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Hands down a classic. If you haven't seen this movie, you need to. This movie was my childhood. Not a standard Scooby-Doo story with lots of creepy twists and turns. And I love the music. This is a movie you need in your collection, probably not for super little kids, but it's still entertaining to watch as an adult. Love this movie!
Before I get too far into my review, let me re-affirm what many one- and two-star reviewers have already stated: the monsters in this movie are "real", and it IS a lot creepier than any other Scooby Doo movie or episode your kids have ever watched.
That being said, our family LOVES this movie. We are from Louisiana and the (however botched and stereotypical) aspects of our own culture provide intense entertainment for both my husband and myself. The most realistic part of this entire feature is the Mystery Machine and its occupants struggling to mantain their dignity and grip on the excessively bumpy roads! Bonus points on my end for nostalgia as well, since I watched this often growing up.
To summarize the plot for any who are curious: the "gang" are older now and have been split up for some time, but all miss various aspects of their mystery solving glory days, and are slightly unhappy in their new adult lives. Fred plans a reunion to surprise Daphne, who is currently fixated on discovering their first "real" ghost. They travel together to New Orleans in search of a famously haunted mansion (a mash-up of two real-life Louisiana locations, The Myrtles Plantation and Avery Island...) and encounter evil cat-worshippers (I know, right!?) who have lured them all to the island as a sacrifice to their Cat Gods. Also there are a slew of zombies (people who were previously used as offerings.)
All in all, this is a fantastic movie. My daughter is 3 and has no problem with it (although we did sit her down first and talk about cartoons and how they are all pretend and just made from drawings, so that may help any of you who are worried about it being too scary.)
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
Old nostalgic movie for me, but I still enjoy it today, mainly because the soundtrack that stuck out for me as a kid. Although, I love the dark tones in the movie that left me one edge when I was a kid. The story took a interesting case of what if the gang separated but had to came back together for a meet up and had to solve the mystery of a haunted island. One of the best scooby-doo movie and I am glad to purchase this to keep in my collection!
I have babysat for friends and family, now Grandchildren my whole adult life and all I can tell you is, every child (5 or older) that watches this movie loves it, gets scared and thrilled by it, and wants to watch it over and over again. I wore out 2 DVD's in the past 8 years. I don't think it's appropriate for younger than 5, 6 is even better. It could be frightening for younger children. Towards the end of the movie there are Zombies rising out of the grave, ghosts, and 2 people transforming into evil cat creatures, but all this is just a few minutes toward the end. As in most Scooby Doo movies, there is mostly fun, silly stuff happening, as well as mystery solved by investigating clues as well as in this movie a good, happy and surprising ending. At first I didn't approve of it, (I'm more conservative than most young parents) but came to realize that kids don't take this stuff seriously and presents a good opportunity to answer questions that may arise as they are exposed to more serious things of this nature on TV or movies.
Bought this on impulse around Halloween. What a ROCKING soundtrack! This is one of the ones I remember being scared of when I was really little, because Zombies. But I think it’s an amazing movie to share a bit of your childhood with your own kids.
You have been warned... don't read unless you are a parent trying to determine if this is right for your kids.
Real monsters. Real horror. Scared my kids pretty good. Younger one even had nightmares. It is a pretty good movie, but it strays from the cookie cutter plots of other Scooby movies. So if you are looking for a typical Scooby movie that might scare your kids but in the end reveals that there was nothing to be scared of... this is not it.
I used to watch this movie over and over when I was younger, maybe like 10 or so?. I loved the Old New Orleans voodoo aspect and the southern drawl accents as well as the beautiful plantation house the gang visits! This movie really is a little creepy and I plan on sharing it with my daughter who will be 4 this year. She loves creepy movies like Coraline and Corpse Bride and Nightmare before Christmas and she has recently discovered the live action scooby doo movies with Sarah Michelle and Freddy Prince JR...so I'm fairly sure this one isn't too creepy for her and she'll like the animated Scoby Doo. We shall see! I can't wait to see this again!
