Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Scooby doo two poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raja Gosnell
Produced by Charles Roven
Richard Suckle
Written by James Gunn
Based on Scooby-Doo created 
by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
Starring Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Linda Cardellini
Matthew Lillard
Seth Green
Peter Boyle
Tim Blake Nelson
Alicia Silverstone
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Kent Beyda
Production
company
Mosaic Media Group
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • March 20, 2004 (2004-03-20) (Canada)
  • March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Language English
Budget $80 million
Box office $181.5 million[1]

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (also known as Scooby-Doo 2 or Scooby-Doo!: Monsters Unleashed) is a 2004 comedy horror adventure film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, it is the second installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series, and a sequel to 2002's Scooby-Doo. The returning cast features Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Neil Fanning as the voice of title protagonist Scooby-Doo. Series newcomers include Seth Green, Tim Blake Nelson, Peter Boyle, and Alicia Silverstone who appear in supporting roles. The film was released on March 26, 2004.

Plot[edit]

Mystery Inc. (Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo) is attending the grand opening of the Coolsonian Criminology Museum, the premiere exhibit displaying the monster costumes of criminals they dealt with in past cases. However, the celebrations are cut short when the reanimated Pterodactyl Ghost attacks, controlled by the Evil Masked Figure, who boldly declares that Mystery Inc. will be destroyed. He escapes with his quarry and two monster costumes; the Black Knight Ghost and the 10,000 Volt Ghost. Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone), a journalist, starts a smear campaign against the gang to discredit them, mainly stemming from a personal feud with Daphne. Velma finds a pterodactyl scale and analyses it, confirming it to be real. The gang conclude one of their old enemies is the masked man wanting revenge. Fred initially suspects that their old enemy Jonathon Jacobo (Tim Blake Nelson), who was the original creator of the Pterodactyl Ghost and knew how to create real monsters and bring them to life, but Velma quickly reveals to the gang that Jacobo drowned during an attempted escape from prison three years prior, so the gang guess Jeremiah Wickles (Peter Boyle), their first foe and the Black Knight Ghost's portrayer, and Jacobo's roommate in prison, is responsible.

The gang travel to Wickles' mansion where they find mysterious green footprints like the scale leading to the library. Fred, Daphne and Velma find an instruction manual on how to create monsters that once belonged to Jacobo, leading them to conclude that he passed it on to Wickles before his death and that Wickles is continuing his work; while Shaggy and Scooby are chased by the reanimated Black Knight but not before finding a note reading "Faux Ghost tonite" which they take as a clue. Daphne fends the knight off until the gang can escape. Shaggy and Scooby sneak into the nightclub, the "Faux Ghost", where many of the convicted criminals they put away hang out, including Wickles who claims he has reformed from his criminal ways; but quickly they are recognized and thrown out. Velma learns the key ingredient to making monsters is a substance called "randomonium". Patrick Wisely (Seth Green), the museum curator, who Velma has a crush on, comes to aid the gang but when they go to the museum, they find the rest of the costumes have been stolen. Shaggy and Scooby encounter the distressed Patrick, and then follow Wickles to the old mining town where the rest of the gang realise randomonium was mined. Wickles is proven to be innocent when the gang learns he plans to turn the mining town into an amusement park for children. He also reveals that he despised Jacobo during his time in prison, and thus has no reason to be continuing his work.

Reuniting, the gang find the Monster Hive, finding a machine which brings the monster costumes to life. Shaggy and Scooby mess with the machine's control panel, causing several monsters to be reanimated. The gang flee with the control panel, as the Evil Masked Figure attacks Coolsville and Howe asks the gang to turn themselves in to save the citizens. The gang flee to their old high school clubhouse where they realise they will be able to reverse the Monster Hive's effects by altering the control panel's wiring. Outside, Shaggy and Scooby lament on their habit of being clumsy and desire to be heroes. Captain Cutler's Ghost rises out of the nearby bayou, forcing the gang to flee in the Mystery Machine back to the mining town. Fred and Daphne fight the Black Knight and electrical 10,000 Volt Ghost, defeating them with a pair of jumper cables, Velma dispatches the Skeleton Men and Shaggy and Scooby defeat Miner 49'er using Scooby's flatulence to reflect the villain's fire breath back at him. Velma, having eluded her pursuers, finds a shrine to Jacobo, actually made by Patrick who was Jacobo's student at one time, but is not the bad guy proving that by saving Velma's life. However, he is captured and dragged away by the Pterodactyl Ghost. After this, Shaggy and Scooby run into the Cotton Candy Glob which threatens to destroy them. Amazed at this monster, instead of running away as they usually do, they instead eat the Cotton Candy Glob.

