5.0 out of 5 stars Quit the bashing...
I am so tired of seeing the horrible reviews this movie recieved. I am 20, so no, I didn't grow up in the 60's and 70's watching this show. However, I DID grow up in the 80's and 90's watching this show, so maybe I just have a different take. Okay, so Freddy Prinze, Jr. was not the most perfect choice for Fred. A lot of reviews resent his representation as an...
Published on April 19 2004 by sonnetinkinston
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Very disappointed...movie is full of scratches and pauses. Would not buy a used movie again. Would only buy a new in box.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Graves
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed,
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4.0 out of 5 stars great harmless fun for the whole family,
This review is from: Scooby-Doo (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)to me,this is is a fun,harmless film that's fun for the whole family.i really enjoyed it.i don't think it's a cinematic masterpiece,but it's not supposed to be.it's silly of course,but very funny.the casting is good particularly Matthew Lillard,who does a bang on impersonation of "Shaggy".and you cannot go wrong with Linda Cardellini as Velma,who is a good actress and really looks the part.Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar are good as Fred and Daphne,respectively.Rowan Atkinson also has a small role in the film.much of the comedy in this movie is of the pratfall,physical type,so there are lots of stunts,which i thought were well done.the fight scenes are over the top,and fun.i was also impressed with how well the actors interacted with the CG Scooby Doo.those scenes looked pretty real to me.the ending was different than i expected,in a good way.finally,as far as i know,the movie is pretty faithful to the cartoon.overall,i really enjoyed the movie.it's a pretty entertaining way to kill 88 minutes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay at best, but it doesn't beat the original series,
The best part of this film is the opening scene with the Luna ghost. It looked as if it were straight out of the old series. Everything heads south from there. The characters, excepting Shaggy and Scooby, are weightless. The nasties are just plain silly and the jokes resort to sophomoric humor. I'm sure every thirteen year-old boy in the crowd got a laugh from the farting contest between Shaggy and Scooby. A few cuss words were thrown around, and Daphne puts a whipping on a wrestler-type baddie.
Overall, this film works well with kids between the ages of eleven and sixteen. Younger kids MIGHT get scared by the bad guys, and the language can get a little rough for the really young'uns. For us older folks who grew up with the series, it's nice to see Scooby and the gang in a live-action format. However, I feel that this movie tries too hard to make itself appeal to all age groups. I also think that the director should have decided on whether he was making a nostalgic flick, a spoof, or an updated version using potty humor.
It's watchable and somewhat funny, but you might want to rent this one before laying any money down for it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Scooby Dooby Doooooo!,
This review is from: Scooby-Doo (VHS Tape)After a classic Scooby Doo mystery being solved, Velma gets tired of Fred always taking the credit for her work and quits the gang. Fred and Daphne follow suite and the now lonely duo of Shaggy and Scooby go off on their own.
About a year or so later, they meet up again at the airport where, unbeknownst to them, they are all invited to the newly opened Spooky Island theme park to solve a mystery. Each person vows to solve the mystery on their own, but once they get to their destination, they realize that they must work together once again to solve the mystery of what is changing the vacationing college students from normal teenagers into zombie type strangers.
Shaggy meets a girl who becomes a sort of love interest and sort of casts Scooby off for his new interest. When Scooby realizes there is more to Shaggy's new friend than meets the eye, Shaggy refuses to listen and causes Scooby to become a willing, but unknown participant in the evil doer's plan to take over the world.
Loaded with great special effects, computer animation and a great cameo starring the puppy everyone loves to hate, Scrappy Doo, this movie is great. The characters all kept the same aspects that made the cartoon great. However, there are some things that kept me from giving this movie 5 stars. In the cartoon, Velma never seemed resentful of Fred always taking the credit, Daphne was more than a spoiled selfish brat, Fred did not act stupid even in the least.
If you enjoyed the old cartoon series, you will surly like this live action movie.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Failure,
The makers of the Scooby Doo movie didn't really have to get a lot of things right to make this film a real laugh, yet they managed to do everything wrong. I was really looking forward to seeing my favourite cartoon come to life, but they messed up on all the basic rules of this classic show. First off, the main characters all only have one set of clothes, but the costume designers for the film couldn't even stick to the simple designs of the cartoon, instead they went for hopeless approximations that just look ill-fitting and careless. Worst offender is Daphne, done up in all sorts of lurid fashions and hairdos, looking nothing like the animated original. Same goes for poor Velma with that odd long lanky brown wig and shapeless sweater. Even Fred had several changes of costume and the wrong hairdo. Only Shaggy came across as the real deal, which is probably more of a tribute to Matthew Lillard's dedication rather than the designers.
Another thing that spoils the mood is surrounding the characters with hundreds of extras and other actors. It just shows up the implausibility of the whole gang ever passing for real people. This could have worked hilariously as a parody (a device that worked beautifully for the Brady Bunch Movie), but here it just makes the characters look thoroughly underdeveloped. They can't possibly interact with naturalistic "real-life" characters, only with similarly 2-dimensional ciphers like cackling crones, disgruntled sherrifs or sinister butlers.
As the the plot, its just far too busy. Anything and everything is thrown in making it clear that the makers could not decide what angle they were going for. They dabble in playing it true to the cartoon (very, very briefly), playing it for modern (Animal House-type) laughs, playing it as a parody, and playing it as a "what if the characters went in this direction?" kind of update. Too many styles, no substance and no chance for the audience to engage with any one mood. A real mess.
3.0 out of 5 stars Igg hee-hee-hee-hee-hee!,
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Not too bad, but not great either. The campiness of a cartoon classic is hard to tranfer into live action. This is why only the CGI scooby kept some of its original character. Can you imagine the disaster of the movie if it did like 101 Dalmations remake and used a live dog to play Scooby? There's only so much barking you can take.
1.0 out of 5 stars Scooby Poo! WHY oh WHY!,
This review is from: Scooby-Doo (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)First off, the movie's timeline should have been set in the 70's.
Scooby shouldn't have been CGI, but a real Great Dane using CGI element only when needed. There should have been some sort of interesting mystery for the crew to solve and keep the audience wondering. Shaggy looked like shaggy, but should have been a burn out. It would have been cool with somewhat scary looking villains or ghosts. I would have targeted the movie for teens and adults more than kids, anyway it was the cartoon they watched in the 70's, not the freaking kids nowadays. But this is Hollywood for you. They should have left it alone in it's original cartoon glory and not touch it unless they were going to make something good! What are they going to do next? Snoopy and the Peanuts, or maybe Herculoids the motion picture.
1.0 out of 5 stars Only Caligula is Worse,
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This review is from: Scooby-Doo (VHS Tape)This is THE dreadful TV adaptation. It makes Flintstones look like Drugstore Cowboy. It makes Addams Family look like Great Expectations (David Lean).
Freddie Prinze neither looks nor sounds like Fred. Linda Cardellini is perfect in matching the appearance and voice of Velma, but not the personality, no! Same for Shaggy and Scooby. And as for Daphne, Jean Vander Pyl must be turning in her grave! Gellar must have thought this to be a double lenght episode of Buffy.
A bunch got lost in the translation:
1. They break up. What are these people, stupid or something?
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Scooby Doo Fun,
4.0 out of 5 stars RUT ROW RAGGY...,
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