On last year’s Halloween blog, I wrote about the promise of the new Cartoon Network Scooby Doo cartoon series called Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Unfortunately, it hasn’t quite lived up to that potential. The series writers know how to make cool references and the animation style is solid (too rare in cartoons currently), but the storytelling’s weak, the individual mysteries are often irrelevant, and the main mythology intrudes on the individual episodes.
The only really good thing about the series, though, was Vincent Price, who not only voiced Van Ghoul, but allowed the animators to draw the character to look like him...plus a cape (I assume that was Vincent Price’s condition for contributing his likeness because it would be mine).
In Nightfright, Shaggy and Scooby win a contest to have dinner with Vincent Van Ghoul at his mansion, a spooky edifice where special effects ensure that there’s always a thunderstorm (“I can’t sleep a wink without it”) and the security system is controlled by an old pipe organ.