VIDEO: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)

It’s Joey’s latest Halloween review, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, starring everyone’s favorite talking canine and those meddling kids who ride around in a hippie van solving mysteries. This time, however, the monsters are real, because what kids really want to see is the Mystery Gang dealing with voodoo mysticism. 

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  • Thank you for reviewing this one Joey! I think this special is very underrated and in my eyes is a way better Scooby Doo movie than the live action Scooby Doo movie. Another similarity between this and the live action one is that it starts off at the climax of a typical Scooby Doo case. Just BAM! A bit of atmosphere and then typical chase hi-jinks ensue.

    There was also a lot of great voice work in this movie. Frank Welker as Fred, Mary Kay Bergman as Daphne (I think this was one of her last roles before her suicide), Mark Hamill as the mad fisherman, Cummings of course as Jacques (he is of Cajun descent after all), Tara Strong as Lena (Is there any cartoon she’s NOT in?) and Billy West was a good Shaggy stand-in for Casey Kasem.

    It also feels a lot darker and sinister compared to the show but still keeps the show’s spirit while going in a different direction, something the live action movie tries to do but suffers as a consequence.

    The music is also pretty good as well. ‘It’s Terror Time Again’ was awesome to me as a kid and it’s still pretty damn catchy today. Certainly better than having Billy Ray Cyrus sing the Scooby Doo theme in the Witch’s Ghost. Speaking of, what do you think of the Witch’s Ghost Joey? I don’t think it’s as good as Zombie Island but it still was entertaining (Tim Curry was in it, there’s bound to be something to like.) and was also superior to the live action film (even though that is a guilty pleasure of mine too, mainly from the fact I was just happy to to see it in live action and Matthew Lillard was a good Shaggy in my opinion).

    • Tedzey71

      Don’t mention it! I agree, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy was great! He’s even the new voice of Shaggy on the show “Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc.” with Casey Kasem as his dad (fan fiction come true anybody?).

      I don’t remember much about about Witch’s Ghost, though I did see it on a field trip to Ellis Island a long time ago. However I literally don’t remember seeing much since it was when I started going near-sighted and I couldn’t tell what was going on! However, it’s worth looking back for a review next year!

  • I love this movie, and have for quite some time! It’s one of the few scary Scooby Doo movies, completely subverting expectations, but that’s what makes it so great! After watching The Nostalgia Critic’s review of the live action Scooby Doo film (I haven’t seen it and probably am not going to), I’ve realized that the two are really similar. They do have the same split up at beginning, get back together for the mystery, which happens to be real. I think what makes this one so much better is how it has a definite direction. It knows that it’s trying to be scary while keeping the soul of the original. As the Nostalgia Critic said, the other one didn’t know where it was trying to go and suffered accordingly.
    I’d say Scooby Doo on Zombie Island is my favorite Scooby Doo movie, and thanks for reviewing it!

    • Tedzey71

      You’re welcome! 😀

      I think that if you can stomach live action adaptations of cartoons like “The Flintstones Movie,” then there wouldn’t be that much harm to watching the live action Scooby Doo film. 

  • Toby Clark

    While this was the better of the two movies, I did find myself wishing they’d done something more like the live-action version’s split and reunion story – the gang breaks up due to actual conflicts before being brought to the island and reluctantly working together.

    • Tedzey71

       I agree as well!

  • I am sooooo happy you reviewed this. I loved it as a kid and I’ve never seen anyone give it any attention before.