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Walkabouter here with the first look... shudder SCOOBY DOO! ' It's bland, dull, noisy and tiresome mediocrity.'

Hey folks, Harry here with a report from the long time AICN spy... Walkabouter... He's been deep in the outback for nearly a year now, if you remember he wrote the first review of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE months and months and months before release. He's also weighed in on some other great scoops (some known and some unknown to you) in the past. This time he's coming out of the tall grass to tell us about SCOOBY DOO. This is the first review of the film to appear anywhere and he's here to tell us the good as well as the bad. I've been hearing for a while now that Matthew Lillard got Shaggy down right, and that Scooby works.... But now we'll hear about it all. He took one for the team. First though, he wanted to clear up some stuff about his Harry Potter review... Here ya go....


Walkabouter here, after a long absence. There was a reason why I haven't written you you about other releases I've been privy to: I felt really bad about the uproar over my review of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR'S STONE...

Yes, it was a kind review. A rave, actually. I liked the movie, so sue me. But it was really odd for me to see the snowballing effect my little review on your website created -- from the director himself, Chris Columbus, being accused of writing the review (see online articles in EMPIRE ONLINE and EMPIRE magazine...gosh, I turned pale when I heard them) to security issues surrounding the film.

Well, let me just say here and now how sorry I was for all those problems. And, for the record, I am NOT Chris Columbus, I do NOT work for Chris Columbus, nor have I ever even MET Chris Columbus face to face. So let me extend my deepest apologies to the folks at Warner Bros., and especially to Mr. Columbus, for the HARRY POTTER headaches...

I was excited by HARRY POTTER, and hold firm to the initial review. Know, however, that I saw an earlier version of the film that was a little longer (though it was far from the 3 hour-plus running time many people rumored it to be). When I saw the film in its final form, some things dazzled me beyond expectations: The Quiddich match, for one thing. That took my breath away. John Williams' score -- though several leading critics found it to be intrusive and overdone -- I myself really enjoyed.

Other things, however, were not quite as good as the rest of the film. The technical special FX at the end, with the appearance of Voldemort, and most notably the facial design of the centaur, were nowhere near as accomplished as I hoped they would be. (Both Williams' score and the FX work were incomplete in the video reels I saw at the time.) The finale was awkward -- it was so, too, in the book itself.

But these were just little quips I had about an otherwise really wonderful film. All in all, the film has a playful spirit about it, and perhaps its greatest promise lies in what is yet to come.

No, I have yet to see anything regarding CHAMBER OF SECRETS. The book I enjoyed, but it had its strengths and weaknesses. There's a lot more humor in this one, particularly with the uber-vain, narcissistic Professor Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh was a perfect choice for the role -- he's very good at comedy, as well as the best damn HENRY V I've ever seen). The ending of the book, though, felt really out of place to me, but oh well. I personally felt the third and fourth books -- Prizoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, respectively -- were the strongest of the series.

Chris and Co.: Don't worry. I'll keep my mouth shut this time until AFTER other official reviews start pouring in.

Columbus has always been good in dealing with physical comedy and set pieces involving special FX. He also brings I playful energy to his films (remember ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING's opening sequence, with a dancing Elizabeth Shue... Oh, god... That always made me melt. How much I identified with Keith Coogan's character -- a dorky 15 year old who lusted after her.... Sorry, nostalgic flashback.) And yes, he's good in dealing with children. Anyway, I DO think it would be a good idea to keep him on through the whole series. He got it right, I think, so why screw with a good thing?

(On the issue of Spielberg: If he were to take over the reigns, I'd be all for it -- so long as Columbus willingly turns them over to him. Spiely had his chance to do the first one, but wanted it his way...Oh well. He made A.I. instead -- and yes, in spite of its imperfections, I liked it, too. I would have much rather seen it as a BEST PICTURE nominee -- or SHREK, MONSTERS INC, AMELIE, BLACK HAWK DOWN, or MEMENTO -- than IN THE BEDROOM...a well crafted but hardly extraordinary drama that turns into little more than a DEATH WISH vigilante tale.)

A final mention concerning the HARRY POTTER cast. Whether you liked the film or not, the cast was perfect. You'd think that the way I had carried on about Daniel Radcliffe in my first review, you'd be expecting a Larry Olivier at age 11. But it's an understated performance; that's why it seemed just right to me. Radcliffe didn't resort to Jackie Coogan puppy eyed longing. He didn't overact, as many child actors do. The Harry Potter character in the books is reserved and a little introverted compared to the kids around him. Radcliffe's interacting with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson -- two characters who are deliberately more colorful and "showy" -- should make a good cinematic trio in the years to come.

Part of me would love to see Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson continue through all the films. If one of them were replaced by another actor, I doubt the other two would perform as successfully. Yet, knowing Hollywood, I'm fearful of what these kids will have to go through in the future if they continue the series, especially as they grow into their teens. (I suspect with the inevidable symptoms of puberty, Radcliffe will be forced by the producers to shave his armpits, chest, and legs two or three times each week until he reaches the age of 25.) Look at HOME ALONE's Mackie Culkin -- he's barely 20, and ALREADY separated from his marriage. That's more reality than most of us could take now...

Anyway, Warner Bros., thanks for getting HARRY POTTER right. Thanks for being faithful to the book. Thanks for casting the right people. Thanks, thanks thanks...

And now, onto my NEXT review. I'll start by saying this:

Shame on you, Warner Bros., for getting it wrong...

This review, of course, is of the $100 million "tentpole" movie called SCOOBY DOO.

So, anyway, I'll start off with the unusual and unexpected topic of what the film gets RIGHT.

And yes, some things are right here, or at least close to it. That's what makes the film so much harder to take: there was a GLIMPSE of it going in the right direction, a HINT of an incredible, loony, fun-filled movie going experience...but then SCOOBY DOO veers course, and crashes into a tree....swings itself around only to fall off a cliff and smash into a thousand, burning, smoldering pieces.

FIRST RIGHT THING: SCOOBY himself. As a character and in its design, the CGI animated mutt is executed marvellously. It truly looks like the Hanna-Barbera cartoon brought to life. The voice actor does a dead-on impression of the original. Scooby is funny, cute, adorable, and interacts playfully with the cast. (One really funny gag involves Shaggy jumping into Scooby's "arms" -- a play reversal on the cartoon's opening montage, showing Scooby in SHAGGY'S arms, if I remember.)

SECOND: Okay, now -- hold onto yourselves. While AINT-IT-COOL-NEWS could very well rename itself "THE OFFICIAL HATECLUB OF..." this actor, I must say I was surprised and entertained by the performance of one Mr. Matthew Lillard.

That's right: Matthew Lillard. As Shaggy. A good thing.

Breathe, people...

Okay, so the guy's not Acting God. So he's made some bad movies. Whatever. Truth is, Lillard got the role down right. The voice, while not exactly like Casey Kasim's, is close enough. Lillard's lanky frame is close enough. His goofy, manic personality is close enough. I don't know how hard or how long Lillard committed himself to the role, but it was worth it.

