Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins

  • Directors: Brian Levant
  • Producers: Brian J Gilbert, Brian Levant
  • Writers: Screenplay, Daniel Altiere, Steven Altiere, Characters and Series, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Mystery
  • Actors: Frank Welker, Nick Palatas, Kate Melton, Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Gary Chalk

The film takes place in Coolsville, Ohio and begins as the cast is introduced on the school bus. As Shaggy walks down the aisle, one of the school’s jocks trips him. Fred, sitting next to him, asks him why he does it everyday. Shaggy tries sitting next to Velma and Daphne, but eventually sits by himself. At school, Shaggy’s trouble trying to get his locker door open results in him falling in a trashcan and rolling into the Principal’s office. The Principal suggests that Shaggy try to find some friends and sayaecide to take up a hobby like his: philately (stamp collecting).

Meanwhile, the Great Dane named Scoobert has been put up for adoption repeatedly at the monthly Pet Adoption fair, but never met with success. After the Adoption Fair, Scoobert is put in a small cage in a back of a truck. As the truck is driving down the road, it hits a bump and Scoobert falls out, gets out of the cage, and begins to wander around. As he is wandering through a graveyard, a strike of lightning resurrects a pair of ghosts named Ezekiel Gallows & Prudence Prufrock from their tombstones at the Cemetery. This frightens him, causing him to dash across town. He leaps into the first house he can find, which turns out to be Shaggy’s. They instantly become great friends, and Shaggy nicknames the dog “Scooby”.

In the final scene, Velma tells the gang about “strange goings-on” at the museum she heard about, and they all agree to get on the case once again. As the credits begin, scenes used during the opening intro to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and What’s New, Scooby-Doo? are recreated by the gang while the opening theme song to “What’s New Scooby-Doo” is playing.

The Transformers The Movie

  • Directors: Nelson Shin
  • Producers: Joe Bacal, Tom Griffith, Nelson Shin, Margaret Loesch, Lee Gunther
  • Writers: Ron Friedman
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Peter Cullen, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Frank Welker

Unicron, a space-roaming artificial planet, destroys and eats robot planet Lithone, along with its population. A few of the inhabitants attempt to flee the planet in spaceships but only one gets away.

It is revealed that the evil Decepticons have gained control of the Transformers’ homeworld, Cybertron at some point in the intervening twenty years since the beginning of the struggle between the robotic warriors on Earth (The exact means by which this victory was attained was never revealed). The heroic Autobots are readying themselves on two of Cybertron’s moons for a strike against the Decepticons, preparing a supply shuttle for launch to Autobot City on Earth. Their transmission is intercepted by the Decepticons, who ambush the shuttle and kill its crew, consisting of Ironhide, Ratchet, Prowl, and Brawn. The Decepticons then attempt to use the ship to infiltrate Autobot City on Earth without being detected.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Daniel Witwicky and Hot Rod fish in a lake nearby Autobot City, discussing Daniel’s loneliness, as his father Spike is on one of the Autobot moon bases. They pick up the shuttle’s signature, and race up to Lookout Mountain to see it land, irritating the old Autobot Kup in the process. They notice its damaged exterior and spot Decepticons, upon which Hot Rod fires at the stowaways. After a brief battle pitting Hot Rod and Kup against the Decepticons Blitzwing and Shrapnel, the Decepticons begin their attack on Autobot City. The outnumbered Autobots, including Autobot City Commander Ultra Magnus, Blurr, Springer, Perceptor, and female Autobot Arcee, transform Autobot City into a battle fortress and both sides settle down for a long siege that lasts the rest of the day and all of the following night. Early in the battle, Ultra Magnus sends orders to alert Blaster to radio for assistance from their commander Optimus Prime. An attempt to thwart the transmission by Soundwave and his cassette Decepticons fails, and the next morning Optimus and the Dinobots arrive to successfully repel the Decepticon invaders, including the here far more competent Devastator, who is displayed as being far more effective and brutal when compared to his depictions in the Television series prior to the release of the film.

