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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Zombies rise from Moonscar Island river

Zombie Island title card

DTV # 1
Production company Warner Bros. Animation
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release date September 22, 1998
US Air date October 31, 1998 (Cartoon Network)[citation needed]
Run time 1hr 16m 35s
Starring Scott Innes
Billy West
Mary Kay Bergman
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Voice direction Kris Zimmerman
Casting Collette Sunderman
Producers Jean MacCurdy (executive producer)
Davis Doi (supervising producer)
Victoria McCollum (associate producer)
Music Steven Bramson
Edited by Paul Douglas
Produced by Cos Anzilotti
Story by Glenn Leopold
Davis Doi
Screenplay by Glenn Leopold
Directed by Jim Stenstrum
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Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost

This time, the monsters are real!


Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is the first in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on VHS on September 22, 1998.

It was the first movie to feature real monsters instead of simple 'bad guys' in masks. This was heavily promoted before its release including a tagline used during commercials stating, "This time, the monsters are real."[citation needed] This theme would be followed up in several subsequent direct-to-video Scooby-Doo animated films released in the late-1990s and early-2000s. Although real monsters had previously appeared in most of the 1980s Scooby-Doo series and features, this continuity was ignored with the characters said to be encountering real monsters for the first time. After Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, the direct-to-video Scooby-Doo movies would not feature real monsters again until ten years later in Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King.


The Mystery Inc. team split up to do their own thing but come together again to solve a real ghost mystery. The gang of sleuths get more than they bargained for when, on Moonscar Island in the Louisiana bayou, they find themselves amongst worshipping un-dead werecats and a swarm of zombies.



Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Moat Monster (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(disguise)/
  • Mr. Beeman (single appearance)(flashback only)
  • Vampire bat creature (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)(disguise)/
  • Elderly man (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Hooded skeletal ghost (single appearance)(no lines)(projection)
  • Swami (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Zombie riverboat captain (single appearance)(no lines)(disguise)/
  • Elderly woman (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Lobster-man (single appearance)(no lines)(disguise)/
  • Nerdy-looking man (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Werecats (only appearance; dies)/
    • Simone Lenoir (only appearance; dies)(main story and flashback)
    • Lena Dupree (only appearance; dies)(main story and flashback)
    • Jacques (only appearance; dies)
  • Morgan Moonscar (only appearance; dies)(main story and flashback)(ghost)(Zombie)
  • Morgan Moonscar's crew (only appearance; dies)(main story and flashback)(Zombie)

Other characters:

  • Airport manager (single appearance)
  • Pierre (single appearance)
  • Market shoppers (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Mojo (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Big Mona (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Present-day alligators (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Simone Lenoir's cats (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Owl (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Frog (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Settlers (only appearance; dies)(flashback only)
  • Settlers' cats (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Past alligators (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Plantationers (only appearance; dies)(no lines)(main story and flashback)(Zombie)
  • Tourists (only appearance; dies)(no lines)(main story and flashback)(Zombie)
  • Zombies (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Colonel Jackson T. Pettigrew (only appearance; dies)(Zombie)(ghost)





Suspect Motive/reason
Beau Neville Velma thought he was suspicious.
Snakebite Scruggs He hates tourists.


Culprit Motive/reason
Opening culprits
Mr. Beeman as the Moat Monster To conceal counterfeiting.
Main film culprits
Morgan Moonscar and various other unnamed pirates, settlers, soldiers and tourists To warn the living of the dangers of the island, and Simone and Lena.
Simone Lenoir
Lena Dupree
Lure victims to Moonscar island, then drain their life essences to perpetuate their own lifespans.


Scott Innes Scooby-Doo
Billy West Shaggy Rogers
Mary Kay Bergman Daphne Blake
B.J. Ward Velma Dinkley
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Simone Lenoir's cats
Adrienne Barbeau Simone Lenoir
Tara Charendoff Lena Dupree
Cam Clarke Beau Neville
Jim Cummings Jacques
Morgan Moonscar
Mark Hamill Snakebite Scruggs
Jennifer Leigh Warren Chris
Ed Gilbert Mr. Beeman


Song Credits Preformed by
"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" Written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh Performed by Third Eye Blind
"The Ghost Is Here" Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Glenn Leopold
Produced by Skycycle and Richard Mouser
Performed by Skycycle
"It's Terror Time Again"



