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The Haunted Showboat 

Scooby Doo meets Josie and the Pussycats.

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Scooby Doo meets Josie and the Pussycats.

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After one of the ghost traps catches Captain Canaby, Fred tells Valerie to turn off the trap, but it shows Velma doing it instead. See more »

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Not much of an improvement on "Mystery in Persia"
2 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Mystery in Persia" was a contender for the worst episode of 'The New Scooby Doo Movies', being one of the very few episodes of the show to not feel like Scooby Doo and Jeannie and her friends just didn't gel with the gang.

"The Haunted Showboat" may not be much of an improvement quality-wise, but it is an improvement at all, at least it felt like Scooby Doo. Credit is due here, the music has the usual energy and atmosphere with the theme tune as ever catchy and infectious if not as iconic as the theme tune for 'Scooby Doo Where are You'. The voice acting is very good, Casey Kasem taking top honours, and also enjoyed the chemistry between Shaggy, Scooby and Alexander, which brought some heart and amusing humour (if not quite enough).

However, when it comes to the crossover itself it does feel cluttered and like there were too many characters. Balance between Mystery Inc and Josie and the Pussycats was an issue too, only Shaggy and Scooby shine out of Mystery Inc while Fred, Velma and Daphne are side-lined to near pointlessness, while also having too much focus on Josie and the Pussycats where Alexander is the only halfway memorable one. Captain Scavenger is one of the dullest villains while Injun Joe is not sinister enough. Both characters are crudely and poorly drawn, and the perpetrators' identities are two of the most blatantly obvious (revealed too early as well) and least surprising of the show.

Story plays second fiddle to Josie and the Pussycats' guest appearance, the mystery feeling stretched, padded, pedestrian in pacing and really it is not much of a mystery at all. The writing is the same level of weak of "Mystery in Persia", leaden and cheesy with little of the endearing goofiness that is such a large part of the franchise's charm. The animation is poor here, not quite as bad as "Mystery in Persia" and the Globetrotters episodes, but it is crude and stiff and has choppiness and goofs galore.

Overall, one of the show's weaker episodes. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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