Yes, true believers, I bought Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.

He was the best human in the movie...a phrase that might be a prophetic warning to some of you.

Which brings me to the things in the film that did not work: EVERYTHING ELSE.

Now, there are some clever moments. Watching Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daphne resort to her kick-ass BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER derring-doo to some unsuspecting badguys has a certain fun, breezy feel to it. Problem is, such scenes are more suited to today's WB NETWORK (or, in the case of BUFFY, UPN...way to go, WB, for screwing tHAT up, too) audience than to the nostalgic feel of the original cartoon TV show.

Again, there are HINTS at cleverness that the film would have done well to better follow. The cartoon incarnation presented characters that are utterly rediculous. (But we were kids back then -- I watched the show religiously in the 70's, and accepted them.) There are some gags in the film in which the characters are self-aware of their bizarre behavior and appearances, and others look at them, feeling a little disturbed.

Look at another film comedy derived from a 60s-70s TV series: THE BRADY BUNCH. That film, all in all, worked because it took the characters and plotlines from the original series and held them up to a very stark, bright light. THAT WAS FUNNY.

SCOOBY DOO is not. Oh, it DOES recreate some famous trademark scenarios -- ghosts behind peoples' backs, jungle warriors -- but doesn't take the time to develop them for comic payoff.

Another weakness: Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Okay, so that's not so earth shocking. While I don't think Prinze is the worst actor of all time, he made a bad career move by doing the same kind of film over and over. I mean, really, do any of us truly know the difference between DOWN TO YOU, SUMMER CATCH, BOYS AND GIRLS, and SHE'S ALL THAT? If you've seen one, you've seen them all.

The less said about WING COMMANDER the better.

Prinze is a pretty face. He's not a terrible actor, nor is he a good one. He doesn't seem to show any range, take any risk. Some young actors try to do something brave and daring...if they fail, well, that's too bad. But the risk is commendable.

Prinze doesn't take risks. It might be a smart move for a movie-star of the moment, but for an ACTOR wanting to stretch out a career for several years, it can be certain death.

Why do I say all this? Because watching Freddie as Fred Jones in SCOOBY DOO made me shudder. The bleach-blond hair. The godawful wig (both we see in the film). They are the only attempts to make Prinze even remotely resemble Fred from the series. Otherwise, it's Freddie Prinze Jr. as...a blonde Freddie Prinze Jr.

I guess the final question regarding SCOOBY DOO is this: HOW BAD IS IT? Well, to be honest, it's bad, but -- eyebrows across the internet be raised -- SCOOBY DOO is not THAT bad. It is not the stinking pale of fly-strewn shit many people might think it would be. It's not the ludicrously bad badness of BATTLEFIELD EARTH.

SCOOBY DOO is harmless bad. Forgettable bad. Bad in the way you shrug your shoulders, walk out of the theater, and forget about the last 2 hours you lived kinda bad. Pointless bad. Empty bad. It is not the worst movie ever made, nor is it even the worst movie so far this young year.

SCOOBY DOO just really isn't all that memorable. It's bland, dull, noisy and tiresome mediocrity.

It will probably make $150 million.

Look at other, expensive films like INSPECTOR GADGET, THE FLINTSTONES, THE GOLDEN CHILD. They all have two things in common: They were huge box office hits. They all sucked.

(I christen this phenomena "sumnal" -- derived from the initials S.M.N.L., short for "Successful Movies that Nobody Loves". )

This is THE WALKABOUTER, reporting from the outbacks of Oz...signing out.

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  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Fred4sure

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Pretty much what I expected

    by Niaiserie

    Good enough to pull in the Austin Powers 2 and Charlie's Angel supporters, bland enough to offend the rest of us. I wonder why there was no mention of Thelma though?

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by mr.blank

    looks like another lame-ass, half-hearted attempt at a re-make. . .LOTR please!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I'll bet that some very special guest stars might help. Are

    by Fred4sure

    Get the Harlem Globetrotters out of cryofreeze.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Oh wait. No I'm not.

    by Aquafresh

    You gotta get up pretty early to be first around here. Oh well. Guess its back to masturbating in my own feces.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Am I first?

    by Hurricane Strang

    Hello, I suppose I better keep on topic, despite the poor review, I still have faith in this film, it can still be great!....Oh and Tyra Banks is in the next Halloween film

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Ryra Ranks? Rooby Dooby Do!

    by Fred4sure

    Ms. Banks can have my Scooby Snack any day of the week. She doesn't have to wait for Halloween.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:19 p.m. CST

    fuck that, the golden child is awesome.

    by BEARison Ford


  • I'm not surprised about Lillard, He was amazing in SLC Punk. Ditch Freddy and re-edit with that cool background music from the show!

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:20 p.m. CST

    ruh-roh, Shaggy...

    by hawksquill

    Does anyone know anything about Freddie Prinze WRITING something for Marvel? Joe Q. said something about it in an interview... But news of this is highly disappointing. I was happy to attend and enjoy the recent Scooby-Doo stage show, and found it really entertaining in that Charlie Brown stage-adapted-cartoon sort of way. I remember being young enough to actually be frightened by some of Scooby-Doo... so yeah, we go way back. Will someone in Hollywood PLEASE make a movie that's not a sequel or an adaptation of some previously successful enterprise? Post-Modernist self-reference lurches ever forward like some dead stinking swamp-thing...

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Scooby Poo

    by mrbuckles

    Scooby Doo as an idea for a movie always struck me as a bad idea. I've never really been a huge fan of H-B cartoons and Scooby Doo was really bad in my opinion. It wasn't just a formulaic cartoon, it really had nothing more to offer than the formula. Kitschy guest appearances give it a cute and nostalgic feel these days, but it's still the same tired crud. Trying to turn it -- for some reason we have to stop at this spooky place, at the spooky place a ghost is scaring people, hi Sonny and Cher, let's come up with a wacky way to stop the ghost that Shaggy and Scooby manage to ruin yet the ghost is caught anyway, hey, the ghost is a person with a financial motivation for scaring people away -- into a feature film was a bad idea. There's a reason they were 22 minute TV episodes for young children. Will the 25-35 year olds of 2017 be salivating in anticipation of a "Care Bears" movie? God help us.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:28 p.m. CST

    It's ZOINKS

    by Xcalibur

    Who says yoinks...honestly!

