Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
DVD cover
Directed byEthan Spaulding
Written byDoug Langdale
Based onScooby-Doo
by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
Produced bySpike Brandt
Tony Cervone
Music byRobert J. Kral
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
Running time
75 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur is a 2011 direct-to-video film based on Scooby-Doo. The film was released on September 6, 2011.[1] It premiered on Cartoon Network on September 3, 2011.[citation needed]


After Shaggy Rogers discovers he suffers from a disorder that causes him to irrationally overreact to frightening stimuli, he fears that he can no longer remain involved with Mystery Inc. His friends take him to a spa in the town of La Serena to help him calm down. There, they meet the spa's owner and hypnotherapist, Mr. Hubley, along with paleontologist Professor Svankmajer and her assistant Windsor, who are overseeing a paleontological dig. When a large "ghost dinosaur" attacks the site, Shaggy becomes paralyzed with fear, though Scooby-Doo rescues him before Fred Jones uses Mystery Inc.'s van, the Mystery Machine, to knock the dinosaur off of a cliff.

Hubley explains the ghost dinosaur was the "Phantosaur", which legend says was summoned by Native Americans to regain their land from European colonists, before hypnotizing Shaggy into switching between his regular personality and a fearless persona when hears a specific keyword. However, nobody remembers what it is. As Fred, Daphne Blake, and Velma Dinkley investigate the dig site for dinosaur tracks and what appear to be snake trails, Shaggy fights a biker gang at a buffet and is invited to join a motorcycle race after hearing the keyword, "bad". Later that day, Daphne and Fred witness members of a mining company retrieving a dinosaur tooth. Before the race, Daphne teaches Shaggy how to ride a motorcycle. Upon hearing the keyword once more, Shaggy takes part in the race and rescues the bikers' leader, Tex, from falling off a cliff, earning his respect. Suddenly, the Phantosaur and a group of Velociraptors interrupt the race.

Meanwhile, Daphne, Fred, and Velma notice a van owned by the mining company containing cables and whose tires match the snake trails they found earlier. They and the bikers soon flood the van, revealing the Phantosaur was an animatronic operated by someone they believe wanted to scare off Svankmajer's team so they can tap into a silver mine. When Hubley arrives, saying his hypnotherapy equipment was stolen, Mystery Inc. try to investigate further, only to encounter another Phantosaur before it disappears.

The next day, the group head to the mine to present their evidence to Svankmajer, who reveals her camp was attacked and claims she sent Windsor home and intends to do the same. However, the group soon realize that Svankmajer hired graduate students to pose as the Velociraptors, the second Phantosaur was a projection that she and Windsor created using Hubley's stolen equipment, and used super-heated air and paint strippers to achieve the animatronic Phantosaur's fire breath. Svankmajer reveals her team had found a dinosaur skeleton preserved in quartz crystal and sought to scare off La Serena's citizens so they could claim it for themselves. Though the paint strippers set off explosives that the paleontologists intended to seal off the mine with, Shaggy overcomes his fear and gets outside to gain help from Tex's gang in rescuing the others.

Afterward, Svankmajer and her team are arrested while Shaggy has his hypnotherapy undone, only for Hubley to accidentally hypnotize the rest of Mystery Inc. into believing they are Shaggy.

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Common Sense Media gave it 3 out of 5 stars, but said that it was " is too spooky for young kids" recommending it for ages 7 and over.[2]

Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme

On October 12, 2017, YouTube user Midya uploaded a video titled "Ultra Instinct Shaggy," consisting of an edited scene from the film of Shaggy fighting Tex's biker gang. The title is in reference to the anime series Dragon Ball Super, from which the Ultra Instinct form (a powered-up state where the user can react to attacks instinctively) originated; the video makes use of the "Kyūkyoku no Battle" track and slows down the footage at certain points so that Shaggy appears to have gained the power. It quickly went viral and became part of a wave of memes depicting Shaggy with superhuman abilities, often requiring only a small percentage of his power to perform inhuman tasks or defeat ostensibly more powerful opponents. Variations of the meme use frames from a behind-the-scenes featurette of the 2002 film Scooby-Doo with fake subtitles describing Shaggy's power.

The meme's popularity coincided with the development of Mortal Kombat 11, and a petition consequently launched on to include Shaggy as DLC. The petition received thousands of signatures and received the attention of Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and Shaggy's voice actor Matthew Lillard. Lillard also tweeted posts and retweeted fan art in support of the idea and Boon jokingly petitioned to include Scooby-Doo in Injustice 2. It was later confirmed that Shaggy would not appear in any Mortal Kombat games.[3][4][5][6][7]

The meme was referenced in the animated film Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms. During its intro, Shaggy, surrounded by a glowing aura, appears from the Warner Bros. Animation logo and grabs Scorpion, referencing the latter's catchphrase and attacks.[8] It is later referenced in the video game MultiVersus, wherein Shaggy is featured as a playable character; he is depicted as having obtained superhuman powers, and some of his lines reference the meme, including a verbatim quote from the film.

See also


  1. ^ a b " Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur". 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on 22 May 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  3. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (January 29, 2019). "What is the Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme?: an investigation". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 1, 2022. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Cooper, Dalton (January 28, 2019). "Mortal Kombat 11 Director Ed Boon Responds to Shaggy Petition". Game Rant. Archived from the original on April 24, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Workman, Robert (January 30, 2010). "'Mortal Kombat 11's' Ed Boon Has Fun With Shaggy Rumours, Suggests New Character for 'Injustice 2'". Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Golder, Andy (January 30, 2019). "This "Powerful Shaggy" Meme Is So Damn Funny That Now Matthew Lillard Is On Board". Buzzfeed News. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Burks, Robin (February 1, 2019). "Mortal Kombat 11 Co-Creator Fuels Fire of Shaggy Meme". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "New Mortal Kombat movie canonizes Ultra Instinct Shaggy". Polygon. 31 August 2021. Archived from the original on 31 August 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.