  • The movie is based on Glenn Leopold's script for the unfinished Swats Kats episode, The Curse of Kataluna.[citation needed]
  • In a post-credits scene, Scooby feeds the cats milk.
  • This movie features an all-new cast of voice actors for the adult Mystery Inc., save for Frank Welker who returns as Fred. This is the first Scooby-Doo production not to feature Don Messick and Casey Kasem as Scooby and Shaggy; Messick had passed away (the film is dedicated to him) while Kasem had protested Shaggy's carnivorous appetite as the actor was vegan so Scott Innes and Billy West replaced them, respectively. From the next movie Innes would voice both Scooby and Shaggy. Mary Kay Bergman and B.J. Ward replaced Heather North and Marla Frumkin as Daphne and Velma, respectively; Ward had previously voiced Velma in the Johnny Bravo episode, Bravo Dooby-Doo.
  • This is the first Scooby-Doo production that alludes to a romantic relationship between Fred and Daphne (which had been poked fun at in the Johnny Bravo episode, Bravo Dooby-Doo); they get jealous of each other when Fred takes a shine to Lena and Daphne is interested in Beau. Velma also forms a friendship with Beau, but denies an attraction to him.
  • This is the only direct-to-video movie not executive produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera prior to their deaths, and the only movie that doesn't have the 'Special Thanks to Joe Ruby and Ken Spears' credit at the end, who were the creators of the characters. Instead, the former two are given sole credit of creating the characters when, in fact, it was just their company which produced it. In fact, Hanna himself said (via archive footage) on the Mystery Inc. Yearbook featurette (passed around a few of the DVDs in the early to mid 2000s) that it was a team effort. Later films would say "Based on Characters Created By Hanna-Barbera Productions".
  • The film ignores Scrappy-Doo, just focusing on the original core group.
  • The videos sold well and received generally positive reviews in the press, leading to a series of future direct-to-video Scooby-Doo feature films, and a new television series, What's New, Scooby-Doo?.
  • Out of all of the direct-to-video movies this one is argueably the darkest and most frightening out of all of them.
    • Also the only one where characters are killed: three on screen, dozens off.
  • It was nominated for an Annie in Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production,[1] and for a MPSE Golden Reel for sound editing for a direct-to-video,[2] both in 1999.
  • This was the first time a real monster was discovered by the original Mystery Inc. gang.
  • Mr. Beeman's counterfeiting scheme is vaguely reminiscent of what Mr. Conrad did in the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode, A Bicycle Built For Boo!.
  • The house Daphne waits in front of (which presumably belongs to her), resembles the house Daphne and Velma shared together in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, A Scooby-Doo Valentine. Whether the latter was an intentional reference is unknown.
  • Daphne being the believer and Fred being skeptical is a reversal of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, just without the cartoony exaggeration.
  • Notably, Fred is seen eating and drinking like a normal human being, probably more than he ever did in the almost thirty year history of the series.
  • Snakebite may be a parody of "Crocodile" Dundee.
  • There are a few in-jokes as the gang settle into Moonscar Mansion, the first is when Shaggy ponders if he should dress up for dinner, opening a suitcase full of identical clothing he's already wearing, then he trims his whiskers, but they look no different; meanwhile Fred tries on an ascot before deciding against it.
  • When Fred is trying to "unmask" the zombie pirate he yells "It's the ferryman!" While, Jacques is obviously not the zombie, he actually is one of the villains, and partly responsible for some of the events of the movie.
  • Morgan Moonscar can either be viewed as an anti-hero, or as redeemed altogether. He was partly to blame for Simone and Lena's curse. In his undead form, he attempted to warn and/or help the living escape Simone and Lena.

Cultural references

  • Simone was voiced by actress Adrienne Barbeau who is known for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Animated Series, and DJ Stevie Wayne in the 1980 horror film, The Fog, which deals with ghostly and/or undead sailors terrorizing a seaside town. Undead sailors (i.e. pirates) and cats are featured prominently in this film.
  • Bubba Joe's is a parody of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, which was inspired by the film, Forrest Gump.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Pierre brings the guys their sandwich, the basket of peppers looks more like soup. The basket is also irreregularly in front of the item next to it, instead of sitting next to it.
  • The Jacques Landing sign is missing grammar, so it neither says "Jacques' Landing" or "Jacques's Landing".
  • When Simone and Lena, as cat creatures, catch Scooby and Shaggy the first time, Scooby is missing his collar, which returns in the next shot, and later ripped off by Jacques. Scooby remains without a collar until the sunset, when they all leave Moonscar Island.
  • The glow on the cats' eyes aren't actually properly placed on their eyes, but above them.

Inconstitencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Velma's bookshop has three different names: "Dinkley's Mystery Book Shoppe" on the window; "Dinkley's Mystery Books" on the sign sticking out; and then calls it "Mystery Inc. Bookshop" on the phone.
  • The Mystery Machine has been redesigned to be more like a mini van, yet in-universe, it's still supposed to be the same. Yet, in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, Fred makes an oblique comment about it being good to be back in the old Mystery Machine, while riding around in the Cyber Gang's van.
  • Shaggy says to Scooby not to hog all the hot sauce, but he doesn't use any himself anyway.
  • It's unknown how Simone provided for herself and Lena, as well as pay Beau for his work. She could actually sell the island's peppers, but that would probably bring more attention to the island than she would want. Of course, she might have stolen money from the victims they drained, as if what they were doing wasn't bad enough.
  • Morgan Moonscar's buried treasure does exist, as shown in the cutscene describing his demise. However, it is dropped from the story altogether as a red herring, but the treasure presumably is still there.
    • The cutscenes show his crew carrying the chest ashore and later beginning to bury it, so it appears that the motive of killing the colonists was (at least in part) to keep them from witnessing where he buried his treasure.
  • The chances of an undercover detective (especially one investigating a possible string of homicides) not carrying a gun or a dispatch radio are extremely remote, even in a cartoon.
  • How Simone and Lena got ahold of Velma's eye glass cleaning cloth and other articles of clothing and/or hair from Fred and Daphne was never explained. Beau already lived there so the two women could have taken something from him at anytime.
  • The reveal at the end of Simone's cats' eyes glowing could suggest something more to them, such as a long lifespan (even immortality), since they were more than just house pets, they were creatures that Simone and Lena worshipped in the 1700s, meaning the cats in the flashback and Simone's could be one in the same, although, of course, this isn't directly confirmed.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Ο Scooby-Doo στο Νησί των Τεράτων Scooby-Doo on Monster Island
Norwegian  Scooby-Doo på Zombie-øya Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Home media


Fred: Uh-huh... Well, no offense, Lena. But it's probably just some guy in an old pirate suit trying to scare off the local kids.
Lena: The ghost is real. Of course, if you're too scared to go...
Fred: Scared? Me? No, I-I don't think so.





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