Fun Fact: When I was a kid, I hated the Scooby-Doo cartoons with a passion. Then, in 2002 came the first ever (mostly) live-action Scooby-Doo movie. And guess what? I hated the movie too.
I’m sorry, I get Scooby-Doo has a legion of fans but I just don’t get the appeal. Every episode of the cartoon was the same thing. After a couple of times you would think Shaggy knows they’re not ghosts at all. But I guess all the weed he and Scooby smoke clouds his judgment.
So if the cartoons and the movie were not my cup of tea, why did I pay to see 2004’s “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”? An excellent question dear reader, and I think I got it narrowed down to a couple of options:
1. It was a rainy Friday afternoon, and I had seen everything else that was out.
2. A chance to hang out with my friends.
3. I was going through rough patch, and needed a good laugh.
When I decide which option I’m going with, I will let you all know. Anywho, let’s talk about the movie, shall we?
As “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” begins, our heroes are attending the opening night of a museum exhibiting souvenirs from all of the cases they have solved. The event soon turns into a disaster when one of the monster costumes turns out to be inhabited and terrorizes the crowd.
It was at this point when the little voice in the back of my head asked “What are we doing here?”. I should have known this movie was aiming for a target audience of 10-year-olds and those wishing they were still 10-year-olds. But again, I was going through some stuff so I probably wasn’t thinking straight.
The original cast was back, led by Matthew Lillard as Scooby-Doo’s best pal Shaggy, and featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mr. Gellar, and Linda Cardellini. Alicia Silverstone (remember her?) played a trash-TV reporter who is determined to debunk the myth of Mystery Inc.
And if you thought Scooby-Doo wasn’t cartoony enough in the first movie, you’re in luck! The filmmakers weren’t going for realism here. Scooby’s gotten a lot worse, he’still CGI, but he looks even more fake than before. And this movie came out, what, 14 years after Roger Rabbit?
Don’t expect me to talk too much about the movie’s plot because I honestly can’t remember. I think there was an island resort invovled in somw way. Or perhaps I’m thinking of the highly underrated “Club Dread.”
“Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” wasn’t even one of those terrible movies that is so terrible it’s still fun to watch. Monsters Unleashed was just plain bad. Oh well, on the plus side, after the movie we got food from a local place called Alpha’s Pizza and Subs. Unfortunately, Alpha’s went out of business that same year, so I’m gonna blame “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” for that.