James Gunn Explains Why the First Live-Action Scooby-Doo Cut Was Rated R
James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for 2002's Scooby-Doo, detailed the film's journey from an R rating to a PG rating.
Back in 2002, The Suicide Squad' s James Gunn wrote the screenplay for the first live-action Scooby-Doo film. The film originally received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, but was brought down to PG. When asked about the original script, Gunn explained the cuts that had to be made to bring down the film's rating.
Gunn first explained that they'd only received an R-rating because of one joke and that the original intent was to have the film rated PG-13. "Yes, the first MPAA rating was R, but it was only because of one stupid joke the MPAA misinterpreted," the director wrote on Twitter .
"The movie was originally meant to be PG-13 and was cut down to PG after like three parents were outraged at a test screening in Sacramento," he continued . "The studio decided to go a more family friendly route," Gunn said. Cuts to the original script included some strong language as well as a kiss between Velma and Daphne .
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"I thought at the time the rating change was a mistake," Gunn explained . "I felt like a lot of teens came out for the first film and didn’t get what they wanted (and didn’t come back for the sequel). But today I don’t know. So many young kids loved those movies, which is pretty cool." The Guardians of the Galaxy director also doubts any cuts of the original version of the film still exist.
Scooby-Doo originally released on June 14, 2002 and was directed by Raja Gosnell. The film starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard and Rowan Atkinson. A sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed , hit theaters two years later in 2004. Scooby and the gang will soon make their return to the big screen in the form of the animated reboot Scoob! .
James Gunn is currently directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC. He will also return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios.
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Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. The film arrives in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.
James Gunn Shares Details About His Lost R-Rated Scooby-Doo Movie
James Gunn shares details about his lost R-rated Scooby-Doo movie, stating that his initial plan, as well as the director's, was to make it PG-13.
Some 20 years after it first hit theaters, James Gunn is sharing more details about his lost R-rated Scooby-Doo movie. The writer/director, most commonly known for his work on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, previously penned the script for the 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed . Based off of the original animated television franchise, the first installment revolved around the members of Mystery Incorporated who, following a two-year disbandment, regroup to investigate a case surrounding a horror-themed resort. It starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby himself.
Despite mixed-to0negative reviews, Scooby-Doo became a commercial success, warranting the production of Monsters Unleashed and establishing a new fanbase outside the animated series. Intended to have a darker tone and more adult humor, the 2002 film was rumored to have been assigned an R-rating before subsequently shifting gears and changing its direction ahead of release. Gunn confirmed the speculation back in 2017, adding that CGI was used to remove a female star's cleavage, but stated that nonetheless, he had fun making the movie. In the years since Scooby-Doo hit theaters, several cast members have commented on the particular aspects taken out to achieve its family-friendly appeal, but fans who have grown accustomed to Gunn's style of writing have expressed interest in seeing an R-rated version.
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Now, James Gunn has taken to Twitter to give fans more details concerning the lost R-rated Scooby-Doo film. Responding to a question about the PG-13 cut, the writer reveals that although the movie never received that rating, it was the intention of him, as well as the director, Raja Gosnell, to make it PG-13. He notes that after the MPAA gave it an R-rating, and they changed a number of things, it was then made PG. Check out Gunn's tweet below:
Will James Gunn's R-Rated Scooby-Doo Ever Be Released?
Gunn has discussed releasing an R-rated Scooby-Doo in the past, though it may not be the original cut of the 2002 film. Back in August, when asked about the possibility of making a new installment featuring the same cast members, Gunn shared that he thinks the studio would be open to it if they inquired and got everyone back on board. Matthew Lillard and Freddie Prinze Jr. have also expressed their desire to revisit the members of Mystery Incorporated as adults, and while Gunn may be too busy at the moment, he did not oppose the idea.
Given the amount of fan support behind the concept of an R-rated Scooby-Doo movie, as well as the current development of an adult animated Velma series , it will be interesting to see if something can come together down the line. Audiences are familiar with Gunn's style, having surged into mainstream media with his most recent projects, including the R-rated The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker , so to have him potentially write and direct a new installment would be exciting. Fans hoping to see how a more mature Scooby-Doo film would play out may have to keep waiting, but Gunn being open-minded is a promising sign.
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Scooby-Doo Was Originally Given An R-Rating, Had To 'CGI Away' Cleavage
Long before he became the shepherd of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy , James Gunn earned a paycheck -- a significant paycheck -- as the writer of a live-action take on the animated classic, Scooby-Doo . On the fifteenth anniversary of that comedy's release, Gunn took to Facebook and posted a nostalgic memory-lane jog that revealed all sorts of fascinating trivia, none more eye-popping than the fact that the MPAA gave his first pass on Scooby-Doo, a family-friendly film, an R rating. Gunn explained:
I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended [up] pushing it into a clean cut children's film. And, yes, the rumors are true -- the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars' cleavage was CGI'd away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.
