Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo is the fourteenth in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on DVD on February 16, 2010.


The gang go on a trip to check on Madelyn, Velma's younger sister, at Whirlen Merlin's Academy of Magic, where apparently there has been some trouble of a giant griffin scaring all the students away.


After wrapping up their latest mystery of the chemical creep, Velma gets a call from her mother asking that she check on her younger sister Madelyn, who attends a college for magicians. The gang head off to the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy, located in an old Irish castle. They meet the owner, Whirlen Merlin, along with his brother Marlen, who acts as cook and butler, and Crystal, Whirlen's former stage assistant. Fred is smitten, to Daphne's irritation. The gang learns that a giant gryphon has been scaring away the students and staff.

After dinner, Velma, Daphne, and Fred are talking in the hall, when Daphne comments on his attraction to Crystal. Fred explains that she is so graceful, then he and Velma make fun of Daphne's klutziness.

Later that evening, Madelyn, who has had a crush on Shaggy for years, takes him on a romantic walk to in the gardens and show him an ancient sun-dia. Madelyn explains that the gryphon was meant to protect the school, but then the gryphon chases them from the garden. A student takes a picture of the gryphon, which appears on the morning newspaper. The rest of the students leave, so the gang starts taking classes themselves. Meanwhile, Calvin Curdles, a powerful vegetable ice-cream guru, continually offers to buy Whirlen's castle from him. The gang promises to investigate to see if Curdles is behind the Gryphon, so he tells Amos to call if he hears anything new.

Velma finds Daphne practicing ballet so she can be more graceful and capture Fred's attention. The two then stumble on a secret passageway leading to the attic of the school, where they discover (through an old scrapbook) that Alma Rumblebuns, the school's head maid, used to date Calvin Curdles. Meanwhile, Jack and Midna discover the special effects room of the castle, where they are discovered by Ms. Rumblebuns and knock over some chemicals, creating a fog. The room is revealed as Marlen's private laboratory, where he creates holograms and puppets for Whirlen's show. Madelyn then finds a book about the ancient staff of O'Flannery, which is said to control the gryphon. The gang finds the staff in O'Flannery's grave, but are chased away by a Banshee and narrowly escape.

Afterwards, Shaggy and Madelyn sit down and talk, and Shaggy discovers that he likes Madelyn just as much. Not long after, the gryphon chases them again. As the gang runs to the castle, Shaggy and Madelyn bump into Amos and misplace the staff. When Madelyn runs outside to recover the staff, she is kidnapped by the gryphon and taken to its Roost, an ancient dilapidated tower. Meanwhile, the gang finds out that Amos has been secretly working for Calvin Curdles to try to get Whirlen to sell the castle. Amos calls Curdles to the castle while the gang goes after Madelyn, and Curdles tries to convince Whirlen to sign over the castle. Whirlen almost does so, but the gang suggests that they wait before the deal is signed, still believing that Curdles is behind the entire thing. They get into the tower with the spear, which is a key, and they rescue Madelyn. Everybody rushes outside including Curdles. The gryphon crashes to the ground, where they discover that it is a giant puppet, controlled from a blimp hidden by a fog machine run by Whirlen's brother Marlin. He had discovered that Lord O'Flannery had devises hidden in the Gryphon's Roost, hoping it would make everyone think a monster lived there. Marlin used the devices to scare trespassers away. He was also behind the banshee, which was only a hologram.

Tired of doing the work but getting none of the credit, Marlen decided to use his puppets and illusions to become a famous magician himself, but he needed money and the only way to get some was to get Whirlen to sell the castle.

So Marlin had his gryphon puppet scare everyone away. He apologizes for trying to make Whirlen fail, knowing how much the school meant to him. Not wanting to take away his dream. Whirlen forgives Marlin, and all is well. Velma reveals that Amos found Marlon rebuilding the Gryphon and told Curdles about it. Curdles reveals he wanted to buy the castle to win back Alma's heart after having left her years before in order to make something of himself. He instead got distracted by the money from his vegetable and meat ice cream cones. Alma accepts him back and they become a couple again. They also find the staff hidden in the deflated blimp. It pierced the blimp when Shaggy threw the staff at the gryphon and missed it.

The Merlin brothers decide to make Madelyn their apprentice and soon after Calvin Curdles sponsors the reopening of the Merlin Brothers' Academy of Magic, where Madelyn performs with Daphne acting as her assistant. In one of the tricks she appears in the seat next to Fred and gently teases him, causing Fred to see her in an all new light. Scooby 'tames' a lion; which is actually the real Scooby controlling a puppet Scooby, which tames the lion.

