|Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders|
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders DVD cover
|Directed by||Jim Stenstrum|
|Produced by||Davis Doi
|Written by||Davis Doi
Mary Kay Bergman
|Music by||Louis Febre|
|Editing by||Rob Desales|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Home Video|
|Release date(s)||October 3, 2000|
|Running time||79 min.|
|Preceded by||Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999)|
|Followed by||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001)|
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is the third of a series of direct-to-video animated films based upon the Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on October 3, 2000, and it was produced, starting in 1999, by Warner Bros. Animation (though it had a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons logo and copyright notice at the end). Unlike the previous films, it had a lighter tone since the monsters are the good guys and the men in masks are the primary antagonists.
The film starts off when the Mystery Machine driving through a desert town. A sand storm kicks in, and Shaggy makes an accidental turn into government property. The sight of a UFO causes Shaggy to lose control of the vehicle, and find themselves on the outskirts of a small town. While Scooby and Shaggy stay with the van, the rest of the gang walks into a local diner to ask for directions. Shaggy and Scooby then encounter a fictional animal called a jackalope. Shaggy and Scooby run in the diner in panic while the Scooby-Doo, Where are You theme song is played, claiming to have seen aliens.
The diner waitress, Dottie, says that they never see the aliens but see strange lights and hear strange sounds at night. The chef, Sergio (pronounced "Serge") says that a month ago, local cattle vanished overnight without a trace and a lot of people moved away. A man named Lester claims to have been abducted once before, and believes the two. He also says that he has pictures, so the gang goes to his house to see them. They turn out to be nothing more than paintings by Lester, who offers to let the gang stay for the night. Daphne and Velma sleep in a bunk bed and Fred sleeps on Lester's couch. Scooby and Shaggy fall into a deep sleep on the roof, and are abducted. After some struggle on the ship, the two find themselves in the middle of nowhere the next morning. They are awakened by a hippie-chick photographer, Crystal, and her golden retriever, Amber. Scooby and Shaggy fall head over heels in love with them. They meet up with the rest of the gang in the cafe and are too lovesick that they don't want to eat which shocks Fred, Velma, and Daphne. Shaggy then has a musical dream sequence with the song "Groovy".
Velma, Fred, and Daphne meet the crew of SALF: the Search for Alien Life Forms, Steve, Lora and Max while Shaggy and Scooby hang out with Crystal and Amber. Velma becomes suspicious when she sees dried mud on their boots, since they are in the desert. Later, she decides to take the gang to a canyon where she presumes a river might run. The canyon proves to be dry, but they find mining equipment, and in the caves, gold. The SALF crew capture them and hold them hostage as they explain that they stumbled upon this cave when searching for ground to place another SALF dish. Since it was on government land, they decided not to report it, and plan to keep it that way. They are also revealed to be the aliens who abducted Scoob and Shaggy; the UFO was nothing more than a dressed-up helicopter, and the inside was an old movie set.
At the end of the film, Crystal and Amber prove to be aliens from 20 light years away, and are dressed like they are because their interpretations of the way humans are dressed were derived from 1960s television broadcasts, to which Shaggy says, "Hey, why mess with a classic look." The UFO that ran Shaggy off the road was actually Crystal's. The SALF crew and the fake MPs are arrested by the Police. Shaggy and Scooby are broken-hearted but a box of Scooby Snacks does the trick to snap the duo out of their sorrows.