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Scooby Do me, fuckwads!

    by Aquafresh

    Dont diss on the Doo! no shit it was a terrible cartoon in hindsight, but give me a break? Are you so jaded you can't allow things their nostalgic value? picking on scooby is like beating up a retared child. No shit its dumb! the target audience was five year olds for christs sake! and I was one at the time, & I loved Scooby and I will not see this bullshit movie because it's a waste of my time. i'll remember the cartoon fondly, aviod the reruns so i dont realize what a lil' dumbass i was & get on with my life. Oh, & Scrappy sucks. I thought that was an indisputable truth of the universe.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by DyslexicHeart

    Mr.Sarah Michelle Gellar once mentioned in an interveiw that he would be writing an issue of Spiderman I belive. I remember he was one of the many lame brain actors vying for Tobey's role. Of course Sam Raimi is no Rajoa Gosnell, so he made the right choice.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:18 p.m. CST

    As Scooby would say: THIS ROOVIE RUCKS!

    by Elgyn6655321

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST

    golden child

    by tvc15

    "I want the knife.............pleeeeeeze." I liked golden child. granted, i havent seen it in several years, but it has a small bit of my heart.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Well stop the fucking presses.

    by Edsel

    So the movie is dog shit? Whatever. Somebody please do one or both of two things: 1; Pretend it's the late 1950, and just re-release older films back into the theater instead of dredging television's barrel scrapings, and/or 2; Start handing out digital video cameras to every kid they can find, so maybe an original idea might eventually rear its ugly head.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Smeg For Brains

    ...and some of us ARE salivating for a new one!!!!! :)

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:39 p.m. CST

    This movie is gonna WREAK of quality!!!!

    by Sofa King

    Why, with Gellar showing her AMAZING range and playing a Daphney that can beat people up (whatever happened to originality? The petite little girl turns out to be tough enough to beat up a group of guys. THAT JOKE HAS BEEN TOLD A BILLION TIMES. Maybe a few Buffy fans will be dull enough to not see it coming, but most of the rest of us won't exactly be surprised. For the love of God, IT WAS ONLY FUNNY THE FIRST 1000 TIMES!), Prinze playing a one-dimensional, witless oaf of a character (this was the role he was born to play, I'll admit), and what looks like rather creepy CGI used to create a character that is supposed to be warm and lovable.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:40 p.m. CST

    What about Linda Cardellini?

    by Lenny Nero

    I can't imagine her ever being bad, even in pieces of shit. So what up?

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:51 p.m. CST

    You want a new Care Bears movie?

    by gakchat are sick.....very sick....BTW there have been more than two.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Care Bears

    by Sofa King

    WTF was that about again?

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Latauro you are one funny son of a bitch!

    by billybobhoyle

    I'm still laughing my ass off. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:03 p.m. CST

    And it would have worked too,If it were'nt for you meddling


    Nah,not really.Who the fuck ever thought THIS was a good idea.Jesus fucking Christ! What a waste of money.They should have gone with Kevin Smith's take on it.Now that shit was funny.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:11 p.m. CST

    What about Scooby Dumb?


    Now,he was the bomb,yo!...Sorry, I just finished watching Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:21 p.m. CST

    saturday mornings


    The Scooby Doo cartoon was nothing to write home about. Come on, think back. On Saturday you woke up, got your bowl of Boo Berry, or Count Chocula, plunked down in front of the tv and watched Scooby Doo, Wild Boy and Bigfoot, Elctra Woman and Dyna Girl, Dyno Mutt, The Funky Phantom, Captain Kool and the Gang, Captain Caveman, Space Ghost, Grape Ape, The Smurfs, The Snorkels, The Super Friends,Speed Buggy,The Little Clowns of Happy Town or what ever else was. None of this stuff was funny or very well done. I don't remember laughing at any of it. The Scooby Doo movie has terrible source material. Can it be any be any better than that?

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:21 p.m. CST

    For the record, there were three Care Bears movies

    by KingKrypton

    THE CARE BEARS MOVIE, CARE BEARS MOVIE II: A NEW GENERATION (a misnomer; it had all the usual characters in it), and THE CARE BEARS' ADVENTURE IN WONDERLAND. Speaking of the Care Bears, for characters who were supposed to be sugary and cuddly, they sure had a violent streak in them. I mean, their "care stares/calls" were actually energy beams that they shot out of their chest logos...and said beams could either stagger and hurt their targets or take out solid objects like walls and trees! So much for preaching sweetness and light when you spend a good amount of time kicking @$$, eh? As for SCOOBY-DOO, it looks and sounds awful. I ain't gonna see it.

  • "... -your friends at Warner brothers. ;)

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:34 p.m. CST

    "Whoa! a TALKING DOG!"

    by Zepher

    "What were you guys smoking when you thought this up?!? We we're eating rotisserie chicken, could you just please read the line?" Otto is GOD!

  • Feb. 23, 2002, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Please tell me they kill Scrappy-Doo in the movie.

    by spiderblood1969

    If they kill Scrappy-Doo then it would be worth sitting thru just for that.Then if George Lucas would kill Jar-Jar it would be a really great summer. :)

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Scooby Doo....

    by prophecy_girl

    Well I haven't seen Scooby Doo but to be quite honest, even though you have just bagged the whole movie... I wills till go and see it. Why? Simply because it has 2 of my favourite actors/actresses in it. Sarah Michelle Gellar is cool and as you said, Freddie Prinze Jnr.. is a pretty face. I advise people to go into this movie as I will be going into it.. expecting the worse... then either way you can come out of the cinemas either happy because it wasn't THAT bad or just content with yourself that you predicted the movie to offer well... nothing much. Peace people, Sarah!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Forget about the Care Bears, I'm waitin' for Cabbage Pat

    by forward_deploy

    Definitely a DVD renter--not something I would give 8 bucks and a hoot for. On second thought, as long as they have Scooby Doo running in one place after having his spots scared off then I may watch it yet...and as long as they include the slapstick sound effects.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Yule Brenner's Revenge

    by GodardBitesIt

    This talkback has henceforth become a Gickm (or G.C.M, which stands for Golden Child Memorial) talkbalk; so it is written, so it shall be told, unto ages of ages. Didn't that movie rule the school back in the day? I think so.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Scooby Doo-The way the movie should be

    by elforman

    This was the concept for the Scooby-Doo movie that my wife and I came up with after we walked out of "The Flintstones" during its initial relase: *** 1. Velma is obviously gay and has the hots for Daphne. *** 2. Daphne is oblivious about Velma and has the hots for Fred. *** 3. Fred is oblivious about Daphne. He is obviously gay (neck-kerchief anyone?) and has the hots for Shaggy. *** 4. Shaggy is oblivious about Fred and spens most of his time getting high on "Scooby Snacks" with his dog. Time permitting we have a shot of the Mystery Machine pulling up to a seedy street corner where Shaggy gets out and buys more "Scooby Snacks." *** The only obvious casting is Janeane Garofalo as Velma, the role she was born for. While SMG is certainly attractive, couldn't they find a natural redhead to play Daphne? SMG looks too artifical for it. And I'm sure a lumpy mold of cheese could replace Prinze Jr. without anyone noticing. Cameos by as many of the "guest" stars who are still alive, like Johnathan Winters, Phyllis Diller, Tim Conway, etc., though if they can somehow ressurect Mama Cass, more power to them. *** BTW, to answer a previous poster, Jerry reed is still alive. Accoridng to IMDB the last thing he did was "The Waterboy."

