Dance of the Undead is the eighteenth episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the forty-fourth episode overall in the series.


A ska group named Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics return to life to turn people into zombies and make them dance forever!


Krissy Kristy, a TV music news reporter, is broadcasting her show live on TV. She tells the audience where she is: at the exact spot where a music group called "Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics" died in a plane crash 30 years ago. She starts interviewing Ian Hope (the Ska-Tastics' manager) about the tragic incident, when suddenly they get attacked by mysterious beings and the signal is cut. Shaggy and Scooby, who where watching the show at their home, get terrorized because of what they just saw.

The gang decides to investigate, going to Grooves from the Grave to search for information about the band. They are greeted by Martha Quinn, owner of the place. She shows the gang the only hit of the band, "Graveyard Ska Inc.", and then she tells them, with help of a slideshow, that Rude Boy turned to voodoo magic to further his career, which led him to cast love spells on the audience, curse other bands and even cast an enchantment of never - ending pain on a synthesizer once; and that he always said that he would come back from the grave. Later, the zombified Rude Boy and the Ska Tastics attack several people in the Tiki Tub, making them to dance to their music unwittingly. Rude Boy and the Ska Tastics leave just before Sheriff Bronson Stone and other deputies arrive, but the people can't stop dancing.

All the victims of the event are transported to Crystal Cove's hospital. Once the gang gets there, Scooby decides to visit Nova again. Later on, Daphne mentions that the way the victims dance is called "Skanking", and that that is how it's meant to dance to ska music. A doctor tells the gang that if the cure is not found within 24 hours, the victims will enter a permanent cataleptic state and become zombies for the rest of their lives. The gang decide to go to the cemetery where Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics are buried to look for clues, and Shaggy accidentally falls into Rude Boy's grave, where they find Ian Hope tied up. Some moments later, the gang encounters the zombified band, and are persecuted by them across the graveyard and then the town. Once the zombies are out of sight, the gang goes to Grooves from the Grave again and talk to Ian Hope. Martha Quinn explains something about the "Dancing Plague" that happened at France in 1818. 

Suddenly, they all hear ska music coming from the outside, so they get out of the store to see what's happening. They see that that Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics are playing their only hit at top of City Hall, which makes everyone but Shaggy and Scooby to start dancing unwittingly. Shaggy and Scooby aren't affected by the music because "music is just noise" to dogs and Shaggy is tone deaf. They seek help from the Hex Girls, who decide to confront the Ska-Tastics in a magical - musical battle. With help of Shaggy and Scooby, The Hex Girls win, freeing everyone from the dancing "curse".

Sheriff Stone arrests the zombies. It's revealed that Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics faked their own death in order to make a surprise comeback a year later, with a new hit - song. Unfortunately, writing the perfect song took more than expected, and when it was ready, ska wasn't popular anymore; so they decided to show up dressed as the undead version of themselves to become famous again. They used an enharmonic cord with special frequencies to make people dance. 

At Shaggy's home, the Hex Girls discover musical notes in the Planispheric Disk. Velma says that those notes weren't there before, which means that the Planispheric disk has changed. The Hex Girls hum the notes, causing the disk's pieces to spin. Velma holds a lamp and redirects its light to the pieces, which reflects another set of coordinates in the floor. Fred tells the gang that they have to see where the coordinates lead them to, but Scooby decides to go to visit Nova at the hospital instead. The coordinates led the gang (except Scooby) to the Clam Cabin, where they find Skipper Shelton wearing a peculiar helmet. After talking with the gang, Skipper gives the helmet to Velma. Then, she says that the helmet is the second key. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Scooby is talking with Nova, when she flatlines. Scooby gets worried, and suddenly Nova opens her eyes. She stands up, and says: "Nibiru. Nibiru is coming", and then she lays in bed again.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Krissy Kristy
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Amy Acker Nova
Kimberly Brooks Luna
Quinton Flynn Ian Hope
Rude Boy
Jennifer Hale Thorn
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
John O'Hurley Skipper Shelton
Ska zombie
Martha Quinn Herself
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Jane Wiedlin Dusk
Fran Southworth Trini Lee
Non-speaking roles
"Cass Elliot"
Crystal Cove Community Center auctioneer
Cicada Bug Creature Festival photographer


Song Credits Performed by
"Good Bad Girls" Written and produced by Dave Wakeling Kimberly Brooks, Jennifer Hale and Jane Wiedlin
"Yer Dead Right Mate" Dave Wakeling
"Who Do Voodoo" Written by Bodie Chandler and Glenn Leopold
Produced by Gary Lionelli and Bodie Chandler
Jane Wiedlin
"Words Get Stuck in My Throat" Written by H.B. Barnum
Produced by Joey Levine
Fran Southworth


  • Zombies/Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics


Suspect Motive/reason
Ian Hope Although he was the manager of the Ska-Tastics he was not with them in the plane when it crashed and he was very nervous when the gang talk with him about that.


Culprit Motive/reason
Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics as the zombies They used a special frequency in their instruments to turn the citizens of Crystal Cove into "ska-zombies", forcing them to listen to their music and become famous again.




  • This episode was aired in Latin America and Brazil on March 1, 2013.
  • Fred announces the "previously on..." recap.
  • HB News is also a news program in the regular continuity as shown in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon.
  • Shaggy gives Scooby's name as "Scoobert Dooby-Doo" over the hospital intercom; Scooby's parents frequently addressed by his full first name on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • The Hex Girls wear the costumes their original counterparts did introduced in their first appearance, Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost; they explain this to be a public demand meaning their costumes in In Fear Of The Phantom are actually their second ones. They also wear two other outfits: the second is skull-like outfits they wear to take on the zombiefied Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics and the last is more casual outfits.
  • The music notes that the Planispheric Disk play that the Hex Girls also hum to is based on the series main title music.
  • The Cass Elliot lookalike can be seen in the first dance mob scene on the right side.
  • The song, "We Do Voodoo", was originally sung by the Hex Girls in the movie, Scooby-Doo! And The Legend Of The Vampire.
  • While in the Grooves from the Grave, one can see an album looking strikingly like indie rock band Phoenix's album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Right before Velma, Daphne and Fred become dancing zombies, Scooby, as Velma tells him and Shaggy to save the town, has no spots.
  • The ring of Scooby's dog tag is fully shown over his collar as he and Shaggy smash their guitars to the ground after the band battle is over.

Inconsistences/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

Planisferic Music

Erroneous music notes.

  • The notes on the Planispheric Disk don't match with the main title music, the notes are: B D G B B G C A G; the actual notes are: B G F# M F# G B.
    • How could the Hex Girl hum the song, if they are not seeing the correct notes?
  • In the previous episode the Horrible Herd destroys most of Crystal Cove, yet in this episode everything looks untouched.
  • Whilst Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics are wearing their zombie outfits during their unmasking, after the flashback, they are shown wearing their original ones.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian Ballo Con Gli Zombie Dance with Zombies
Spanish (Latin America) La Danza de los No Muertos Dance of the Undead
French La Danse des Zombies Dance of the Zombies
Hungarian Zombik tánca Dance of the Zombies
Greek Ο Χορός των Ζόμπι The Dance of the Zombies

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