A few months back when quarantine was just beginning, my partner and I decided to overthink the straight to video Scooby Doo movies. Based on our observations while watching the “Zombie Island” movie, we posed the thought that the Scooby movies don’t follow the same formula as the shows, and took it upon ourselves to not only research this, but also do a full report on what we found using the scientific method.
Below lie our findings, and our surprising ultimate conclusion.
A Study on Whether “Scooby Doo!” movies adhere to two basic principles established in the Scooby universe.
Hypothesis: None of the movies follow the formula of episodes, which have two standard rules.
Experiment: Evaluate synopses of Scooby movies and decide whether they adhere to two rules:
1: Is the “monster” actually a human being who is acting poorly and/or is there an actual monster, ghost, or other supernatural force involved in the plot
2: Is there a moral to the unmasking of the villain, or a lesson that brings the team closer together?
|Movie Title||Rule 1||Rule 2||Explanation|
|Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School||✔️||The girls are actual monsters|
|Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo in Arabian Nights||✔️||Actual magic in plot|
|Scooby Doo on Zombie Island||✔️||The Zombies are real|
|Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo and the Cyberchase||✔️||Futuristic Tech non-canon to Scooby Universe|
|Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire|
|Scooby Doo and the Monster of Mexico|
|Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster||✔️||No moral lesson|
|Aloha, Scooby Doo|
|Scooby Doo in Where’s my Mummy||✔️||Velma is a bitch for no reason and no one learns anything|
|Scooby Doo Pirates Ahoy||✔️||✔️|
|Chill Out Scooby Doo|
|Scooby Doo and the Goblin King||✔️||Fey Exist|
|Scooby Doo and the Samurai Sword||✔️||No moral lesson|
|Scooby Doo AbraCadabraDoo|
|Scooby Doo Camp Scare|
|Scooby Doo Legend of the Phantosaur||✔️|
|Scooby Doo Music of the Vampire|
|Big Top Scooby Doo|
|Scooby Doo Mask of the Blue Falcon||✔️||No moral lesson|
|Scooby Doo Adventures the Mystery Map||✔️||No moral lesson|
|Scooby Doo Stage Fright|
|Scooby Doo Wrestlemania Mystery||******||***|
|Scooby Doo Frankencreepy|
|Scooby Doo Moon Monster Madness||***||***|
|Scooby Doo & Kiss Rock and Roll Mystery||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo Haunted Hollywood|
|Scooby Doo & WWE Curse of the Speed Demon|
|Scooby Doo Shaggy’s Showdown|
|Lego Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash||✔️||Actual Monsters|
|Scooby Doo and Batman Brave & Bold||***||***|
|Scooby Doo and the Gourmet Ghost||✔️||No moral lesson|
|Scooby Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost||✔️||✔️|
|Scooby Doo Return to Zombie Island||✔️||Zombies are still Real|
From the selections above we can conclude that 8/37 break both rules in some way, 13/37 break only one rule, with 5/13 having no moral lesson; and 13/37 break neither rule. This also brings us our three outlier films. These three selections fall outside of the rules in that they could occur as canon in the universe they are taken from, even though they are not able to be canon to the Scooby Universe.
The data can be arranged as follows:
Conclusion: From this data, we can conclude that our initial hypothesis was completely incorrect. While nearly 57% of the films break the rules in the study, this is not all of the films, and thus invalidates our hypothesis. From this study we also learned that there is a deviation for films that cannot be judged by our current criteria.
Further study can be conducted upon acquiring the films noted in this study and watching them rather than reading synopses. This topic will be revisited with new standards and a new hypothesis.