Scooby-Doo:The Movie
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Scooby-Doo:The Movie

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Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard

     
 

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The long-running cartoon from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that began life in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? becomes this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring a computer-generated version of the easily frightened, mush-mouthed Great Dane. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Fred, the blonde, confident, ascot-sporting leader of Mystery Inc., aSee more details below

Overview

The long-running cartoon from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that began life in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? becomes this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring a computer-generated version of the easily frightened, mush-mouthed Great Dane. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Fred, the blonde, confident, ascot-sporting leader of Mystery Inc., a ghost-busting service that exposes phony supernatural phenomena as the work of shysters. Working with Fred are: his rich, beautiful girlfriend, Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who has a bad habit of getting kidnapped by villains; Velma (Linda Cardellini), the real brains of the group who pines secretly for Fred; cowardly slacker and dog's best friend Shaggy (Matthew Lillard); and the snack-gobbling pet pooch Scooby. However, after solving its latest case involving a beleaguered toy company owner (Pamela Anderson), the group fractures over Fred's habit of grabbing credit for everyone's hard work, despite the pleas of Shaggy and Scooby. Two years later, they are reunited at Spooky Island, a theme park and teen spring break destination that owner Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) claims is plagued with ghosts. Suspicious as usual of any claims involving the paranormal, the Mystery Inc. clan is soon probing a scheme involving ancient rites, summoned spirits, and brainwashed college students, forcing the group members to resolve their differences and uncover the truth. Directed by Chris Columbus protégé Raja Gosnell, Scooby-Doo features the voice of Scott Innes as the title character.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of the biggest summer hits of 2002, Scooby-Doo: The Movie would seem to have hit the sweet spots of both young fans and nostalgic adults who grew up with the cowardly canine's TV adventures. Here they are in the flesh: self-promoting golden boy Fred (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), damsel in distress Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), brainy Velma (Linda Cardellini of the late, lamented Freaks and Geeks), snack-scarfing slacker Shaggy (an uncanny Matthew Lillard), and, of course, Scooby (albeit computer generated). The film's prologue has self-referential fun with those cartoons of yore, as the gang unmask an evildoer in time-honored slapstick fashion. But Fred's arrogant credit grabbing at last gets the best of the gang, and they disband. Two years later, they reluctantly reunite to investigate the mysterious goings-on at Spooky Island, an amusement park run by Emile Mondavarious. It would seem that Mondavarious, portrayed by the brilliant clown Rowan Atkinson, is behind a scheme that's turning party-hearty college kids into zombie-like Stepford youths. Scooby-Doo playfully spoofs its own iconography and mocks the already well known jokes that have arisen from it. At one point, suspicious smoke wafts from the Mystery mobile, while Shaggy enjoys some "primo stuff." Not to worry, he is only barbecuing veggie burgers. From '60s and '70s slapstick to a blockbuster hit, this bumbling Great Dane has come along way.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
With its snarky, eye-popping production design and disparate cast of popular young thespians, this live-action take on the Saturday-morning staple seemed like it had half a chance of pleasing Baby Boomers and Generation X. Instead, though, it's a children's flick, suitable only for Generation Z and almost completely lacking in Brady Bunch Movie-style winking. Scooby Doo does contain a few laugh-out-loud moments and lots of in-jokes about marijuana, but the film has been carefully engineered so as not to offend or confuse the kiddies. (Pointed references to Velma's sexual orientation ended up on the cutting room floor, along with lots of other subversive hijinks if the Internet movie spies are to be believed.) The result is a movie that looks good and stays relatively true to its source material without ever seeming edgy or even engaging. Perhaps a cartoon whose very appeal has always been its extreme lameness couldn't really afford to be enclosed in yet another set of quotation marks. But given the pedestrian CG and by-the-numbers spookiness on display, it seems the filmmakers couldn't come up with anything compelling to replace the missing irony. Scooby-Doo himself is an computer-generated monstrosity who mixes poorly with the human actors. Of those performers, their watchability varies highly: The delightful Matthew Lillard mimics Casey Kasem perfectly but also invests Shaggy with something approaching human feeling. Linda Cardellini and Sarah Michelle Gellar both subvert feminine stereotypes and provoke chuckles, though within very strict parameters. The less said about Freddie Prinze, Jr., the better, though his blond dye job is far worse than his acting. The real blame for this supremely adequate outing lies at the feet of the corporate gatekeepers who decided to play it safe. Very young children will probably enjoy it, but for anyone older than 10, it's a slight trifle at best.
Hollywood Reporter
It's absolutely spooky how Lillard channels the Shagster right down to the original Casey Kasem-furnished voice.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2014
UPC:
0883929413300
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Warner Home Video
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:
70,791

