Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999)

enjoyablemeh
spookyno
scaryno
unsettlingno
gorenone
dislocations/exposure of broken bonesnone
Bechdel-Wallace testpassed
X was the real YIt turns out those meddling kids were the real reason we didn't get away with it all along.

This was a Scooby Doo movie (and not a live-action one starring Freddie Prinze Jr.). This is probably enough information to tell you whether you would enjoy it.

I'm pretty neutral on Scooby Doo, so I figured I'd enjoy this in a mindless way. I ended up having some real mixed feelings about this movie.

[SPOILER] I think the fake witch/real witch reveal was pretty good. I had been surprised when Tim Curry's character wasn't involved in the witching. His character was introduced in a mysterious way, he seemed upset about how the town had changed, and he's Tim Curry. So, the fake-out was pretty good.

[SPOILER] I'm also not super-precious about the gang fighting a real monster. I thought they handled that pretty well.

"[SPOILER] The thing that really bugged me about this was that Sarah Ravencroft turned out to be an evil witch. The pivot from: witch-hunts were bad things where innocent women were murdered, to: actually she was an evil witch that deserved what happened to her is bad. It isn't the kind of narrative that I want in a children's movie.

In related news, here is a thing that people are really doing: S.C.O.O.B.

Imagine thinking the world needs a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. You can't. That's not a thing a human would think.