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Yoinks vs. Zoinks, Thelma vs. Velma

    by Groovy_Chainsaw

    "Yoink" is the catch phrase used on "The Simpsons" when one character is surreptitiously snatching an item away from another character. Also, I keep seeing the non-Daphne female character referenced as "Thelma" ... it's Velma for God's sake !! I don't even like the show and I know that !

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I don't even think Freddie is a pretty face

    by BigTuna

    He's BUTT!!!! I don't get how people find him hot, he's ugly and goofy. He needs to fire his agent pronto! Who selects his scripts? I bet he only got into movies because people felt bad for him that his dad blew his brains out.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:34 a.m. CST

    what they shoulda done

    by FromHell

    get someone like the Coen brothers or Tim Burton to direct this, someone with an interesting angle, of course i'm being idealistic. Prinz is always cringe worthy, I have yet to see him do anything remotely good, he will forever wade in the mire of middle of the road, so so, teeny romance and light humour crap, like his bride Gellar, who, outside of Buffy probably wont ever go for a good meaty role, she was alright in Cruel Intentions, she should find some more hard edged roles to try and convince us she isn't a muppet. Lillard is not that bad a guy, I dont understand why people hate him, he was perfect in Scream (the first time I saw him), and not too terrible in The Curve, and energetic enough to keep me watching SLC Punk to the end. Scooby Doo to me should've been played by a real dog, I think the cartoon mutt looks out of place. I might rent this on dvd, if there's nothing better to see at the time...

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:39 a.m. CST

    yeah, but the meat pie!

    by TisketMaster

    Okay, I get all this...but what about that memory from the early 80's...watching a bad movie on TNT...a disgraced doctor with a metal leg...a large birthmark from which a demon burst forth...a bloody toilet bowl...a breathing meat pie that glowed orange...and suspensful bass music that turns out to be a guy actually in the movie playing a bass in the closet. (Note to the idiots, that doesn't mean a bass guitar).

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:02 a.m. CST

    A crappy movie based on a crappy cartoon???

    by magic_ninja

    the HECK you say! and by the way, are there ANY decent cartoons by Hanna Barbara? Christ, the only one that didn't bore me to tears was the Jetsons.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Um, WB did the right thing letting go of Buffy....

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    The show is probably almost over, and while the demographic is right, the ratings really weren't worth the $$$ imho. Anyway, really like Lillard in Scream... could care less about Scooby Poo.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:14 a.m. CST

    They spent 100 million on this !damn

    by earwax

    i remember hearing back about 14, 13 years ago or so that they were going to make this film with david lynch as the director does anyone else remember this or am i on crack.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I'll give Lilliard this...

    by Basic Alias

    ... he may not have the best choice in movies, but unlike Prinze Jr. at least he always plays his characters with personality. I have a theory I like to call Keannu Reeves Syndrome. This involves a group of actors who lack the necessary amount of on-screen charm and wit to pull off a lead role, but are given lead roles anyway simply because they look the part. Examples of this group include Reeves, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Paul Walker. Oddly enbough, these guys usually do fine in supporting roles; they just don't have what it takes to carry an entire film. Oh, and another factor: they're rarely self-effacing. Look at guys like Cary Grant, Kurt Russell and Brad Pitt. These guys have a great on-screen presence, and they're more than willing to make their characters look silly, and maybe most importantly, flawed, which is what really makes a great character.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:29 a.m. CST

    "IIII waaaant the kniiiiife.... Pleeeeease."

    by Cash Bailey

    Whoa, that was a cheap dig at THE GOLDEN CHILD there, Mate. I like that movie a lot. It's got Victor Wong in it, for Christ's sake! It's far from Eddie's worst. BEVERLY HILLS COP 3 takes that dubious honour.

  • as in, totally old-school Johnny Quest. it was a great cartoon, and it would make a great movie. as long as you get two VERY GOOD child actors for Johnny and Hadji, and a smart director, you could have a really fun flick. so come on studios! make Johnny Quest!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 2:05 a.m. CST

    $100million???? Rrrrrright.

    by Coturno

    At this time I can't see nothing but starving children in 3d world countries. With $100 million you could really make some difference in any place, even pay the IMF for some small 3d world country debts, but naaaaahhh!!!!! Let's turn it into a turd called "Scooby-Doo: the movie". I loathe all of you, I shall sneak and NOT pay for such piece of crap.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 2:05 a.m. CST

    oozer boo

    by deadend dropout

    I hear it's like black hawk down with werewolves

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 2:27 a.m. CST

    We'll be right back with more Saturday morning

    by OMightyIsis

    Don't forget Fat Albert (Hey Hey Hey).....Schoolhouse Rocks (Conjunction junction, what's your function?).....Josie and the Pussycats (which they also screwed up in live-action).....or the Shazaam/Isis Power Hour (a personal fave).

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Pamela Anderson is a guest star in the film

    by TJ50

    Pam Anderson is a guest star in this, that will probably be unmasked as someone and was told to keep her mouth shut, when she flew into Australia for a few days, for the gig.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Who will go see this?

    by BlackBeltJones

    The main audience for this film will not go see this movie. Those of us that grew up on Scooby Doo look at the episodes now and wonder what the hell were we thinking many years ago. The show is predictable and a lame concept(as is most TV). I hope for the best, but I am expecting the worst. The way that Hollywood is recycling old TV properties, it won't be long until the Groovy Goolies, MASK, or Jabberjaws to the big screen. And for the guy who said that Beverly Hills Cop 3 was the worst Eddie Murphy film, you need to sit down with Vampire in Brooklyn some evening for true Eddie Murphy torture. It makes Beverly Hills Cop 3 look like a masterpiece.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Kurt Angle is Captain Marvel. Period. It's true, it's true.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The Golden Child

    by Bladehelm

    While I agree with you about the Flinstones and Inspector Gadget, why loose your venom on the Golden Child? I know several folks who count this among their favorite movies. While I agree that it's no Casablanca, it can hardly be called one of your "Successful Movies that Nobody Loves." As far as your review of "Doo," I would be shocked to discover that you are not in fact 100% accurate in your appraisal of its merits (or as it seems, almost complete lack thereof). The Bladehelm

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Golden Kids and Care Bears - Oh my!

    by Justicer

    Someone's been smoking a little Buddah, or a little "Harekrishna Midget". Take it anyway you want. The Golden Child Kicked Brotha Noopsie's Ass back to Demoncome kiddies. I OWN this movie. This time period as you all know is where Eddie Murphy didn't have to try so hard to be funny, unlike the current one Who thinks he needs to say shit at 150 decibals for you to laugh at him. Fav Line: When Murphy's in this Room with no Floor: "HAAAHHHH!!! I GOT the Knife!! So Turn on the Goddamn Lights!!" Also,-For the Record, There were 4 Care Bear Movies. You forgot the "Care Bears: Nutcracker Movie"-YOu know; Christmas like.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 9:23 a.m. CST

    The Golden Child..

