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With all the Scooby Doo media around today it’s hard to picture that back in the late 90s the franchise was effectively dead. Watching this movie again it’s easy to see why it saved it. This film was so popular it lead to the live action movie, the new Saturday morning cartoon What’s New, Scooby Doo? And it’s two sequels Witch’s Ghost and Alien Invaders that eventually gave way to the long running chain of direct to DVD movies that’s still going today. Total classic and the best introduction to the franchise there is in my opinion.
Scooby Doo! Where Are You? is a television animation whom millions upon MILLIONS of people have watched through time, I mean we all have our favourite mysteries from it, we have our favourite characters (personally i LOVE them all!) and has shaped popular culture and 'children's television' over the past five decades! Now that is an incredible feat that i don't think even Hannah Barbara predicted when they created the show back in 1969! This film was created in the late 90's in an era in which Scooby Doo animations weren't regularly on telly and the animation had died 'essentially' after A Pup Named Scooby Doo had aired in 1991!
But, in 1998 this mini EPIC motion picture was released, GONE are the days of cheesy mysteries and Scrappy-Doo. Zombie Island is a back to basics mystery that revitalised the brand to the top of its game and from this film we had numerous successful sequels (still going large in 2010! and hopefully for the next decade to come).
From this animation it also blurred the lines of what was enabled to be watched for a cartoon...essentially for children and families, but Scooby Doo is a show that despite it's genre is accessible for everyone of all ages (I am now 18!) the animation is just so vibrant to watch even to this day, the simplicity is gorgeous and definitive.
Given the topics raised within the films dark (and i use that loosely, there are several reasons for why this film is in my top 10 horror films of all time you know!) and eerie setting we get some quite horrific beasties to face too with ghosts, ghouls, ZOMBIES, the supernatural and Cat Gods! to say the film has it all is the biggest understatement.
With a remarkable voice cast, superb direction and a fantastically detailed plot we have something very hitchcock meets Hammer Horror in essence with Zombie Island, with all f its carnage and eerily disturbing detail this film shocked me when i first saw it 10 years ago (i was 7!) BUT in a great sense that is! it's a real adrenaline rushed yet refreshingly funny film indeed.
Over the years we have had various incarnations of the Scooby Gang with films and television shows (What's New Scooby Doo? amongst others!) and it all started here!
a fantastic masterpiece! 5/5
I must say that this movie is also the greatest of the entire film series too alongside the superb Alien Invaders! both top notch films. But Witch's Ghost and Cyber Chase are really strong films too!
Takes me back to the good old days, I used to love when Boomerang or Cartoon Network would play these movies and have a Scooby Doo movie marathon. Good quality, ordered from another company through Amazon at a cheaper price came before delivery date. Very happy will buy off them again.
I have the 2 one return to zombie island and i wanted to watch the first one again cause I remember how good it was and I was right. The memories come back and I feel like a kid again watchong it on cartoon network