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Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur is the sixteenth in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 6, 2011.


Mystery Inc.'s visit to a spa is disturbed by a "Phantosaur". Will Shaggy's hypnosis induced bravery save the day?


The gang brought Shaggy to the hospital, as he was screaming non-stop after their last case, which was almost three hours, much to the doctor's amazement. After the doctor finally got Shaggy to stop, the gang began to explain how it happened: They were investigating an old mansion haunted by Phantom naval officers. Shaggy and Scooby went to look in the basement, where they see the phantoms, and run back upstairs. Shaggy was hiding in a wardrobe, but found many monster puppets. Meanwhile, the phantoms were really puppets on strings, found out when the culprits were pulled down and revealed to be Blair and Culhane who wanted to scare people away so they could buy the mansion for nothing. Shaggy was then taken by the ambulance, screaming.

After getting X-rays, the doctor believed that Shaggy is suffering from acute-threat-avoidance-hypertrophy disorder, which is a very rare form of overreaction to fear that affects fewer in one in ten million, which is why Shaggy has to give up anything frightening, meaning no more mystery-solving shenanigans, much to the gang's surprise. Although Shaggy takes it pretty well and leaves to find a cafeteria.

Meeting at Shakey Joe's coffee shop, Shaggy soon realizes how bored he is if they're not solving mysteries. Fred joins the gang, disappointed because he's failing science; his teacher didn't like his project which was a booby-trap. If he doesn't come up with an extra-credit project he won't graduate. Daphne gets an idea involving her Uncle Ted's investment in a new resort in La Serena, where there's an paleontological dig in town. Ted could get them a room at the spa, where Fred could volunteer to help the dig, and Shaggy could go because the brochure says La Serena is the least haunted town in America. Shaggy wasn't sure at first, until Velma said they have three different all-you-can-eat restaurants.

The gang travel to a remote town to stay at the La Serena Spa. There, they meet Mr. Hubley who works there. Shaggy asks if there is anything to eat, and Hubley says no, but there is a barbecue in town.

The gang goes to the barbeque, and all but Shaggy and Scooby-Doo go off to see the paleontological dig of Professor Svankmajer. Shaggy and Scooby are too full to walk right away. When they set out, a lizard steals a biscuit from them, causing Scooby to go after it. He meets the Phantosaur and runs away, he showed Shaggy where he saw it but it vanished..

Meanwhile, Professor Svankmajer shows the rest of the gang over the dig, and Velma meets Svankmajer's student, Winsor. She instantly sees him as a soul mate and they plan to go out on a date. Just when Shaggy feels very relaxed the Phantosaur shows up and gives chase to him and Scooby, they narrowly escape but Shaggy passes out of fear.

Back at the spa, Shaggy is in terrible shape after his fright. Mr. Hubley helps with aromatherapy, assisted by Scooby-Doo adding a Scooby Snack to the aromas. Shaggy becomes more calm, but freaks out again when Mr. Hubley tells them the legend of the Phantosaur. The legend says the Phantosaur was summoned by Native Americans to drive out Spanish conquistadors, but it turned on them instead.

Hubley has an advanced hypnosis machine with a hologram projector witch he uses to hypnotize Shaggy to become fearless and unstoppable when he hears the word "bad," and to switch back to normal when he hears it again. Then he orders Shaggy to forget everything. Unfortunately, Hubley himself was affected by the hypnosis and he couldn't remember the key word for Shaggy.

Daphne, Fred, and Velma go back to the dig to look for clues. Velma is so lovestruck that she's not much use. She misses an obvious clue about many footprints going to a part of the cave where Winsor says they never go.

Meanwhile, Scooby and Shaggy go to an all-you-can-eat restaurant and start to eat it out of business. Then a biker gang comes in. Shaggy accidentally squirts the contents of a hot-dog bun on one of the bikers, who grabs him. Friz, the biker, says something about how he's going to get hurt "bad." Suddenly, Shaggy is fearless. He knocks all of them out. Then the gang leader, Tex, arrives and challenges him to a motorcycle race on Dead Man's curve. Shaggy confidently accepts, even though he's never ridden a motorcycle before. As Tex leaves, he says he won't kill Shaggy "bad." Suddenly back to normal, Shaggy is terrified of the challenge he just accepted.

That night, Daphne decides to give him motorcycling lessons, because she drove a motorcycle when she was five. Shaggy and Tex have a motorcycle race, and Shaggy hears "bad" just in time and almost wins, until a Phantosaur shows up and he thinks in his mind that the monster must think it's so "bad," which is enough to make him cowardly again and get chased.

Eventually, they figure out that there were two phantosaurs and they were robots. The culprits were two mining company employees who wanted the silver they found in the area, which they couldn't get to because of the paleontologists.