    by Sepulchrave

    is well established as the worst box-office smash of all time. On the other hand, the producers who make these rehashes of seventies nostalgia cartoons seem to be missing the point entirely. Instead of finding scripts that combine the cartoon's original atmosphere and jokes with a humor that fits the kind of adults that those kids have grown up into (ie:me), they cater to an audience of kids who grew up on saved by the bell etc. But then, we're all bored of the self-referential postmodern crap anyway. Not to be an iconoclast, but the originals don't age well at all. They're so repetitive and technically inept. And I've never seen Freddie Prinze Jr in anything, god bless me.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 10:13 a.m. CST

    "...' It's bland, dull, noisy and tiresome mediocrity.&#

    by Eugene O

    That pretty much sums up the cartoon series too.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Shocking but true!!!!

    by Jumpstart

    I saw a GOOD movie that Freddie Prinze Jr. was in. Bear in mind it was a good movie, but he still SUCKED in it. Really, I liked this movie, but he was wooden and just awful. This is, of course, "The House of Yes." Parker Posey and Genevieve Bujold kicked ass!!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 10:18 a.m. CST

    A live action Scooby...need I say more?

    by ewem

    What they should have done is just go ahead and either make a fun feature length animated version or direct to video. As it is, this piece of crap is worthy of direct to video at very best. It's too bad to see yet another kind of fun thing get crapped on. This is going to become my mantra on just about every post I make when I see something like this. Ready?: Crap like this gets made, Rollerball gets made, Queen of the Damned gets made, but a Conan sequel sits rotting on someone's shelf somewhere. Get the picture?

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 10:19 a.m. CST

    What a great year to be a movie geek! Rollerball, the Scorpion K

    by togmeister

    Then again, we've got AOTC (face it, it'll rock), TTT, TWO new Spielberg films this year, Fincher, PT Anderson, Scorsese, Shymalan....... phew.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by Sofa King

    I just realized something. Go back and look at Prinze as freddy. Is it just me, or is he the SPITTING image of Mad TV's Stuart?

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 11:30 a.m. CST

    It's their problem.

    by Lobanhaki

    We don't have to buy tickets to see that kind of movie. Let's wait and go see the movies that it looks like people who really cared about the movie made. That is what makes AI better than Pearl Harbor, Lord of The Rings better than Dungeons and Dragons, and Star Wars Episode One better than half the cheap shit we see on the direct to video shelves. All movies have their flaws, but not every movie really tries to be good or great. Let's go see the stuff that looks like somebody wanted to actually get US involved, and not merely the asses we use to occupy the theatre seats.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Has *anyone* seen the Direct-To-Video Scooby Doo Movies?

    by JTylor

    You know, the ones that have been shown on Cartoon Network's Cartoon Theater? They're really well animated (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, I think), have good plots, and actually up the ante so you think the gang is in danger occasionally. The first one I saw, "Scooby Doo and the Mystery of Zombie Island," actually had a great twist re: the monsters. Fred automatically assumes that the monsters are fake. They capture a zombie somehow, and Fred tries to take the mask off, and he actually pulls the zombie's *head* off. It's a great moment that pulls the whole thing into another level.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 12:33 p.m. CST

    One review

    by RandRT

    And I thought I was cynical. It seems as if everybody wants this movie to suck. I know that you say you don't, but it seems like it will be a vindication of your pessimism. This is one review and the movie isn't out yet. I really wish more people around here would at least wait until they see the movie for themselves before saying that it is going to suck. Star Wars II, Indy IV, all suck and they aren't even out yet! The amount of pessimism around here almost makes me wish that I would quit reading talkbacks.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Marc Blucas

    by Dan James

    Marc Blucas looked more like cartoon Freddy in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back then Prinze Jr looks in the actual film!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 1:34 p.m. CST

    They should put the Addam's Family, Batman & Robin, Cher, Jo

    by Sith Witch

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Well I've Always Enjoyed the Cartoon.

    by The Founder

    Yeah I did, and they were good to me. I haven't seen one in like forever, so maybe my view of oit will change since I'm an adult now. As much as I know I'm probably hate this movie, I'm still going to see it, just for that sake of Scooby. Who knows it may turn out to be entertaining.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3 p.m. CST

    Low Expectations= Entertaining Movie

    by The Founder

    This is more then likly what will happen, but yeah it'll make money because of the kids, and they could care less about a actor's acting skill.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Aquafresh

    Gee, i'm going to spend several posts trying to convince these poor talback simpletons that the original Scooby Doo cartoon, rather than being a masterpiece of modern entertainment brimming with social value, was actually rather moronic. REALLY? NO SHIT! WHAT A REVELATION! Finally, the lie that I've been living all these years is over! I can see now what a five year old fool I was for enjoying the show in its prime. Thank you, oh masters of the obvious! And let us praise St.Scrappy, patron saint of big headed talkbackers, er I mean know-it-alls.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Why, thanks, doc_loggins, I'm flattered...

    by Jonny Quest

    Suprisingly enough, I also agree that a live action "Jonny Quest" movie taking place in the mid 60s would be a terific idea (and it's spelled JONNY, with no "h," BTW). I've always thought that George Clooney could be a kickass Race Bannon, myself. Can't you just see him painted purple and shouting "All right, you ignorant savages, get a load of Akizio, you heathen monkeys!" I know I can. And Fred Dekker (currently writing for "Enterprise") wrote a great, traditional JQ script years ago that could still be the basis of a live action movie. Won't SOMEONE out there make this? PLEASE? --------------------------------------------------------------------- PS - I don't care what you say, Matthew Lillard is too buff fro Shaggy. Everyone's favorite stoner SHOULD have been played by Timm Sharp, Marshall from "Undeclared" (and shame on you if you're not watching this show). He's a dead ringer, people!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Just thought of a much more appropriate guy to to play Fred

    by Jonny Quest

    ...James Van Der Beek of "Dawson's Creek." And Alicia Witt or Laura Prepon as Daphne.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The only way this movie would have succeeded...

    by Azlam Orlandu

    This film needed to go extra-cheesey in order to make it work. Inserting cheesey cameos, and making the characters super exaggerated versions of the original would have given it a sort of Brady Bunch Movie sort of quality which totally worked for that film. On the other hand I think Hanna Barbera's creations in total are dated and unappealing in the first place. Sure Scooby was great when we were kids, but so were a lot of things that I wouldn't give 2 seconds of my time anymore. The big picture: Scooby Doo pretty much serves as a filler in between otherwise entertaining shows on Cartoon Network. When I come home for my lunch break, and hope to catch something entertaining in TV, I feel like severing an arm when I'm doomed to an hour of Scooby Doo instead of Dexter or just about anything else. What a waste of time and money. Actually I'm just that much dumber for having discussed the matter. -AZ

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 3:43 p.m. CST

    drjones in meinem w

    by pparker

    was bedeutet es? ich hoffe nichts schlechtes. sei froh dass es solch grossartige mimen wie ihn gibt, eine meisterleistung nach der anderen.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Scooby? Care Bears? Inspector Gadget? The Golden Child? Fuck &#3

    by miftamawf

    Any halfwit with a lick of taste knows that the only children's cartoon worth remaking is Dangermouse, a cartoon whose formula was one of its many brilliant jokes. It was consistantly funny, had a broad palette of characters, and always begged for the room of a feature length plot. Shit you can barely find the videos of the old series. UNDERRATED!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Why FPJr. is in Scooby Doo

    by Victor_Laszlo

    Isn't there some universal rule that says that Freddy Jr. and Matthew Lillard cease functioning if they aren't together in every bad movie they make?

