Template:Infobox television Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King(AKA Scooby-Doo And The Shadow Goblins) is the twelfth in the series of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films produced by Warner Bros. Animation (though it used a Hanna-Barbera logo at the end of the movie). This movie, along with the next film Samurai Sword were both produced and completed in 2008, but Goblin King was released first in time for the Halloween season. It was dedicated to Paulette Oates, who helped resurrect Warner Bros. Animation in the late 1980s. All the main voice actors of Mystery, Inc. reprise their roles. The DVD was released on September 23, 2008. This is the first Scooby cartoon produced entirely without either one of the original creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Unlike the previous seven movies, this movie is similar to Zombie Island, Witch's Ghost (which previously featured Tim Curry), Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase, by making all the fantastical elements of the story real. It is also significant in the fact that it shows Shaggy and Scooby being the main characters, something that has not been seen since the television movies of the 80's. The film is a bit more light-hearted than others.
The Mystery, Inc. gang visit a Halloween carnival on Halloween night. When the magician "The Amazing Krudsky" (voiced by Wayne Knight) does not allow Scooby to see his show, Shaggy and Scooby expose Krudsky as a fraud. Later, the rebellious fairy Princess Willow (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) enters Krudsky's tent, where he secretly reveals his wishes to become a real magician. The fairy inadvertently causes Krudsky to notice an entry on the Goblin Scepter in a spell book. The goblin scepter can be combined with fairy magic to control Halloween. Krudsky then gets an idea to obtain the scepter and rule the world with it. The fairy decides to toy with him, but while flying, the fairy accidentally slams her small body against a metal chair knocking her out; Krudsky then crushes her with his flyswatter. When he notices her cry of pain from being crushed, he sees that she is a real fairy, kidnaps her, and absorbs her magical powers, becoming a real magician.
Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby trick-or-treat all night. Their last stop is a spooky looking house which claims to be a "genuine magic shoppe". However, a very loud thunderstorm also begins, frightening our heroes. Inside, they meet the kind Mr. Gibbles (voiced by Wallace Shawn), who reveals that magic really does exist. At that moment, Willow enters, being chased by Krudsky. Krudsky captures the Princess, turns Gibbles into a rabbit, and steals the magic equipment before leaving. Mr. Gibbles explains to an astonished Shaggy and Scooby that Krudsky, after capturing the good magic of the princess, will now want the bad magic held in the scepter of the Goblin King. Shaggy and Scooby must go into the world of magic via the Grim Reaper Railway, get the scepter before Krudsky can, and return home before sunrise or else they will be trapped in the magic world forever. Before they depart, Gibbles gives them magic cards that perform spells just by reading the inscription on each one. However, they have to be saved for emergencies because each card can only be used once and each spell is temporary. To make it less suspicious-looking, Shaggy and Scooby are magically disguised by being transformed into monster-like versions of themselves.
While looking for Shaggy and Scooby, Fred, Daphne, and Velma see Krudsky conversing with the Goblin King through a mirror where the Goblin King (voiced by Tim Curry) agrees to exchange his scepter for Willow at midnight at a clock tower. The three decide to go the tower and set a trap for the King and Krudsky. In the magic world, Shaggy and Scooby go to a bar owned by a werewolf and find that everyone is afraid of the Goblin King and will not help them. The Goblin King's two bumbling henchmen, Glob and Glum (voiced by James Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell), attempt to capture Scooby and Shaggy, but they are saved by Jack O'Lantern (voiced by Jay Leno), a living pumpkin who leads them to three witches while running away from the Headless Horseman. Along the way, they avoid the Headless Horseman (who was Jack's former body) by heading across a covered bridge which the Headless Horseman can't cross. The three of arrive at the Witches' Hut where they meet the Grand Witch (voiced by Lauren Bacall) and her two fellow witches (voiced by Grey DeLisle and Russi Taylor). The witches send Shaggy and Scooby on a ride on their flying broomstick named Broomy towards the Goblin King's castle, but they are shot down by Glob and Glum by a goblin gun-like cannon.
Landing in a fairy village, Shaggy and Scooby find three fairies who help them to the Goblin King's castle entrance. Using a potion from the witches (made from someone called Scratch), Shaggy and Scooby disguise themselves as Daphne and Velma in order for Glob and Glum to let them into the castle. Only a few minutes away from midnight, Shaggy and Scooby try to run off with the scepter, but are caught and sent to the dungeon by the Goblin King who heads off to meet with Krudsky. At the clock tower, Krudsky and the Goblin King are almost through with their trade when Fred, Daphne, and Velma release a trap and run off with the princess.
