Film / Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo is the 2002 live action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon franchise, directed by Raja Gosnell starring Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. The cast also features Rowan Atkinson as Emile Mondevarious, the head of Spooky Island.

After a sudden break up of Mystery Inc. the gang had gone about their separate ways for some time. Until one day they're all invited to a mysterious island to once again solve a mystery together.

The film is more of a self-aware parody of the Scooby-Doo franchise than a straight adaptation. It also pushes it's PG rating pretty hard (it was originally supposed to be PG-13) with many raunchy jokes and double entendres. It wasn't a critical success, but it grossed almost $300 million at the worldwide box office, and spawned a more family-friendly sequel two years later. It was the last Hanna-Barbera property to be overseen by its two founders, who served as producers. Bill Hanna passed away a year before the film was released.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Only once in the entire movie could Fred say Mondavarious' name correctly.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Velma goes from this to this.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelization actually expands a lot of things, adding more dialogue to short scenes - and giving backstories for a lot of moments. It also restores some deleted scenes and treats them as Canon (Daphne finding possessed Velma, Shaggy seeing Daphne getting possessed).
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Daphne gets this big time, mostly because in the original cartoon, she didn't have much of a defined characteristic. Here she's a lot like a Valley Girl as well as an obsessive fashionista.
    • In the novelization, Fred is written to be far more of an airhead than in the film. He thinks NASA is the company that created Pokémon, is actually fooled by Scooby's disguise and is prone to Comically Missing the Point.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Scrappy-Doo of all people is the Big Bad.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Scooby franchise in general. Originally it was supposed to be a more openly parodic PG-13 movie like The Brady Bunch Movie, but the final version of the film was heavily toned town to become more family-friendly. It still retains a notable parodic edge, to the point where it's more a spoof than a straight-up adaptation.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Spooky Island.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The movie was originally intended to have an animated opening that would transition into live action but it was cut. It can still be seen completed as a Deleted Scene.
  • Answer Cut: During the airport scene when Shaggy appears to meet up with the rest of the gang, Velma asks where Scooby is. Cut to Scooby dressed as an old woman making his way towards them.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Shaggy and Scooby initially decline the invitation to Spooky Island.
    Shaggy: Oh, Scoob and I don't go near any place with "spooky", "haunted", "forbidden", or "creepy" in the name.
    Scooby: Or "hydrocolonic".
    Shaggy: Right, or "hydrocolonic". But that's for a totally different reason, man.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Attempting to destroy Scooby or put him in harm's way is Shaggy's.
    • Being captured is Daphne's. In the two years that Mystery, Inc. split up, she becomes a black belt to try and stop this from happening.
  • Big Bad: Emile Mondavarious, who really turns out to be Scrappy Doo operating a robot. Then it later turns out that the real Emile Mondevarius was locked away by Scrappy for two years, and is actually very friendly.
  • Big "NO!": Scrappy when Shaggy uses the pincer to remove the Daemon Ritus from his chest.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Velma, to the point where she tries to strangle Fred thinking he's Daphne, when the latter steals her glasses.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: If you include the three female leads there is Velma who is definitely a Brainy Brunette, Daphne is quite the Fiery Redhead and Mary Jane is more Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold than Dumb Blonde. If you swap Fred out for Mary Jane then you get the Dumb Blonde.
  • Body Horror: The demons extract a person's soul and then step into the body to possess them.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The gang decides to break up Mystery Inc. and go about their own paths early in the movie. They get better.
  • Brick Joke: While on the island, it's announced there is a phone call for "Mr. Doo". A guy named Melvin Doo asks if it was for him, but it was for Scooby. Later, when it is announced Scooby will be sacrificed, he panicks and says "Me? Don't you mean Melvin Doo?", pointing at the same guy.
  • The Cameo:
    • Pamela Anderson appears at the start of the film, apparently as the one who got Mystery Inc on the case. She appears to be a spokesperson for the factory.
    • The band Sugar Ray are seen performing at Spooky Island.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The events were not even referenced in the 2004 sequel.