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The Golden Child

    by AliceInWonderlnd

    ...was actually pretty cool. I saw it once in a theatre when it came out, have never had a desire to rent it out again, but still remember it fondly. I preferred it to Harry Potter, at any rate. It had laughs in it.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 5 p.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

    Wrong show. Anyone know the correct spelling for Velma's catchphrase? Is it 'jinkie', 'ginkey', or 'jeenkie'? **** I like the 30-something scooby gang. What would the Mystery Machine look like? **** I still think Kewvin Smith gave us the best Scooby Gang last summer.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Lenny Nero

    Damn you all! Someone else talk about her, please!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 5:23 p.m. CST

    What about Rowen Atkinsen?

    by FarfrumWorkin

    Why is there nothing in this review about the only real talent in this moviwe? "Bean" being the villian was the only, I repeat ONLY, cool thing about this movie. ANd as far as the rest of it, I think that Scooby is nothing more than nostalgia. And the thing with nostalgia is that when you grow up there are some things from your childhood that you love and that still make you feel young and good, or some things you can't stand anymore and don't understand how you liked it way back when. That is a personal thing and always will be. It's things like this that some of us still fondly remember and some of us took drugs in college to try to forget (those of you arguing over the CARE BEARS, I'm looking in your direction)

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Canada just took the gold in Hockey

    by Edsel

    And being Canadian, of course I'm very happy. But really, you Americans have been first class for the whole last couple of weeks. It was a great game, and if any of you are Canadian, you'll know how much this is going to help us in the long run. For those who don't know, Canada's atheletes are sadly under-funded, and most gold medal winners end up having to do autograph sessions at car dealerships to pick up extra coin. This win will have positive effects on us for years. Again... Thanks USA for being great hosts and fierce competitors.

  • and because of that and the fact that canada won it was a great game.

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the Imperial March... What the hell was that?

    by Edsel

    Do the people of Salt Lake know something that we don't? Some kind of Mormon mass takeover of the Republic? Darth Osmond?

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 6:28 p.m. CST

    LOTR Wins Big at BAFTA

    by ReelBuff

    The British Academy Awards have been announced. Find all of the winners at LOTR BABY!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else remember...

    by Lowanon

    An OLD episode of Johnny Quest where Race asks Hadji to oil him up with some kind of lotion? I don't recall what it was for, but I DO remember Hadji giving a hilarious double take, which was surprising for such an old cartoon. I think David Lynch should direct the Turbo Teen movie. It's about a teenager who turns into a car!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 9:26 p.m. CST

    dog spelled backwards is...

    by jeff bailey

    I get sick thinking of Prinze jr. with Sarah Michelle. I know. I know. Sad geek stuff. But the sad part is you know she wants it. YUCK! I think this film totally could have worked. The model really should have been the Brady Bunch movies. They just worked on so many levels both as a fan and as a savvy adult watching it now. There was a great opportunity blown. And What an auteur. Sad isn't it? But he makes 100 million dollar grossing films so there ya go. And as for all that subtext in the original cartoon...I really have to wonder how much of that the animators were aware of doing. I'm gonna give them the benefit of a doubt that it was a concious decision. Finally, I saw Donnie Darko at last this weekend. Had some weak spots but overall an A! Jeff Bailey says check it out. Oh and Mr. Del Toro, once LIVE in Austin and we haven't screened the Devil's Backbone ONCE in the city limits. Now you are gonna show Blade 2 at SXSW before we get a chance to see it...Now come on...that's a ghost story i DO actually wanna see!

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 9:41 p.m. CST

    "Lick it and smoke been smokin scrolls"

    by Spock Jenkins

    Don't be ragging on the Golden Child! Yeah, it may have sucked, but in a very endearing and hilarious way. It had some classic Eddie lines - this was back when he still had enough of a sense of humor to add to a movie. Sigh. Showtime, anyone?

  • Feb. 24, 2002, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Scooby has a beer and cheats . Hollywood jumps over the remake c

    by Casino_Monkey

    Hmm, in Australia I'm sure the Harry Potter movie I saw was "Harry Potter and the Philosphers Stone" not "Harry Potter ond the Sorcorers Stone" or am I just nuts? Also I too liked "The Golden Child" the last time I saw it anyway. Now we all new this movie was going to\will suck. Despite this I will and most likly so will the rest of you. It's sad but it's life. I new Rollerball was going to be pure shite, and even though Harry said how much he hated it I still had to go see it. We all just a bunch of movies masecurists. Oh, and, by the way I just wanted to say that I just brought an old ex-rental of the Rock Lords and Go-Bots movie! Man it is soo cool. Oh, and it's got Roddy McDowell in it! I had no idea. Well that's all I got.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Wing Commander: the movie that killed a beloved game franchise

    by TheMatarife

    I will never forgive them for that. I miss Wing Commander. Wing Commander Privateer was possibly one of the best games of all time. Wing Commander 1 and 2 were gods of the genre. Wing Commander 3 made me want to sell a kidney to get a Pentium 133. They are dearly missed. I think we will not see their like again for a very long time. RIP WING COMMANDER

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1 a.m. CST

    I saw Mathew Lillard on Conan a while back...

    by Punk-ass Brat

    And he's so weird he might be the only good thing about this movie. Actually, ever since I heard they were making a movie about Scooby Doo, I knew Lillard would've been great as Shaggy. for the rest of the actors, they all probably are gonna SUCK. I love Buffy, but she sucks at everything else except for Buffy. the same goes for Freddie Prinze Jr. They all suck and the movie will, too.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Zerocorpse amazes us with yet ANOTHER bad idea.

    by Voice O. Reason

    Did you ever see the "Archie and the Riverdale Gang" movie that NBC did in 1990? Same basic BAD premise.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Theories as to why Scooby Doo was smoking the herb superb

    by Crazy Fresh DJ

    Scooby and Shaggy were always giggling to each other...they got very paranoid when alone...they claimed to see ghosts and monsters, yet no one else could see a thing...the psycadelic paint job on the Mystery Machine ...the sedating effects of those Scooby Snacks and of course, Scooby and Shaggy getting the munchies in the middle of the night "LIKE, YOINKS SCOOB!"

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry DevilCat.

    by Voice O. Reason

    I didn't read your post before I made my own post. Funny thing is, as I was reading all the posts before yours I was thinking "I bet anything I'd have to say on this subject has already been said."