But the trap only catches the Goblin King and Krudsky takes the scepter turning himself into the new Goblin King. After turning the Goblin King into a goose, Krudsky and his goblin army capture Fred, Daphne, and Velma, and he uses his powers to turn Fred into a vampire, Daphne into a witch and Velma into a werewolf respectively. At that moment, Scooby, Shaggy, and Jack O'Lantern arrive having been saved from the dungeon before sunrise by the fairies and Broomy. Jack sacrifices himself to strip Krudsky of the staff which Scooby uses to break Krudsky's spells restoring his friends and the Goblin King, to normal. The goblin king, revealed to be Willow's father, punishes her for the trouble she caused and admits he's relieved to have her back. Mr. Gibbles brings Jack back to life with the Goblin King's help. The Goblin King then takes Krudsky prisoner for his crimes as he returns to the magic world along with the goblin army, Willow, Jack, Broomy, and Mr. Gibbles. To keep the balance between the worlds, the Goblin King also uses one final spell to erase the memory of the events from Fred, Daphne, and Velma's minds, though Scooby and Shaggy are allowed to keep their memory as they have proven their courage.
- According to the Fair's name (and Krudsky), the gang still resides in the town of Coolsville, their home town frequently referred to in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
- In the scene where Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, and Daphne Blake are being chased by the Monstrous Machine (the Mystery Machine affected by one of Krudsky's spells), they run past a fairground prize stall full of Scrappy-Doo Teddy Bears.
- Judy's silver dress costume is related to Emma's silver dress costume in the What's New Scooby Doo episode Large Dragon at Large.
- There are noticeable examples of references to Alice in Wonderland:
- Manic man in a top hat
- The card deck turns Shaggy and Scooby into characters that look very similar to the Mock Turtle and the Griffin
- The train that drives upward
- Two bickering twin guys (goblin nights)
- and of course, a bunch of magic
- Scooby-Doo You Believe in Magic? - a feature which shows simple magic tricks and the secrets behind them.
In the scene where Shaggy & Scooby-Doo enter the monster bar when the monsters are singing, some monsters from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, The Scooby Doo Show, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire are sighted. Here's a list of the featured monsters:
- The Werewolf Ghost from "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf"
- The Phantom Shadow from "A Night of Fright is No Delight"
- The Creeper from "Jeepers! It's the Creeper"
- The Mummy of Ankha from "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too"
- The Snow Ghost from "That's Snow Ghost"
- The Ghost of Mr. Hyde from "Nowhere to Hyde"
- The No-Faced Zombie from "The No-Face Zombie Chase Case"
- The Ozark Witch from "The Ozark Witch Switch"
- Penguin's Troll disguise from "The Caped Crusader Caper"
- A blue version of The Roller Ghoster from "Roller Ghoaster Ride"
- A Kelp Monster from "Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire"
- Frank Welker - Scooby-Doo, Fred Jones
- Casey Kasem - Shaggy Rogers
- Mindy Cohn - Velma Dinkley
- Grey DeLisle - Daphne Blake, Cat Witch, Honeybee
- Wayne Knight - The Amazing Krudsky, who is the main antagonist of the film. He's infuriated that Shaggy and Scooby exposed him as a fake on his magic show, and this drives him down a dark path. Krudsky steals Princess Willow's fairy powers and betrays the Goblin King by stealing his staff.
- Jay Leno - Jack O'Lantern, a magical pumpkin who aids Shaggy and Scooby on their adventure.
- Wallace Shawn - Mr. Gibbles, the eccentric owner of a magic shop who entertains Shaggy and Scooby and sends them on their journey to retrieve the Goblin King's scepter to save their friends.
- Tim Curry - The Goblin King, who is the ruler of Halloweenland and (as it turns out) the father of Fairy Princess Willow. To mention his name is enough to frighten the scariest of monsters, since he is the most terrifying of them all. In the end, he helps the Mystery, Inc. gang defeat the wicked magician, Krudsky. Tim Curry also voices a werewolf in one scene in the film.
- James Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell - Glob and Glum, the Goblin King's bumbling palace guards who try to hunt down Shaggy and Scooby to keep them from getting the scepter.
- Hayden Panettiere - Fairy Princess Willow, the insubordinate and feisty princess of the fairies, who turns out to be the Goblin King's daughter. At about fourteen or sixteen years old, Willow makes mistakes without meaning to and isn't at all afraid of Krudsky. She also blesses Shaggy and Scooby with the power of the fairies.
- Lauren Bacall - The Grand Witch
- Thom Adcox-Hernandez - Sparkplug
- Russi Taylor - Owl Witch, Tiddlewink
- Goblin Oogie Boogie - sung by James Belushi
- Who's At the Door - sung by Wallace Shawn
- Bump in the Night - sung by various Halloween Monsters
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