3-D Struction is the second episode of the first season of What's New, Scooby-Doo?


Daphne's uncle sends the gang to Costa Rica for the opening of a museum exhibit on dinosaurs. When they meet archaeologist Melbourne O'Reilly, he reveals the legend of a dinosaur-spirit. So when the gang watch a dino-film in the museum's theater, the dinosaur in the film jumps out of the screen and into the audience. It's up to the gang to figure out who's really behind this devastating dinosaur disaster.


Melbourne O'Reilly arrives at the Temple of Agazar to gather the bones of the Gigantasaurus. His guide, Senior Luis Cepeda, warns him that those who disturb the remains will be struck by a terrible curse. Melbourne ignores his warning anyway. The Dinosaur Spirit appeared, and Melbourne's crew ran away, leaving him to face the Spirit alone.

The gang arrive at Costa Rica upon Daphne's uncle's request. They go to the Costa Rican Museum to see the exhibition featuring the bones of the Gigantasaurus. There they are greeted by Dr. Armando Gutierrez. They are first introduced to Melbourne O'Reilly, who briefly tells them of the Dinosaur Spirit's curse. Then the gang was given a tour around the museum by foreign exchanged student Heather Lane. Some notable exhibits included a Moon rock display and abandoned mine tunnels under the museum.

Finally the gang was summoned to the Cine Grande Theater to see a showing of a 3-D dinosaur documentary. The movie was directed by J.J. Hakimoto. While watching the film, the Dinosaur Spirit emerged from the screen and terrorized the visitors. This resulted in a large amount of damage.

The next day, the gang examined the destruction. When they discussed it with Dr. Gutierrez, he said that the damage can be rebuilt. He also believed that the excitement would bring in more visitors. Senior Cepeda approached him, asking for the immediate return of the Gigantasaurus skeleton. Dr. Gutierrez refused. Cepeda then blamed Melbourne for the museum's misfortunes. That's when Melbourne decided to find the Spirit and trap it.

The gang follow Melbourne through the mine tunnels to look for clues. They find a green-grayish substance on the ground and presumed it to be coprolite. The group ultimately split up, with Melbourne going on his own. The gang is then chased by the Dinosaur Spirit. They manage to escape through a secret entrance.

The gang go back to the museum to research the bones and run Velma's photos through a facial recognition program. They discuss who could be the culprit. When looking up Senior Cepeda, they discover that he is an international con man. He was notorious for selling artifacts on the world's black market.

Fred comes up with a plan to capture the Dinosaur Spirit. He had Shaggy and Scooby lure the monster out of the mines and into the museum. The gang manage to capture using the ribs of one of the dinosaurs, but the Spirit broke out and escaped. Fortunately, Velma had all the information she needed to reveal the culprit.

Velma had all the suspects brought to the Cine Grande Theater. She revealed that the substance found in the mines was bat guano. The surround sound speakers that were throughout the museum and the mines were used to make the Spirit's roar sound nearby. The Spirit was really a mechanical excavator dressed up to look like the Gigantasaurus. Gold was found by Luis Cepeda and Heather Lane in one of the abandoned mine tunnels. The monster and the curse was meant to scare people away so the gold could be sold. Both Luis and Heather were arrested.

Dr. Gutierrez thanked the gang for their investigation. He said that the gold was going to help pay for the museum's repairs and help make a new exhibit. The gang decided to help clean up the damage. Scooby and Shaggy were given the chance to pitch in. Shaggy grabbed a broom from the Gigantasaurus skeleton (that was used to replace a bone taken by Scooby), and the skeleton collapsed. Scooby emerged from the pile and held up two bones with delight, saying his iconic catchphrase.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Police officers (single appearance)(no lines)





Suspect Motive/reason
Melbourne O'Reilly To be seen as a hero.
J.J. Hakimoto As a publicity stunt for his new film about dinosaurs.
Armando Gutierrez He thought it would attract customers to the museum.
Heather Lane Daphne said that she is too attractive for an intern.
Luis Cepeda He is a con-man.


Culprit Motive/reason
Luis Cepeda and Heather Lane operating the Dinosaur Spirit excavating machine To scare away Melbourne and others away from discovering the gold.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Steve Blum Melbourne O'Reilly
Jesse Borrego Luis Cepeda
Hector Elizondo Dr. Armando Gutierrez
Brian Tochi J.J. Hakimoto
Lauren Tom Heather Lane


Song Credits Performed by Character performance by
"Gü-Güe-Güepa " Written by J. Demas Maciel Chicos de Barrio N/A

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).

Opening credits

Closing credits


  • This is the second time Scooby-Doo faces a dinosaur; the first time was in the The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show episode The Dinosaur Deception.
    • Plot elements from The Dinosaur Deception were re-used in this episode (i.e. the setting is in Latin America, the villain in both episodes is mining precious metals, the dinosaur is an excavating machine).
  • This is the first episode not to have the Mystery Machine.


  • Disguises: Scooby dresses as a female Gigantosaurus.
  • Clues:

Cultural references

  • The episode is a partial homage to the 1993 film Jurassic Park; the dinosaur roar used in this episode is very similar to the one used in Jurassic Park.
  • Hakimoto makes reference to the tagline of the film Jaws 2 when advertising the sequel he plans to do for Gigantosaurus 3-D.
  • Scooby wears a head dress of fruit and dances, like Carmen Miranda.


Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • The Dinosaur Spirit's shape and size changes in most scenes it had appeared.
  • When Hakimoto introduces his movie, Daphne's lipstick disappeared.
  • When Scooby was in a dinosaur disguise to lure the dinosaur, the next shot shows his disguise had disappeared.
  • When Scooby says “Disaster?” after Luis Cepeda warns Armando that greater disaster will befall him if the bones aren’t returned to the Temple of Agazar, a duplicate Velma’s eyes are floating next to her until she turns her head.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • "Oloroso" means "scented" in Spanish.
  • When Shaggy steps on the gunk in the mine, Velma immediately assumes that it is coprolite (fossilized dinosaur feces), but the only known samples are fossilized and rock-like in shape. What took Daphne so long to recognize it as bat guana, and why didn't Velma know this?
  • One of the skeletons in the museum had the body of a Stegosaurus, but its skull resembled a Triceratops. 
  • Melbourne said the gold Shaggy found was pyrite, but Velma proved that it was real gold. It is not explained if Melbourne was either mistaken or actively lying about the gold.
  • It was never explained how the mining machine, designed for Moon operation, could work in Earth gravity.
    • It also wasn't explained how Velma knew where to look for the alpha machine.
    • How could the Dinosaur Spirit move his arms if the mining machine did not have arms mechanisms?
    • When Scooby piloted the machine, it made stereotypical “machine sounds.” It's unclear why no one heard these earlier.
  • The Dinosaur Spirit "suit" just falls off once it's revealed to be a hoax, but nobody actually unzips it.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Ο Τρισδιάστατος Γιγαντόσαυρος The Three-Dimensional Gigantosaurus
Norwegian Tredimensjonal dinosaur Three-dimensional dinosaur
Arabic دمار ثلاثي الأبعاد Three-Dimensional Destruction

Home media


Luis Cepeda: We would've gotten away with it, if it weren't for you meddling turistas.

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