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THE MOVIE: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

THE STARS:
Sarah Michelle Geller • Freddie Prinze Jr.
• Linda Cardellini • Matthew Lillard • Alicia Silverstone
DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell

The gang THE CONCEPT:
Mystery Inc. springs back in action in this sequel, when a series of monster attacks occur in Coolsville. Under the scrutiny of reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Silverstone), the group’s stellar reputation begins to crumble leaving Shaggy (Lillard) and Scooby questioning their roles in Mystery Inc.

U.S. RELEASE: March 26 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

RAJA GOSNELL:
“It was so much easier to shoot the scenes with Scooby and Shaggy this time, because we knew what we were doing. The technique that works the best is just Matt, empty room, reacting to Scooby and then we can animate Scooby into what he’s doing later. Matt does some great things in the movie. He’s an incredibly gifted physical actor.”

MATTHEW LILLARD:
“It’s a weird experience to see the movie for the first time and see your star (Scooby) there. You’re doing all these things and your imagination creates a lot, but the thngs that the guys in visual effects come up with are ten times more extraordinary and more elaborate. It’s a mind-blowing experience.”

LINDA CARDELLINI (Velma) on getting back into character:
“I use a language tape for Velma – there are certain Velma-isms from the cartoon that I’ve recorded onto a DVD and I practice with that. I always do one line before I start a scene, ‘Oh Shaggy, we’re not trying to make time, we’re trying to make contact with the Creeper.’ It’s this line from the episode with the Creeper, and it’s a line that really gets me back in character. I’ve used it for years now.”

LILLARD on how he gets into character:
“I can tell you what Linda says, she says it every time! I have buzzwords I have a Scooby loop that I listen to. It’s a twenty minute loop of just Shaggy’s voice, but I can’t listen to it anymore. So now, I’ve gotten to the point where I find it pretty quickly, saying things like (in Shaggy’s voice) ‘Scooby-Doo, where are you? What are you doin’ Scoob?’ I’ll just run through the list.”

FREDDIE PRINZE JR (Fred):
“The monsters in the film are very true to the way they looked in the cartoon, which was really important to me, so fans will recognize them from their favorite episodes.”

SARAH MICHELLE GELLER (Daphne) on the movie’s theme of self-acceptance:
“(This film) is not just for kids. Sometimes adults need reminding that image isn’t everything; it has to come from within. I’m happy and proud to be able to put that message out there, especially with a character like Daphne, who puts so much of her self-worth in her exterior.”

LILLARD on working with Neil Fanning, who does the voice of Scooby-Doo:
“The first time the leap of faith was pretty extreme because you have no idea what Scooby would look like. The advancement in technology from Scooby one to Scooby two is so incredible that you knew it was going to be much better, so the leap of faith was much easier. And you can’t underestimate how important Neil is to the process, especially for me. I work with Scooby every single day. Neil is always off-camera, I couldn’t do it without him.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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