scary so Scooby fans are in for a real treat!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2000
This review will ruin the mystery so do not read it if you don't want to know.
This was a really cool update of the classic Scooby Doo formula. The gang have new clothes, new jobs and new voices. The movie is self-aware but not to the point that it becomes really annoying. The animation is also much better and not so cheap looking. There are shadows, out of focus backgrounds and 3-dimensional shots. Also, the same background does not repeat itself over and over when Shaggy and Scooby are running.
The plot is about a haunted mansion in a Louisiana bayou and the Mystery Inc. effort to unravel it. But the gang have split up. Daphne Blake is a talk show host, Fred is her producer, Velma Dinkly is a bookstore owner and Shaggy and Scooby are...unemployed. They reunite to go on the road for Daphne's birthday. That is when they come across an opportunity to solve a REAL mystery. Much to the disappointment of Fred the zombies are real. There are no fake masks and no scams. I think this is very refreshing.
The new, re-vamped Scooby Doo franchise is full of potential and this movie along with, "Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost" and "Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders" uses that potential very well. If only they were longer. Just over 70 minutes ain't enough.
The DVD is in Dolby Surround and is in fullscreen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2004
I loved this movie, and thought it was one of the best Scooby Doo videos I've ever seen. There's action, laughs, and even some romance. I love it when there are a lot of hints of Daphne/Fred, and there are quite a few in this movie. The music is really good too. One of the great things about this movie is the characters aren't running around aimlessly, not that there is anything wrong with any of the Scooby Doo episodes (I loved them too). There is a real, exciting plot.
Summary: Mystery Inc. has seperated, and Daphne is a reporter. She is trying to find real ghosts for her new show. Fred reunites Mystery Inc. and they travel, solving mysteries and looking for real ghosts. A girl working at a market, Lena, overhears them talking about looking for ghosts and offers to bring them to Moonscar Island, where Simone, her employer's, house is being haunted. The gang goes and finds that there are zombies, cat creatures, and ghosts!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure exactly what started the Scooby-Doo revival. Scooby was big in the early 70's through the mid 80's but then went out of style about the time Ronald Reagan started his second term as President. However, I have a strong hunch that it wasn't kids that originally started Scooby's return. No, I believe it was young adults like myself longing for a bit of nostalgia. However, you couldn't just bring back Scooby and the gang. I mean, the cartoon was so 70's (wasn't that part of the charm?). So, the whole cast gets a makeover and everyone in Mystery, Inc. is given a "modern" sensibility.
The gang (well actually Daphne) got tired of tracking down monsters only to find they were people in masks. So, she broke up the gang and went off and started a talk show. Fred became her producer and cameraman and the two of them started dating. Velma went off and opened a mystery book store and Shaggy and Scooby, well, traveled around earning their eats.
Fred gets the gang together to celebrate Daphne's birthday and travel together to investigate "haunted houses" as a new segment on Daphne's show. The only problem is that, the monsters are still just people in masks. That is until they reach Zombie Island where there aren't just real zombies, but real ghosts, and other monsters.
The movie has a good plot. It was nice to see Scooby and the gang in a modern setting instead of the retro time warp they used to live in. However, this definitely isn't a kids movie. There is a lot of stuff with the supernatural that had this been a "real" movie, rather than animated, it would have warranted a PG-13 rating. Had I seen this version of Scooby when I was five or younger, it probably would have given me nightmares. Nevertheless, for older children it probably won't be a problem at all and adults who were fans of the old Scooby will probably enjoy this movie best.