  • Catch Phrase: Two. "Jinkies" for Velma, "Zoinks" for Shaggy.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Melvin Doo. Also, Scrappy-Doo pulling a Syndrome.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Subverted. On the plane to Spooky Island, Fred flicks Scooby on the nose to stop him barking at a cat. It doesn't work. It earns him a punch in the face. Later, in the climax, Scooby attempts to do the same thing to Scrappy. That doesn't work either. Scrappy roars in his face.
    • Played straight with the disco skull and the Daemon Ritus.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Daphne mentions after the gang meet up at the airport that she undertook becoming a blackbelt. This comes in handy during her fight with Zarkos at the end.
  • Compliment Backfire: Fred attempts to compliment Velma...
    "I'm a man of substance. Dorky chicks like you turn me on too."
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: The opening scene.
  • Curse Cut Short: This line from Scrappy at the end:
    "And I would have gotten away with it too if not for you meddling sons of-" (helicopter door is slammed shut)
  • Damsel in Distress: Daphne tries hard to avert this. In the end, she does...
  • Damsel out of Distress: ...and becomes one of these at the end.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Velma. One snark at the beginning leads to Daphne snatching Velma's glasses off her face.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The film enjoys taking apart the tropes of the Scooby Doo Universe, Daphne getting kidnapped, warning of obviously dangerous and scary locations and examining the roles of the team.
  • Designated Victim: Deconstructed with Daphne. She is genuinely offended when the gang talk about her always getting kidnapped and uses that as her reason to leave, eventually learning martial arts to overcome this.
  • Disneyfication: The novelization does this with a couple of the radar-dodging moments, eliminating Shaggy's line about that naughty French line. Daphne complains about the Luna Ghost groping her in the film, but in the book just complains about his bad breath.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Fred flicks Scooby on the nose on the plane to Spooky Island to try and stop him barking at a cat. In retaliation, Scooby punches Fred in the face.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Literally.
  • The Dragon: Zarkos is this to N'Goo Tuana, who himself is arguably this to Mondavarious.
  • Dramatic Unmask: The opening with the Luna Ghost, everyone but Velma is surprised of who the culprit is.
  • Drunk on Milk: Velma in a Deleted Scene.
  • Dumb Blonde: Fred is a male example.
  • Exact Words: The Big Bad needs a "pure soul" as a sacrifice. No one said it had to be human...
  • Face–Heel Turn / Not Good with Rejection: Scrappy. See also: Take That, Scrappy!.
  • Fanservice Pack: Velma, in her beach party get-up.
  • Flat "What.": The boy in the orange jumper in the airport has an expression on his face that screams this as Scooby (dressed as a woman) makes his way towards the others.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The fact that Scooby is particularly important (his soul is the purest one to be absorbed through the Daemon Ritus) are hinted at first of all with the whole thing with the hamburgers in the woods before the castle scene and again when Shaggy and Scooby run into the possessed rock band and possessed-Fred goes, "Get the dog."
    • After The Reveal that Emile Mondavarious is the Big Bad, having brought Scooby to the island, there's several hints in the scene where he talks to Scooby that point to his 'real' identity. First he has a photo of Scooby hanging around, a bobblehead cat, and other small things - pointing to a certain nephew, Scrappy.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Mystery Inc. minus Scooby after their souls were transferred to different bodies.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: As the film is set-up with an acknowledgement to the animated series, Velma is annoyed at being the odd man out yet again during the obligatory Let's Split Up, Gang (Shaggy & Scooby, Fred & Daphne). Fred volunteers to partner up with her, but as they don't hang, Fred struggles to carry a conversation with her, but she appreciates the effort.
  • Game Face: The possessed students eyes glow green. When Mary Jane is hit in the face by a branch, it's literally bent out of shape, revealing her as a monster in disguise, though only Scooby notices..
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Shaggy mentions that "But you don't need to know what 'Voulez-vous coucher avec moi' means to love that song!" Kinda justified in that it is in a song, but it still means 'Do you want to sleep with me?'. If Shaggy really doesn't know what it means, then it's even more justified, since he really doesn't know what he's saying. However, it was removed in the book.
    • Daphne heavily implies that the Luna Ghost kept trying to grope her. It was altered to bad breath in the book.