As far as 90's kids VHS nostalgia goes, this is probably is good as it gets. Generally considered to be the best of the Scooby-Doo movies, Zombie Island catches up with the gang after they've grown up and grown apart. Daphne has her own television show and Fred reunites the gang so they can all explore supposedly haunted locations in New Orleans. After plenty of busts that turn out to be old crotchety men in masks, the gang runs into a young lady named Lena who leads them to an island she assures them is actually haunted. They got more than they bargained for when they encounter real ghosts, real zombies, voodoo-practicing cat people, and some of the hottest peppers on the planet. Zombie Island has held up well over the years. The writing is still sharp and inventive, and the last half-hour packs in some of the scariest and most bazaar moments in Scooby-Doo history. The animation is more cleaned up than the original series yet not so crystal clear like some of the post-2000 movies. The voice acting is pretty great, especially Billy West as Shaggy and Luke Skywalker himself as Snakebite Scruggs. Topped off with some incredible musical numbers by Skycycle ('The Ghost Is Here' and 'It's Terror Time Again), Zombie Island is a piece of 90's nostalgia one shouldn't be hesitant to revisit.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe movie that saved the franchise
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2018
With all the Scooby Doo media around today it’s hard to picture that back in the late 90s the franchise was effectively dead. Watching this movie again it’s easy to see why it saved it. This film was so popular it lead to the live action movie, the new Saturday morning cartoon What’s New, Scooby Doo? And it’s two sequels Witch’s Ghost and Alien Invaders that eventually gave way to the long running chain of direct to DVD movies that’s still going today. Total classic and the best introduction to the franchise there is in my opinion.
5.0 out of 5 stars~Scooby Doo! On Zombie Island~ 12 years and STILL a definitive classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2010
Scooby Doo! Where Are You? is a television animation whom millions upon MILLIONS of people have watched through time, I mean we all have our favourite mysteries from it, we have our favourite characters (personally i LOVE them all!) and has shaped popular culture and 'children's television' over the past five decades! Now that is an incredible feat that i don't think even Hannah Barbara predicted when they created the show back in 1969! This film was created in the late 90's in an era in which Scooby Doo animations weren't regularly on telly and the animation had died 'essentially' after A Pup Named Scooby Doo had aired in 1991!
But, in 1998 this mini EPIC motion picture was released, GONE are the days of cheesy mysteries and Scrappy-Doo. Zombie Island is a back to basics mystery that revitalised the brand to the top of its game and from this film we had numerous successful sequels (still going large in 2010! and hopefully for the next decade to come).
From this animation it also blurred the lines of what was enabled to be watched for a cartoon...essentially for children and families, but Scooby Doo is a show that despite it's genre is accessible for everyone of all ages (I am now 18!) the animation is just so vibrant to watch even to this day, the simplicity is gorgeous and definitive.
Given the topics raised within the films dark (and i use that loosely, there are several reasons for why this film is in my top 10 horror films of all time you know!) and eerie setting we get some quite horrific beasties to face too with ghosts, ghouls, ZOMBIES, the supernatural and Cat Gods! to say the film has it all is the biggest understatement.
With a remarkable voice cast, superb direction and a fantastically detailed plot we have something very hitchcock meets Hammer Horror in essence with Zombie Island, with all f its carnage and eerily disturbing detail this film shocked me when i first saw it 10 years ago (i was 7!) BUT in a great sense that is! it's a real adrenaline rushed yet refreshingly funny film indeed.
Over the years we have had various incarnations of the Scooby Gang with films and television shows (What's New Scooby Doo? amongst others!) and it all started here!
a fantastic masterpiece! 5/5
I must say that this movie is also the greatest of the entire film series too alongside the superb Alien Invaders! both top notch films. But Witch's Ghost and Cyber Chase are really strong films too!