7 items from 2013
Two news items from the past week have me recalling a movie from nearly a decade ago: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. There was the announcement by Warner Bros. of a new animated feature based on the classic cartoon franchise, which is the obvious source of my considering Raja Gosnell’s live-action adaptations. Then there was the continued coverage of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly the voice casting for its CG characters. That comic book movie is being helmed by James Gunn, who scripted both 2002′s Scooby-Doo and the 2004 sequel. I remember enjoying the latter a lot when it hit theaters, surprised that it was so much better than the misguided original and even more surprised that it was actually received worse by critics. But could I defend Monsters Unleashed today? I revisited the movie this week in the hopes of doing so, but I don’t think I can. And »
- Christopher Campbell
After two live-action films, "Scooby-Doo" and "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed", both of which were received negatively by critics, the studio is developing an animated flick for a release date that remains unknown yet, reports aceshowbiz.com.
- Lohit Reddy
Warner Bros develops new animated feature film featuring mystery solving great dane Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo will return to his animated roots in a new Hollywood film, reports Variety.
The cowardly pooch, who a decade ago starred in two movies that combined live action and CGI elements, is being brought back to the big screen by Warner Bros. Little-known screenwriter Matt Lieberman will take charge of the script, but the project otherwise appears to be at an early stage, with no director or cast yet announced.
The husband and wife pair of Freddie Prinze Jr (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) teamed with Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini (Velma) in 2002's Scooby-Doo and sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. The series has so far taken more than £455m at the global box office despite generally negative reviews. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote of the first instalment: "The corpse of a vastly »
- Ben Child
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is poised to throw an old dog a bone by reanimating Scooby-Doo and the gang for the big screen. Working in collaboration with Atlas Entertainment and series’ producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, the studio’s planned project will mark the first cinematic venture for the Mystery Machine and its ghost-hunting crew since Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004.
And now, almost a decade later, Warner Bros. has displayed their confidence in the prolific intellectual property. After all, Scooby and the gang have maintained a steady stream of new content over on Cartoon Network; with more than twenty direct-to-video depictions since 1998, too. In terms of this new animated feature, though, the studio has kept plot details in the spooky dark other than announcing that Short Circuit scribe Matt Lieberman has been hired to pen the script.
The filmic adventures of the beloved Great Dane thus far, »
- Michael Briers
Scooby-Doo, where are you? Over on Cartoon Network, mostly, as the television channel has done a fine job of keeping the franchise modern with a never-ending stream of new series and made for TV animated specials featuring the Mystery Machine gang. But those aren.t bringing in the millions upon millions of dollars that theatrical releases do, and so Warner Bros. is once again going back to the spooky well for another Scooby-Doo feature film, according to Variety. Thankfully, we won.t have to worry about seeing Freddie Prinze Jr. or Sarah Michelle Gellar ruin the characters of Fred and Daphne in this version, however, as this will be a fully animated feature. Warners is working with Atlas Entertainment and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the first two live action films, Raja Gosnell.s Scooby-Doo in 2002 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. The first film, which to »
The live-action/CG hybrid Scooby-Doo made $276 million worldwide for Warner Bros. back in 2002. The sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, grossed $181 million in 2004. As much as critics dumped on the colorful mess, that is enough money that you knew the studio would return to the well before a decade passed. To their credit, WB is taking the franchise in a different direction. Variety reports the studio is developing an animated Scooby-Doo feature film. It is not specified in the report, but I assume it will be a computer-animated feature---that way I can be pleasantly surprised if the new Scooby-Doo turns out to be hand-drawn animation in the style of the original Hanna-Barbera series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, that premiered in 1969. Scooby-Doo was a big part of my childhood, so I will root for a fun, fresh adaptation. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the 2002 entry, return to produce the reboot. »
- Brendan Bettinger
We're one step closer to a threatened "Smurfs" trilogy with the arrival of "The Smurfs 2," a sequel that no one should be surprised to discover is every bit as generic, dull and lazy as its predecessor. After all, why should director Raja Gosnell ("Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed") and his team take any chances or expend any extra effort when 2011's "The Smurfs" was rewarded with $560 million in worldwide grosses? As a franchise, "The Smurfs" represents the lowest common denominator in family filmmaking, but as long as it's making money, it's doing exactly what it needs to do. And so »
- Geoff Berkshire
7 items from 2013
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