    • Also the scene right after the gang has broken up with Scooby and Shaggy hanging out at a beach, in their van, laughing, whilst smoke comes out of the van's roof. It turns out they're really just making eggplant burgers, but still. The fact that "Pass the Dutchie" plays in the background doesn't help.
    • Related to that smoke, when Mary Jane first introduces herself, Shaggy enthusiastically notes that she has his favorite name. (Mary Jane is a nickname for marijuana)
    • When Shaggy finds Fred after the monsters attack, Fred drops the word "biatch". Subtitles render that as "bitch".
    • And finally, this awkward line, spoken by Fred while in Daphne's body: "Hey... I can look at myself naked!" Immediately afterwards he looks down the front of her shirt and grins. Later, Fred-in-Daphne's-body can be seen in the background, groping her own breasts. Also Shaggy-in-Velma's body can be seen trying to look up her own skirt.
  • Girly Bruiser: Daphne becomes this, as she's more of a ditzy Valley Girl in this incarnation, and she has undergone Xenafication to become a black belt. She does all her ass kicking in pink and purple outfits.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mary Jane who is kind and sweet to everyone, as well as sharing Shaggy's love of food.
  • The Hero / The Lancer: Deconstructed in both cases with Fred and Velma respectively. Velma is the one who figures out most of the mysteries, yet Fred takes credit for all her plans leaving her as just The Smart Guy. Deleted scenes reveal that Fred attempts to promote a book about himself but fails miserably without the rest of the gang, and that Velma ended up in therapy thanks to her treatment from the others.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: A rare man and man's best friend case — Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. They're best friends and always look out for each other, and as such are nearly always seen together. For example, when Scooby falls down the hole during his argument with Shaggy, Shaggy dives down after him to try and find him. He's the first to actively decide to rescue Scooby after it's discovered Scooby's soul is the pure one needed for the demons' ritual. He also tries to attack Mondavarious to stop the actual absorption from happening.
  • Hijacked by Ganon / The Man Behind the Man: Scrappy Doo is the real villain of the film, with Emile just being a very convincing human robot suit he pilots.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Scrappy in the flashback depicting him shows him as an egotistical jerk, which leads to the rest of Mystery, Inc. kicking him out. Velma even calls him an egomaniac.
    • Fred too to a lesser degree. Daphne calls him egocentric as well when Fred-in-Daphne's body won't stop touching herself.
  • Jive Turkey: The Voodoo Maestro.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: The team decides to go off on their own for a while to investigate different aspects of their new mystery.
  • Logo Joke: A Bite is taken out of the Warner Bros. shield, although you don't see him, Scooby's laugh is heard. Then the logo disappears and Scooby's dog tag reading "SD" appears, underneath it says 'A Mystery Inc. Company".
  • Magic Skirt: Linda Cardellini had her skirt taped to her legs so it wouldn't flip over in the scene where she (as Velma) dangles upside down by one foot in a scaffold chain. This was Warner Bros.' edict to help preserve the "family film" integrity.
  • Master Actor: It's revealed that Emile Mondavarious is really Scrappy Doo, who pulls off a very convincing gentlemanly human businessman.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Friends don't quit."
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Daphne walks around dressed in plenty of flattering dresses. And Velma finds herself in some revealing beach party gear. There's also a cameo from Pamela Anderson in a sheer white tank top. Mary Jane also wears some very figure-flattering clothes.
    • An infamous deleted scene has Daphne walking in on a possessed Velma dancing around in a locker room wearing nothing but a tiny red bikini, along with several other scantily-clad girls.
  • The Napoleon: A flashback to the "good old days" shows Scrappy attempting to usurp leadership of the gang from Fred, saying he "doesn't have the scrote for the job!" before unceremoniously being given the boot.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Emile Mondavarious/Scrappy Doo invited the entire gang of Mystery Inc. to the island when the members had already broken up and went their separate ways previously. This subsequently ends up with all five members meeting each other again, with the Scooby Gang rekindling its relationship, and all five members reverting back to cooperating and acting as a team again. Due to the Big Bad sending invitations to all five members in the first place.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Fred about Scooby:
    "This is more embarrassing than the time you started cleaning your beans at Don Knotts' Christmas party."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Shaggy after Velma's Wham Line. He's just realized the pure soul needed for the ritual is Scooby's.
