Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG)
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The sequel to Scooby-Doo. Well, as we saw in the first movie, the Mystery, Incorporated gang are fairly famous and beloved by the public. We see that to a much greater degree at the start of this movie, when their hometown of Coolsville opens a museum (or the town museum opens an exhibit) displaying the costumes of all the villains they've unmasked over the years. But one of the costumes apparently comes to life, and does some damage, while another masked figure makes some evil boasts or whatever. Basically, he wants to prove to the world that the gang aren't so great, after all. And there's a reporter named Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone), whose news reports damage the gang's reputation, as well. So the gang are determined to solve the case and restore the public's faith in them.
Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby realize that they're screw-ups, and want to change. They want to become actual serious detectives. And there's a subplot about a potential romance between Velma and the museum's curator, Patrick Wisely (Seth Green), but Velma is scared that he won't like the real her. Um... and eventually the gang uncovers a plot by the masked figure to use... randomonium from the local abandoned mine... in some kind of machine that can turn monster costumes into real monsters, so not only does he plan to discredit Mystery, Inc., but also take over Coolsville.
And I guess I don't want to say any more about the plot. It's not as good as the first movie, but I still liked it. (Again, critics and fans thought this was worse than the first movie, which most of them weren't too keen on, to begin with.) It was ridiculous, of course, but what can you expect? It's based on a ridiculous cartoon. Still, there were a few things that I found genuinely amusing. And the music was good. And... I dunno. I just found it kinda fun, possibly because it's ridiculous, rather than in spite of that fact.
TV: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! *
Night of the Living Doo * The Mystery Begins
movies: animated DTV * Scooby-Doo * Monsters Unleashed * Daphne & Velma