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:11 a.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...Kurt Angle as the Big Red Cheese, Captain Marvel????? That alone is worth making a SHAZAM! movie.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:32 a.m. CST

    I loved The Golden Child

    by SmackAttack

    I loved that movie when I was a kid. How could anyone forget the tap dancing pepsi can? Anyways, Scooby is made for the 12 and under demographic. Not the 30 year old virgin demographic. I rest my case. I hope all the kids that see it have a great time. Smack!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The only saving grace for this film is if Sarah Michelle Gellar

    by CranialLeak

    All I ask is for an unrated dvd featuring SMG in all her glory doing the nastiest things imaginable for 10 minutes. That's all. 10 minutes. Just enough time to get me to splooge all over the coffee table.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by Justicer

    Justice must be done to the Cartoons of the 80's, making 'em Live action movies?! Hell Motha-Fuckin NO you Daft Monkees! Do not Rape our Childhoods Hollywood. You have been warned. Example: Live Action Thundercats Movie with Freddie Prinze Junior & Sarah Michelle Gellar as Wily Kit and Wily Kat. Other Notable Cartoons: Dungeons and Dragons! Pole Position!! This was too cool Turbo Teen like someone said. Teen Wolf! And:...That CBS Storybreak cartoon: That kicked Scooby's ASS!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 2:25 a.m. CST

    More cartoon ideas to destroy while we are at it

    by BlackBeltJones

    Jem staring Mariah Carey. Hot Stuff staring Danny Devitto. Maculy Culkin reviving his career in The Monchichis, Ed Norton and Robert DeNiro in The Snorks. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar as the Wonder Twins in a Superfriends Remake. And the list can go on and on. As for Shaggy, when Rob Lowe did that skit on SNL a year or so ago, he hit Shaggy on the nail. Got the look down, and the way he did the voice, I thought someone had a Casey Kasim dub playing in the background.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 2:33 a.m. CST

    You make a strong case, ZeroCorpse...

    by MCVamp

    But Patrick Warburton is too damned funny to be trapped in the lead in SHAZAM unless it's a satirical yuk-fest (which I'd still go see in a rabbit's heartbeat. Should we start a petition?) Besides that, I would see a big red cheese, but all I'd hear would be The Tick. This is one instance where a wrestler would be spot-on perfect for a role... over the top, ironically silly (which Kurt is naturally great at,) and frankly, Marvel himself wouldn't be asked to carry the emotional weight of the movie... Billy Batson would... which means casting Billy would be toughest of all. KURT ANGLE FOR SHAZAM!! WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!! SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER!!! IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE!!!! - - - Actually, Warburton as a live action Space Ghost wouldn't suck....

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 2:55 a.m. CST

    scooby Do Do, Quest 4 live action Quest

    by L7

    Yo A live action JQ flim will bring back that Raiders of the lost ARK magic, Modern films are missing. What happened to the speed Racer movie? And lets not forget the Mother of all live action films that truely needs to be made. GOTCHA'MAN( BATTLE OF THE PLANETS) GOTCHAMAN is Americia's ANIME Holy Quran.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 4:19 a.m. CST

    CGI cartoon doggies, or how to retard the growth of A.I.

    by Wild At Heart

    Two things. 1) Jumpstart re. Genevieve Bujold - watch "Earthquake" again. I didn't realise she played the object of Chuck Heston's sleazy desires. Damn, she's one fine French-Canadian mama! ( can act too, loved her in "Dead Ringers" ). 2) Everybody re. Matthew Lillard - Sure, the concensus seems to be that he is bogus, wack, not-good-like etc., but he was a delight in "Serial Mom" ( at the breakfast table, Lillard/Son - smiling sweetly - "Dad, have you seen Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer?", Sam Waterston/Father - all anal-retentive and whiny - "I most certainly have not!!!!" - another golden moment from John Waters and friends ).

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 5:30 a.m. CST

    I actually prefered Clue Club over Scooby-Doo.

    by spiderblood1969

    Does anybody remember Clue Club?Those dogs were funnier than Scooby. Coming summer 2005: Speed Buggy:The Movie!! ;)

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 8:11 a.m. CST

    matthew lilliard's saliva + calvin and hobbes

    by rowox

    i wonder if matthew lilliard will do his spitting/slobbering thing that he did in scream and 13 ghosts... i know its not a cartoon, but - if done right - i'd like to see a feature of calvin and hobbes. oh and dangermouse rocks the cartoon party - thanx to whoever brought it up:)

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 9:13 a.m. CST

    A Reply to Zerocorpse

    by Voice O. Reason

    First, my excuse for watching the Archie movie was that (a) I only watched 30 minutes of it, and (b) I was 15 at the time. For a SCOOBY DOO movie, I would've either made it a parody (i.e. THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE) or not made it at all. I'll give you SOME credit by saying your idea might actually make a decent movie, but I can't imagine anyone wanting to actually go see it, since it sounds too serious. As far as wrestlers starring in movies...some would be okay, some wouldn't. Angle, Chris Jericho, DDP, Paul "The Big Show" Wight, Mick Foley, and Triple H (he was good on MAD TV) all have potential to be decent actors, few others do. I think the whole "Wrestler shouldn't be actors" thing is a gut reaction for people who's knowledge of wrestling is limited to The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Bill Goldberg, Steve Austin, and Joanie "the wrestler formerly known as Chyna" Laurer.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 10:03 a.m. CST

    More reviews like this, please

    by Shalamar

    This guy can WRITE! Articulate, intelligent, and informative. It doesn't hurt that I agree with him 100% (except for the stuff about "Scooby Doo", which I haven't seen and probably won't see unless my kids drag me to it). Kenneth Branagh as Henry V rocked my world. Anyone who doesn't think "kick-ass" and "Shakespeare" belong in the same sentence should check this one out.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Who cares? But the Golden Child...

    by JudgeDredd

    I never liked Scooby Doo, even as a kid. I remember watching the one with Batman and Robin, just cuz I was a kid and it had Batman and Robin in it. It was like suffering through the Superfriends just to see that one episode with Green Lantern. You could suck up the Wendys, Marvins, Wonder Dogs, Wonder Twins, Wonder Bread, Wonder When They're Going to Do Something Cool. Anyway. Golden Child? I liked it! Liked it then, like it now. "I should be flogged. I should be purged." Different strokes, baby. That's why I loved "The Fifth Element" and "Starship Troopers", and my wife gives me that "Poor, deluded fool" look every time I mention them. Then again, I freakin' hate E.T., so what so I know.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 10:10 a.m. CST

    By the way, the SHAZAM movie?

    by JudgeDredd

    Brendan Fraser as Captain Marvel. You're welcome.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Scooby's voice / language

    by Sabalon

    The review wrote that the scooby voice was a dead on of the original. I'm guessing cause it is Scott Innes, who has been doing the voice for all the straight-to-video scooby cartoons. If you have not seen any of them, they are good stories and probably much better than this cgi fest will be. Anyone know how much cursing goes on in the flick? My 3 year old LOVES Scooby and wants to see this (real scooby she calls it), but I don't really feel like hearing her yelling shit and fuck over an over after seeing it.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Battlefield Earth is not bad at all.

    by tonyblac

    it's a little corny, but there are so many worse movies out there - the ending battle is both exciting and has great FX, even if there's no way they could have learned to fix and fly those planes!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Doggie lipstick and Mighty Orbots...

    by cerberoz

    Hey, I'm all for the Sarah Michelle Gellar Scooby Gangbang!! Put on that doggie lipstick baby... By the way... my money is on a Mighty Orbots movie. Without the annoying jalape

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Imagine being Lillard's Dentist?

    by BigTuna

    My god! That guy has a huge, slobbery mouth. He must spit constantly. He's freaking ugly!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Why has no one mentioned......

    by fladnaG

    A VOLTRON MOVIE. A live action VOLTRON movie is what we need dammit! But I have to give props to whoever mentioned Dangermouse. That too would kick ass.

