Scooby in Kwackyland is the tenth episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
The demon Demondo imprisons Scooby and the gang in the funny papers as part of his plan to take over the world using monsters in the cartoon strips. The gang are helped by the characters there, trying to find the key that will allow them to return to the real world. Meanwhile Bogel and Weerd try to destroy the pages with the gang are trapped in, but have to deal with a bed-bound Vincent Van Ghoul.
Late one night, in the National Gazette newspaper office, Demondo, one of the thirteen ghosts, infuses the next day's edition with his spiritual elixir, which gives life to printed images, which are under his control. He plans to use this insiduous monster inflitration to rule the world. But first, he plans to get Scooby and the gang out of the picture personally: by filling a pen with the elixir, he is able to embed himself into the comics page, where he will use the pen to bring the ghost hunters into the paper with him. He will then make his escape: The pen unlocks a portal, which is the only way out of the comics' world. He enlists Bogel and Weerd to deliver the paper to the gang.
At Daphne's house, Vincent Van Ghoul is apparently visiting, but has taken ill. The gang is busy waiting hand and foot on him: it seems Vincent is milking this for all its worth, and quickly becoming insufferable.
While the gang is preparing Vincent's breakfast, Scooby takes a moment to read his favorite comic: Platypus Duck. The spell then takes effect and everyone is pulled into the world of comics, except Vince (who is still abed upstairs). Bogel and Weerd disguise themselves as Daphne and Shaggy (respectively) to keep up appearances and stop Vince from suspecting anything is amiss (and interfering).
In the comics, Demondo prepares to flee the comics world, leaving the gang forever trapped. However, the pen is wrest from his grasp and falls off into an unknown location. The race is on to discover where the pen ended up, so that one of the two groups can escape.
The pursuit happens over many cartoon panels: Platypus Duck, Astrid 2000 (a futuristic space adventuress whom Shaggy has a crush on), The Missing Link, and The Wacky Wizard.
In all instances, the heroes of the strip lend assistance to Scooby and the gang, whereas Demondo has control of the villains. Unfortunately, this means that Demondo has a virtually unlimited army of creatures, dinosaurs and robots. Travelling across the strips, battling the whole way, they make it to The Wacky Wizard, who has the pen (but seems too befuddled to be much help against the villains). Platypus Duck leads them to the door (back where they started, in his strip), and they escape, but leave the pen behind. The gang returns to the real world, where Bogel and Weerd, spooked to see the wrong side made it out, flee the house.
Picking up the comics page, Scooby sees that Demondo is hot on their trail, preparing to open the portal and follow them back into the real world. Thinking quickly, Scooby simply balls up the newspaper and tosses it into the Chest of Demons, capturing Demondo and foiling his plot.
The gang reflects on this very narrow victory, and sadly muse that this victory also forever trapped their comic-strip-based friends with Demondo. However, the heroes inexplicably appear, showing they escaped in time and the real world is their new home.
- Koala bear (single appearance)
- Waitress (single appearance)
- Platypus Duck (single appearance)
- Astrid (single appearance)
- Robot (single appearance)
- National Gazette
- Daphne's home
- Comic strip worlds
- Atrid's Spaceship
- Vincent Van Ghoul does not recite a poem at the beginning of this episode, as he usually does.
- This marks a rare time where a ghost's plot was completely off Vince's radar. He offers no assistance or advice to the gang: in fact he had no idea something was wrong. This may be because he was unwell.
- Most of the comic strips are based on real-world ones; Missing Link is inspired by the B.C. Stone Age comic and The Wacky Wizard is inspired by Wizard of Id. Platypus Duck appears to take some inspiration from Pogo the Possum. Astrid 2000 has some similarities to the Flash Gordon comic strip.
- Platypus Duck's theme tune is a close match to the opening song of The Great Grape Ape Show.
- The Koala in Platypus Duck's diner complaining "There's a dog in my soup" refers to the many "There's a fly in my soup" jokes.
- The title of this episode is a reference to the Looney Tunes short Porky in Wackyland.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- When Platypus Duck talks to Scrappy and Flim-Flam about the wizard, Scrappy's missing his eyebrows.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- Demondo was shown mixing his spiritual elixir with the Gazette Press' ink, before using the pen to put himself in a single copy of the comics. Presumably, his plot of animated pictures terrorizing the subscribers could still have happened.
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo!: The Complete Series DVD set released by Warner Home Video on June 29, 2010.
- Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for Your 'Rife! DVD set released by Warner Home Video on September 10, 2013.
Platypus Duck singing: