Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Seriously though, this film failed on so many levels. The characters weren't as likeable as we've been used to, the plot was ridiculously irrelevant-- made worse by an anticlimactic unmasking at the end and worst of all, the dog we've all grown to love, looked creepier than any of the monsters, ghosts, ghouls and goblins in the film. I don't know how they got that thing through creative approval because he'll probably be appearing in more nightmares than Freddy Krueger for all the kids who sit through this film. I guess it's something about his eyes being more human than dog or that ghostly appearance the CGI gave him. If I may allow myself to make a suggestion, I would personally have preferred an animation Scooby (à la WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT) than a CGI generated mutant-freak. The one guy who was dead-on though was Mathew Lillard with his impression of Shaggy. It was creepy at first because I thought Casey Kasem was getting younger but it turns out Lillard was actually just plain good at it. Sarah Michelle was her usual cute self, playing Daphne with a mean streak and hottie Linda Cardellini did a good job of dulling down a bit to play Velma. Freddy Prinze was...well...let's not go there.
Aside from that, the film lacked an overall sense of "goodness". The jokes were okay but could have been better. The effects were okay but could have been better. The music was okay but...actually no. For the umpteenth time, I had to sit and watch those talentless hacks called Sugar Ray invade a film with their idiotic music and insipid presence. These guys, along with Smashmouth (another bunch of talentless hacks) have probably appeared in more movies than Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and Dan Hedaya combined and I for one am willing to stand up and be counted. Studios, I implore you: please help rid the world of these two parasitic bands...haven't we all suffered enough already? Anyway, that's my two bits. I've already gone on longer than this film deserves.
The first big feature is a set of additional and extended scenes with 6 individual scenes and one additional opening sequence. The opening sequence is an animated tribute to the original cartoon show and was a blast to watch despite the crappy remake of the theme by Shaggy (the reggae singer, not the cowardly sleuth). The additional and extended scenes were also okay, especially the one which featured Linda Cardellini dancing around in a wet bikini. I never figured Velma to have such delectable cans but who's to complain? All the scenes are available with optional commentary by Raja Gosnell.
Following that is a 20-minute making-of documentary entitled "Unmasking the mystery behind Scooby-Doo". It's pretty standard fare with comments by the director, the producers and the cast but one of the highlights is a brief appearance by Joseph Barbera himself, one half of the famed Hanna-Barbera duo which is behind such classics as "The Flintstones" and "Tom & Jerry". Other than that, the usual type of discussion regarding the technical aspects of making Scooby-Doo himself, some of the stunt work and effects. Oddly enough, we get a bit more of Lillard and Prinze laughing at each other insincerely.
Next up is a little group of three (very short) featurettes. The first one, "Scary Places", is a very general 5-minute discussion on some of the sets in the film. I must admit the sets were extremely well made and very fitting with the movie. They don't go into any real detail but you do get to see a little bit of the construction work. The next one clocks in at exactly 1 minute and is relatively unnecessary. Entitled "The Mystery Van", it features a few of the other concepts and Lillard walking you through the van's interior. The last one is called "Daphne's fight scene". Now we're gettin' serious! Beginning with storyboards, we explore the inner workings of a pretty cool martial arts fight that Daphne has with some huge mofo towards the end of the movie. Some Chinese dudes are flown in from Hong Kong to prepare the choreography and wirework and Sarah Michelle talks about the whole thing wearing a very, very low décolleté. If anything, it's worth it just for that!
The rest of the stuff is pretty fluffy (unlike the dead serious content above). There's a little trivia game in which you answer some questions about the film (be careful though...I got all the questions right and I thought I won but instead, I was rewarded with a little clip featuring the sickening Pamela Anderson. Fortunately, I hadn't eaten anything heavy before) and a music video by Outkast called "Land of a million drums". The song is played throughout the film and is extremely irritating. The video features the band, accompanied by Shaggy and Scooby.