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      Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School

      TV-G 1988 1h 33m Kids & Family Mystery & Thriller Animation List
      Reviews 68% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Scrappy, Shaggy and Scooby arrive at Miss Grimwood's Finishing School, where a witch plans to put female ghouls under her spell. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 28 Buy Now

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 2, 2005 Full Review Cheryl DeWolfe Apollo Guide Rated: 59/100 Oct 21, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 33 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Cyrus K My only real issue is scrappy doo, which is a massive stain on the scooby doo franchise. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/23 Full Review Lexi M I loved this movie and the rest of the Scooby Doo series ever since I was born. This movie was an instant Halloween classic for me and I watched it every single year. Sure it's silly and the plot is very little to nonexistent (except until near the very end), but the characters are very recognizable and memorable, and it's a rather unique take compared to your usual Scooby Doo movies. The spooky animation in this one is just outstanding imo. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/03/22 Full Review matthew d Always a Halloween treat! Charles A. Nichols' animated family fantasy comedy Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988) holds up remarkably well for an older Scooby-Doo picture. Ghoul School has fun, vibrant animation that looks hand drawn with a nostalgic simplicity and neat repetitive tricks of xerography, a popular animation technique for the 1980's for sure. All the character designs are delightful like writer Glenn Leopold's plethora of puns and haunting story of a monster mash education system. Ghoul School sears its black comedy into your heart like Frank Welker's adorable dragon in the movie named Matches. I found Nichols' direction to use a really spooky atmosphere that's just horror themed enough to be pleasant and moody. He brings a friendly style to old classic horror monsters in the form of cute ghoul girls at a finishing school. It's such a charming movie for any family wanting to start experiencing Scooby-Doo films together. Ghoul School takes the mysterious vibe of great Scooby-Doo episodes and applies it playfully for 92 brief minutes to this absurd adventure through bogs and swamps with Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Scrappy-Doo! Editor Gil Iverson throws in these funny fades to black for the commercial breaks as this movie was made for television and he cuts quickly to keep the pace up, so Ghoul School never drags. Ghoul School gets Casey Kasem to voice the jovial stoner with perpetual munchies Shaggy Rogers. Kasem's voice acting is so versatile as his lovable hippie Shaggy howls, screams, whines, and gasps with a gleeful joy like few voice actors could ever muster. Also returning is Don Messick's iconic giggling, gluttonous voice for Shaggy's ever faithful dog Scoob-Doo as well as his feisty voice for the snarky Scrappy-Doo. Glynis Johns (The Court Jester) is splendid as the energetic witch headmistress Ms. Grimwood with her distinctly raspy voice. Ruta Lee pulls off a vicious voice as she eats the scenery as the villain Revolta. All the Ghoul School girls sound so chipper and childlike. Patty Maloney is cute as the whispery Tannis the Mummy. Susan Blu delivers my favorite voice in the film as the Translyvanian vampiress Sibella Dracula. She uses her voice in such a distinct way to sound enigmatic and captivating. Zale Kessler is fun as a happy Dracula and a brutish Frankenstein's Monster. Pat Musick is so fun as the simple phrase saying Elsa Frankensteen. Marilyn Schreffler howls with the best of them as Winnie the Werewolf. I really love Russi Taylor's crazy cackling as the ghostly Phantasma the Phantom. Lastly, I love composer Sven Libaek's seriously creepy score for Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. His music blasts theremin, organs, and symphonies with a dark delightfulness. I could happily listen to Sven Libaek's haunting themes for Ghoul School on their own, honestly. In all, Ghoul School remains a personal favorite of mine since childhood to revisit around Halloween. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member For me it's not a five star just cause it doesn't have a actual mystery on it but it's funny, the characters are great and it's easy to get involved with them Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Wow! What a phenomenal piece of modern cinema. To begin, the direct correlation between the desired father figure that was often hinted by the school girls during the span of the film, and the traits of Shaggy and Scooby in their short stay at the school supplies a tear jerking, yet thought provoking insight on what it truly means to be a parental figure. Furthemore, the heartwarming relationship between the two once were strangers in shaggy and scoobs, and the many monster children leaves us viewers encapsulated by the intriguing commentary on human nature, and how we treat others. To add on, the group of given protagonists supply the movie with a group of loveable and relatable characters for children and adults alike. I found that no matter the age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or world region one may derive from there is a character that takes a likeness to anyone's current situation. To further elaborate, the antagonist Revolta and her partner the Grim Creeper, add a rather modernist prospective to the typical villain by creating a diabolical plot that creates a ghastly twist to a rather happy movie, for kidnapping the monster children is such a horrendous and despicable act, no writer would ever consider such a thing. Another tremendous aspect of the movie comes in the form of the valiant Calloway Cadets, a group of tenacious young men that supply an awful lot of humor to an already hilarious tale. I also give praise to the fact that although the competent young men are in the bog on the same day as Revoltas plan is to take place, its the group of female protagonists that eventually foil the plot. This shows the phenomenal theme of "Girl Power" in a movie that could definitely need it. When thinking of the most famous peices of art created I'm the few past centuries, one might think of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam", "The Scream", a film like "The Godfather", or even a song like Queens Bohemian Rhapsody, there are even the smallest of flaws in all things beautiful. Although an otherwise spotless movie, There is one place in which this movie fails and that is in the addition of Scrappy Doo, the Anti-Christ of modern cartoons. Although the vile character holds a rather large role in the movie, Scrappy AKA Crappy supplies no extra value to a otherwise PERFECT story, and fails to supply any extra narrative to the subliminal themes. Otherwise, this is a 5/5 movie, and quite honestly the closest attempt at absolute perfection any human has accomplished. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Scrappy, Shaggy and Scooby arrive at Miss Grimwood's Finishing School, where a witch plans to put female ghouls under her spell.
      Director
      Gordon Gordon, Charles A. Nichols, Ray Patterson
      Producer
      Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
      Screenwriter
      Glenn Leopold
      Production Co
      Hanna-Barbera Productions
      Rating
      TV-G
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Mystery & Thriller, Animation
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 33m
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