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Review by Rosie
Starrings: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardinelli
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Rating: Speeder Bike
Yes, I grew up watching Scooby Doo cartoons on Saturday mornings. The stories were simple and predicatable, but they were funny. I especially enjoyed the famous guest stars rendered as cartoons mixed up in the gang's mysteries. I must say I never cared for Scrappy Doo. He was annoying as all get-out.
Many cartoons from our youth have been adapted to the screen with mixed results. I thought that Popeye with Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall translated well to live action on the big screen, while Rocky and Bullwinkle did not. I have to say that, regretably, Scooby Doo fell into the latter category.
The human characters matched the appearance and even some of the mannerisms of their animated counterparts, but it just wasn't enough. Freddie was more of a bumbler in the cartoons, while this incarnation seemed more self-absorbed. Daphne was the "pretty princess / damsel in distress", but in this film, to update her character, Daphne has become a martial arts expert -- with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon moves no less! It doesn't work. Brainy Velma seems to be the most true to her animated original, but even she comes off whiney. Shaggy looks and sounds the part too, but the portrayal struck me as a little over the top. Scooby, of course, was computer generated. He looked and sounded very good. His face was very expressive and he was quite amusing, but even he couldn't save the movie.
The story was very contrived. The gang split up when Freddie's ego (never a factor in the animated cartoon) finally became the last straw as he took credit yet again for solving a case. Years later, the kids are approached individually to solve a mystery at an island amusement park. They run into each other at the airport and come to a truce so they can work together to solve the mystery, but it is poorly plotted and the revelation of the villain left me and the rest of the audience groaning.
With a better story, this could have been a good, entertaining movie bringing back fond memories of those Saturday morning cartoons. This one wasn't even worth putting on film. Don't waste your money, not even on VHS or DVD!