Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

RAJA GOSNELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA/Canada, 2004.  Warner Bros., Mosaic Media Group.  Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Jinkies, who knew a sequel could be that much more fun than the original? Fresher and a lot more fun, this sequel to the 2002 blockbuster hit will entertain more than just the very young. After the unveiling of the Mystery, Inc. museum, in which the gang of crime busters have stored the costumes of their most infamously unmasked villains, a giant pterodactyl comes to life, tears the building apart and steals its most precious artifacts. To make matters worse, a journalist () is dedicated to smearing the fabulous foursome and making them the laughing stock of the city of Coolsville. This does not go over well with Fred (), Daphne (), Velma () or Shaggy (), and in particular sets afire the crime fighting spirit of that great Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. With the help of a mysterious museum curator (), the colourful quintet set out to solve a mystery using both helpful clues that Velma collects when she’s not losing her glasses, and the diehard determination of Shaggy and Scooby, who are doing their best not to be their usual screwup selves. Lots and lots of fun action scenes, the usual out-of-place flatulation humour (I grew up on that show and I don’t ever remember the dog farting all the time), plus Daphne’s not quite as useless this time (think Buffy in a purple dress) and Scooby’s CGI design is a lot more appealing. What sells its best, however, is that the mystery itself is actually a lot more like the ones featured on the original television program than was seen in the first film.

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