7 April 2004 | DarthBill
Night of the Living Dead
The gang is back, with better animation and a different wardrobe for Fred & Daphne. Like the live action film, the gang reunites after a few years apart, but not because of a clash of egos. Daphne is now a talk show host, Fred is her producer and personal camera man, Velma runs a mystery book store and Shaggy and Scooby work at an airport checking luggage. But they miss each other and reunite on Daphne's birthday to set out on a cross country journey looking for "real" ghosts, only to find more "nut jobs in Halloween costumes".
Then they head to the Bayou where they crash at an old house run by a creepy woman. Something fishy is clearly going on, but who's behind it all? Is it the creepy old woman who owns the house, her daughter who has a thing for Fred, the rugged gardener who Daphne seems to have a thing for, the fisherman, the ferry man, or something much, much worse? Before you can say "Scooby snack!" the gang is up to their neck in trouble battling zombies and cat people! Will they survive?
By far the best of the new Scooby Doo animated films on video, this one explores certain themes that kind of developed but were never explored in the old show - like is there something going on between Fred & Daphne, and what would the gang do with themselves if they were apart. It also explores what happens when the gang finally encounters the real deal and not a guy in a mask, so it's basically "Night of the Living Dead" with the Mystery Inc gang.
Frank Welker, voice of Fred, is the only member of the original series on hand. Don Messick, voice of Scooby, died before this one was put into the works, and for some reason Casey Kasem wasn't available as Shaggy. Shaggy is voiced instead by Billy West (, Geek-er from "Geek-er", Fry from "Futurama") and he is a capable Shaggy. Scooby is voiced perfectly by Scott Innes. Daphne is voiced with girlish perkiness by the late Mary Kay Bergman (Really horrible what happened to her; I hope she's found peace in the next world) and BJ Ward (Scarlet from the GI Joe cartoons) is the geeky Velma. Cam Clarke, the voice of Leonardo from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the new voice of He-Man, plays the gardener, and Mark Hamill does another creepy vocal characterization.
Don't miss Fred trying to yank the head off a zombie grumbling "It's the gardener... it's the fisherman... it's the ferryman!"