There are few people who do not know the famous mini-franchise live-action ‘Scooby-Doo’. Both the first and second films fell into popular taste and still attract audiences of different generations, mainly due to their aesthetics. camp of its narrative and the chemistry of its cast.
Despite being considered box office and critical failures, none of that matters when we think about our affection for the adventures of the most famous Great Dane of all time and his four companions – Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy -, who go out into the world. to solve the most chilling cases of all.
In honor of the 18th anniversary of ‘Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed’a sequel released in 2004, the CinePOP prepared a special article with ten facts about the feature film.
When Velma (Linda Cardellini) is sitting in the back seat of the van and her leather suit makes a flatulence noise, she says: “it was my outfit, I swear”. The phrase was a spontaneous improvisation by the actress herself and entered the final cut of the film.
All the costumes seen at the Vila Legal Criminology Museum were fully functional, meaning they could be worn by anyone. The plates even accompanied specific curiosities about each costume, based on the original design of the franchise.
AT THE TOM CRUISE
All the actors in the film did their own stunts, which made them quite happy. Freddie Prinze Jr.who returned as Fred for the sequel, was quite happy to do something he enjoyed: motorcycle stunts.
Several members of the cast and creative team would work on the films of the Marvel Studios. the screenwriter James Gunn would become the director of both films in the saga ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’which also brought Seth Green in the cast. Cardellini, in turn, would appear in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in 2015; and Tim Blake Nelson would be part of ‘The incredible Hulk’from 2008.
MONSTERS AND MORE MONSTERS
The special effects artist Steve Johnson was hired to create the monsters for the film. The team in charge designed and tested most of the monsters until the executive producer decided not to put some of the creatures and hired another Vancouver company to create some of them, including the ’49 Miner. Some of the monsters Johnson and his team tested , but which were not used, include Kreacher and the Ghost of Redbeard.
END OF A SAGA
This was the last movie in the saga ‘Scooby Doo’ to be released in US theaters. The other adventures, including ‘Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins’ it’s the remake ‘Scoob!’did not have their debut on the big screen – the latter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the Warner Bros. to move you to the services of streaming.
MYSTERY SA GOES TO SCOTLAND
James Gunn had plans to build a sequel to ‘Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed’but the poor box office and negative critical reception made both Warner and Hanna-Barbera Studios to change your mind. Gunn revealed that if the new film had been confirmed, Mystery SA would head to Scotland.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR (MORE OR LESS)
In that movie, Velma has a boyfriend. The decision was made at the last minute by the studio, different from the original plans for the character, as she was built to be openly lesbian, as revealed by Gunn in several interviews.
When at Old Wickles’ mansion, the gang finds an ancient Celtic book with several names written on the front page. Among them, we can mention Harry Hausen, who pays homage to Ray Harryhausenpioneer of the stop-motion for monsters; Werner Brovas, who makes reference to the Warner Brothers; and Munster Mash, allusion to the movie ‘The monsters’from 1964.
There would be a moment when, during the transformation sequence, Scooby would transform into his 2D version when he drank the wrong potion. The scene wasn’t in the original script, and ultimately, Warner executives decided they didn’t want audiences comparing the animated and live-action of the protagonist, deciding to transform him into Taz, the Tasmanian devil.