Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico

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Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico
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Not only do they not know what Bigfoot looks like, they got him acting like a groundhog.
Production company: Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Release date: September 30, 2003
Run time: 1:10:53
Starring: Frank Welker
Casey Kasem
Nicole Jaffe
Heather North Kenney
Rip Taylor
Candi Milo
Maria Canals
Eddie Santiago
Jesse Borrego
Executive producer(s): Joseph Barbera
Sander Schwartz
Producer(s): Margaret M. Dean
Scott Jeralds
Music composed by: Gigi Meroni
Rich Dickerson
Screenplay by: Douglas Wood
Director(s): Scott Jeralds
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Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico is a 2003 American mystery horror-comedy direct-to-video (DTV) film based on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series in 1969. It was released by Warner Home Video through the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label on September 30, 2003. It was written by Douglas Wood, and produced and directed by Scott Jeralds. The film is the sixth installment in the Scooby-Doo direct-to-video film series, and the last to be based on the aforementioned Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! until the fourteenth DTV, Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.

Fred's pen pal, who happens to run a Mexican hotel, invites the gang to visit him and his family. While there, they unravel the mystery of El Chupacabra.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Jorge Otero Brandon Gonzalez
Alejo Otero Eddie Santiago
Chiquita Unavailable
Chupacabra Ted Cassidy
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Ricky N/A
Daphne Blake Heather North Kenney
Velma Dinkley Nicole Jaffe
Shaggy Rogers Casey Kasem
Scooby-Doo Frank Welker
Dolores Otero Rita Moreno
Sofia Otero Maria Canals
Oliver Casey Sandino
Natalia Darlene Mendoza
Cristina N/A
Fernanda N/A
Carolina Allyse Rivera
Mirelia N/A
Gabriella N/A
Sebastian Casey Sandino
Luis Otero Jesse Borrego
Charlene Candi Milo
Diego Fuente Castulo Guerra
Señor Otero
Mr. Smiley Rip Taylor
Ghost of Señor Otero Rip Taylor


Organizations

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Production

Development

Filming

This was the final time Nicole Jaffe and Heather North performed the voices of Velma and Daphne, respectively. Jaffe was glad to relinquish the role, as she didn't find it as easy to do as before, as she found her voice had lowered.[1]

Music

Gigi Meroni and Rich Dickerson composed the music.

Release

Behind the scenes

  • The Chupacabra's roaring sounds are the same stock roars originally recorded for Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla animated series from 1978-1979, as performed by Ted Cassidy.
  • At the beginning of the Day of the Dead ceremony, a child is wearing a Yogi Bear mask.
  • There are a couple of references to the film The Wizard of Oz:
    • Velma, Fred, and Daphne mention "Coyotes, jaguars and boars, oh my", which is a reference to the line "Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my".
    • Mr. Smiley's line, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" is a paraphrase from the Wizard of Oz's line "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".
  • The houses the gang live in could be set in Coolsville, but that's not outright confirmed.

Errors

  • When Doña Dolores was talking about Diego Fuente, her skirt and Velma's were switched to each other.
  • When Chiquita was giggling at Scooby for walking into a gravestone, and laughing at the Chupacabra tripping over a pumpkin, her eyes were colored black instead of brown.
  • When the Ghost of Señor Otero appeared, Sofia's right wrist band is missing.
  • When Alejo tried to wake up Doña Dolores when she fainted, and Alejo comforting Luis, his wristwatch on his left arm is missing
  • When Fred shows the gang how a tilde is used in the Spanish word for "tomorrow," he writes the symbol over the wrong n, spelling the word as "manaña" instead of "mañana."
  • While in split-screen, the gang go from speaking out loud to themselves then to typing, and finally to just speaking without typing and somehow everybody seemingly knows what each other is saying. The four-way split-screen could be breaking the "fourth wall" for them.
  • It's unexplained how Fred, a teen, got in contact with Alejo, a family man, with a business.
  • Only Jorge is supposed to be Alejo and Sofia's kid, but Carolina, Sebastian, and Natalia are given the Otero name in the credits.
  • El Chupacabra is claimed by to be Mexico's version of Bigfoot, although such a description is grossly inaccurate, as the chupacabra described is quite different from Bigfoot. There's two popular depictions of the creature: 1) is a strange reptilian (sometimes humanoid) beast with big red eyes and sharp teeth. 2) a strange rabid wolf or dog like creature with gray fur.
  • This movie portrays the Chupacabra as a Mexican legend in origin; however this is not accurate since the Chupacabra has its origins in Puerto Rico. It should be noted, however, that most of these mistakes were made by the ignorant American villains. They chose how their monster costume would look. Although the villagers had noticed the discrepancy.
  • Velma incorrectly states that Teotihuacan (the pyramid complex where the gang emerges after following a secret passage from the Museum of Anthropology) was built by the Olmec civilization. Teotihuacan is thought to have been established around 200 BCE, in the highlands of Central Mexico, near Mexico City. The Olmec civilization flourished from 1500 BCE to 400 BCE in the Gulf Lowlands to the east and south.
  • During the scenes of Paco framing the Mystery Inc. and Alejo and Luis just before chasing them on top of the Aztec pyramid, Alejo's clothes suddenly changed into the same colors as Luis'. Also, the angry tourists keep swapping positions.

Marketing and promotion

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Scooby-Doo! και το Τέρας του Μεξικού Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico

Home availability

Trailers

Teaser trailer:

Trailer:

References

  1. ^ Nobleman, Marc Tyler (October 10, 2011). "Super ‘70s and ‘80s: “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”—Nicole David (Jaffe) (Velma 1, 1969-74)". Noblemania. Retrieved May 10, 2020.