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Scooby Doo

Year: 2002
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Raja Gosnell
Producer: Hanna/Barbera
Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Rowan Atkinson, Isla Fisher
Warner Bros Movie World on the Gold Coast and Bond University stand in for a stereotypical Scooby Doo setting - theme park/resort Spooky Island - run by stereotypical madman (Atkinson).

Mystery Inc break up, go their own ways and are tricked into coming to Spooky Island together to solve a new, corny haunted mystery.

Now the Hollywood genre of plumbing the TV vaults for big budget movies is over ten years old, it's getting decidedly tired. It's hard to make it work any more without parodying the subject matter itself (like the Brady Bunch movies did, dropping the squeaky clean TV family in modern (and alien) suburban America.

Where Scooby Doo works is where it portrays Fred's (Prinze Jr) vacuous self-adoration or Daphne's (Gellar) feminine vanity. Otherwise it's just a longer, live action Scooby Doo episode with better effects. It was fun when you were ten, but it was also a long time ago.

Lillard (and whoever does Scooby) has the voice down pat, but aside from the odd laugh, it's unlike the recent crop of blockbuster kids movies like Monsters Inc that have plenty to offer adults.

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