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Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
Scooby-Doo in Where's My Mummy title card
Distributed By
Release Date November 5, 2005 (theatrical)
December 13, 2005 (DVD)
Runtime 1h 14 22s (74m 22s)
Starring Frank Welker
Casey Kasem
Grey DeLisle
Mindy Cohn
Producers Joseph Barbera (executive producer)
Sander Schwartz (executive producer)
Margaret M. Dean
Kathryn Page (line producer)
Music Tom Chase Jones
Edited By Rob DeSales
Produced By Joe Sichta
Written By Story:
Catherine Trillo
Thommy Wojciechowski
Written by:
George Doty IV
Ed Scharlach
Joe Sichta
Directed By Joe Sichta
Chronology
Previous Film Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
Next Film Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!

Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? is the ninth in a series of direct-to-video animated films based upon the Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released theatrically in select cities of the United States on November 5, 2005 by Kidtoon Films.[1] It was rated G by the MPAA. During its limited theatrical release part of Kidtoon Films, it first aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on November 24, 2005. It was released on DVD in the United States and Canada on December 13, 2005. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, though it featured a logo and copyright for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. at the end.

Premise

The Mystery Inc. team is in Egypt, where a curse by the last Egyptian pharaoh, Cleopatra, may be the source of trouble for Egypt.

Synopsis

The gang is in Egypt driving to surprise Velma, who has been restoring the famous Sphinx for the past six months with Prince Omar; there they also discover that Queen Cleopatra's tomb is in the Sphinx. They meet up with the following: an Egyptian nomad Amahl Ali Akbar (nicknamed "Triple A" by the gang) and his hawk Horus, Fear Facers host Rock Rivers, and a nasty grave robber named Dr. Amelia von Butch and her minions. Against the wishes of Velma and Omar, Dr. von Butch and her team use modern equipment to open the tomb, unleashing a curse made by Cleopatra. The curse says that all who enter will be turned to stone. No one believes this until Omar, some of Dr. von Butch's minions (and later) Velma, and Rock Rivers are found as stone. Dr. von Butch decides to enter the tomb anyway; Scooby and the gang, after much trepidation, follow. After accidentally setting off a trap, the gang is split up. Fred and Daphne try to stop Dr. von Butch, while Scooby-Doo and Shaggy discover a Lost City where they are mistaken for the returning pharaoh Ascoobis and his faithful manservant.

In a town, Fred and Daphne are attacked by a disguised Dr. von Butch and her henchmen Campbell and Natasha where Fred and Daphne were hit by a sleeping powder as Dr. von Butch steals an artifact from them. Later that night, "Triple A" uses an herb to wake up Fred and Daphne and tells them that Horus is looking for Shaggy and Scooby. Horus finds Scooby's collar and leads them to where he found it.

Meanwhile, the Lost City's leader Hotep, attempts to feed them to his Spirit of the Sand a giant scorpion monster that turns out to be a robot he had built. Fred and Daphne arrive with "Triple A," who reveals Hotep to be the brilliant civil engineer named Armin Granger who is illegally damming the Nile River.

After this, the gang leads an army composed of the citizens of the Lost City into Cleopatra's tomb to break the curse and free Velma. In the chaos of the battle between an army led by Daphne (pretending to be Cleopatra) and Cleopatra's undead army, the evil Amelia von Butch - who has now lost all of her team to the curse - sneaks into the chamber of Cleopatra, stealing the crown of Cleopatra and causing the Nile River to burst through the tomb, undamming the Nile and flushing out the riches hidden in the tomb, thus restoring the treasure to the people of Egypt according to Cleopatra's last wish. The mystery is solved when it is revealed that Cleopatra's mummy was really Velma, who had planned the whole thing along with Prince Omar and his workers in order to scare away all the treasure hunters. They had made cement copies of themselves to pass of as victims of "the curse". Dr. von Butch and her team (who were never turned to stone, just copies like Velma and Omar), are taken to jail.

Later that night, the Sphinx is finally restored. When Shaggy fired a firecracker, it ended up hitting the Sphinx's nose. Prince Omar states that the Sphinx looks that better like that.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Natasha
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Christine Baranski Dr. Amelia von Butch
Ajay Naidu Prince Omar Kara
Oded Fehr Amahl Ali Akbar
Ancient One #1
Virginia Madsen Cleopatra
Ghost of Cleopatra (uncredited)
Jeremy Piven Rock Rivers
Ron Perlman Hotep (Armin Granger)
Ancient One #2
Wynton Marsalis Campbell

