Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
Based on
Written byJim Ryan
Directed byPaul Sommer
Carl Urbano
Ray Patterson (supervising)
Voices ofDon Messick
Casey Kasem
Sorrell Booke
Rob Paulsen
Ronnie Schell
Jerry Houser
Arte Johnson
Victoria Carroll
William Callaway
Michael Rye
Opening themeWilliam Hanna
ComposerSven Libaek
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerKay Wright
EditorsGil Iverson
Robert Ciaglia
Running time92 minutes[1]
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 18, 1987 (1987-10-18)[2]

Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a 1987 animated comedy horror made-for-television film produced by Hanna-Barbera as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series.[3] The two-hour film aired in syndication.[4] It is the first full-length film in the Scooby-Doo franchise.

In the film, Shaggy Rogers inherits a country estate and a Southern plantation from a recently deceased uncle. While trying to claim his inheritance, Shaggy is harassed by the estate's ghosts (including a Headless Horseman). Scrappy-Doo has the idea to hire a ghost hunting team to deal with the problem. The ghost hunters are themselves a trio of inept ghosts, loosely based on the screen persona of the comedy team The Three Stooges. Meanwhile, Shaggy also has to deal with a trigger-happy enemy of his uncle, who wants to shoot him to settle the feud between their families. A subplot involves treasure hunting, in search of the estate's missing collection of family jewels.


Shaggy discovers that his uncle Colonel Beauregard has died and left him his country estate, which is on a Southern plantation. After being chased away by a ghost witch, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy head for the estate in order to claim Shaggy's inheritance. Before they can get there, they meet Sheriff Rufus Buzby, who warns them about the whole estate being haunted and that they should leave. Before he can fully convince them, he receives a call from dispatch, notifying him that a circus train has derailed and a circus ape has escaped. Leaving Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy, they continue driving, but upon their arrival they are pursued by a Headless Horseman, a ghost wolf, and by the alleged ghost of the Colonel who taunts them, telling them to leave or else they will face the consequences.

They also meet the creepy manservant Farquard who tells them that a vast fortune in jewels is hidden somewhere on the estate, which he believes is rightfully his and that Shaggy has no business there. Initially, Shaggy wants to leave, but before they can do that, his truck sinks into quicksand, forcing him, Scooby and Scrappy to spend the night there. With ghosts haunting the place, Scrappy has the idea to call a group of ghost exterminators called The Boo Brothers. Surprisingly, the exterminators—Meako, Freako, and Shreako—are themselves ghosts styled after The Three Stooges, who proceed to hunt down the ghosts that are haunting the estate, with little success. On top of all, Shaggy meets Sadie Mae Scroggins and her shotgun totting older brother Billy Bob Scroggins whose family has an old feud with the colonel. After learning that Shaggy is related to the colonel, Sadie falls in love with him and Billy Bob wants to shoot him.

After things calm down a little, Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy decide to go to the kitchen to eat something, only to find proof that the famous fortune in jewels is real, when they find a diamond with a clue to a treasure hunt. Intrigued by that very first clue, the gang decides to hunt down the rest of the jewels much to Farquard's chagrin and Sheriff Buzby, who is on the trail of an escaped circus Gorilla, and is skeptical about the jewels' existence.

They follow the trail through a number of clues that the Colonel has hidden for them, which takes them to several different points in the mansion and also in the rest of the plantation. As they progress in their treasure hunt, things become harder, with numerous ghosts appearing, including the Ghost of Colonel Beauregard, the Headless Horseman, and the Skull Ghost. To make matters worse, they also have to deal with Billy Bob Scroggins and his sister Sadie Mae, the escaped Ape, and a very angry bear, who keep showing up. On top of that, the Boo Brothers reveal themselves incapable of getting rid of any ghost, only causing more mayhem whenever they try to help.

After much treasure hunting, they finally find the last clue, revealing that the treasure is hidden in the mansion's fireplace, much to the happiness of the Skull Ghost, who holds the gang at gun point, and tries to claim it for himself. After catching him, they find out that the person behind the Skull Ghost is the Sheriff. As they unmask the ghost, the real Sheriff comes in, revealing that the Skull Ghost is actually his greedy twin brother, T.J. Buzby impersonating him, as well as the remaining ghosts that were haunting the place.

With the treasure found, Shaggy is taken by the Boo Brothers' story that they need a home to haunt, so he turns the mansion over to them and the treasure is put into the Beauregard Trust Fund for Orphans. Saying their goodbyes, Shaggy and the dogs drive back home. Along the way, they encounter once more the ghost of Colonel Beauregard. Shaggy thinks this is another prank by Scooby, until he realizes it's real. He subsequently speeds away, as fast as possible.


Home media

The film was first released on VHS by Hanna-Barbera Home Video and Kids Klassics in the late 1980s and later on Warner Home Video in 2000.

Warner Home Video released Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers on DVD on May 6, 2003.[1]

The film was released on Blu-ray as part of a Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 boxset through Warner Archive Collection on February 20, 2024.[5] The film was remastered in HD.

Follow-up film

A follow-up film, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, was released on October 16, 1988.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Sorrell Booke, Rob Paulsen, Ronnie Schell, Jerry Houser, Arte Johnson, Victoria Carroll, Bill Callaway, Ray Patterson, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Jim Ryan: Movies & TV". 19 September 2006. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ "The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on October 18, 1987 · 375". 18 October 1987.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 724. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 322. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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