  • during...(i don`t know how you name this sport) skijumping and biathlon i often heard the imperial march. i thought wooowww how comes that!?! in general they played the WALK

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by lexy

    Thank-you for mentioning the Monchichis no one will believe me that this show actually existed until I pull out my doll. I loved that cartoon. I guess the only good thing about Hollywood pillaging our fave toons is that kids will still have them to watch. My little cousins love 70's and 80's toons and they are really excited about this film. I just won't be taking them to see it.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Somebody please help me.

    by Aquafresh

    Does anyone remember the Scooby Doo rip off where the dog could turn invisible? He wore a knit hat & that & his colar would be all you'd see when he was invisible. WHAT WAS THAT SHOW CALLED? AM I INSANE? DEAR GOD HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by fladnaG

    I think I found what you are looking for. Go to this site. I hope that helps.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 3:56 p.m. CST

    make that 'SUMNIL' ie adding up to nothing

    by mansep

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Thanks FladnaG!

    by Aquafresh

    Thank god for the internet! That was one of those things that was going to drive me crazy. Although, if I hadnt been talking back about Scooby fucking Doo on the internet, I wouldnt have been thinking about "Goober and the Ghostchasers" to begin with. Somebody kill me.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 4:19 p.m. CST

    and another thing...

    by Aquafresh

    If anyone wants to use the name "Specter Detector", I checked on & it's free & clear! C'mon, its no worse that "Monster Magnet".

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Don't worry about it Ocho it happens to the best of us

    by fladnaG

    Shit look at me. Instead of typing a paper I'm looking up Goober and the Ghostchasers. I guess this is why I'm going to flunk out of college, either that or the whiskey. Oh well. This is much more fun.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by fladnaG

    I think you have anger issues. Why don't you go grab a beer or something? Whatever you do I suggest that you chill a little bit. Rage like that can kill you.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 7:36 p.m. CST

    When did Scooby Doo play in theaters?

    by Nozoki

    I mean, am I the only one who actually hasn't seen the film so that I too can say it was the worst movie I ever saw? Or are you silly guys once again predicting the future based on someone else's opinion? I'll go see this because I think it may be fun. Then I'll be able to form my own opinion.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 8:06 p.m. CST

    screech is shaggy; they both suck hard

    by fantom penice

    Screech should have played Shaggy. Zoiks!! Didn't Screech rip that off from Shaggy anyway? What the fuck is going on here. Screech has a website where he was pandering to the public to help him get the Shaggy part. And look at this clip from a lame interview with screech. DI: What are your plans for the future? DD: I'm desperately trying to get the role of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo movie. I say desperately because I think that I could really blow audiences away and launch my career in a different direction. I definitely don't want to leave comedy. Wow, your career has to suck to have Scooby Doo launch it???? What a shitfest. and did anyone catch Screechs band, MUCH. They sucked SO fucking bad. I saw them open for NOFX in 96 and someone pegged screech with a bottle and knocked him out! He had to leave in an ambulance! ha! oh yeah, check out dustin diamond teaches chess - no lies!

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Danger Mouse DVD's!

    by spider-fan2002

    Tenner each. HMV. They're about an hour long each.

  • Feb. 25, 2002, 10:47 p.m. CST

    this movie is gonna make josie and the pussycats look like a dec

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    i am someone who loved scooby doo as a kid, and still has fond memories of it. but there is no way in hell i'm going to pay $7.50 to see this turd. i really hate freddie prinz jr. dammit! first josie now this. make it stop! what's next speed buggy? jabberjaw? i'm sick of this. leave it alone hollywood!

  • Feb. 26, 2002, 6:21 a.m. CST

    drjones, du bist mir noch eine antwort schuldig!

    by pparker

    was bedeutet "chunder"? ich hoffe doch schwer dass es sich um einen ausdruck der superlative handelt, wie etwa genial, epochal oder ph

  • Feb. 26, 2002, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Wrestlers as actors ...

    by floob

    Yes, it could happen; the performance I liked best in "Man on the Moon" was Jerry Lawler as himself. He actually could inflect dialogue, and properly play emotions to where "acting" seemed as natural as breathing. Excellent job, Lawler! (and I'm not even a wrestling fan).

  • Feb. 26, 2002, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Bomb of the summer

    by Jack Burton

    Based on the trailer, does anyone really want to see this movie? Kids don't particularly care about cartoons from the 70's, Scooby-Doo was never that interesting anyway, and Scooby looks like shit. He looks like a computer generated cartoon dog. The dogs in Resident Evil look more real. Is he supposed to look like that? Is that the point? If so, it's a bad idea and i can already imagine the pain this thing is going to inflict on many a parent.

  • Feb. 26, 2002, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Why I hate reviewers.... Scooby is going to Rock!!

    by CorporalX

    Personally I don't believe what this guy is saying , IMHO this movie is going to rock!!! So Daphne is not going to be totally timid in this movie, so what? She has to grow up sometime and I think this will be a good character development for her As long as the story is cool and they have lots of villains and chase scenes which are essential I think it'll be a success. If they hold to the true premise of the cartoon series with some minor modifications thats fine with me. Those sets look very cool, there are a lot of good actors and actresses in this movie. The star of the show scooby looks way cool. As a big fan of Scooby Doo I'm going to take my daughter to see it she already loves scooby doo and she's only 2 and a half years old. Anyways I'm not reserving judgement till I see the movie, I've read way too many reviews about movies which are BAD and turn out to be good. And movies which are supposedly good eg. Peewees Greatest Adventure (Yuck!!)

  • Feb. 28, 2002, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Scooby Doo Movie Review

    by superscaryshaggy

    To be honest i don't actually believe you have seen this movie. You haven't given any statements about the actual film or what happens in it or the plot all you have given is character descriptions. Yes we know Matthew Lillard looks like Shaggy and yes he will be good at it because lets face it all his roles in previous movies have probably been based on Shaggy. We all know how rubbish Freddie Prinze Jnr looks in a wig. And what about Thelma. Even though i do not believe the film will be extraordinary or even any good i just wanted to point out that i don't believe you have seen this movie.