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Scooby Doo (2002)

PG 87 minutes

Directed by Raja Gosnell
Written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, James Gunn

 · Freddie Prinze Jr
 · Sarah Michelle Gellar
 · Matthew Lillard
 · Linda Cardellini

Review by Zac

This has GOT to be the most disappointing movie I have ever seen! I went into the theater with my popcorn, Twizzlers, and medium Coke with high expectations to see a good live action adaptation of the famed cartoon. Although I'm not a big fan of the toon (although I do offer a hardy chuckle to it every now and then when I see it on Cartoon Network), I was really looking forward to this movie, and had my heart shattered when it came out sucking like a Hoover. I'm sure the little tikes will dig this film, but definatly not the people who grew up watching it on Saturday morning.




I must say, the only thing that really held this movie together for me was the digital chemistry between Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby, which were primarily dead-on to the cartoon. But the rest of everything just bombed. It seemed that this movie was trying to be such a mockery of it's 60's counterpart, that it didn't have a worthy script or plot.
One thing that really drove me nuts is how each character's personality was stretched from its small noticability in the show to enormous sizes is the film. Fred (Freddie Prinz Jr) had a huge ego problem and obvious crush on Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Velma (Linda Cardellini) was sick of being taken for granted, and Daphne was tired of being the damsel in distress, but never wanted to do anything that could risk her breaking a nail. It seemed that instead of making a movie about these people, we should of just imagined them going to get some help from a psychiatrist. This movie was just as corny as the cartoon, but as we learned from Batman & Robin, adapting a corny 60's show into a corny high-expectations movie just doesn't work out. What is wrong with Warner Brothers?




Although everything that should be good about the movie was horrible, the appearance of the whole film was very nice. The costumes of the 5 main characters were dead-on (at the beginning when they are seen in original costume), and then the more mature, stylized clothes fit very well (and no more neckerchiefs for Fred). Scooby Doo was animated by a very good team who adapted him from the cartoon to look somewhat realistic look. But even so, the whole movie's look was TOO toony. The gang go to Spooky Island, which obviously is a place of extreme terror, however, everywhere you look, you want to crack up laughing.



So I ask you friends, Scooby Doo? It should be Scooby Doo-doo, because this movie was a big pile of dog crap. Unless the temptation just REALLY gets to you, save yourself some money and don't go see the monstrosity that is Scooby Doo.

465 Words Published: 9 August 2002

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