    • Zarkos at the end after Daphne overpowers him and he realizes she's about to get her own back on him.
  • Older Than They Look: When Scrappy appears in a flashback, Velma mentions how he wasn't a puppy anymore despite his appearances.
  • One-Winged Angel: Scrappy after absorbing the souls.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Big dogs aren't allowed on the plane so Shaggy dresses Scooby up in a dress, big hat and sunglasses as "Grandma". Velma and Daphne say that no one will fall for it... and then Fred does. The novelization (written from Velma's point of view) says that the disguise fooled everyone on the plane.
  • Perspective Flip: The novelization, which tells each chapter from a different character's point of view. For example, Velma's POV covers the opening break-up and the next chapter is from Shaggy's.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Shaggy: Like, dude...
    Scrappy Rex: WHAT?
    Shaggy: You're a bad puppy!
  • Purple Is Powerful: Daphne is trying to prove that she's an Action Girl and wears nothing but purple and pink.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Emile, who is really just a robot piloted by Scrappy Doo.
  • Right Behind Me: The Luna Ghost behind Shaggy as he's trying to explain there's no such thing as monsters. Happens again later on as he and Scooby are having a farting contest. He doesn't notice that Daphne is right behind him.
  • Schmuck Bait: The mysterious phone call Scooby receives the night the gang arrive at the island.
    Caller: Got a bag of uhhh... hamburgers here for ya.
    Scooby: Mmmm!
    Caller: Just walk into the dark shadowy part of the forest where no one can see you.
    (Beat, dramatic music)
    Scooby: Roh-kay!
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe. The trope namer himself appears in a flashback showing how he was kicked off the team, though he's portrayed as a massively egotistical jerk instead of merely being overconfident. He's also the main villain of the movie, acting out of a desire for vengeance over being kicked off the team.
  • Self-Deprecation: In a flashback, Scrappy is portrayed as an egotistical maniac instead of merely overconfident, as part of a nod to how reviled he was by fans.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Daphne, as portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who has green eyes.
  • Ship Tease: Velma and Fred, Daphne and Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Daphne swaps out her traditional long-sleeved outfit for dresses that have no sleeves. But then again in the final scene where she does the most ass-kicking, she's wearing a bodysuit with sleeves.
  • The Stinger: The first part of the credits feature Scooby and Shaggy doing a hot pepper eating contest.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: The Big Bad needs a pure soul for his ritual. The only soul meeting the requirements on the whole island is Scooby's.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daphne had a radical change from her classic Damsel in Distress characterization. Elements of this change stuck around in future Scooby-Doo media, notably in What's New, Scooby-Doo?.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Almost everyone compared to the original series, except for Shaggy and Scooby. Fred is the most glaring example, frequently taking credit for the plans Velma came up with. And of course, Scrappy becomes egotistical on top of his overconfidence, even before he seeks his revenge on the gang.
  • Totally Radical: The creatures have learned to imitate human speech - using this as an example. So it's easy to spot who's been possessed and who hasn't.
  • Urine Trouble: In a flashback Scrappy pees on Daphne, which - in addition to his massive ego - is what got him kicked off the team.
  • Valley Girl: Daphne talks like this at the beginning but has dropped it when the gang reunite.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When Mary Jane says "No, Shaggy", she mysteriously sounds like a man.
  • Voices Are Mental: When the members of Mystery Inc. swap bodies.
  • WHAM Line: Mystery Inc. deduced that the villains need a pure soul for their plans. Fred wonders where they are going to find a pure human soul.
    Velma: I didn't say human...
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Mary Jane in the second act.
  • Who's Laughing Now?:
    Daphne: (having just overpowered Zarkos) Now who's the damsel in distress?
    Zarkos: Me?
    Daphne: Straight up!
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Near the beginning of the movie, when Scooby disguises himself as an old woman in order to be allowed onto the plane.
    Daphne: No one is stupid enough to believe that.
    Fred: Who's the ugly old broad?
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Shaggy mentions how creepy castles always have paintings with eyes that watch you and suits of armor that have guys in it who follow you but stop every time you turn around. Daphne has to ask how many times has it actually happened. According to Shaggy, the answer is 12.