Goofy Ghosts and a Treasure Hunt
So every year I review an animated film, and here we are with Scooby-Doo and the Boo Brothers.
This was the first of three Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy stand alone films. It followed The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo which featured a smaller number of the Scooby crew with Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Scrappy-Doo.
This however, is my least favorite of all the Scooby-Doo films. It was followed by Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School and Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (both of which I think are far superior). Really the reason I don’t like this is because of the second half of the title, the Boo Brothers. The Boo Brothers are fashioned after The Three Stooges, and while I liked them (espechially as a kid), I don’t like the Boo Brothers.
I also remember there being this weird girl that bothers Shaggy.
I do remember there being a pretty good treasure hunt that involved all these riddles to find where the treasure was hidden. I really enjoyed that part and I wish they had included more of it-or just featured it and cut out the Boo Brothers.
Shaggy’s uncle, Colonel Beauregard has passed away and left his house and all his belongings to Shaggy. Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy head down to the South.
They run into Sheriff Rufus Buzby who warns them of a curse on the property, and leaves when he gets a call about a derailed circus train and an ape that got out. Of course Scooby and Shaggy are scared but Scrappy urges them on.
When they do get to the property they are attacked by a headless horseman, ghost wolf, and ghost colonel.
They also meet the creepy manservant Farquard who lets them know that there is a fortune buried on the estate.
This sounds so familiar…
A distant relative leaving someone their spooky house, a creepy housekeeper/butler, buried treasure somewhere on the large estate, an escaped “creature” chasing them on the property…
This is The Cat and the Canary!
This is basically the same film except they threw in the three stooges ghostbrothers.
Shaggy wants to leave but can’t as his truck is stuck in mud, so they have to spend the night there. To get rid of the ghosts they call some ghostbusters, (not the Ghostbusters). Why didn’t he just call a tow truck?
Surprise, surprise they are the most annoying things ever. This movie isn’t that bad, it’s just the Boo Brothers are really annoying and dumb. The film would be better without them.
Basically they stink at their job and just do a lot of dumb things that are supposed to be funny.
Sadie Mae Scroggins comes calling and falls for Shaggy, and her brother threatens him as the Scroggins and Beauregards (Shaggy’s uncle) have a terrible feud.
The guys are starving, as always, and do what they always love to do, eat. They make a sandwich and bite into a clue.
Dear Shaggy, knowing your appetite I thought this would be the best place to hide this message and this jewel. It’s only one of many in my fortune, which I hid to keep them away from my enemies. To find the next clue to their hiding place, go outside. Then look for the part of the house with its knee out.
This leads them to the Chimney where they find a diamond. This is the interesting part of the film.
You’re nearer the family jewels than before. A broken key unlocks the next door. – Piano
Look for a relative who is quite old, whose face cannot look, and whose hands cannot hold. – Grandfather Clock
There is no pendulum in this clock. So, what does it lack besides a tock? – Attic
For the next clue, don’t look any higher. Think what you are when you’re not the buyer. – Cellar
The next clue you seek is large and flat. It’s the kind of stone you use as a hat. – Colonel Beauregard’s headstone in cemetery
You’re nearing the end of this obstacle course, so if you go buggy, you won’t need a horse. – Barn
To get to the bottom of things is the trick. Think how you’re feeling when you are not sick. – Well
At the end of this tunnel, are many more pearls but on the way, many more perils. – Basement
There’s no mystery about this clue. Inside Bear Cave, the jewels are in plain view.- Bear Cave
Go to a place that covers the tide. To find the last clue, just “pier” inside. – Boathouse
As they continue the Boo Brothers have crazy antics that don’t help at all, the gorilla keeps coming, the Scroggins are driving Shaggy crazy, and multiple ghosts are attacking them,
They go to the last place and find the final clue.
No more riddles, here ends the chase. The treasure’s in the fireplace. – Fireplace
They go for the treasure but the Ghost holds them at gunpoint, the real ghosts finally come in handy-all are saved and unmask the ghost to be the Sheriff-who is unmasked as the Sherif’s twin brother who wanted the money.
Shaggy decides to give the mansion to the Boo Brothers, give the money to orphans, and takes off. His next plan is to be a gym teacher at a girl’s school, but you know Shaggy-he doesn’t always pay attention.
So yeah, it was okay. I liked half of it, but the Boo Brothers killed it for me.
For more Scooby-Doo, go to To All the Ghouls I’ve Loved Before: The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)
For more ’80s films, go to Holy Smokes! Your Mom’s a Werewolf!: My Mom’s a Werewolf (1989)
For more animated films, go to In the Spa House of the Spirits: Spirited Away (2001)
For more hidden treasure, go to Trapped in a Mansion in the Middle of Nowhere with a Psycho: The Cat and the Canary (1939)
For more ghosts, go to A Psychic Arrives and a Ghost Haunts the Ship: High Seas Season Two (2019)