End credits

While alone, the Mystery Machine "talks to some kids": "You kids are still watching? Well, the mystery's over! Now move on with your lives! Hahahahahahahahaha...(cough) I need oil."


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Owl (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Sherman (single appearance)
  • Treena (single appearance)
  • Sheriff (single appearance)
  • Mrs. Dinkley (mentioned)
  • Seamus O'Flannery (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Vernon (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Darte (single appearance)(picture)
  • Harry Houdini (picture)(cameo)
  • Miscellaneous students (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Castle Cone dancers (single appearance)
  • Assistant director (single appearance)
  • Cameramen (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Blonde female student's father (mentioned)
  • Maxwell's mother (single appearance)





Suspect Motive/Reason
Calvin Curdles He wanted to buy Whirlen Merlin's castle to win Alma back.
Amos He was a spy for Calvin Curdles. He was the only one who went outside at night.
Alma Rumblebuns She said the Gryphon came back to restore the castle to the way it should be.
Crystal She trained animals such as the Gryphon.
Marlon Merlin He was jealous that he did all the work but never got any credit for it.


Culprit Motive/Reason
Opening case
Ms. Thelmer as the Chemical Creep Trying to steal secret formulas from the Karloff Chemical.
Main case
Marlon Merlin operating the Gryphon Wanted to start his own magic act.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Crystal's lion
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Assistant Director
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Ms. Thelmer
Blonde female student
Castle Cone dancers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Castle Cone dancers
Dave Attell G.P.S.
Dee Bradley Baker Sherman
Melique Berger Maxwell's mother
John DiMaggio Amos
Olivia Hack Treena
Danica McKellar Madelyn Dinkley
Castle Cone dancers
Diane Delano Alma Rumblebuns
Brian Posehn Marlon Merlin
Crystal Scales Crystal
Castle Cone dancers
John Stephenson Sheriff
James Patrick Stuart Whirlen Merlin
Jeffrey Tambor Calvin Curdles


Main article(s): Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo: Music from the Original Movie
Song Credits Performed by
"Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Music and lyrics by Joey Levine
Produced by John Squicciarino
Just For Laughs



Cultural references

  • When Shaggy & Scooby accidentally throw all the magic explosives at Ms. Rumblebuns, she holds up a sign that reads "Ouch!", in a similar fashion to Wile E. Coyote from the Looney Tunes shorts.
  • When the Mystery Machine jumps a gorge, the power jump sound effect resembles the Mach5 from the 1967 Japanese animated series Mahha GoGoGo, known in English as Speed Racer.
  • When the gang is confronted on the bridge, Shaggy shouts, "Like, you shall not pass, man!" and stomps the staff down, a reference to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings Volume 1.
  • The people referred to when Shaggy said "I totally command you by the powers of Houdini, The Wizard of Oz, and, um, the English kid with the glasses, to put us down", before he threw the staff are well-known magician Harry Houdini, the Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter.


  • Warner Bros. released an online game around the same time called Scooby-Doo!'s Magic Mystery Mansion.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Ethan Spaulding, Ted Blackman, and Eric Semones are listed in the opening and closing credits with identical credits.
  • In the brochure for the academy, Seamus is misspelled "Semus."
  • The opening song is named after the film yet uses different punctuation, appearing as "Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-Doo!", instead.
  • Amos tells the gang that the banshee's cry curses anyone who hears it to certain death. This is not the traditional story of the banshee. The banshee's cry means that someone is going to die, but it is only the messenger, not the cause of death.
    • Though he may have said this simply to scare them away as per Calvin Curdles' plan.
  • In spite of his statement that he "never wanted to hurt anyone", Marlon put Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Madelyn in extreme danger by dangling them from a rope of tied-together sheets high in the air. Any of them could have dropped from the rope and fallen to their death. He didn't seem to make any effort to set them down until he was forced to do so thanks to his balloon being damaged.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra
Italian Scooby Doo Abracadabra Doo Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Polish Scooby Doo: Abrakadabra-Doo
Portuguese (Brazil) Scooby Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Russian Скуби-Ду! Абракадабра-Ду
Spanish (Latin America) ¡Abracadabra, Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra, Scooby-Doo!
Greek Ο Σκούμπι-Ντου στην Ακαδημία του Αμπρακατάμπρα Scooby-Doo in the Academy of Abracadabra

Home media


Shaggy: We have to build up our energy in case we see that creepy griffin again. Like, who can run away on an empty stomach?
Scooby: Not me.




External links

  • Buy from Amazon Video (US)