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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
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by Scott Weinberg

"Hey, at least it's consistent with the first movie; consistently atrocious."
1 stars

After spending the last few months surrounded by Film Festival Fare, I was temporarily weary of the foreign flicks, the indie dramas and the chat-laden rom-coms. I was ready for a big mindless slice of Hollywood Cheese, so it was with a good mood and a mildly hopeful outlook that I took in 'Scooby-Doo 2'.... Let's just say my hunger for Hollywood Cheese had evaporated by the time the movie was 11 minutes old.

I'm not exactly sure how one would go about making a Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed into something resembling a quality film. We are, after all, talking about the second film inspired by a series of cartoons so banal and repetitious that it boggles the mind to see this insipid canine treated as a national treasure. I mean, really: was there one episode of Scooby-Doo in which its stock formula wasn't regurgitated for an umpteenth time? Even those retarded episodes in which The Three Stooges or The Harlem Globetrotters appeared, they trundled out the same old schpiel: limp mystery, 4 dummies and a dog, wander, search, wander, run, scream, run, unmask monster as devious old lunatic.

Tune in tomorrow for the exact same story.

Toss in some uninspired animation and a litany of limp jokes, and what do you get?

Apparently you get a cartoon so singularly admired that it earns two big-budget if it's possible to 'adapt' such a flimsy collection of source material.

So essentially Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (and the equally obnoxious original movie) has two specific things on which to coast: 1. Name recognition / Nostalgia, and 2. A big dumb CGI dog with a speech impediment.

#2 dazzles the bored children while #1 somehow convinces grownups that the sentence "Four tickets for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, please..." simply MUST spring forth from their head-hole. And it must be on opening weekend.

If you've seen the first Scooby-Doo, you know precisely what you're getting here: same cast, same director, same anti-aspirin approach to over-flashy and garishly-realized big-budget, assembly-line, market-tested, Happy-Meal-friendly, CGI-reliant claptrap. This is less a movie than it is a CGI highlight reel in search of a cohesive story.

Inasmuch as rotten hot dogs could be considered "food", Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed has a "plot". Overlooking the fact that the plot makes precisely zero sense, it's also distressing to notice that the filmmakers clearly do not care about presenting a "plot". Everything that happens in between the CGI dogs and the glowing green ghosties is just mindless chatter; hastily contrived banter intended to bridge one flashy exploit to another.

This approach fails in many respects, resulting in a movie that feels a whole lot like five 15-minute shorts, each of which stands as a keening indictment of the ways in which CGI technologies are abused in lieu of, y'know, an actual story.

I'd note that the quartet of actors are growing more comfortable in their roles and that they manage to capture the quaint kitchiness of their 1960's conterparts. But I don't want to be called a liar. Even Matthew Lillard, who alone stood out as the only source of energy from the first go-round, seems bored and disinterested and tired of having to try and make eye contact with what will soon be a giant animated dog. The cast shuffles its way through an unending parade of eye-wrenching CGI displays, their collective body language asking the producers for their Part 2 paycheck already.

Logically, this movie will be a big hit. People love big, loud spectacles, and they'll go see just about any one. And if this truly is the case, then surely we can't BLAME the filmmakers for ignoring the artistry and then covering their artifice in a gaudy sheen of FX trickery. Nah, we can blame 'em. Any movie that costs this much to make should be ashamed to end up as an 88-minute lightshow/Burger King infomercial.

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User Comments

10/26/09 Mr.Carrot73 Or, to put it less paradoxically, the essential thing in metabolism is that the organism 5 stars
10/26/09 Mr.Carrot16 You can see three things from the following picture: To explain what is going on, they star 4 stars
10/25/09 Arnold78 Of course, populist anger and libertarian conviction do not exhaust all possible answers ou 2 stars
10/24/09 Faggot25 Moving on, we have the inspiring response of the police to the online publishing of one of 3 stars
10/23/09 BadGirl70 Perhaps we draw closer to one another. , 3 stars
10/23/09 Alex98 He was also amazed at the effort it took to get people to place their recyclables in separa 2 stars
10/23/09 Kelvin89 India's Lok Sabha has a Question Hour. , 2 stars
10/23/09 No_limits25 The transparency of the project. , 5 stars
9/20/08 antreia dopson this movie is awesome and i love freddie prince jr and sarah michelle gellat 5 stars
3/27/07 David Pollastrini Stick with the cartoons 2 stars
6/23/06 drydock54321 it's entertaining and a good adaptation of the cartoon 4 stars
6/20/06 George It was okay ."Okay" 3 stars
4/06/06 Troy M. Grzych Lacks the charm and creepiness of the original cartoons, but loved Linda Cardellini! 3 stars
12/21/05 miss patience 5 THE MOST CRAPPYEST STUPIDEST I'V EVER SEEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/26/05 hunt way better than part 1 says me ,don't you get it 4 stars
11/26/05 cr better than part 1, improved flaws of the first, cool classic monsters,better story finally 3 stars
10/26/05 tatum My dead cat can direct better than Gosnell 1 stars
10/14/05 Fucka I'll vaffanculo this movie! 1 stars
7/22/05 tony worse than the first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/07/05 JD So corny and awful, should never have been made. 1 stars
3/12/05 Antirad Good. I loved Scooby's animation 4 stars
3/12/05 crandall101 not as good as the 1st one 3 stars
2/20/05 Jeff Anderson Better than the first & more enjoyable! Again Lillard & Cardellini are the saving graces!!! 4 stars
9/18/04 American Slasher Goddess Slightly, better then the first, but that's not saying much 1 stars
7/28/04 Donna Gelpigi Doesn't take itself too seriously, so better than many an action flick that does. 4 stars
6/12/04 Raymond Lee better than the first one 3 stars
6/03/04 Shaun SMG should have stuck with Buffy, Pretty Bad movie!!! 2 stars
4/18/04 Daveman At least the first film wasn't so sickiningly politically correct 1 stars
4/17/04 HeavensJustice If your kids don't drag you to the movie. DON'T GO! We'll just leave it at that. 1 stars
4/15/04 KingNeutron 2.5 *'s, the DOG is the WORST MOST UNFUNNY PART of the film EVAR; but LC hot as always. 2 stars
4/14/04 slayathon Best Part was the end with Seth Green dancing 2 stars
4/04/04 mason my 3 year old dug it, big dumb fun 4 stars
4/02/04 movieboy pretty good better then the first 4 stars
4/01/04 g is this a movie or an hour annd a FUCKING HALF OF PURE SHIT! STUPIFYING HORSESHIT! DAMN!!!! 1 stars
3/31/04 maxomai Just stab your eyes out. It's better for you. 1 stars
3/28/04 Margie according to a 10 yr old (my sister) it was great, according to me... pretty bad. 2 stars
3/28/04 Hilarium Not even a real movie. Stupid. 1 stars
3/27/04 Titus Not bad for a fun, silly flick. See it if you liked the first one. 4 stars
3/27/04 Bingo was his name-o Vile. 1 stars
3/20/04 Ray Its like what happens in the movie: a fart joke!!! 2 stars
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  26-Mar-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 14-Sep-2004



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