Scooby-Doo 1 & 2 Collection
Directed by Raja Gosnell
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date: November 10, 2010
I have never been a big Scooby-Doo fan. I was more involved with mutant turtles and tiny toons to pay attention, but I had some passing knowledge of the popular cartoon. Next to Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo is pretty high up on the animated animal chart so it was only natural that his presence would be felt on the big screen. Enter Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which were recently re-released on Blu-ray as a two-pack.
Scooby-Doo brings the famous Mystery Inc. detective agency together in their first live-action adventure. After a solving case involving a flying “ghost,” the Scooby gang gets into a heated argument, resulting in Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby going their separate ways. Two years pass and the former Scooby gang are brought back together once more by an eccentric millionaire. It seems his amusement park, Spooky Island, is having an odd effect on his guests and he wants the top detective agency to solve the mystery. In Scooby Doo-2, the sequel picks up with Mystery Inc. right at the height of their popularity up until some of their foes from their cartoon past make their presence appear, causing all sorts of havoc on their lives.
Now as I said earlier, I was not the most hardcore of Scooby fans, so I can only look at the film as is. For starters, the casting in the picture is satisfactory. I think all the actors do their best to bring out the important characteristics of each cartoon character. They all do a fine job, particularly Matthew Lillard. His impression of Shaggy is pretty impressive, which is probably why he is providing the voice for Shaggy in a number of Scooby cartoons now. The CGI-rendered Scooby also deserves some praise. While it doesn’t look as great like something out of the Lord of the Rings, for a movie with a tighter budget it will do.
Other than that, the movies don’t really offer much. While it tries hard to provide fans of the older cartoons something to watch, in terms of trying to emulate the tone and storyline of the original series, this is pretty much a kid’s only movie. Unless you are a fan of dancing dogs, people getting hit in the face several times, and jokes about flatulence, this movie is not for you.
I did enjoy the movie on another, possibly unintentionally humorous level. Watching both movies, I couldn’t help but feel like I was staring into a time capsule from the 1990s. The film is littered with popular actors from that time. Lillard along with Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Pam Anderson, Linda Cardellini, and Alicia Silverstone, are just some of the folks who were extremely famous during those wonderful ’90s. Even pop band Sugar Ray makes an appearance.
The Scooby-Doo 1 & 2 Collection Blu-ray offers nothing that the regular DVD edition doesn’t already, except better picture quality. The only thing that the Blu-ray edition offers is a more crisp presentation of the film. It looks gorgeous. Some deleted scenes, commentary, and standard featurettes are some of things you will be able to look forward to.
The Scooby-Doo films might not be the best family oriented movies you will ever see, but it has enough action and comedy to keep your little one entertained. If you are a hardcore Scooby fan and happy with a good cast and a few amusing moments, the movie should feed your Scooby need. Otherwise, I would stick with the old school cartoon you know and love.