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Scoob should stick to cartoons

Kimberly Nicoletti

Now I know how Dan felt last week watching “The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.” This time, we were both a minority in the theater – one of the few with more than a seventh-grade education.

We sat behind a row of kids with birthday hats on, who almost fell out of their seats laughing at the extended fart and burp scene between Shaggy and Scooby. I knew then the whole idea of bringing a cartoon to life was a mistake.

I loved Scooby Doo as a kid, and I fell in love with the puppy power of Scrappy Doo. Somehow, a computer animated Scoob gave me the creeps. I say either use all living creatures and impress me with Hollywood’s dog training, or stick to animation. The original Scooby had more personality and chemistry with Shag (or maybe I was just younger and more impressionable). As for Scrappy, whoever interpreted his character in this film had a very twisted mind. It ruined the entire film for me (I could’ve hung with the gastrointestinal scene and the not-so-deep mystery had Scrappy been given a fair chance in the script.)

But the movie wasn’t a total loss. I went in with a bouncy, kid-like attitude, and for most of the movie (before the flatulence competition and the introduction of Scrappy), I enjoyed watching Mystery Inc. come to life.

Matthew Lillard nailed Shaggy’s character, and after I got used to the fact that Velma actually had eyes instead of blank white spots, I dug Linda Cardellini’s role as Velma. Sarah Michelle Gellar embodied Daphne’s cleavage perhaps a bit much, and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s performance waxed and waned as Fred. Of course, as two-dimensional cartoon characters, the teen sleuths didn’t have a sex drive, but as full-bodied characters, they had full-blown hormones, which added an interesting twist.

Silly humor and a general feel-good, 1970s nostalgic vibe carried me through the mystery of Spooky Island, and I’d recommend it for any kid’s party, because the under-12 crowd was rolling in the aisles.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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