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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo! - DVD Review

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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!
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Bottom line:: This 2-disc set contains all 13 episodes of the series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!. The series is similar to the original Scooby-Doo show, but some of the characters are missing and the focus is on finding 13 real ghosts rather than villains dressed up as ghouls and ghosts.

MPAA Rating: NR
Genre: Animated/Comedy/Mystery
Guide Age Recommendation: Ages 5+
Runtime: Approx. 307 minutes

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo! - Overview

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo! series is a spin-off series of the original Scooby-Doo show and aired in 1985. The series begins when Scooby-Doo unwittingly opens the Chest of Demons, letting out 13 of the worst ghosts the world has ever seen. Now it is up to Scooby, Daphne, Shaggy and new characters Flim-Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul to get all the ghosts back into the chest where they belong. Each episode follows Scooby and the gang as they try to hold on to the chest and capture the ghastly ghosts without getting caught themselves.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo! - Guide Review for Parents

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!, while similar in many ways to the original Scooby series, is not quite up to par as far as the writing and animation; however, the series is a kind of fun little side trip for fans of the show or kids who love Scooby-Doo. For some reason, the writers decided to leave out Fred and Velma, but the new characters add some interest. Flim-flam is a young boy who is quite the con artist, while Vincent is a serious warlock who guides Scooby and the gang along the way.

The format of the show is different than the usual Scooby fare. No uncovering of the secret villain behind it all at the end of each episode in this series, because the ghosts are actually supposed to be real. The ghosts and ghouls may be scary to young children, but typical Scooby comedic relief lightens the mood. Odd interruptions occur -- like breaking news stories or a casting call to fill Scooby's role when he becomes sick and tired of dealing with scary ghosts every day -- which also serve to counter the ghostly mood in some episodes.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo! - Bonus Features

  • "Don't Feed the Animals": Bonus episode from the Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue series
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