The gang confront the Evil Masked Figure who has all of them held captive by the Tar Monster, aside from Scooby, who grabs a nearby fire extinguisher to freeze the monster and makes his way to the machine and inserts the control panel, turning the monsters back to costumes. The Evil Masked Figure tries to escape but trips on a broken cat walk and is left dangling from it by his cape. The authorities, press and Coolsville citizens arrive, where the gang unmasked the Evil Masked Figure as Howe - only to then unmask her as none other than Jacobo, alive and well. Jacobo survived his apparent "death" and was photographed outside the museum before it opened (he had been presumed dead a year before the museum's construction had even begun), found by Velma at the shrine. Also, Jacobo planted the instruction manual and the reanimated Black Knight Ghost in Wickles' mansion in an attempt to frame him and Howe's cameraman Ned (Zahf Paroo) was Jacobo's accomplice. Jacobo and Ned are arrested, whilst Mystery, Inc. are welcomed back by Coolsville with open arms. Velma and Patrick agree to go out again, Fred and Daphne remain at a peaceful relationship and Shaggy and Scooby stay best pals, though not before Scooby attacks Shaggy with a boom mike after mistaking him for a monster. The main cast dance with Ruben Studdard at the Faux Ghost in the ending scenes.

In a post-credits scene, Scooby is shown in a creepy hall playing the "Scooby-Doo 2" game on a Game Boy Advance. He then turns the game screen towards the camera, and says "Game Boy Advance secret code", showing a cheat code for the game he was playing.

Cast[edit]

Voices[edit]

Cameos[edit]

Production[edit]

Dan Fellman, the president of Warner Bros., confirmed in June 2002 that a sequel was in the works, and was slated for a 2004 release.[2] In March 2003, it was announced that Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini were reprising their roles in the sequel.[3] A month year, filming for the sequel began in April 2003 at Vancouver, with Seth Green joining the cast for the sequel.[4]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened March 26, 2004 and grossed $29,438,331 (over 3,312 theaters, $8,888 average) on its opening weekend, ranking #1.[5] It grossed a total of $84,216,833 in North America, and went on to earn $181,466,833 worldwide, more than $90 million less than the $275,650,703 worldwide Scooby-Doo grossed two years earlier. It was the 28th most successful film of 2004,[6] and currently ranks as the 6th highest grossing film featuring a dog as a major character.[7]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 21%, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's consensus reads, "Only the very young will get the most out of this silly trifle."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9]

The film won a Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel.[10]

Home media release[edit]

The film was released on DVD and VHS on September 14, 2004. The DVD included deleted scenes from the film's production and other features such as a 'making of' and trailers. Warner Brothers later announced a release including both the film and its predecessor as a double feature Blu-ray, which was released on November 9, 2010.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack[12] was released on March 23, 2004.

  1. "Don't Wanna Think About You" by Simple Plan (Simple Plan had also performed the titular theme song)
  2. "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals
  3. "Boom Shack-A-Lak" by Apache Indian
  4. "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Big Brovaz
  5. "The Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim
  6. "Wooly Bully" by Bad Manners
  7. "Shining Star" by Ruben Studdard
  8. "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger
  9. "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited
  10. "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
  11. "Here We Go" by Bowling for Soup
  12. "Love Shack" by The B-52's
  13. "Friends Forever" by Puffy AmiYumi
  14. "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi

Deleted scenes[edit]