This actually calls to mind the very funny Scooby-Doo spoof that Kevin Smith worked into his own Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back , where his beloved stoner duo gets picked up by obvious Scooby stand ins. And bad language was allowed:
More than anything, I'd be itching to get my hands on James Gunn 's original draft of an edgier, potentially R-rated Scooby-Doo . The finished product starred real-life couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as Matthew Lillard as Shaggy and Bloodline phenom Linda Cardellini as Velma. Scooby was a CGI creation, and the movie -- as well as its sequel -- were sweet and goofy and definitely aimed at kids. At the same time, this clip from the 2002 movie seemed to suggest that SOME cleavage still made the cut:
This ended up being a win-win for both parties. The Scooby-Doo movies made money (though the first was far better than the sequel), and as James Gunn points out in his Facebook memory , he made friendships that lasted a lifetime:
I made some very close friends along the way - mostly Linda, one of the people I love most in the world, but also the wonderful Matthew Lillard, and, later, through Scooby-Doo 2 (yes I did the sequel) my great pal Seth Green.
And he got the Guardians of the Galaxy, which also got a sequel. Like I said. Win win.
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Scooby-Doo (lost unreleased R-rated cut of live-action "Scooby-Doo" film; 2002)
The poster for the film.
Scooby-Doo was a live-action film adaptation of the popular animated franchise of the same name, originally released on June 14th, 2002, in the United States. However, there is a significant difference between the cut that was released and some of the content that was originally filmed for the movie.
Early in production, the film was intended to have a more satirical tone towards the original franchise as well as skew towards an older audience, with a PG-13 rating planned. James Gunn's first draft of the script had a lesbian relationship subplot involving Velma and Daphne as well as multiple marijuana gags. By the time of filming, references to Velma's sexuality were lessened, before eventually being dropped altogether.
This original version of the film went far enough to get submitted to the MPAA, where it received an unexpected R rating, due to what James Gunn describes as "some line of dialogue the MPAA thought referred to oral sex."   Shortly after this, the studio completely forced a change in direction on the tone of the film, now intent on getting a family-friendly PG rating.
Some original scenes in which the female characters exposed a significant amount of cleavage were re-edited with the cleavage CGI'd over for the final cut of the film. Several scenes were removed for the PG rating, including a scene where Daphne and Velma kiss in order to exchange bodies after the Daemon Ritus fails to correctly realign them, and another where Fred jokes that someone "spiked" Scrappy-Doo's dog bowl.
Two of the removed scenes were included in home media releases: one where a possessed Velma dances in a bikini, which parents mistook for underwear, and another where Daphne's protoplasm is removed, which was deemed too dark for children. Other scenes that were removed for pacing rather than censorship are also included.
Some minor adult humor remained in the final cut of the film, most notably a gag in which Shaggy meets a girl named "Mary Jane" (Mary Jane being an often-used slang term for marijuana), to which his response is "Like, that is my favorite name."
While the original cut may still exist somewhere (despite Gunn claiming it to be unlikely), no footage has ever been released from it. Due to the release of 2020s Scoob! reiterating Warner Bros'. intentions to keep the franchise kid-friendly, it is unlikely it will be publicly shown anytime soon.
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James Gunn Looks Back On 'Scooby Doo' And The R-Rated Cut
The live-action Scooby Doo is now 15 years old. Originally, the filmmakers were going for a PG-13 rating, but after filming was completed and an early cut got an R-rating from the MPAA, Warner Bros. decided to turn the raunchy teen comedy into a movie for children. Scooby Doo 's writer, James Gunn ( Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ), thought it was a mistake, but a decade and a half later, he still looks back on the experience with a great deal of fondness.
Below, learn more about the R-rated Scooby Doo film we never saw.
There are a few moments in Raja Gosnell 's ( Never Been Kissed ) take on Scooby Doo where you can see hints of the R-rated version, like when Shaggy ( Matthew Lillard ) tells Mary Jane ( Isla Fischer ), "Like, that's my favorite name." You can also spot where they might've cut around other pot jokes, but those were far from the only gags revised or cut.
Some significant changes were made during production. Midway through the shoot, Gunn had to rewrite the whole third act because of budgetary reasons. When it was all said and done, though, Scooby Doo ended up making a lot of kids happy and grossed $275 million at the box-office.
On Facebook , Gunn looked back on the movie for its 15th anniversary:
I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002's cutting CGI technology(!!). Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out — I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children's film. And, yes, the rumors are true — the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars' cleavage was CGI'd away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.
He had what sounds like a great experience shooting in Australia and, after the movie came out, it opened more doors for him:
At about 5:30 Saturday morning opening weekend Lorenzo DiBonaventura – the head of production at Warners, and one of the people who gave me my start – called me and woke me up at home to tell me we made 18 million the Friday before. Now that doesn't seem to be all that much today – Guardians will make around that on a Thursday night alone – but back then it was enough to make the movie the biggest June opening ever. Until that moment, I thought if the movie came out and didn't do well I'd be able to continue getting writing jobs, and my life was going to be the same. But in that one single moment I knew everything had changed.
