The escapades of Mystery Inc. continue with Scooby Doo: Abracadabra-Doo. This time the Scooby gang heads for the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy, which is a school for stage magicians. Velma’s sister Madelyn is a student there and a giant griffin monster haunts the school.
Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy in the two live action Scooby-Doo films, reprises his role once again as the voice of Shaggy in this animated feature and continues to do so in later ones.
One of the new additions on the Mystery Machine is a GPS system that navigates and cracks jokes. Ones like, “Watch out for the dips in the road, not including the ones in the back seat.” As insulting as the GPS is, Fred seems to like it. That is until it calls him scarf boy, which is a name Fred hates.
After arriving at the school, Scooby and the gang meet up with Madelyn, who has a crush on Shaggy. They also meet the owner Whirlen Merlin, his brother Marlin the stagehand, and Crystal, who is Whirlen’s former stage assistant. Fred has a crush on her and Daphne doesn’t approve, of course.
Later, Madelyn brings Shaggy and Scooby out on a mountain trail to show them the sundial. That’s where they meet up with the griffin monster. It was labeled as a myth before, but now everyone believes that the griffin is real after a student takes a picture on her cell phone and it becomes a front-page headline in the school newspaper.
Shortly afterward, all of the students and most of the faculty leave. As usual, the Scooby gang decides to stay put and solve the mystery. As large and monstrous as the griffin is, how could it be a criminal in a suit?
To better understand this case and help keep the magic school open, the Scooby gang decides to take classes in order to learn the art of magic. Later that evening, Shaggy and Scooby stumble into Marlin’s private workroom, where his computer system creates holographic illusions. That leads to a theory that the griffin is a hologram, but holograms can’t destroy anything.
Afterwards, Madelyn finds out about a magic staff that was used to control the griffin and is hidden on an island nearby. However, a banshee haunts it, but that won’t stop Mystery Inc. from going over there to get the staff. Whether it will work against the griffin or not, it still could be a clue.
The Scooby gang investigates the island and eventually finds the staff along with the banshee. At first she appears to be beautiful and not too threatening. Then suddenly, the banshee becomes scary and loud. What an element of surprise that was.
They escape, but not for long. The griffin returns and captures Madelyn. In an attempt to rescue her, Shaggy makes a new breakthrough in his character. His feelings for Madelyn makes him braver than he ever was before.
This was a good Scooby-Doo feature with a modern edge. Do you think Fred will change the voice on that GPS, or get a new one?