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Scooby-Doo is a 2002 live-action film based on the popular Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon of the same name and was the first of the Scooby-Doo live-action films; Scooby-Doo was created on screen using computer generated imagery (CGI). The film was directed by Raja Gosnell and written by James Gunn. It was produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle for Warner Bros. Pictures.

In 2004, this film was followed by a sequel, entitled Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Premise

Having been broken up for a couple of years, the gang is brought back together to solve the strange going-ons at scary-themed resort.

Synopsis

After solving the case of the Luna Ghost, Mystery Inc. argue over Fred taking credit for Velma's plan, and the group breaks up, leaving Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, to take care of the Mystery Machine. Fred becomes a celebrity, Daphne a martial arts expert, and Velma a NASA employee, while Shaggy and Scooby remain beach bums.

Two years later, the gang are reunited (against their wishes) as each is individually invited to Spooky Island, a "frightfully" popular theme park owned by Emile Mondavarious. Mondavarious tells the gang that students are mysteriously becoming mindless Zombies and only utter pop phrases. Of course, Fred, Velma and Daphne do not agree to team up and so they go in different directions.

Shaggy falls for a girl named Mary Jane, while Velma discovers of a group of so-called demons that inhabit the island and seek revenge. A man named N' Goo Tuana and a masked wrestler try to spook Velma, but she ignores them. Daphne finds a voodoo man who tells her not to go the Spooky Island castle but she goes anyway. Scooby gets attacked by a demon, but escapes him. The gang investigate the castle and Fred and Velma discover an odd kind of "training" video as if there were real monsters living on the island. Daphne discovers an odd item called the Daemon Ritus, and Shaggy gets gas to make Scooby's fur fall off and farts in front of Daphne and Scooby does not like the smell and he tries to tell him about Daphne.The bad guys nearly track them down, but the bad guys get the wrong guy. After they leave, Shaggy farts and he gets burnt in Velma's fire.

Unfortunately, the demons attack and kidnap a bunch of tourists including Fred and Velma. The following morning, everything seems to be normal, until Fred appears to be a zombie. Daphne is captured and becomes a zombie as well. Shaggy, Scooby and Mary Jane flee from the chasing zombies, but Scooby discovers that Mary Jane is a monster in disguise. Scooby falls down a hole and Shaggy follows. He discovers a pool full of protoplasmic heads. He rescues Fred, Velma and Daphne from the pool and then spies the Daimon ritus. Velma is the first to return to her body and then discovers that the demons were inside their bodies and died when they were exposed to sunlight. Velma also discovers that Fred and Daphne are in each other's bodies.

The gang is reunited, except for Scooby, and randomly switch bodies until they return to their own. They then encounter the voodoo man who explains that the demons will rule the world for 10,000 years if they get their hands on the Daemon Ritus and complete their ritual (the "Darkopolypse Ritual", as said by the voodoo man). But they also need a purely good soul as well: Scooby-Doo.

The gang set up a trap to save the world and destroy the demons but it messes up and Fred and Velma discover that Mondavarious is the main villain. Shaggy knocks Mondavarious out and rescues Scooby. Velma and Fred find that Mondavarious is a robot and the one manipulating him is Scooby's nephew, Scrappy-Doo who wanted revenge on Mystery Inc., for abandoning and banning him years ago.

Scrappy morphs into a giant monster named Scrappy Rex and he chases Scooby and Shaggy about. Fred and Velma flee from his minions while Daphne fights the wrestler on top of the island. Eventually, the gang's plan succeeds and Scrappy Doo is defeated. Shaggy finds the real Mondavarious in a hole and the police arrest Scrappy and his minions. But before the gang can even relax, the news of another case for them arrives.

In the meantime, Scooby and Shaggy get their free all you can eat meal, and Scooby desperately tries to find a way to stop overheating after eating a jar of chili peppers.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Neil Fanning Scooby-Doo
Freddie Prinze, Jr. Fred Jones
Sarah Michelle Gellar Daphne Blake
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Linda Cardellini Velma Dinkley
Scott Innes Scrappy-Doo
J.P. Manoux Scrappy Rex
Rowan Atkinson Emile Mondavarious
Scrappy-Doo/robot Emile Mondavarious
Isla Fisher Mary Jane
Steven Grives N' Goo Tuana
Cheung Man Gay Moreau
Michala Banas Carol
Kristian Schmid Brad
Nicholas Hope Old Man Smithers
Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. Voodoo Maestro
Sam Greco Zarkos (aka Masked Wrestler)
Holly Brisley Training video woman
Sugar Ray Themselves
Charles Cosins Velma's friend
Chris Cruickshanks Tiny henchman
Martin Broome Melvin Doo
Jonaton Coffey Fitzgibbon
Uncredited
Pamela Anderson Herself

Others - see [full cast]

Villains

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Emile Mondavarious As the owner of the island, he had the best opportunity to manipulate the students.
N' Goo Tuana He thinks that the Spooky Island theme park was built on enchanted ground.
Voodoo Maestro He warned Daphne not to go into the Spooky Island Castle.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Scrappy Doo disguised as Emile Mondavarious To take over the world.
N' Goo Tuana Scrappy-Doo's henchmen.
Zarkos Scrappy-Doo's henchmen.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze, Jr., both co-starred in She's All That, Summer Catch, and Wing Commander. Prinze, Jr. also co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar in I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Gellar also made a cameo appearance in She's All That. Lillard and Gellar were also part of the Scream franchise, whilst Lillard played the antagonist in the first film, Gellar played the victim in the second film. In addition, Lillard had also acted with Gellar in the second Scream film, but as a different character in a minor cameo.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, the animated versions of Shaggy and Scooby are seen having lunch with Matthew Lillard. The animated Shaggy berates Lillard for his performance in this movie.
  • This is the first time on Scooby-Doo that a character has said an expletive word, although very minor. Freddy says "Oh crap!" when axes are hurling toward him.
  • Frank Welker who performs the voice of Fred Jones in the cartoons provides the vocal effects for the creatures who possess the tourists.
  • The film marks Scrappy's first appearance in the Scooby-Doo franchise since 1988.

Animation (CGI) mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • The gang didn't get the monsters that left the island and one of them could have been spared from the sun if they were inside.

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