And it did. I was offered every movie you can imagine. Like, uh, the Jabberjaw movie, and The Jetsons movie, and the Captain Caveman movie. I was offered tons of money to do all of these things. So, of course, me being me, I chose to write Dawn of the Dead . Go figure out my brain, who knows.
Gunn went on to write the Scooby Doo sequel, which was a little less challenging. The writer and all involved knew what movie they were making from the start the second time around. The PG-rating was set in stone for the sequel. As for the R-rated cut of Scooby Doo , it's not ignored on the special features for the first movie. The commentary and other bonus features give an idea of the movie they set out to make. I'm doubtful it'll ever happen, but it would be great to see the R-rated cut of Scooby Doo on Blu-Ray someday.
Make sure to check out Gunn's full post about Scooby Doo on Facebook, via the link above.
Was the 2002 Scooby-Doo Movie Meant to be R-Rated?
Despite what James Gunn says, there are clues that the PG-film was meant to be a lot more ‘adult’ than the original cartoon series
Written by a pre- Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn , the 2002 Scooby-Doo film is a nostalgic favorite for many. Immortalizing the Mystery Inc. gang with their first mainstream, live-action appearances, so many aspects of the film worked brilliantly – from the campy tone to the pitch-perfect casting (Matthew Lillard’s performance as Shaggy was so spot-on, he would take over performing the character’s animated appearances for the next 20 years), viewers couldn’t get enough.
Released with a PG rating, the film was enjoyed by audiences of all ages, making a very respectable $275m at the international box office. But many eagle-eyed viewers have noticed some small hints that the 2002 film wasn’t always meant to be family-friendly. Between some off-kilter jokes, questionable character names, and weird scene set-ups, there’s reason to believe that the film’s original cut was in fact R-rated. Even though Gunn himself tweeted earlier this year that this initial rating was due “one stupid joke the MPAA misinterpreted” and that the film was always meant to be “PG-13 or PG”, fans are still dubious – and here’s why.
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A main reason why fans think that Scooby-Doo was at one point R-rated is that an early draft of the script leaked online . First surfacing on Reddit but then shared around, the script is dated “March 17, 2000” and has all the official insignia to suggest it’s genuine – by all reasonable standards, it seems real. Flicking through, then, some of the jokes definitely lean to the more ‘adult’ side of things. Highlights include Daphne playing around with “an eggplant and pink bodysuit”, Fred openly coming on to her saying “we have a long history” and Daphne rebuffing him saying “so do Godzilla and King Kong – doesn’t mean they should have sex”, and even Velma getting drunk at one point and “[swirling] her turtle neck sweater over her head” in front of some partying students.
In fact, evidence that a few of these scenes were actually filmed can be found in this corporate video from Warner Bros.:
In case it was missed, here’s Linda Cardellini as Velma seemingly topless on top of a piano:
Not something that a viewer would expect from a “PG-13 or PG”. Moreover, even aspects of the finished film were originally R-rated. Gunn has previously spoken about how the female casts’ “cleavage was CGI’d over” in some sections, in a bid to salvage shot scenes and make them family-friendly. Additionally, he’s referenced a kiss between Daphne and Velma being cut, and a scene with Shaggy and the aptly-named Mary Jane smoking a joint being abandoned. It would seem that, for a movie that would eventually be PG, a lot had to be altered to make it that way.
Nevertheless, it’s possible all these clues are merely breadcrumbs; disparate hints cobbled together. It’s entirely feasible that Gunn is right, and that the film was always meant to be “PG-13 or PG”, and the creative team were just taking some liberties with MPAA standards (who knows why they thought a topless Velma would be okay). However, for some mystery-solving fans, all these R-rated clues add up to a far more entertaining bigger picture – and Warner Bros. would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for these meddling viewers and their damn blogs.
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James Gunn Thinks R-Rated ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie With Original Cast Could Happen
The Scooby-Doo franchise has expanded into a countless number of different iterations over the years. With both animated and live-action shows, films, and spin-offs circulating the pop culture realm, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what they haven’t already done. There is one project that many fans would love to see, however, and that’s an R-rated take on Scooby-Doo . Interestingly, the original 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo film was going to be rated as such. Now James Gunn, who wrote the film along with its sequel, has teased the possibility of a new Scooby-Doo film with an R-rating – he just doesn’t have the time right now to make it happen.
The notion was first brought up by a fan who received a response from actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Fans will recognize Freddie Prinze Jr. for having played the role of Fred Jones in both the first live-action film and its sequel. He initially responded that, “Rightly or wrongly they don’t have the guts to make that movie.”
While this could be disheartening news – James Gunn took the opportunity to reveal that it is indeed possible.
“I think they’d do it if we asked,” James Gunn replied. “I just don’t think I have the time right now!”
