Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo – USA, 2009 – overview

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Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo is a 2009 animated feature film. It was released on February 16, 2010. It made its television debut on July 10, 2010 on Cartoon Network. It features the Mystery, Inc. gang. The tone of the film was darkened from the previous adventures along with the animation style.

After wrapping up their latest mystery, Velma gets a call from her mother asking that she check on her younger sister Madelyn, who attends a college for magicians. The gang head off to the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy, located in an old Irish castle. They meet the owner, Whirlen Merlin, along with his brother Marlen, who acts as cook and butler, and Crystal, Whirlen’s former stage assistant. Fred is smitten, to Daphne’s irritation. The gang learns that a giant gryphon has been scaring away the students and staff.

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Later that evening, Madelyn, who has had a crush on Shaggy for years, takes him on a romantic walk to in the gardens and show him an ancient sun-dial. But then the gryphon chases them from the garden. The rest of the students leave, so the gang starts taking classes themselves. Meanwhile, Calvin Curdles, a powerful vegetable ice-cream guru, continually offers to buy Whirlen’s castle from him. The gang promises to investigate to see if Curdles is behind the Gryphon, so he tells Amos to call if he hears anything new.

Velma finds Daphne practicing ballet so she can be more graceful and capture Fred’s attention.. The two then stumble on a secret passageway leading to the attic of the school, where they discover that Alma Rumblebuns, the school’s head maid, used to date Calvin Curdles. Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby discover the special effects room of the castle, where they are discovered by Ms. Rumblebuns and knock over some chemicals, creating a fog.

The room is revealed as Marlen’s private laboratory, where he creates holograms and puppets for Whirlen’s show. Madelyn then finds a book about the ancient staff of O’Flannery, which is said to control the gryphon. Even though Amos warns them that the island where the staff rests is haunted by a banshee, the gang go to get the staff. They travel to O’Flannery’s crypt and recover the staff, but are chased by the banshee and narrowly escape…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The Monkees inspired title track is woefully out of place, completely undermining the awesome stylized credit sequence behind it. The plot takes the kernel of an idea we’ve seen far too many times before and does very little with it, padding out the run time with wasted opportunities and bad guys who aren’t really bad, just misunderstood.” DVD Verdict

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