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Scooby-Doo 2 (PG)



Review by: Lucy Hayes | Rating: Two

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Three featurettes: 'Triple Threat', 'Dancing Dog' and 'True Ghoul Hollywood Story'; The Monsters Unleashed Challenge Game (menu based); Music video: Simple Plan. Music video: Big Brovas; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer.

YOIKS!! Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc gang return, kitsch-style, to brighten up the big screen in the new action packed sequel by Raja Gosnell!

Shaggy, faithful pal Scooby, Velma, Fred and Daphne emerge from a limo to a crowd of awestruck clone fans as they star at Coolsville's new museum exhibition opening, which features costumes and statues of monsters they've conquered.

A wag of Scooby's tail later and a sqwaking teradactil crashes through a window, sabotaging the exhibition and the gang's being idols for the night, as they are thrust into the throes of solving the identity of an evil masked villain vowing to take over Coolsville and mock Monsters Inc.

The famous five embark on solving the mystery of the spontaneous appearances of the scary monsters they've seen before, such as the Black Knight and Captain Cutler, the mysterious fluorescent green liquid traces, and the new evil masked villain.

Cunning reporter, Heather, played by Alicia Silverstone, makes life hard for the gang, as she uses her journalistic editing skills to twist all of what they say and make Coolsville hate them, a classic being when Fred appears on TV saying "Coolsville sucks!"

Matthew Lillard is hilarious as Shaggy and seems to really enjoy himself on screen, with his many creative facial expressions, mannerisms and high pitched voice.

There are lots of funny moments for kids and adults alike, mainly from the Shaggy and Scooby duo - Scooby in an afro and both in superfly 70's outfits getting down on the dance floor to Big Brovaz, Shaggy's fart destroying a ghost, and when drinking potions together, becoming a woman and "schwazzerneggarfied."

This sequel is more heartfelt than the original, offering a moral, and delving more into the characters as they question themselves and their roles in the gang.

This applies to brainy Velma, especially, as she doubts herself when she spies an intellectual love interest, in the form of Seth Green, as Patrick Wisely, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy co-star, and Austin Power's son.

Gellar is perfect as Daphne, in lilac, and demonstrates some impressive advanced Buffy-style kicks as she battles with the Black Knight Ghost.

Freddie Prinze Jr, as Fred, wonders if he's a failure and Shaggy and Scooby wonder if they can really be "wereoes"

The sequel features some impressive visual effects, from the opening sweeping up and down skyscraper shots around the city, like in Spider-Man, to the rollercoaster toboggan-style descent of Shaggy and Scooby down a hill.

There is even a Ghostbusters feel to some scenes, as a slimy tar monster is zapped in the city.

All in all: Scooby doooooooby doo go see it with some Scooby snacks!!!

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