I think they’d do it if we asked. I just don’t think I have the time right now! — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 25, 2022
This whole discussion started based on an interview with Matthew Lillard from TooFab . He had the following to say about doing an R-rated Scooby-Doo project:
“It’s up to the fans. I think that people listen, especially these days, to social media, they listen to fans and that fandom is really strong,” added Lillard, who agreed an R-rated reboot “would be a super fun thing to see.”
With both fans and members of the original cast and crew eager to do the project, it’ll be exciting to see if anything ever develops of the idea. In the meantime, fans will soon be getting the first animated Scooby-Doo series for adults with the spin-off show Velma on HBO Max.
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James Gunn Almost Gave the World a Rated-R Scooby-Doo with Sex Jokes and Cleavage
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If James Gunn had had things his way, the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie would have been an edgy, rated-R take on the classic mystery series. On Wednesday, the Guardians of the Galaxy director celebrated the 15th anniversary of the modernized Scooby-Doo film, for which he wrote the screenplay, by explaining that his original vision for the film was darker than the PG romp that ended up making it into theaters.
“I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film,” Gunn wrote on Facebook . “And, yes, the rumors are true.” Wait, what rumors? “The first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend.”
In another comment, Gunn clarified that the R rating wasn’t due to any surprisingly adult plot lines, but rather “some line of dialogue the MPAA thought referred to oral sex.”
In past interviews, Gunn has shared that he wanted to play up certain aspects of the original story to amuse an older crowd, like teasing Shaggy’s apparent pothead habits. He also wanted to more overtly showcase Velma’s sexuality, because he’s “pretty sure she’s gay,” he told the Seattle Times in 2002. “So we had a couple little nods to that in the movie and in the end, again, they were things that kind of (detracted from) the scenes.” For example, the script originally featured a scene where Velma ( Linda Cardellini ) blatantly ogles Daphne ( Sarah Michelle Gellar ), and the pair were later supposed to kiss, per director Raja Gosnell. Both scenes were cut to appease the studio’s PG wishes.
Alas, Gunn’s dream of a more adult Scooby-Doo never came to fruition—but the film did pave the way for the rest of his career, which now includes two blockbuster G_uardians of the Galaxy_ films. “I was offered every movie you can imagine,” he writes. “Like, uh, the Jabberjaw movie, and The Jetsons movie, and the Captain Caveman movie. I was offered tons of money to do all of these things. So, of course, me being me, I chose to write Dawn of the Dead . Go figure out my brain, who knows.”
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Why velma’s r-rated scooby doo spinoff is a bad idea.
HBO Max's Velma will see Mindy Kaling offer a gory, R-rated reimagining of Scooby-Doo. Here's why that isn't as good an idea as it may sound.
HBO Max's Mindy Kaling-starring R-rated Scooby-Doo spinoff Velma is set to reinvent the series as an adults-only affair, but there is a reason that this popular idea has never been realized before. HBOMax’s Velma was first announced in 2021, with the first image from the animated series being shared in May 2022. An R-rated reinvention of the Scooby-Doo franchise, Velma will star executive producer Mindy Kaling as the titular heroine. Judging by the gore and nudity on display in the show's earliest preview image, Velma will be making the most of the show's lack of content restrictions.
However, while this idea sounds original, a cursory search online proves that adults-only reinventions of the Scooby-Doo mythos are nothing new. The Adult Swim sketch comedy series Robot Chicken featured sketches that saw the Mystery Inc gang join forces with Lisbeth Salander and face off against the Friday the 13th franchise villain Jason Voorhees, while South Park offered a ribald, scatological parody of the Scooby-Doo cast back in season 3 with “Korn’s Groovy Pirates Ghost Mystery.” Admittedly, Velma does mark the franchise’s first attempt to reinvent Scooby-Doo as an R-rated property, but this effort may prove misguided.
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Although the idea of a gorier, scarier, and swearier Scooby-Doo is popular among the show's sizable fandom, there is a reason that director James Gunn’s live-action Scooby-Doo movies ended up being rated PG. Some of the franchise’s best incarnations lean into its kid-friendly premise, while the joke of making Shaggy’s drug use explicit is about the only punchline that an R-rated Scooby-Doo facilitates. Velma’s violent reinvention of Scooby-Doo also ignores the fact that the underrated Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated already reinvented the series as a more mature comedy-drama. However, all hope is not necessarily lost for the upcoming adult animation series and its attempts to breathe new life into the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Why Gunn’s Scooby-Doo Movies Were Rated PG
Although screenwriter James Gunn talked about wanting to produce an R-rated Scooby-Doo reboot, it is understandable that the studio opted to go with the safer option of making his Scooby-Doo movies with director Raja Gosnell PG-rated. Scooby-Doo has been a children’s franchise since its inception and some of its best incarnations (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Be Cool Scooby-Doo) lean into its Saturday morning cartoon origins and almost entirely drop the darker mystery elements. There are countless edgy, dark reinventions of comparable children’s franchises ranging from Riverdale to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, few of which are authentically subversive outside of adding explicit elements to an otherwise child-friendly franchise. Adding another famous series to this list without offering an otherwise innovative take on the material doesn’t improve on Scooby-Doo or expand the franchise’s potential. A look at Gunn’s original R-rated Scooby-Doo pitch proves that a cut Daphne/Velma romance was the only majorly original idea removed from the movie, with the rest of the jettisoned material consisting mostly of predictable stoner humor and slightly scarier villains.
