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Film: Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo is the 2002 live action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Rowan Atkinson and directed by Raja Gosnell.

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.

Though the film was critically panned with a 30% score on the Tomato-Meter, it grossed $275 million worldwide, with only an $84 million budget, leading to a sequel.

You can find Shout Outs here.


This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Fred can't ever say Mondavarious' name correctly. Though funny enough he does say it properly once.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelisation 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).
  • Adaptational Villainy: Scrappy-Doo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Spooky Island.
  • Big Bad: Emile Mondavarious, who really turns out to be Scrappy Doo operating a robot.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Velma.
  • 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
  • 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 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. To a lesser extent, Sugar Ray the band.
  • 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.
  • 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 it weren't for you meddling sons of-" (helicopter door is slammed shut)
  • 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.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Literally.
  • 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!.
  • Fan Service Pack: Velma, in her beach party get-up.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • 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."
  • "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.
    • Daphne heavily implies that the Luna Ghost kept trying to grope her.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jive Turkey: The Voodoo Maestro.
  • Live-Action Adaptation
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 novelisation (written from Velma's point of view) says that the disguise fooled everyone on the plane.
  • Perspective Flip: The novelisation, 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!"
  • 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.
  • The Scrappy: 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.
  • Shout-Out: See the page.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Daphne swaps out her traditional long-sleeved outfit for dresses that have no sleeves.
  • 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.
  • Totally Speaking Teen: 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.
  • 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 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.