Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Raja Gosnell (2004)

88min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The cast and director of 2002's disappointing live-action version of the popular cartoon series reunite for this infinitely superior sequel. Sensibly focusing on Mystery Inc's most popular duo - Shaggy and Scooby - the film follows the newly disgraced team as they try to unmask a villain whose monster machine is re-creating all their classic foes. Although some of the effects are ropey, the decision to up the excitement levels with multiple spooky creatures is a prudent one. The enjoyable visual overload makes it easier to ignore the insubstantial plot, particularly when much of the colourful action concerns the dithering hilarity of Matthew Lillard's excellent Shaggy. Turning Sarah Michelle Gellar's drippy Daphne into a Buffy-style butt-kicker is an obvious audience-pleaser too, while scene-stealer Seth Green adds strong support as a bumbling museum curator with a potentially darker side. Overall the movie is more faithful to Hanna-Barbera's animated series than its predecessor, even if the CGI Scooby still doesn't quite work.

Summary

The amateur detectives attend the grand opening of a museum in their honour, featuring the costumes from all the fake monsters they exposed. The exhibits are stolen by a masked villain, who sets about re-creating all the gang's worst enemies. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr and Linda Cardellini.

Cast & Crew

Daphne Blake Sarah Michelle Gellar
Norville `Shaggy' Rogers Matthew Lillard
Freddy Jones Freddie Prinze Jr
Velma Dinkley Linda Cardellini
Heather Jasper-How Alicia Silverstone
Patrick Seth Green
Jonathan Jacobo Tim Blake Nelson
Old Man Wickles Peter Boyle
Scooby-Doo Neil Fanning
Director Raja Gosnell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Children's Drama