'R-Rated Scooby Doo' Is A One-Joke Premise
While the idea of confirming that Shaggy is a stoner or explicitly depicting the romantic dynamics between the rest of the show’s characters may seem like a fun one, there is not much comedic gold to be mined from the premise. Beyond making the implicit drug jokes of the original series explicit, there is not a lot to be gained from making Scooby-Doo R-rated , particularly when countless slasher movies have already explored the majority of jokes that could come from the concept. Everything from the original Friday the 13th to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has shown viewers what would happen if the Scooby-Doo cast encountered a truly violent and malevolent villain since most slasher movies since the subgenre’s inception rely on the same character archetypes found in the children’s cartoon.
Not only that but there isn’t much about the broad characters of Scooby-Doo that would benefit from more creative freedom. Clarifying that Shaggy is a stoner or Velma is a lesbian (a popular online fan theory that various iterations of Scooby-Doo have hinted at, but not made explicit) would be easier achieved with an R-rating, but the latter would be more effective as a representational milestone if it appeared in a series for children and the former is a one-note gag. Shaggy is already seen as an iconic stoner thanks to Scream star Matthew Lillard’s perfect movie incarnation of the character, making an R-rated reinvention of the legendary slacker all the more superfluous.
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A Darker, More Mature Scooby-Doo Spinoff Already Exists
The acclaimed but under-seen Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated managed to add teen drama, Lovecraftian horror, and an authentically compelling mystery to the Scooby-Doo formula while still feeling like the classic series and never taking itself too seriously. Meanwhile, acclaimed author Edgar Cantero’s successful horror-comedy novel Meddling Kids was a much darker, more explicitly adults-only take on the Scooby-Doo crew in their adult lives, but that project had the good sense to drop the cartoony aesthetic and play the premise for drama and horror. In contrast, the early preview of Velma’s visuals makes it clear that the HBOMax series is still broad and goofy, but also violent and dark, which will be a harder tone to pull off than Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated’s less uneven balance of jokes and scares.
Why Velma Could Still Succeed Despite These Issues
While Velma has a lot of issues to overcome, Kaling had made more challenging projects work before, and reinventing the character Velma as a South Asian character at least adds some diversity to the new series. The presence of Kaling and this new facet of Velma's identity means there might be more to the HBO Max show Velma than simply playing out the typical “What if Scooby-Doo was rated R” concept. It is not immediately obvious from the limited preview that viewers have seen so far what the tone of the new show will be. However, recent incarnations of Scooby-Doo like Be Cool Scooby-Doo have been much more cartoony and child-friendly than even Gunn’s movies, so there is an argument to be made that the series is overdue a more grown-up overhaul. However, particularly during the current slasher movie boom, HBO Max’s project will have tough competition as a gory horror comedy. If anyone can make a Scooby-Doo spinoff focused on Velma work it would be Mindy Kaling, but the question of whether the franchise's R-rated retelling Velma is necessary will only become clear when the series arrives later in 2022.
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James Gunn reveals MPAA originally gave Scooby-Doo an R-rating
Director Raja Gosnell and screenwriter James Gunn’s 2002 reboot of SCOOBY-DOO with Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Linda Cardellini has become quite the classic over the years. And today Gunn took to Twitter to confirm that not only was the movie originally supposed to be rated PG-13, but the first MPAA rating was R.
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Gunn revealed over a series of tweets:
The movie was originally meant to be PG-13 & was cut down to PG after like 3 parents were outraged at a test screening in Sacramento. The studio decided to go a more family-friendly route. Yes, the first MPAA rating was R , but it was only because of one stupid joke the MPAA misinterpreted. Language and jokes and sexual situations were removed, including a kiss between Daphne and Velma. Cleavage was CGI’d over. But, thankfully, the farting remained. I thought at the time the rating change was a mistake. I felt like a lot of teens came out for the first film and didn’t get what they wanted (and didn’t come back for the sequel). But today I don’t know. So many young kids loved those movies, which is pretty cool. Also, for the record, I doubt any of those old cuts still exist.
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SCOOBY-DOO (2002) began two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors. The gang are summoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot destination that owner Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) claims is plagued with ghosts. Suspicious as usual of any claims involving the paranormal, the Mystery Inc. clan is soon probing a scheme involving ancient rites, summoned spirits, and brainwashed college students, forcing the group members to resolve their differences and uncover the truth.