  • This takes place when the gang infiltrates Wickles Manor. Shaggy and Scooby are looking around in a hallway. Shaggy points out that he and Scooby both have fleas through a magnifying glass. Shaggy points out they need to split up to double their chances. When Shaggy goes to another hallway, Scooby moves upward and bites his tail because of his dog-like instincts.
  • This takes place after Fred, Velma, Daphne and Patrick get into the Mystery Machine to go to the museum. At the museum, two of the security guards there are playing with static electricity jokes. While they are having their game, the 10,000 Volt Ghost, now turned real by the Evil Masked Figure, emerges from an electrical outlet and electrocutes the museum security system, letting the Black Knight Ghost in. As the guards were about to give each other the "ultimate shock", the 10,000 Volt Ghost puts its finger in between and shocks them and making them fly across the room, with one of the guards landing on the Cotton Candy Glob costume's arms. The Black Knight then talks to the inanimate costumes and tells them that the Evil Masked Figure will give them the power to destroy Mystery, Inc. This scene was mentioned in the film, but the 10,000 Volt Ghost was replaced with the Pterodactyl Ghost that helped the Black Knight instead. But it is possible that the 10,000 Volt Ghost left after immobilizing the guards and was unnoticed while the Pterodactyl Ghost came in afterwards and helped steal the costumes.
  • This takes place after Scooby and Shaggy enter the Faux Ghost in their disguises. The man who figured out Shaggy's true identity later in the movie walks up and tells the sleuths the Faux Ghost is a private club for people dressing as a terrifying creature and scaring people. Shaggy and Scooby save themselves from their cover being blown by saying they are the "world-famous Westside Pickleaculas", where they are "50% pickle, 50% Dracula, 100% terrifying." The man responds by telling them he was the Cotton Candy Glob. The scene then goes to where the inhabitants show their intense hatred for Mystery, Inc. through their slightly awkward games, with the gang being modeled into a game of Whack-a-Mole, and a darts game. Shaggy then worries what the urinals look like.
  • This takes place when Velma suspects Patrick of being the Evil Masked Figure. Scooby then does an act of what Patrick was acting like...or what he was sort of acting like, which seemed to scare Shaggy as well.
  • This is where the Skeleton Men chase Scooby down the hill. The whole scene was in CGI. Scooby uses a tree branch to get behind the Skeleton Men, who crash into a tree. Scooby throws a bone out of his mouth rather than the Skeleton's head. The Skeleton Man then forms into a bird-like creature with its hands, head and ankles and feet together. It jumps to get help, but breaks into pieces again.
  • This takes place after Velma leaves to distract the Skeleton Men so Shaggy and Scooby could get past. The Skeleton Men are more modified in this scene rather than the other deleted one. The red-eyed skeleton has been modeled into a machine gun-like creature and chase after Velma. The green eyed one shoots Velma with the skeleton machine gun, and covers every inch of her body with skeleton bullets, narrowly escaping.
  • This takes place before Scooby and Shaggy encounter the Miner 49er. They both hide, and feel this is the end for them. To give the movie a touching moment, Scooby and Shaggy profess their love for each other. They then head to the Monster Hive to install the control panel, but encounter the Miner 49er who blocks their path.
  • Some deleted scenes are not shown. One was a whole storyline about Daphne and Fred. Fred gives Daphne an engagement ring, but later, when fixing the monster controller, they need to melt it down because the gold is needed to complete it.

Canceled sequel[edit]

During the filming of Scooby-Doo 2, Warner Bros. gave the green light for production of a sequel. Writers Dan Forman and Paul Foley were hired by WB to write the script for Scooby-Doo 3.[13] However, after the release of Scooby-Doo 2, Warner Bros. felt the film should have made more money, which prevented the production of another sequel. During a press conference for the release of Without a Paddle, Matthew Lillard stated that the third film had been canceled and was not going to go ahead due to the second film being less successful than expected.[14]

Prequels[edit]

The third main film 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. 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.

The fourth main film 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.

Reboot[edit]

On June 17, 2014, Warner Bros. announced that they will restart the film series with Randall Green writing a new film.

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