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Lights! Camera! Mayhem! is the twelfth episode of the first season of What's New, Scooby-Doo?

Premise

When the Faceless Phantom drives the stunt men off of a movie set, the gang volunteers to replace them.

Synopsis

A part of a remake of the action film Spy Me a River is being shot inside a large studio made to look like a hideout. When the stuntman changes with the actor and is about to cross a shark-infested moat, a phantom appears in a cloud of smoke, demanding the production of the film to be abandoned.

The gang drive up to Pirahna Studios, where Velma's aunt works as the chief studio accountant -- Mrs. Dinkley arranged for them to get special passes allowing them to tour the studio. Fred says to the girls to stay calm while around the actors, but they ignore him and become hysterical, especially around Chip Hernandez, Jr., who doesn't seem to be in a good mood. The gang agree to help the film crew and director, Vincent Wong in their predicament and want to help solve the mystery. Shaggy seems reluctant to do stunts, but the gang talk him into it.

While getting clothed up, Daphne and Velma overhear Chip talking about the production being a flop and that he wants to leave and Velma develops a hunch. Suspicious eyes watch over Scooby from a suit of armour. After a short attack, Scooby finds the suit armour piled and abandoned in the street. He and Shaggy also find Roderick Kingston looking in Chip's trailer.

When Fred's head proves to be too big to fit the helmet, Shaggy is picked to do the bike stunt (but vehemently protests this). Scooby's reluctantly placed on the back of the bike. When doing the stunt, the phantom appears and warns the production team again. They hear Chip cry out and when reaching his trailer, discover that he has had an allergic reaction to an avocado that had been placed in his make-up on purpose.

Fred is happy to do the next stunt, which is crossing a bridge while being attacked by bees. The phantom appears once again and breaks the bridge.

Velma, while helping with Fred, Shaggy and Scooby's bee stings, finds an old scrapbook of Old Pete's, which explains about the fire that took Rip Bannon's life. Abruptly, Velma is needed to do a stunt, which is jump off a building with safety wires and reach the ground. The phantom appears and her wire suddenly lengthens. Luckily, Shaggy comes with the Mystery Machine and inflates a nap setter on its roof and Velma lands on it.

Chip suddenly returns because of his lawyers. Daphne is then set to do a stunt. She rides a horse alongside a fast train and then jumps on its roof to save a gagged friend. The phantom appears and parts both coaches. Fred, Velma and Scooby appear with a net and try to capture the phantom. But he manages to rip free. The gang start running away, through the different sets of the studios.

When rushing down one corridor, Shaggy and Scooby knock down an oil barrel and the phantom slips and lands in a gripping hand. After taking off its mask, they discover the phantom's true identity: Vincent Wong. He dressed as the phantom because he hated the production and if enough people quit, he wouldn't have to direct it. Old Pete appears and explains that he was the person in the suit of armour. Velma then deduces that Old Pete is really Rip Bannon, who survived the fire and went underground becasue didn't wanted his fans see he got a scar on his chin. But Daphne reassured him that his scar is hardly noticeable. Defeated, Vincent resigns to going to prison until Fred points out that no one got injured, causing Vincent to cry how much he hated the film. Suddenly, Chip has an idea that could make things better for everyone.

The mystery gang walk down the red carpet towards Vincent and the actors to see the première of their new movie The Modem II. They thank the gang, as the film wouldn't have been possible to make without these meddling kids. Shaggy buys snacks at the concession stand, but passes on the popcorn when Scooby pops his head out from within the popcorn machine.

Characters

Main characters:

Supporting characters:

Villains:

  • Faceless Phantom (single appearance)(Vincent Wong's disguise)
  • Vincent Wong (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Samurai (single appearance)(Old Pete's disguise)

Other characters:

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Chip Hernandez, Jr. He talk about the production being a flop, and that he wants to leave.
Roderick Kingston He is jealous of Chip Hernandez, Jr., and is later suspiciously looking in Chip's trailer.
Old Pete He has an old scrapbook, which explains about the fire that (supposedly) took Rip Bannon's life.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Vincent Wong as the Faceless Phantom To scare the cast away so he would not have to direct the film, Spy Me a River.

Cast

Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Old Pete
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Vikki Valentine
Dr. Bikini
Dee Bradley Baker Faceless Phantom
Bull Brassman
Assistant director
Jeff Glen Bennett Roderick Kingston
Writer
Eddie Santiago Chip Hernandez, Jr.
Gedde Watanabe Vincent Wong

Songs

Song Credits Performed by Character performance by
"I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You " Written by Douglas Colvin, John Cummings, Thomas Erdelyi, and Jeff Hyman The Ramones N/A

Notes/trivia

  • The aunt that Velma refers to in this episode (who's never seen in person) must be Velma's aunt-thru-marriage, because after arriving at the studio, Velma (when talking to Old Pete) referred to her as "Mrs. Dinkley," indicating that she's the wife of Velma's dad's brother.
  • A "Daphanatic" from the DTV film Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy has a photo of Daphne wearing her dress from the red carpet premiere of The Modem II.

Cultural references

  • The Modem, while taking place inside a fax machine, is a spoof on The Matrix (judging by the poster seen at the episode's end). The Modem II is released at the end of the episode, just as The Matrix 2 was released a few months later in real life.
  • The name Rip Bannon is similar to Race Bannon, a hero in Hanna Barbera's Jonny Quest franchise.
  • The name Dr. Bikini, and the theme of a teen beach star on a spy mission, is suggestive of Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), a spinoff of Frankie Avalon's Beach Party movies. The villainous Dr. Goldfoot was played by Vincent Price, who went on to play Vincent Van Ghoul in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985).

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • When Velma is chased by the Faceless Phantom on the battleship miniature set, the Faceless Phantom's feet show.
  • When Daphne is riding a horse on the train, the phantom separates the coach he's standing on and the next one. He remains on the same coach when turning to Shaggy, but when the shot returns to behind him, there's an extra coach along the train where Fred, Velma, and Scooby climb up onto.
  • The mechanical hand of the gorilla who grabbed the Faceless Phantom shifts left, right and left between scenes.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Closed captioning calls Rip, "Rick," even when the former was clearly written in the scrapbook.
  • Velma shouldn't be wearing glasses while filming as a stunt double for a character who doesn't wear them. If it was too dangerous for her to fall off the building without being able to see well, then someone else should've played the part.
    • It also would've been highly unlikely to not have them fall off during the descent and chase.
  • Fred says nobody got hurt when in fact, a few did get hurt. On the other hand, Vincent did save Shaggy and Scooby from being eaten by the sharks during their stunt.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Φώτα, Κάμερα, Τρέλα
Φώτα! Κάμερα! Πανικός!
Lights, Camera, Madness
Lights! Camera! Panic!
Polish Kamera, akcja, zadyma Camera, action, hustle

Home media

Quotes

Daphne: I wonder why studio security's been tightened?
Shaggy: Like, who cares? As long as we're in Hollywood surrounded by nice normal movie stars instead of some group of ghoulish creeps.


Velma: I never thought I'd see Scooby-Doo jump the shark!


Faceless Phantom: Abandon this production, all who wish to live.


Vincent Wong: Well, we wouldn't have gotten away with it if it weren't for you wonderful meddling kids.
Chip Hernandez, Jr.: And Scooby-Doo.

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