Then, they get attacked by more dinosaurs and a fire-breathing Phantosaur, and learn that it was Professor Svankmajer and Winsor, much to Velma's dismay. They had found a complete dinosaur encased in quartz crystal, a beautiful and priceless find, and they wanted to keep it for themselves. They wanted to scare everyone off so they could dig it out and take it away. They disguised four other graduate students in velociraptor costumes, and created the larger fire-breathing Phantosaur with an advanced holographic projector (stolen from Hubley's hypnotism room), and paint-stripper devices that blasted super-heated air for the fire effects.

While they are underground, the dynamite charges Svankmajer set to blast free the dinosaur crystal go off (because Daphne left a paint-stripper on and the heat lit the fuses). Shaggy's hypnotic bravery comes in again, until Daphne praises him that he's "not bad." Shaggy has to complete the rest of the escape on sheer guts, and with some help from his new biker friends. Svankmajer and Winsor are arrested, but Velma says she will date Winsor again when he gets out of jail. Later Fred calls his science teacher and tells him about the dig to where his teacher raises his grade to a C with the gang wondering what should he do in order to get an A in the class.

They then go back to La Serena Spa and Mr. Hubley tries to un-hypnotize Shaggy, accidentally turning the entire gang into Shaggys. The gang drive away in the "Mustard" Machine, debating who is the real Shaggy.


The van has somehow been covered in giant Shaggy hair, which the GPS complains about.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Phantom naval officers (single appearance)(no lines)(puppets)(flashback only)
  • Blair (single appearance)(flashback only)
  • Culhane (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Phantosaurs (single appearance)(no lines)(robot)
  • Velociraptors (single appearance)(grad students' disguise)
  • Grad students (single appearance)
  • Fiery Phantosaur (single appearance)(no lines)(projection)
  • Professor Svankmajer (single appearance)
  • Winsor (single appearance)(redeemed)
  • Ms. Deitch (single appearance)
  • Mr. Babbit (single appearance)
  • Conquistadors (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Rebels (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)(redeemed)
    • Friz (single appearance)(redeemed)
    • Tex (single appearance)(redeemed)

Other characters:

  • Paramedics (single appearance)(flashback only)
  • Police officers at phantom naval officers case (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Mr. Fleischer (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Isaac Newton (mentioned)
  • Uncle Ted (mentioned)
  • Tolkepaya (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
  • Baby (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Child (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)





Suspect Motive/Reason
Mr. Hubley To get the locals to sell their land to extend his spa.
Ms. Deitch and Mr. Babbit They were angry that Professor Svankmajer and her grad students had closed down the mining company's silver mine to look for dinosaur bones.


Culprit Motive/Reason
Opening case
Blair and Culhane operating the phantom naval officer puppets To scare everyone away from the property so they could buy it cheap.
Main film
Professor Svankmajer and Winsor
projecting the Fiery Phantosaur hologram
Grad students as Velociraptors
To get the locals to leave so they can remove the crystallized Allosaurus.
Ms. Deitch and Mr. Babbit running two green Phantosaurs (independently of Svankmajer) To scare paleontologists away so they could dig up silver for the Thaumatrope Mining Co.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Phantom naval officer puppets
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Shakey Joe
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Matthew Gray Gubler Winsor
Catherine Cavadini Faith
John DiMaggio Friz
Michael Gough Mr. Babbit
Grad student 1
Finola Hughes Professor Svankmajer
Maulik Pancholy Doctor
Kevin Michael Richardson Tex
Cop 2
Grad student 3
Fred Willard Mr. Hubley
Dave Wittenberg Cop 1
Grad student 2
Gwendoline Yeo Ms. Deitch


Song Credits Performed by
"Dig It Scooby-Doo" Music and lyrics by Andy Sturmer The Slow Downs
"Outta My Way"
"The Phantosaur Song" Music and lyrics by Joey Levine
Produced by John Squicciarino
Just For Laughs



The working title was Scooby-Doo! Attack of the Phantosaur.[1]


  • In the opening sequence, Scooby eats from a box of Scooby Snacks.
  • Scooby-Doo's photo-shopped Assistance Dog card states his date of birth as 1969 - the year the first ever episode. What a Night for a Knight, aired.
  • Fred's increased interest in traps may be a reference to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, which also has Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone producing.
  • John DiMaggio, the voice of the G.P.S., replaces Dave Attell from Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.
  • This movie was included in Cartoon Network's Scooby-Doo! Back to School Marathon (August 10–11, 2013).
  • In conjunction with the film, Kellogg's, Tyson Foods, and Joy Cones offered rebates.[2]
  • A YouTuber called Midya created an edited version of the scene where Shaggy beats up The Biker Gang that launched a viral meme called "Ultra Instinct Shaggy". The fight was edited to be in slow motion and included the "Kyūkyoku no Battle" theme music from Dragon Ball Super; both the slow motion and the music selection are commonly used in Dragon Ball Super when Goku uses the powerful "Ultra Instinct" form to react almost instinctively in battle. The video earned millions of views and spawned the "Ultra Instinct Shaggy" meme, which depicts Shaggy as a being of omnipotent power; subsequent fan art and video edits show him defeating other fictional characters such as Marvel Comics character Thanos and Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise.[3]
  • It is unknown whether, and if so how, the hypnosis wears off after this movie.
    • It is also unknown how Fred scrapes off the paint and changes his car back to the mystery machine sometime after this movie.