SCOOBY-DOO (2002) was directed by Raja Gosnell from a screenplay written by James Gunn from a story by Gunn and Craig Titley based on characters by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle produced. Warner Bros. Pictures released it back on June 14, 2002.
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There has been a significant amount of criticism levelled against the show, particularly for how far it strays from its source material.
Earlier this year, HBO Max released an R-rated spinoff of the beloved children's cartoon series Scooby-Doo , named Velma . The show moves away from its original format and focuses on the adventures of the titular character, Velma Dinkley. There has been a significant amount of criticism against the show from both rating platforms and fans of the series. This is due to the new storyline, which represents a significant change from the original Scooby-Doo format, which involved the gang resolving supernatural mysteries. However, the story format was not the only significant change introduced in Velma .
One of the most notable modifications seen in Velma is the adult-oriented content. The show features nudity, sex, and profanity, making it inappropriate for children. In the following sections, we will discuss some of the most significant changes that HBO Max introduced in Velma .
Scooby Is Not Present
Fans of the classic animated show Scooby-Doo may be surprised to learn that the beloved character is absent from the new HBO Max series, Velma . Those hoping to see the familiar meddling kids and their canine companion getting into trouble and solving mysteries will be disappointed to discover that Scooby is no longer part of the crew in this spinoff. The exclusion of Scooby-Doo has resulted in criticism from viewers who were expecting the iconic talking dog to make an appearance on the show.
According to Variety , Warner Bros. Animation made the decision to exclude Scooby-Doo from Velma due to the adult humor present in the series. In an interview with Insider, the creator of the show, Charlie Grandy, explained that the changes made to the characters felt authentic to the spirit of the original series. He also added that they wanted to be respectful and avoid placing the beloved characters in inappropriate or grotesque situations.
While the show has received mixed reviews, fans are disappointed that the iconic character of Scooby-Doo did not make an appearance in this new adult-oriented version.
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The New Velma
The new Velma series has undergone significant changes, particularly in its reimagining of the iconic character at the center of the show. One of the most notable changes made by the producers is their departure from the traditional depiction of Velma as a white person. Instead, she is now portrayed as a South Asian character, and her backstory explores her cultural heritage in new ways. Additionally, the new Velma is revealed as bisexual and navigates her relationships with other characters in the gang, such as Daphne, Fred, and Shaggy, in a different way.
To bring this new version of Velma to life, the show's producers enlisted the talents of actress Mindy Kaling to take on the role. Despite facing criticism from some viewers regarding the character's race and sexuality, Insider reported that Kaling responded to the criticism by expressing her surprise at the social media reactions to the show. Despite this backlash, Velma has been renewed for a second season, according to Deadline . This suggests that the show's producers have confidence in their bold reimagining of the beloved character.
Velma's Family Structure
Velma has undergone significant changes, including a darker and more mature tone that is reflected in the adaptation of the character's family. The show's producers have given Velma's family new names, backgrounds, and an entirely different structure, which changes the dynamics between them. One significant alteration is the introduction of her dad's girlfriend, who is pregnant, creating a new tone that is explicitly portrayed in the series.
Velma is unhappy about the new family member and makes her disapproval known, highlighting the show's departure from the classic Scooby-Doo formula. This change in the family's dynamics represents a departure from the typical "happy family" structure that is typically portrayed in children's programming. This darker and more complex family environment seems to explore new and challenging themes.
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Velma's Mom Goes Missing
The disappearance of Velma's mother, Diya Dinkley, sets off a chain of events in the new Velma series that raises new questions. During the investigation, it's discovered that the last thing Diya bought was a gift for her daughter, which was found in her missing vehicle. This gift appears to be closely linked to Velma's trauma of losing her mother, and she decides not to open it. This adds an emotional layer to the storyline and demonstrates the impact of trauma on a person's life. It also raises the stakes of the investigation as Velma tries to uncover the truth about her mother's disappearance.
Velma Suffers From Scary Hallucinations
The HBO Max version of the Scooby-Doo franchise takes a different approach to Velma's character compared to the original show. In this updated adaptation, the character is depicted as someone who suffers from terrifying hallucinations, which are linked to the guilt she feels over her mother's disappearance.
The hallucinations occur whenever Velma is investigating a mystery and add an element of psychological depth to her character. This change in the show's protagonist also highlights the emotional toll of traumatic experiences and their long-term effects on an individual's mental health.
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The New Daphne
The newest version of the Velma series has brought about significant changes not only to the titular character but also to her friend and fellow mystery solver, Daphne. In this latest adaptation, Daphne has been reimagined as a 15-year-old Asian-American girl, with the iconic orange-red hair and purple dress that fans of the franchise know and love. However, her appearance isn't the only aspect of her character that has been revamped. The story depicts Daphne as one of the most popular students at Crystal Cove High School, but despite her apparent social status, she is shown as being extremely insecure about herself due to her desire to learn more about her birth parents.
