Scooby-Doo On Zombie Island (1998)

Rating: ***
Cast: Mark Hamill, Tara Charandoff

An excellent comeback for the entire Scooby-Doo gang, revamped and refitted for the 1990's, but staying true to its 1960's Hanna-Barbera roots. After busting case after case of guys in monster suits, the Scooby Gang gets disenchanted, breaks up, and goes their separate ways. Daphne becomes a TV reporter with Fred as her "business partner." Velma owns and operates a mystery book store, and Shaggy and Scooby work as customs officials at an airport, seizing contraband food. Daphne decides that she wants to do a report on a REAL haunted house with REAL ghosts and monsters, and Fred decides to bring the team back together for a reunion. After numerous failed attempts, they just so happen to come across a real haunted house in Louisiana, and have to deal with real ghosts and real zombies that rise out of the bayou at night. Great stuff that manages to both parody and pay homage to the original show at the same time. The character designs are spot-on and the voice talent is simply amazing. The only differences are that Daphne isn't as cute and wears a more professional and conservative skirt and blazer combo (the skirt is still pretty damn short, though), Fred has lost the flaming gay ascot and now wears hiking boots, and Velma's skirt is no longer pleated. Naturally, Shaggy and Scooby haven't changed a bit (and Shaggy probably hasn't even changed his shirt in the last twenty years). Thoroughly enjoyable, with enough depth to entertain viewers of all ages.