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Freddie Prinze Fred Jones
Sarah Michelle Gellar Daphne Blake
Matthew Lillard Shaggy
Linda Cardellini Velma Dinkley
Rowan Atkinson Emile Mondavarious
Isla Fisher Mary Jane
Miguel A. Nuñez Voodoo Maestro
Stephen Grives N'Goo Tuana
Sam Greco Zarkos
Charles Cousins Velma's Friend
Kristian Schmid Brad
Nicholas Hope Old Man Smithers
Stan Frazier Sugar Ray
DJ Homicide Sugar Ray
Murphy Karges Sugar Ray
Mark McGrath Sugar Ray
Rodney Sheppard Sugar Ray
Neil Fanning Scooby
Scott Innes Scrappy
J.P. Manoux Scrappy Rex
Chris Cruickshanks Tiny Henchman
Alex Ruiz Reporter #1
Sheryl Benko Reporter #2
Rio Nugara Island Emissary
David Vallon Bartender Dead Mike's
Troy MacKinder Guy In The Vat
Michala Banas Carol
Holly Ann Brisley Training Video Woman
Robert Diaz Training Video Guy #1
Remi Broadway Training Video Guy #2
Martin Broome Melvin Doo
Simone Dumbleton Co-Ed
Jonathan Coffey Fitzgibbon
Michael Caffrey Coast Guard #2
Kyas Sherriff Airport Attendant
Celeste Gosnell Airport Family
Bradley Gosnell Airport Family
Cayley Gosnell Airport Family
Audrey Gosnell Airport Family
Kurt Duval Spooky Hotel Bartender
Janis McGavin Co-Ed Hottie
Emily Gosnell Autograph Seeker
Marea Lambert Barker Autograph Seeker
Kym Jackson Autograph Seeker
Danielle Starkey Autograph Seeker
Andrew Bryniarski Cavern Henchman
Craig Behenna Henchman #1
Keith Bullock Henchman #2
Jess Harnell Creature
Frank Welker Creature
Stephen Colyer Dancer
Ashley Evans Dancer
Mark Hodge Dancer
Steve Holford Dancer
Matt Lee Dancer
Michael Montgomery Dancer
Michael Montgomery Dancer
Deon Nuku Dancer
Robert Ricks Dancer
Rodney Syaranamual Dancer
Ashley Wallen Dancer
Andrew Waters Dancer
Adam Williams Dancer

Technical Credits
Raja Gosnell Director
Jodie Allen Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Barbera Executive Producer
Sheryl Benko Associate Producer
Kent Beyda Editor
Bill Boes Production Designer
Bill Booth Art Director
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Donna Brown Art Director
Andrew Conder Camera Operator
David Eggby Cinematographer
Robert Engelman Executive Producer
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Glazer Co-producer
Gabrielle Gliniak Art Director
James Gunn Original Story,Screenwriter
William Hanna Executive Producer
Stephen Jones Associate Producer
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Susan Maybury Set Decoration/Design
Peter McCaffrey Camera Operator
David Newman Score Composer
Philip A. Patterson Associate Producer
Toby Pease Asst. Director
Matthew Putland Set Decoration/Design
Charles Roven Producer
Kelley Smith-Wait Executive Producer
Richard Suckle Executive Producer
Craig Titley Original Story
Mary Vernieu Casting
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Wingrove Set Decoration/Design
Christian Wintter Art Director

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