In the series, she reveals that she began selling drugs to earn enough money to hire a private investigator and uncover information about her biological family. This unexpected twist adds a layer of complexity to Daphne's character and offers a glimpse into the struggles of someone searching for their roots. With these changes, the new Velma series has managed to present Daphne with a different type of background story exploring deeper, more complex themes.
The show uncovers that Daphne's adoptive parents are a lesbian couple who work as police detectives. Although Daphne appears to have a positive relationship with her adoptive parents, she displays a strong desire to uncover her birth parents' identities.
Daphne's parents, who both work in law enforcement, taught her to avoid hazardous situations. Despite this, she is often seen putting herself in danger purely for the excitement of it. The character's overconfidence in risky situations frequently leads her to approach danger recklessly, in spite of her parents' best efforts to keep her safe.
Daphne's parents' occupation in the police department provides her with an advantage in identifying and sharing confidential investigation information, which is useful to Velma.
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Daphne and Velma
The series explores the complicated relationship between Velma and Daphne. The show explains how the two were friends as children but drifted apart after Velma became too absorbed in her grief over her mother's disappearance. However, in the second episode, we see Daphne and Velma getting closer again and rebuilding their friendship.
The show portrays the ups and downs of their relationship throughout the episodes. It is clear that both characters are in the process of discovering romantic feelings for each other, even though Daphne is still dating Fred. This new dynamic adds an interesting layer to the story and shows how the series is trying to explore diverse relationships between the iconic characters.
The New Shaggy
The new Velma series features a different Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, voiced by Sam Richardson. The character is now depicted as an African-American boy. In a recent interview with Toonado , Richardson shared how he gave his own spin on the character and was inspired by the show's message. He wanted to make Norville reflect the idea and script of the show, saying that his version of Shaggy or Norville was going to be "completely different to Casey Kasem's or Matthew Lillard's or Will Forte's."
Norville is presented as Velma's best friend in the series, and we also learn that he has a crush on her. Despite the changes, he still holds true to the classic Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc gang style by wearing a green T-shirt.
The New Fred
The character of Fred in the latest adaptation of Velma has undergone some significant changes while still retaining his recognizable physical appearance. The character still sports his trademark blond hair, black eyes, and an ascot. However, this time around, Fred's personality has taken on a more negative tone. He is introduced as the only child of a wealthy family and comes off as entitled and spoiled. He is portrayed as a sexist and racist individual who thinks that all girls are interested in him and makes derogatory comments about Velma's ethnicity. These changes in Fred's character create a more complex and flawed character and allow the show to explore his relationship with Velma in a different way.
The entire Scooby Doo and Krypto Too! Movie has leaked
Finally something good for the fandom.
How did this even happen?? Not that I’m complaining lol.
Well at least if they planned to write it off for taxes it won’t matter now, hopefully someone leaks the holiday haunt eventually
Seeing 2000's Krypto is surreal and nostalgic
Wait it’s that Krypto??? Like from the show
I loved the show as a kid, if Streaky and Ace have cameos it’ll make my year
It's karma for allowing Velma
Well that happened.
Scroll down to the comments and there's a Google drive link with the whole movie
Pretty fun movie overall, although it goes on for a bit too long but it has the classic scooby doo shenanigans velma severely lacked or made fun of
Haven’t seen the 2 most recent direct to dvd scooby doo films but this one out of the ones I have seen has probably the most romance between Daphne and Fred.
Really hope this movie being leaked opens up the floodgates and causes other canceled Warner bros projects to be leaked as well. There’s no reason why you should scrap or shelve complete projects like this.
How did u watch it?
I loved how "epic" the fight scene at the end was! It also felt like there was real danger with these villains since the DC universe can be brutal. Scooby's interactions with krypto were so adorable! I just love crossover scooby movies in general
Would there be any way for you to send me the downloaded movie as the Google drive link won’t work 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Is it safe to download this?
No issues for me, came up clean on a virus scan
Took the gamble and it's the full 1 hr 18 min movie in good quality, nothing suspicious so far
Did the link work for anyone? It won’t let me play it “too many playbacks”
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Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
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It's another variation of the classic Scooby-Doo plot device with the gang investigating a snow creature, but this time, it's on Mount Everest with the Abominable Snowman. Shaggy and Scooby-Doo wind up on the wrong flight and wind up going to India, ruining the Mystery Inc. gang's vacation in Paris. They learn about the Snowman and are really afraid, of course. Then it becomes a huge mystery to solve when Fred, Daphne and Velma try to find Scooby and Shaggy, as well as the snow creature.—wile_e2005
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Coming from a biased scooby doo fan, i really liked this movie.