Songs

Song Credits Performed by
"Mummy's Rags and Riches" Written by Thomas Chase Jones and Joe Sichta
Lyrics by Thomas Chase Jones
Produced by Thomas Chase Jones
Joe Pizzulo
"Which Curse Is Worse?" Bobette Jamison Harrison & Molly Pasutti
"Pharaoh's Rag" Written and produced by Thomas Chase Jones N/A

Villains

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Rock Rivers He wanted the gang to be scared.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Velma as the Ghost of Cleopatra
Prince Omar Kara in disguise lead the army of the undead
To protect the riches of Cleopatra.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • This is one of the few cases in which one of the mystery gang is the monster of the movie. Another case is the live-action movie Scooby-Doo! Curse Of The Lake Monster. In both cases the guilty member was Velma
  • Dr. Amelia von Butch is based somewhat on the video game character Lara Croft.
  • This was the first animated Scooby-Doo film to be filmed in widescreen and high-definition formats, although the Region 1 DVD was in full screen (cropping the left and right of the image), though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image. Like other television shows and films filmed in high-definition, the monitor the animation team would have worked from would have 16:9 and 4:3 safe areas so that the full screen version would not crop off too much of any important visual elements (such as characters). However, the film is broadcast in widescreen on Cartoon Network HD.
  • It had its US TV premiere November 24, 2005 on Cartoon Network.
  • The piece of music that plays during Shaggy and Scooby's mirage scene is Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers", from his ballet The Nutcracker.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Cleopatra's ghost's eyes keep changing from glowing white to regular eyes.
  • When the gang's boat washed up, Daphne's hair was brown.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • At the beginning of the film, Cleopatra said, "In the year 41 B.C.E...", but she wouldn't have said it because they didn't call it B.C. or B.C.E. at that time.
  • The events shown in the flashback are historically out of date. The invasion of Alexandria and the death of Cleopatra happened in 30 B.C.E., not 41 B.C.E.
  • In the film, Cleopatra's tomb is hidden beneath the Sphinx. This is an unlikely place for her real tomb to be located. By the time Cleopatra was born in 69 B.C.E., the Sphinx and Pyramid had been standing for almost two-thousand years. While there is modern evidence of catacomb-like structures beneath the Sphinx, they're nearly impossible to get into. In Cleopatra's time, these catacombs (if they truly exist) would've been forgotten and both the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings were abandoned as a sacred burial grounds. None of Cleopatra's family were buried there. Her actual tomb is most likely buried in modern day Alexandria hidden somewhere in the city or just outside of it. Another possible place was in a temple near her palace on the Island in which she lived. If this is the case she’s buried under 30ft of water as the island has since sunk beneath the waves.
  • When Fred, Daphne, and Rock went into the tomb where the real undead army lay, it is obvious that they weren't the ones chasing the gang because of the color of their armor. The real army were wearing red and/or gold, but the fake army were wearing other colors like purple, blue, and orange.
  • It is never explained how they pulled off Natasha and Campbell's "petrification".
  • The citizens of the Lost City of the Ancient Ones give up all modern conveniences and live as the ancient ones do. However, one citizen wears glasses, and another is wearing braces.
  • It is never explained how they got the citizens of the Lost City down to the heart of the tomb without the Undead Army noticing.
  • Prince Omar and the dig site would have been surrounded by military personnel in real life, not only because Omar was royalty, but also because the tomb was Cleopatra's. Had Amelia von Butch and her crew attempted to take over the dig in the same way they did in the movie, they would have been immediately arrested, if not killed.
  • There is a rational explanation for everything that happens in the movie, except for the initial discovery of Cleopatra's tomb. Omar holds up the ankh necklace, the sunlight catches it, and this somehow causes stairs to appear beneath the Sphinx.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Portuguese (Brazilian) Scooby-Doo em: Cadê Minha Múmia?! Scooby-Doo in: Where's My Mummy?!
Polish Scooby-Doo na tropie Mumii Scooby-Doo on the Track of the Mummy
Hungarian Scooby-Doo! A múmia átka Scooby-Doo! The Curse of the Mummy
Italian Scooby-Doo e la mummia maledetta Scooby-Doo and the Cursed Mummy
Spanish (Spain) Scooby-Doo! en el Misterio del Faraón Scooby-Doo! in the Mystery of the Pharaoh
Spanish (Latin America) Scooby Doo! y La Maldición de Cleopatra Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of Cleopatra
Danish Scooby-Doo Og Kleopatra Forbandelse Scooby-Doo and the Cleopatra Curse
Greek Scooby-Doo! Που Είναι η Μούμια; Scooby-Doo! Where's the Mummy?

Home media

Quotes

"For once in my life I don't want my mummy!"
— Shaggy '

Videos

Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy00:50

Scooby Doo in Where's My Mummy

References

  1. View the theatrical trailer here

External links

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