Night of the Living Doo
Title card
Based onScooby-Doo
by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
Written by
Directed by
  • Casper Kelly
  • Jeffrey G. Olsen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
  • Ashley Nixon
  • Casper Kelly
  • Jeffrey G. Olsen
Running time20 minutes
Original release
NetworkCartoon Network
ReleaseOctober 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)

Night of the Living Doo is an American animated television special that aired on Cartoon Network on October 31, 2001.[1] The cartoon is a comedic parody of a typical episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, complete with unlikely guests and a retro style.[2] Its title is a riff on the Night of the Living Dead franchise.[3] The animation was produced by Cartoon Network and broadcast in small segments during commercial breaks of a Halloween Scooby-Doo marathon. At the end of the marathon, the complete special was broadcast in its entirety and was available on the Adult Swim website for a brief period.[4] It has not been released on home video.[5]

The special features a new opening title sequence combining the opening for The New Scooby-Doo Movies with clips of the special, set to the cover of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme song as performed by Matthew Sweet for Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits. It was nominated for an Annie Award.[6]

In this special the characters are animated in a classic retro style in an effort to parody real episodes. The show is meant to have the 60s feel with modern humor and celebrities. Most of the scenes have the gang's animation directly rotoscoped from certain classic episodes, in some cases even completely re-dubbed footage.


Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang pick up a hitchhiking Gary Coleman, and the Mystery Machine soon proceeds to break down multiple times, finally leaving them stranded at a haunted castle owned by David Cross. The gang then spends the night at the haunted castle while their van is being fixed, mirroring many original episodes specifically including season two episode five of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, "Haunted House Hang-Up", where the van breaks down outside of a haunted mansion. The show contained multiple references and gags that take jabs at the original show, musical numbers by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,[7] as well as an appearance from Mark Hamill. Finally, the show concluded with a nonsensical ending, with Coleman pointing out all of the plot holes in the story. Scooby interrupts him by licking his face until the episode ends.


Cultural References


Mark Pellegrini of AiPT! enjoyed the special and felt that it did not veer too far into various content as it could have.[1]


Year Award Category Result Ref.
2002 Annie Awards Best Animated Short Subject Nominated [8]


  1. ^ a b Pellegrini, Mark (April 21, 2015). "Night of the Living Doo: The Forgotten Scooby-Doo Special Review". Adventures in Poor Taste. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  2. ^ Staff (October 28, 2001). "For Young Viewers; A Spookfest for Ghouls and Bats of All Ages". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 15 December 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  3. ^ Kane, Joe (2010). Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever. Citadel Press. pp. 212-213. ISBN 9780806534312.
  4. ^ Rattolle, Vinnie. "Night of the Living Doo". CultOddities. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  5. ^ "Complete List of Episodes Not on the Best of New Scooby Doo Movies". DVD Talk. January 11, 2005. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  6. ^ "Scooby Doo's Night of the Living Doo (TV)". FilmAffinity. Archived from the original on 2019-12-15. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  7. ^ Evans, Anderson (November 14, 2009). "Scooby Doo: Night of the Living Doo". Gawker. Archived from the original on 2019-12-15. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  8. ^ Godfrey, Leigh (January 6, 2003). "2002 Annie Award Nominees". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2019-12-15.