Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
|Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island|
|Directed by||Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton|
|Produced by||Jim Krieg|
Sam Register (executive producer)
|Written by||Jeremy Adams|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Home Entertainment|
Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island is an American animated direct-to-video supernatural comedy mystery film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It is the thirty-third entry in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films and a direct sequel to the 1998 direct-to-video animated film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, the first film in the Scooby-Doo direct-to-video franchise. The film also serves as the second sequel to a film in the series after Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, the sequel to Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. The film premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2019,, followed by a digital release on September 3, 2019 and a DVD release on October 1, 2019.
A few months have passed since the events from the last film, and Fred is still depressed about selling the Mystery Machine as the gang hang out at the malt shop. Due to the previous experiences of mystery-solving, and the sheriff forcing the gang to retire from mystery-solving, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo make the gang promise that they won't solve any more mysteries. A TV show then announces that Shaggy has won a trip to a tropical paradise on an island in which he is allowed to take the gang with.
As the gang sail towards the island, Velma, Fred, and Daphne realize the surroundings are not very tropical and more swamp-like. They ask the captain where they are going in which he responds 'The darkest reaches of Davy Jones' locker' stating that zombies inhabit the island. This reminds Daphne of the last time they visited an island with zombies on it. After reaching the island, two people tell the gang to get out and turn back but the gang proceeds. During their trip onto the island, a mysterious cat creature slashes a tree which nearly crushes the car the gang are in. Velma also notices one of the tires on the car to be slashed as well. The gang continues to walk towards their hotel ironically named Moonstar Island Resort. The name of the hotel reminds the gang about their visit to Moonscar Island with the events involving the cat creatures and the zombies. Inside the hotel, they meet the hotel manager, Alan Smithee and a few other employees who look like the people they met on Moonstar Island. During a massage, Scooby and Shaggy get attacked by zombies and resort to hiding in a cupboard in the kitchen. In the cupboard, they accidentally press a button, causing them to fall into a cave below the house. The cave has the statues of the cat creatures from Zombie Island, causing confusion from Shaggy and Scooby. They are attacked by another zombie and flee upstairs.
After telling the gang they have seen zombies, zombies appear and begin attacking the hotel. Scooby and Shaggy give the rest of the gang permission to solve mysteries again. After capturing the zombies who reveal to be the other hotel workers, Velma states the island is Zombie Island and that they have been lured there to film a movie. Alan, the hotel manager, is actually a famous film director. He saw an article on Velma's blogs called "Unsolved Cases" in relation to Zombie Island and lured the gang back to Zombie Island with the competition Shaggy won in order to recreate a film similar to the gang's previous adventure. The gang agrees to continue making the film for fun. The gang also discover an upgraded version of the Mystery Machine driven by a Fred stunt double.
As the gang continues to make the movie, Alan reveals he has Simone's pendant in which he found. Suddenly, several of the island's cats and three familiar-looking cat creatures attack and chase the gang. They try and escape by the ferry but Alan burns the ferry, stating they must finish making the movie. With the upgraded Mystery Machine still on the burning boat, Fred jumps onto the boat to save it. He then drives and saves the gang and Alan with it including jumping across a river. The cat creatures attempt to take Simone's pendant in the process, causing Velma to suspect the cat creatures are after Morgan Moonstar's treasure. After being chased again by the cat creatures, the gang escape by the cupboard Shaggy and Scooby used to get into the cave with the statues. There they find the dial which was used last time by Simone and Lena to drain the gang. They draw the cat creatures into the cave by leaving Simone's pendant on the ground, causing them to find a treasure chest. The chest, however, contains nothing more than Scooby Snacks disguised as gold coins. The gang pretends to be zombies and scare the three cat creatures, who turn out to be the ferry driver and the two people who greeted the gang off the boat. They used a special whistle to cause the island cats to attack the gang. However, the fourth cat creature identity who slashed the tree remains a mystery, causing Alan to suspect whether that cat creature is actually real. The island cats then dig up another chest which turns out to be Morgan Moonstar's actual treasure, in which Alan takes and uses the gold to retire.
Velma then depicts that these must have been the same people last time and that the zombies were just hotel guests, although Fred and Daphne are hesitant to believe this theory as they still feel the creatures were real on their previous visit. As the police arrive to arrest the three cat creatures, the sheriff arrives asking why they are solving mysteries when they shouldn't be, but when the gang reveals their true intention in life, he withdraws his question and apologizes for his hurtful remarks to them, allowing Mystery Inc. to be back in business.
- Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones
- Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake
- Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers
- Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley
- Janell Cox as Cat Person and Sister Withers
- David Herman as Jack and Sheriff
- John Michael Higgins as Alan Smithee
- Dave B. Mitchell as Driver and Ferry Captain
- Cassandra Peterson as Elvira
- Roger Rose as Lead Cat Person and Narrator
- Travis Willingham as Seaver
- Comic-Con 2019: World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
- WBshop.com page
- "I've concluded work on Return To Zombie Island..." June 2018.
- "Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
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