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Scooby-Doo (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though Lillard is uncannily spot-on as Shaggy, Scooby Doo is a tired live-action update, filled with lame jokes.

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The long-running cartoon from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that began life in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? becomes this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring a computer-generated version of the easily frightened, mush-mouthed Great Dane. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Fred, the blonde, confident, ascot-sporting leader of Mystery Inc., a ghost-busting service that exposes phony supernatural phenomena as the work of shysters. Working with Fred are: his rich, beautiful girlfriend, Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who has a bad habit of getting kidnapped by villains; Velma (Linda Cardellini), the real brains of the group who pines secretly for Fred; cowardly slacker and dog's best friend Shaggy (Matthew Lillard); and the snack-gobbling pet pooch Scooby. However, after solving its latest case involving a beleaguered toy company owner (Pamela Anderson), the group fractures over Fred's habit of grabbing credit for everyone's hard work, despite the pleas of Shaggy and Scooby. Two years later, they are reunited at Spooky Island, a theme park and teen spring break destination that owner Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) claims is plagued with ghosts. Suspicious as usual of any claims involving the paranormal, the Mystery Inc. clan is soon probing a scheme involving ancient rites, summoned spirits, and brainwashed college students, forcing the group members to resolve their differences and uncover the truth. Directed by Chris Columbus protégé Raja Gosnell, Scooby-Doo features the voice of Scott Innes as the title character. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Neil Fanning
as Scooby-Doo
Scott Innes
as Scrappy
J.P. Manoux
as Scrappy Rex
Rowan Atkinson
as Mondavarious
Isla Fisher
as Mary Jane
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Voodoo Maestro
Steven Grives
as N'Goo Tuana
Sam Greco
as Zarkos
Charles Cousins
as Velma's Friend
Murphy Karges
as Sugar Ray
Nicholas Hope
as Old Man Smithers
Mark McGrath
as Sugar Ray
Rodney Sheppard
as Sugar Ray
Chris Cruickshanks
as Tiny Henchman
Alex Ruiz
as Reporter #1
Sheryl Benko
as Reporter #2
Rio Nugara
as Island Emissary
David Vallon
as Bartender Dead Mike's
Troy MacKinder
as Guy In The Vat
Holly Brisley
as Training Video Woman
Robert Diaz Leroy
as Training Video Guy #1
Remi Broadway
as Training Video Guy #2
Martin Broome
as Melvin Doo
Jonathan Coffey
as Fitzgibbon
Michael Caffrey
as Coast Guard #2
Kyas Sherriff
as Airport Attendant
Celeste Gosnell
as Airport Family
Bradley Gosnell
as Airport Family
Cayley Gosnell
as Airport Family
Audrey Gosnell
as Airport Family
Kurt Duval
as Spooky Hotel Bartender
Janis McGavin
as Co-Ed Hottie
Emily Gosnell
as Autograph Seeker
Marea Lambert Barker
as Autograph Seeker
Kym Jackson
as Autograph Seeker
Danielle Starkey
as Autograph Seeker
Andrew Bryniarski
as Cavern Henchman
Craig Behenna
as Henchman #1
Keith Bullock
as Henchman #2
Jess Harnell
as Creature
Mark Hodge
as Dancer
Matt Lee
as Dancer
Deon Nuku
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Scooby-Doo

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (37)

Even its look is awfully cheesy and clunky, the SFX notwithstanding. Scooby Doo makes Stuart Little seem a Citizen Kane in comparison.

January 3, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Too scary for most kids, too dumb for most teens.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Scooby-Doo knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.

July 20, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's effects just don't do the concept justice.

July 2, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The acting is stiff, the story lacks all trace of wit, the sets look like they were borrowed from Gilligan's Island -- and the CGI Scooby might well be the worst special-effects creation of the year.

June 19, 2002

As this movie knows what it is, Scooby-Doo's a relatively painless 85 minutes.

June 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for Scooby-Doo

I saw this on its theatrical release mainly out of morbid curiosity really and even back then it was pretty damn poor. About the only thing they got right in the film is the casting of Lillard for 'Shaggy' who seems to have been born for the role. Rowan Atkinson must have been bribed with tonnes of cash to star in this crap. The rest of the film is a terrible mess of horrendously bad CGI, unfunny attempts at humour that even the kids would roll their eyes at and a very shoddy look and feel all round with obvious sets and cheap costumes. This classic creation has been dragged into the modern age with various hideous modernisations including your obligatory rap/hip hop soundtrack that seems to come with most kids films these days for some reason. Alongside so many other god awful scenes it no longer bares much resemblance to the original cult creation. I dunno why they couldn't go with a more sensible approach and a slightly more genuine ghost story. The cartoons were silly yes but still reasonably coherent and actually quite spooky for kids, but spooky in an enjoyable way. This film is basically just trash...and since when was 'Scrappy' a bad guy?!. I mean seriously, could you possibly cast anyone more inappropriate for the role of 'Fred' than Freddie Prinze Jr?!!. Was he cast because his name is Fred too?? for Gods sake lets try and make an effort people!. As usual with so many film adaptations these days, stick with the original material. This whole venture just feels hokey and uncomfortable from the start, it could be an OK movie but drowned in vacuous pop culture references and needless cameos makes a mockery of the entire idea.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Yeah, it's bad, and generally I hate kids movies, but I liked the cartoons growing up and Sarah Michelle makes a pretty good Daphne and Linda a good Valma, and of course, a younger Isla fisher here as Mary Jane. It's far from my favourite, but it is cute, and I do own a copy (sshhh).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Original movie in their adaptation of the cartoon. Great cast. The gang go to Spooky island to investigate strange goings on.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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