I don't think the film was perfect, but I myself found it very worthwhile to watch. The plot is very simple and fun, and I thought the animation was very, very good, very colourful and fluid. Nice to see Paris, which is just an amazing city, I strongly recommend you go if you haven't already. The soundtrack was very nice too, and as usual the voice talents were excellent. Casey Kasem never fails to bring a smile to my face as Shaggy, I know I use this phrase a lot, but I find him very entertaining. Other voice actors that do that for me too are people like Jodi Benson, Tim Curry, Tony Jay and Frank Welker. Speaking of Welker, I much prefer Don Messick as Scooby, but Welker wasn't at all bad, though I do think he was better as Fred. Mindy Cohn and Grey DeLisle are fine too, and Daphne looks really pretty here, well she's always been pretty. In supporting roles, Rene Auberjoinis and Alfred Molina are very entertaining. Chill Out Scooby Doo does have its flaws though. Like What's New Scooby Doo? with the absence of the sound effects, it just lacked that Hanna Barbera touch. As much as I liked the plot, I do think the perpetrator got obvious a bit too early, but that's just an inkling that I have. My main problem was that I thought I noticed a contradiction. Daphne says in one scene "a yeti, what's a yeti?" and I found it odd at the time. Then it occurred to me, then again I could be wrong, that there was a Scooby Doo Where Are You episode when the gang chase a snow ghost, referred to by a supporting character as a yeti. Overall, a very entertaining Scooby Doo film, not the best, but a definite improvement on the appalling Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get a Clue. 7/10 Bethany Cox.
lots of fast paced fun
this is a pretty good Scooby Doo movie.it's fast paced,with some interesting characters,and the story is interesting.beyond that,the movie is fun to watch.Scooby and the gang are supposed to be vacationing in Paris,but end up in Nepal,battling the abominable snowman,and trying to unravel the mystery as they go.this Scooby Doo movie has a lot more action than many i've seen so far,and it's also quite funny.fans of Scooby and the gang are sure to like it,and even people who have never seen a Scooby Doo adventure should find it entertaining.if you haven't seen it you should check it out.for me,Chill Out Scooby Doo is a 7/10
Stay Cool, Scooby-Doo!
Shaggy and Scooby get on the wrong plane when en route to meet the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang in Paris and end up lost in the Himalayas while an abdominal snowman is on the loose. There is the usual amount of suspects and motives but it's just fresh enough to prevent the plot from becoming tiresome. The animation just gets better and better with each entry in the Scooby-Doo series and the bright colors and active sound design are a long way from the grainy TV show back in 1969 (though that still has its charm). Fans of the series will be glad to hear that the character of Dell Chillman from the Loch Ness adventure returns for this one, giving some continuity to the otherwise unrelated mysteries. I must admit that I preferred it when the monsters ended up being real but I guess that each mystery has its own logic and you'll be surprised at who is behind the mask of the adorable snowman. Keep 'em coming, Warner. That ol' Great Dane could live to a hundred.
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June 16, 2017. If James Gunn had had things his way, the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie would have been an edgy, rated-R take on the classic mystery series. On Wednesday, the Guardians of the ...
HBO Max's Velma will see Mindy Kaling offer a gory, R-rated reimagining of Scooby-Doo. Here's why that isn't as good an idea as it may sound. An R-rated Scooby-Doo isn't as fun as it seems.
And today Gunn took to Twitter to confirm that not only was the movie originally supposed to be rated PG-13, but the first MPAA rating was R. RELATED: SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE CURSE OF THE 13TH GHOST ...
Earlier this year, HBO Max released an R-rated spinoff of the beloved children's cartoon series Scooby-Doo, named Velma.The show moves away from its original format and focuses on the adventures ...
Pretty fun movie overall, although it goes on for a bit too long but it has the classic scooby doo shenanigans velma severely lacked or made fun of How did u watch it? THANK YOU IVE BEEN LOOKING THIS Its gone 😭😭😭 Here if anybody has a working link they can send me 🥺 Is it safe to download this? No issues for me, came up clean on a virus scan
Scoob! 2020 PG 1 h 33 m IMDb RATING 5.6 /10 28K YOUR RATING Rate POPULARITY 3,846 585 Play trailer 2:23 14 Videos 99+ Photos Animation Adventure Comedy Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.
With hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever -- a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race ...
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Today we try to solve the mystery of the lost R-rated Cut of Scooby-doo 2002. Can we crack the case of this original cut? Or will it remain as lost media for...
Scooby-Doo! and Krypto, Too! would have been the latest in a long line of crossovers in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Previously, The Scooby Gang has shared the screen with Batman and Robin, Courage ...
After garnering plenty of controversy for its various cuts, a Scooby-Doo and DC crossover movie has leaked online in spite of the Warner Bros. Discovery tax write-offs. Following the merger ...
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo wind up on the wrong flight and wind up going to India, ruining the Mystery Inc. gang's vacation in Paris. They learn about the Snowman and are really afraid, of course. Then it becomes a huge mystery to solve when Fred, Daphne and Velma try to find Scooby and Shaggy, as well as the snow creature.—wile_e2005
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