Scooby-Doo (film series)

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Scooby-Doo (film series)
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UK DVD box set of the four films
Directed by Raja Gosnell
(Theatrical films)
Brian Levant
(TV films)
Produced by Charles Roven
Richard Suckle
(Theatrical films)
Brian Gilbert
Brian Levant
(TV films)
Written by James Gunn
(Theatrical films)
Daniel Altiere
Steven Altiere
(TV films)
Starring Theatrical films:
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Matthew Lillard
Linda Cardellini
Neil Fanning
TV films:
Nick Palatas
Frank Welker
Robbie Amell
Kate Melton
Hayley Kiyoko
Music by David Newman
(All films)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
(Theatrical films)
Warner Premiere
(TV films)
Country United States
Language English

The Scooby-Doo film series consists of live action comedy films based on the Hanna Barbera animated cartoon series of the same name. The character Scooby-Doo has also appeared in multiple animated direct-to-video films, since 1998. Toward the end of the 1990s, Warner Bros. and producer Charles Roven began producing a series of feature live action films starring Scooby-Doo, beginning with the 2002 film Scooby-Doo, directed by Raja Gosnell. Gosnell also directed the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).

A television film, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009), was released by Cartoon Network. Brian Levant directed the film and its sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010).

Feature films[edit]

Theatrical films[edit]

Development for a live-action treatment of Scooby-Doo began in 1994 by producer Charles Roven. Originally the idea was to make a film with a much darker tone, essentially poking fun at the original cartoon series, much like The Brady Bunch Movie and was set for a PG-13 rating. Shaggy was set to be a stoner, Velma and Daphne had a side relationship,[1] and there were many marijuana references.[2] Several rumors about these aspects in the original cartoon series were passed around by fans of Scooby-Doo and were to be incorporated into the live action film.[3]

Scooby-Doo (2002)[edit]

Main article: Scooby-Doo (film)

Scooby-Doo was released on June 14, 2002. Directed by Raja Gosnell, the film starred Freddie Prinze, Jr., as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. Scooby-Doo was created on-screen by computer-generated special effects and his voice was provided by Neil Fanning. The plot shows the Mystery, Inc. coming back together after two years of separation, to investigate an amusement park called Spooky Island, where they deal with real demons. The film was a financially successful release, with a domestic box office gross of over $130 million.[4] However, the film was not well reviewed, but was a great hit with young audience and fans of the show.[5]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)[edit]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was released on March 26, 2004, with the same cast and director from the first film. The plot shows the Mystery Inc. investigating the plans of a masked villain who wants to control the city of Coolsville using a machine to create monsters. Unlike the first film, Scooby-Doo 2 featured several of the monsters from the television series, including the Black Knight, the 10,000-Volt Ghost, the Pterodactyl Ghost, the Miner 49er and Chickenstein. The film had a poor performance at the box office, grossing $80 million at the U.S.[6] Scooby-Doo 2 was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel".[7]

Cancelled third film[edit]

During the filming of Scooby-Doo 2, Warner Bros. gave the green light for production of a sequel. Dan Forman and Paul Foley were hired to write the script for Scooby-Doo 3. However during a press conference for the release of Without a Paddle (2004), Matthew Lillard said the third Scooby-Doo film was canceled. "There will be no Scooby 3," Lillard said. "The second one didn't do as well as it was expected to do, and I completely hold that to Warner Brothers' fault. I think Warner Brothers made a mistake releasing it at the time they did March 2004. I think the movie's much better than the first movie, and I honestly thought it was going to do ridiculously good box office. But we had a bad timeslot. We had 13 movies open up in two weeks after we opened up. I mean, it did well, but it didn't do great, and it needed to do great", added, noting that the studio was quite disappointed with the result, which prevented the production of a sequel.[8]

Reboot[edit]

A reboot is currently in development.[citation needed]

TV films[edit]

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)[edit]

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins was aired by Cartoon Network on September 13, 2009, the 40th anniversary of Scooby-Doo. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22.[9] Directed by Brian Levant. The plot is an origin story for the Mystery, Inc. gang, portraying the beginning of everything: how the gang met, their first mystery, their lives at school and how they got the Mystery Machine.[10]

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010)[edit]

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster was aired by Cartoon Network on October 16, 2010, with the same director and cast from the previous film. In this film, the Mystery, Inc. gang is heading towards a beach club owned by Daphne's uncle, for temporary summer jobs. While involved with their tasks, they stumble on a new mystery.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
Theatrical films TV films
Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
CAST
Scooby-Doo Neil Fanning Frank Welker
Shaggy Rogers Matthew Lillard Nick Palatas
Fred Jones Freddie Prinze, Jr. Robbie Amell
Daphne Blake Sarah Michelle Gellar Kate Melton
Velma Dinkley Linda Cardellini Hayley Kiyoko
Scrappy-Doo Scott Innes
J. P. Manoux
Emile Mondavarious Rowan Atkinson
Mary Jane Isla Fisher
Voodoo Maestro Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.
Patrick Wisley Seth Green
Jeremiah Wickles Peter Boyle
Johnathan Jacobo Tim Blake Nelson
Heather Jasper-Howe Alicia Silverstone
Ned Zahf Paroo
Evil Masked Figure Scott McNeil
Vice Principal Grimes Garry Chalk
Principal Deedle Shawn Macdonald
Janitor C. Ernst Harth
Librarian Lorena Gale
Specter Daniel Riordan
Thorny Blake V Ted McGinley
Elmer Uggins Richard Moll
Hilda Trowburg Marion Ross
Wanda Grubwort Beverly Sanders

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
Domestic Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Scooby-Doo June 14, 2002 $153,294,164 $122,356,539 $275,650,703 #230 #321 $84 million [11]
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed March 26, 2004 $84,216,833 $97,250,000 $181,466,833 #651 N/A $80,000,000 [12]

Critical reaction[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Scooby-Doo 30% (142 reviews)[13] 35 (31 reviews)[14]
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 21% (113 reviews)[15] 34 (28 reviews) [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/news/Lesbian-Secrets-Scooby-41340.aspx
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly, 636/637 - Jan 25th Issue. Page 38
  3. ^ Sigesmund, B.J. "The Inside Dope." Newsweek. June 14, 2002. Available at Lexis-Nexis.
  4. ^ Chris Suellentrop. (March 26, 2004). "Hey Dog! How do you do that Voodoo That You Do So Well?".Slate.com. Retrieved on June 9, 2006.
  5. ^ "Review of Scooby-Doo". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office preview". 27 January 2006. .
  7. ^ http://www.razzies.com/forum/2004-razzie-nominees-winners_topic5533.html
  8. ^ "Matthew Lillard Says No 'Scooby-Doo 3'". Killer Movies. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toon Zone News". Toonzone. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins Promises Origin of Scooby Gang". http://Comics Worthreading. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scooby-Doo (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Scooby-Doo". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Scooby-Doo (2002): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Scooby-Doo 2 (2004): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved January 18, 2013.