The movie was produced by Sunbow/Marvel simultaneous to G.I. Joe: The Movie. The writers of the G.I. Joe film asked for permission from Hasbro to kill a character, Duke. Hasbro not only approved the request but “insisted” that the writers of Transformers: The Movie adopt the same fate for Optimus Prime.[3] However, Optimus Prime’s death sparked much controversy and incurred so much backlash that it caused the writers to make changes so that Duke simply ended up in a coma (and eventually woke up from the coma).[4]

Curious George

  • Directors: Matthew O Callaghan
  • Producers: Ron Howard, David Kirschner, Bonne Radford, Jon Shapiro
  • Writers: Robert L Baird, Dan Gerson, Karey Kirkpatrick, Michael McCullers, Clare Sella, Joe Stillman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Dick Van Dyke, Ed O Ross, Frank Welker, Phil Hayes

A clumsy, mischievous, and curious chimpanzee named George (voiced by Frank Welker) lives in the jungles of Africa. His behavior amuses the other young jungle animals, but angers their parents; therefore George is left sad and alone.

Meanwhile, at the Bloomsberry Museum, Ted (the “man in the yellow hat” of the earlier book series) (Will Ferrell), a museum employee, teaches schoolchildren about natural history, not realizing that his lectures bore them. Afterward, he has a talk with Maggie (Drew Barrymore), the school teacher, who admires him and for whom he has strong feelings. Later, Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke), the owner of the museum, tells Ted that he is pressed to close the museum by his son, Bloomsberry Junior (David Cross), who wishes to build a parking garage in its stead. This upsets Ted, who suggests, to revive the museum’s popularity, that they obtain a statue called the Lost Shrine of Zagawa. Excited, Mr. Bloomsberry thinks to go himself as he had been prevented from doing by his son’s birth, but finds that he is too old. Without thinking, Ted quickly volunteers to make the expedition. Mr. Bloomsberry accepts the idea and Ted prepares to leave for Africa. Junior, frustrated, modifies his father’s map of Africa to prevent Ted from finding the Shrine.

Upon the exhibit’s re-opening, Ted redesigns the entire museum to be more interactive, thereby igniting the children’s interest in history. The museum now includes a dinosaur rib cage, where the children can learn of the skeletal system, a space where they can learn about the solar system, a paint area, where the children can paint for and other exhibits. Junior is set to work parking customers’ cars, somewhat to his chagrin, but by fulfilling this task, however, he earns his father’s praise, which he has much coveted. Ted and Maggie are about to become sweethearts in earnest when George again interrupts them by hijacking a nearby spacecraft (The empty fuel tanks were filled by Clovis, accidentally). Ted and George orbit the Earth in this craft, which is itself a reference to the book series on which the film is based. The film concludes as they make their second and third orbits at a comically exaggerated speed.

Aladdin

  • Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Producers: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale

The film begins with a peddler singing Arabian Nights while riding a camel and tells about the story of Aladdin. On a dark night, when Jafar, the Grand Vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, attempts to access the Cave of Wonders, a magical cave which holds treasures beyond the wildest belief — above all is a magical oil lamp containing a genie is hidden. He and his talking parrot, Iago, learn that the only one who can enter the Cave of Wonders is the metaphorical “Diamond in the Rough”.

Meanwhile, in the palace of Agrabah, Jasmine, the beautiful teenage daughter of the Sultan, must be married before her upcoming birthday, but she rejects every prince she meets, as she wants to be married for true love and not merely for wealth. Later, Jasmine, frustrated with “having her life lived for her,” climbs over the palace walls, and sees the marketplace for the first time, where she meets the street urchin Aladdin and his monkey, Abu, and the two young people are seen to be falling for each other. Jafar uses a machine to see that the “diamond in the rough” is Aladdin. Jafar sends a group of guards to capture Aladdin while Jasmine is still with him. Jasmine tells Jafar to release him, but Jafar lies and tells her he is already dead.

Aladdin and Jasmine say goodbye to each other now that Aladdin is not a prince so they cannot be married. Aladdin wishes for the genie’s freedom, much to the genie’s surprise and happiness. Since Jasmine loves Aladdin, the Sultan changes the law so that Jasmine can marry anyone she chooses and she chooses Aladdin. The genie then leaves to explore the world while Aladdin and Jasmine celebrate their engagement.

