Scooby-Doo's most classic adventures typically involve more guest stars than the actual gang, but one direct-to-video '90s hit was the exception to this rule. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) was the first film in the long-running direct-to-video series and had a tone that was actually pretty dang scary. It also aired on Cartoon Network, which didn't hurt the film's reception among kids. Now the film has a sequel. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island is taking the gang back to the voodoo-ridden feline hellscape - and we got to see it before anyone else over at San Diego Comic-Con.
SYFY WIRE was at the film's premiere screening at the con, seeing the mystery-solving teens taking a vacation...or so they think. Nostalgia was in full swing for the packed house (already a rarity for Sunday morning as SDCC winds down) and the film had plenty to offer the attendees.
The very meta film involves the gang going, well, back to Zombie Island - only, they don't know it at first. Kicked off with a guest appearance from Elvira, the characters promise to Shaggy and Scooby that they won't be solving any more mysteries and will actually just relax for once. A few zombies and cat people later, and the promise is broken. Plus, the gang finds out that they're inside a movie (being filmed by an animated Alan Smithee because franchises are all the rage now), adding a delightful wink to a film that was already more fan service than anything else.
With seemingly everything from the '80s and '90s getting a sequel, reboot, or remake, even Scooby-Doo and his timeless brand of clumsy mystery solving isn't immune from some good ol' fashioned nostalgia. Fans can return to the island themselves when Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island hits digital on Sept. 3 and DVD on Oct. 1.
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