Cultural references

  • Three of the characters in this story are named for legends of animation:
    • Friz for Friz Freleng
    • Tex for Tex Avery, and
    • Winsor for Winsor McCay.
  • Winsor's line to Velma, "Did you get those at Specmasters?" is a paraphrase of Specsavers' strapline of "Should have gone to Specsavers."
  • The idea of switching on and off bravery and competence by hypnosis was done in The Court Jester, starring Danny Kaye. In that movie, the trigger was a snap of the fingers.
  • The movie has a lot of scenes similar to modern monster movies -- the velociraptors chase Shaggy & Scooby into a kitchen that looks like the one in Jurassic Park; the Phantosaur's rampage through the town is similar to Godzilla destroying Tokyo; and the town movie theater sign says Valley of The Gwangi and Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (two movies that star dinosaurs).


Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Shaggy shows that he got a tattoo on the way to La Serena of a mouth chewing a chicken leg on his left arm. But in the next scene, when the gang are in Mr. Hubley's hot tub, Shaggy has his shirt off, and there is no tattoo on his arm.
  • Upon seeing the Phantosaur for the first time, Scooby's collar tag is all blue.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • The mansion, hospital, coffee shop, and school may be in Coolsville, but it isn't made explicit.
  • In Shaggy's hospital room, Velma goes from frowning concernedly to smiling in a close-up on Scooby-Doo, then back to frowning, in the space of three shots.
  • A real ER doctor usually wouldn't take X-Rays unless Shaggy was either experiencing chest pains or was suspected of having fractured or broken bones.
  • It is unclear how the ER doctor diagnoses Shaggy of a stress disorder by looking at X-Rays of his stomach.
  • An ER doctor generally wouldn't diagnose mental disorders (especially rare ones) as they do not have the training to properly diagnose and treat mental disorders. He likely would have given his opinion that Shaggy was experiencing some kind of extreme reaction to stress and then sent him to a specialist.
  • Apparently Fred is now a senior in high school. There's nothing that would suggest this in the previous two films. What the status of the other members' high school education is, is isn't given.
  • Although Shaggy wet his pants, he never put on new ones.
  • Daphne's parents must be the most neglectful parents in the world (as far as the Scooby-Doo universe goes) for letting their five-year-old drive a motorcycle.
  • Velma identifies the tracks at the spa as Dromaeosaurus tracks, specifying the Mongolian species (Velociraptor mongoliensis). This species of Velociraptor was actually quite small. It was also feathered.
  • It's unclear how the college students in the Velociraptor costumes were able to keep pace with both the Mystery Machine and Tex's biker gang.
  • When the gang are in the mine showing Professor Svankmajer the pictures they took of the dinosaurs that attacked the town, she remarks that the larger phantosaur might be what attacked her camp. Daphne's response indicates that the attack on Svankmayer's camp was news to the gang. Svankmayer then leads the gang out the only entrance to the mine directly into the destroyed camp. It is unclear how Daphne and the rest of the gang missed the wreckage when they entered the mine to talk to Svankmajer.
  • When the gang is driving into town to chase the velociraptors and the phantosaur, Daphne's voice tells Fred to slow down but it's Velma's mouth that moves.
  • Despite the entire gang thinking they were Shaggy, Scooby still says his own catchphrase.
  • Unlike anyone who enters the hypnotism room, Winsor was not hypnotized during Hubley's session with Shaggy.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Greek Scooby-Doo! Ο Θρύλος του Φαντόσαυρου Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
Italian Scooby-Doo! La leggenda del Fantosauro
Polish Scooby Doo: Epoka Pantozaura Scooby-Doo: The Epoch of the Phantosaur
Portuguese (Brazilian) Scooby Doo! A Lenda do Fantasmassauro Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
Romanian Scooby Doo: Legenda Fantozaurului
Russian Скуби-Ду! Легенда о Фантозавре
Spanish (Latin America) Scooby-Doo! La Leyenda del Fantasmasaurio

Home media

  • US.png Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 6, 2011.
  • US.png Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Blu-ray Disc released by Warner Home Video on September 6, 2011.


Doctor: Incredible! How long has he been screaming like this?
Fred: Almost three hours!
Doctor: Without taking a breath? It's unbelievable!
Daphne: Do you think it's a world record?
Doctor: Oh, definitely. I'm just wondering if it's a violation of the laws of physics.
Doctor: (pointing to Scooby) Is that a dog?
Velma: Broadly speaking, yes.

Scooby: (disappointingly) Aw, no more shenanigans.

Shaggy: Here's the plan: On the count of three, you invent a time machine. 1...2...3... (Friz picks up Shaggy by the collar) And... there goes the bladder...

Shaggy: This can go two ways punk! One: You walk away. Two: I walk on your face!





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