Film: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is the 2004 sequel to the 2002 live action movie Scooby-Doo.

Mystery Inc. is attending the grand opening of a museum based on their adventures and the monsters they caught. However, the celebration is cut short due to the Pterodactyl ghost attacking and stealing two different costumes. As it turns out, someone is using a machine to reanimate the monster costumes and turn them into real monsters.

The film was an even worse failure critically than the first, but somehow managed to gross around $180 million. However, it did end up winning a Golden Razzie Award for "Worst Remake or Sequel." While this did signal the end of the full feature films, Warner Bros would go on to make two more live actions movies Direct-to-Video five years later: Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

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Scooby-Doo Monsters Unleashed provides examples of:

  • Badass: Some of the monsters, such as the Pterodacyl, Black Knight, and Tar Monster are surprisingly impressive. Mystery Inc themselves are pretty badass for suriving and defeating a number of them.
  • Big Bad: The Masked Man, AKA Jonathan Jacobo.
  • Big "NO!": The Evil Masked Figure as they are unmasked.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Velma, naturally. This time it's somewhat downplayed, as even after she loses them, she's still able to make out Patrick's Stalker Shrine to Jonathan Jacobo, as well as the photograph showing the supposedly dead Jacobo outside the half-finished Coolsonian Museum.
  • Brain Bleach: Ned the cameraman knew who the Evil Masked Figure was. What he doesn't know, however, is that she is a he.
  • Canon Foreigner: The Cotton Candy Glob was created for the movie and never appeared in any of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The Coolsonian Criminology Museum has the costumes of several villains from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Scooby-Doo Show, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo on display.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Done twice with the Evil Masked Figure, unmasking them as Heather Jasper-Howe, then unmasking Howe as actually being Jonathan Jacobo in disguise.
  • The Dreaded: The Pterodactyl Ghost, which is easily the most threatening villain in the movie (besides the Masked Man). Daphne even calls it "the dreaded Pterodactyl Ghost" in the opening scene.
  • Dropped Glasses: Velma drops her at one point towards the end of the film. She lampshades it, remarking, "I have got to consider contact lenses".
  • Expressive Mask: The Evil Masked Figure's mask. And the Heather Jasper-Howe mask they wear underneath it.
  • Faking the Dead: the gang actually catches on so quickly that Jonathan Jacobo may be the villain they're after from the clues: he did have designs of a machine that can create real monsters, and it was his alter-ego, the Pterodactyl Ghost, that attacked the museum and set the whole thing in motion. The only reason they brushed this aside was because Jacobo was believed dead after attempting to escape prison.
  • Foreshadowing: If you can understand Daphne's "incoherent babble" when she confronts Heather Jasper-Howe, you'll realize she's figured out that Howe is actually the Evil Masked Figure.
  • Groin Attack: Velma delivers one to the Black Knight Ghost after determining that it is his only weakness.
  • The Heavy: The Pterodactyl Ghost does most of the work for the Masked Man.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Courtesy of Heather Jasper-Howe.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: A subplot in the film is how Scooby and Shaggy want to stop being The Load for the rest of Mystery Inc.
  • Latex Perfection: Jacobo masquerading as Heather.
    • Hilariously subverted immediately afterwards when Fred confronts Jacobo's accomplice:
      Fred: And the real identity of Ned is... (pulls at Ned's hairline)
      Ned: Ow!
      Fred: ...Ned!
  • Legion of Doom: Several famous monsters Mystery Inc. have tackled become lackeys to the Evil Masked Figure.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: When the group arrive at Wickles' mansion, it's Shaggy who says this (as part of his drive to be a better detective).
    Shaggy: Alright, gang! Let's, like, split up, and look for clues.
    (the gang split up)
  • Motorcycle Jousting: Fred rides a motorcycle to duel a knight ghost.
  • Mythology Gag: When Scooby finds the toilet brush in Wickles' mansion, he and Shaggy start singing into it. The song? "Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra, the song from which Scooby's name was derived.
  • Never Found the Body: When telling the gang about Jonathan Jacobo's failed prison escape, Velma explains that "his body was lost at sea". Only it turns out Jacobo was Not Quite Dead.
  • Oh Crap!: the Cotton Candy Glob when he realizes that Scooby and Shaggy are NOT afraid of him. On the contrary...
    • The Black Knight Ghost invokes this word for word when he notices that Fred and Daphne have just MacGyvered a way to defeat both him and the 10,000 Volt Ghost at the same time.
  • One-Man Army: The Tar Monster can be this due to the nature of his powers, especially during the climax when he single-handedly incapacitates all four human members of Mystery Inc.
  • Panty Shot: Velma has one for a couple of frames as she jumps into a ship's air funnel.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Shaggy and Scooby infiltrating the Faux Ghost as "Shizzy McCreepy" and "SD McCrawley" respectively. Astonishingly, it works - right up until Scooby's afro flies off.
  • Ptero Soarer: Double subverted; the Pterodactyl ghost is obviously not supposed to look like a real pterodactyl. However, Velma analyzes one of its scales to find that it's "a real pterodactyl scale". Real pterosaurs didn't have scales (they had hairlike fibers on their bodies).
  • Red Herring: Velma's Love Interest, Patrick, who has a Stalker Shrine to Jonathan Jacobo located not far from the Masked Man's lair, and even admits to having admired the latter's work.
    • Also Jeremiah Wickles, who used to be the Black Knight.