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Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
DVD cover
Directed byJim Stenstrum
Screenplay byDavis Doi
Lance Falk
Story byDavis Doi
Glenn Leopold
Based on
Produced byDavis Doi
Starring
Edited byRob DeSales
Music byLouis Febre
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • October 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is a 2000 American direct-to-video animated science fiction romantic comedy mystery film. It is the third direct-to-video film based on Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. The film was produced by Hanna-Barbera. It is the third of the first four Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films to be animated overseas by Japanese animation studio Mook Animation.[1] Unlike the previous films and despite the grimmer atmosphere, it has a lighter tone since it's real monsters that are on Mystery Inc.'s side and the disguised human beings are the main villains.

It is the last film to feature Mary Kay Bergman as the voice of Daphne, following her death in November 1999; this film is dedicated in her memory. It is also the last film to use cel animation, as starting with Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase the films would later use digital ink and paint.

Plot

While driving the Mystery Inc. gang through the desert amidst a sandstorm, Shaggy Rogers accidentally drives onto government property. Moreover, a UFO sighting causes him to crash near a small town. Shaggy and his dog Scooby-Doo stay with the group's van, the Mystery Machine, while the others head towards town to find help. Not long after, the pair encounter aliens who chase them into town. After reuniting with their friends in a diner, a waitress named Dottie says the locals have never seen aliens, but have seen strange lights and hear strange sounds at night. Chef Sergio adds cattle have vanished overnight, causing people to leave town. When a patron claims to have taken pictures of aliens, the gang travel to his home, only to learn he made paintings. Nonetheless, he offers to let them stay the night.

While sleeping on the roof, Shaggy and Scooby are abducted by the aliens before they are awakened in the desert by photographer Crystal and her dog Amber, who give them a ride back to the diner. While spending time together, Crystal claims she is an undercover government agent sent to investigate alien activity. Shaggy takes her to the caves where he and Scooby first encountered the aliens. They find gold deposits, but are chased by aliens and military police. Meanwhile, the rest of Mystery Inc. ask a local mechanic named Buck to fix the Mystery Machine, during which they meet Max, a member of SALF (Search For Alien Lifeforms). When Max takes them to meet the rest of his team, Laura and Steve, Velma Dinkley grows suspicious after seeing dried mud on the SALF team's boots. Taking her friends to a nearby canyon to confirm her suspicions, they find a dry riverbed along with mining equipment and gold within several caves before running into Shaggy, Scooby, Crystal and Amber. The aliens capture Velma, Fred Jones, and Daphne Blake while the MPs cause the others to fall off a ledge. After the MPs leave to pursue them, the aliens reveal themselves as the SALF team, who discovered the cave is part of a 19th century gold mine. Due to it being on government property, they kept it hidden, concocted their alien disguises to keep others away, and hired men to impersonate MPs to help them further.

Concurrently, the MPs corner Shaggy, Scooby, Crystal, and Amber, but the latter pair reveal themselves as aliens to rescue them before rescuing the others and subduing the SALF team. Crystal and Amber reveal they were the ones who caused Shaggy to crash and that they used television signals from the 1960s to disguise themselves before sharing a heartfelt goodbye with Shaggy and Scooby and leaving Earth. Afterward, the SALF team and the MP impersonators are arrested and Buck repairs the Mystery Machine, allowing Mystery Inc. to resume their journey.

Voice cast

Production

Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films began with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island in 1998, followed by Witch's Ghost in 1999. The first films had done so well that the studio considered Scooby-Doo a tentpole property that would sell "no matter what". Witch's Ghost had a troubled production, with studio executives insisting the team following a script written by outside screenwriters that the crew considered unsatisfactory. Unlike its predecessor, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders was a largely smooth-sailing production, with little executives oversight.[2] The film was written by Davis Doi and Lance Falk, with Glenn Leopold contributing some small elements.[3] The theme song featured actress Jennifer Love Hewitt performing.

Home Media

The movie was released on VHS and DVD on October 3, 2000 for $19.96 and $24.98, respectively.[4] Special features on the DVD include:

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 80% based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10.[5] David Parkinson of Radio Times, gave the film a three out of five stars, saying, "This cartoon adventure is the best of a spate of feature-length spin-offs from the much-loved TV series."[6] Common Sense Media gave the film a three out of five stars, saying "'These meddling kids' encounter brief alien scares".[7]

References

  1. ^ "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ Jozic, Mike (interviewer); Falk, Lance (interviewee) (February 7, 2017). APNSD! Episode 03: Interview With Lance Falk (Podcast). Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Jozic, Mike (interviewer); Falk, Lance (interviewee) (March 8, 2017). APNSD! Episode 04: Interview With Lance Falk (Podcast). Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Crain Rudeen, Jan (Nov 2, 2000). "Scooby-Doo 'Invaders' is quirky, fun". The Daily News. Bowling Green, Kentucky. Scripps Service. Retrieved Nov 4, 2023.
  5. ^ "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000)". Archived from the original on 2020-08-21. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  7. ^ Wheadon, Carrie. "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved December 16, 2023.