Curiosities | ‘Scooby-Doo’, Raja Gosnell’s beloved live-action, turns 20 in 2022!
It is more common than we imagine that specialized critics and the public disagree with each other as to the quality of a feature film – and, in the end, it does not matter much: the truth is that a good part of the productions detonated by critics have a special little place. in the hearts of spectators, as is the case with ‘Scooby Doo’.
Released before the craze for live-action adaptations, the film is based on the company’s classic and acclaimed animated franchise. Hanna-Barbera and revolves around a group of detectives known as Mystery SA, made up of four adults and a talking dog who solve bizarre and supernatural mysteries. In the first reinterpretation for the cinemas, the members of the group, Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Fred (Freddie Prinz Jr.), Sausage (Matthew Lillard), Velma (Linda Cardellini) and Scooby, the beloved Great Dane who lends his name to the title, come together two years after they parted ways to unravel the chilling events taking place on the tropical resort known as Wonder Island.
Despite the negative reviews, which punctuated flaws in the script, humor and visual effects, the work was a huge success at the box office and grossed. US$275 million worldwide, ensuring astronomical loyalty from those who grew up following the adventures of Scooby-Doo and his gang. The solid financial reception even gave rise to a sequel, ‘Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed’launched in 2004.
With that in mind and in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary, the CinePOP prepared a simple list with some backstage triviawhich you can check below:
- Raja Gosnell, who directed the feature, wanted a real couple to play Daphne and Fred (since the characters also have a romantic connection). The director’s first choice was Prinze Jr. and Gellar. Prinz Jr. originally didn’t want to do the film, because he didn’t believe he could honor the original animated series, but Gellar convinced him to take the role.
- This is one of the few films based on ‘Scooby Doo’ which reveals the titular character’s and Shaggy’s real first names: Scoobert and Norville, respectively.
- Gellar had to juggle filming the live-action film against the excessive schedule of the fantasy series. ‘Buffy: The Vampire Slayer’who had starred since 1997. The producers of both projects reached an agreement for her to spend two weeks in Los Angeles filming ‘Buffy’and the next two weeks in Queensland, Australia, running ‘Scooby Doo’.
- Frank Welkerwho voiced Fred in all of the ‘Scooby Doo’was cast to voice one of the film’s evil creatures.
- At first, the film’s opening had an alternate animated opening, showing the original versions of the main characters – but the sequence was cut to save screen time. The opening in question would also bring a rendition of the theme song “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”of the singer shaggy.
- Gellar hated the purple boots Daphne wore, and between shoots, she always switched to more comfortable sneakers.
- Once filming was over, Prinze Jr. had to shave his head, as the bleach used to make him blonde ruined his hair.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Aniston were considered for the role of Daphne Blake.
- Fisher Island was the second choice to play Daphne, before Gellar accepted the project. Her performance at the audition so impressed the casting directors that she got the supporting role of Mary Jane as a result.
- Originally, Scrappy Doo, Scooby-Doo’s nephew, was not going to be the main villain. At the end of the film, Old Man Smithers, also known as the Moon Ghost from the beginning of the narrative, would be behind the main events of the plot.
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