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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

  • Comedy
  • Children's
  • 2004
  • Raja Gosnell
  • 88 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Fred JonesFreddie Prinze Jr
Daphne BlakeSarah Michelle Gellar
Norville "Shaggy" RogersMatthew Lillard
Velma DinkleyLinda Cardellini
Patrick WiselySeth Green
Jeremiah "Old Man" WicklesPeter Boyle
Dr Jonathan JacoboTim Blake Nelson
Heather Jasper-HoweAlicia Silverstone
Scooby-DooNeil Fanning

Crew

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DirectorRaja Gosnell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2004-04-02
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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