Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
1987, Warner Bros. Television/Hanna-Barbera Productions
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The first of three Scooby-Doo movies to be released as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 syndicated animated movie package, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers retains a bit of the old mystery feeling that the classic Scooby cartoons had (something that was dropped for the light-hearted Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School).
A gorilla, various ghosts, a creepy caretaker, a hillbilly family that’s feuding with Shaggy’s, and a trio of ghost-busting ghosts are all included in this tale that stars Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy.
Shaggy inherits a plantation down south from his uncle and is immediately warned by the local sheriff to stay away. He is then told the same thing by the estate’s caretaker and also informed of a treasure of jewels hidden on the property. After being terrorized by a gorilla on the loose and a ghostly Confederate general, Shaggy & Co. call up the Boo Brothers, ghost exterminators who turn out to be ghosts themselves, to help with the ghosts while they search for the jewels.
An homage to the Three Stooges, the Boo Brothers provide comic relief but their inclusion isn’t necessary as they only occasionally pop-up and they definitely didn’t deserve to be in the movie’s title. They are an odd addition. I wonder if Hanna-Barbera had a spin-off in mind for the Boo Brothers? For all of their relevance, they might as well have titled this movie Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Plantation. Speaking of the plantation, the setting feels like a character itself. The rundown swampy plantation setting was a nice choice for a story as it provides a spooky nighttime atmosphere.
As with all traditional Scooby-Doo tales, there’s more to the eye going on here with these “ghosts” trying to scare off Shaggy & Co. Overall, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a fun mystery/treasure hunt tale that features enough wacky characters and events to try to shake things up.