Happily Ever After

  • Directors: John Howley
  • Producers: Lou Scheimer
  • Writers: Robby London, Martha Moran
  • Genres: Family, Animation, Musical, Fantasy
  • Actors: Irene Cara, Edward Asner, Carol Channing, Dom DeLuise, Phyllis Diller, Malcolm McDowell, Michael Horton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Linda Gary, Jonathan Harris, Sally Kellerman, Tracey Ullman, Frank Welker

Happily Ever After was a sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, taking place where that film left off. The wicked Lord Maliss — brother of Snow White’s dead Queen stepmother — attempts to exact revenge on Snow White and her Prince. When the Prince is kidnapped, Snow White flees to the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, only to find their female cousins, the Seven “Dwarfelles”, occupying the area. Together with the Dwarfelles, Snow White fights against Lord Maliss, a powerful sorcerer who has the special ability to shapeshift into a dragon-like creature.

Pocahontas

  • Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
  • Producers: James Pentecost
  • Writers: Carl Binder, Susannah Grant, Philip LaZebnik
  • Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, History, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, John Kassir, Russell Means, Frank Welker, Christian Bale, Linda Hunt

In 1607, a ship carrying British settlers from the Virginia Company sails for North America in search of gold and other material riches. On board are Captain John Smith and Governor John Ratcliffe. A storm erupts, and Smith saves the life of a young settler named Thomas when he falls overboard, befriending him in the process.

In the “New World”, Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan’s daughter, learns that her father wants her to marry Kocoum, one of his finest warriors, but a bitter and serious man. Pocahontas does not want this marriage, and asks the advice from a talking tree spirit named Grandmother Willow. Grandmother Willow tells Pocahontas to listen to her heart.

The British settlers land in Virginia and dig for gold under Ratcliffe’s orders. John Smith explores the territory and encounters Pocahontas. The two spend time together, with Pocahontas teaching John to look at the world in a different way, and to not think of her people as “savages”. Back at the settlement, the Powhatan warriors and Englishmen have a skirmirsh, and one of the warriors is injured. The warriors retreat, and Powhatan declares that the white men are dangerous and that no one should go near them.

A few days later, John and Pocahontas meet again, during which John learns that there is no gold in the land. They agree to meet at Grandmother Willow’s glade again that night.

John is only wounded, but he must return to England for medical treatment if he is to survive. Pocahontas and her people arrive to see them off, and John and Pocahontas bid their goodbyes.

Aladdin

  • Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Producers: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Writers: Ron Clements, John Muser, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale

The film begins with a peddler singing Arabian Nights while riding a camel and tells about the story of Aladdin. On a dark night, when Jafar, the Grand Vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, attempts to access the Cave of Wonders, a magical cave which holds treasures beyond the wildest belief — above all is a magical oil lamp containing a genie is hidden. He and his talking parrot, Iago, learn that the only one who can enter the Cave of Wonders is the metaphorical “Diamond in the Rough”.

Meanwhile, in the palace of Agrabah, Jasmine, the beautiful teenage daughter of the Sultan, must be married before her upcoming birthday, but she rejects every prince she meets, as she wants to be married for true love and not merely for wealth. Later, Jasmine, frustrated with “having her life lived for her,” climbs over the palace walls, and sees the marketplace for the first time, where she meets the street urchin Aladdin and his monkey, Abu, and the two young people are seen to be falling for each other. Jafar uses a machine to see that the “diamond in the rough” is Aladdin. Jafar sends a group of guards to capture Aladdin while Jasmine is still with him. Jasmine tells Jafar to release him, but Jafar lies and tells her he is already dead.

Aladdin and Jasmine say goodbye to each other now that Aladdin is not a prince so they cannot be married. Aladdin wishes for the genie’s freedom, much to the genie’s surprise and happiness. Since Jasmine loves Aladdin, the Sultan changes the law so that Jasmine can marry anyone she chooses and she chooses Aladdin. The genie then leaves to explore the world while Aladdin and Jasmine celebrate their engagement.