. I had no problem at all with the special effects--they were fine. I do agree that Scooby should have been played more, but again the gang is just starting together remember. The joke with Fred and Daff is just that, a joke people have created. Continuity is completely thrown out.
Only to change around things and make it completely wrong. They're just having the gang encounter real supernatural phenomena way too early in their careers. There are remakes and flipping an idea into a new 'brand'. This movie is great for kids as I said, but if you're a Scooby Doo purist, I'm not sure you'll enjoy it. I didn't like Fred though but I actually didn't mind him Mystery Begins , and this is not just because of the appearance, for my liking he wasn't macho or cool enough here.
That is to say it knew that it was a kids live action movie and not a cartoon. And in both productions, the two end up apart for one reason or another, which begs the question, why put them through the awkwardness in the first place? I just watched this movie. The original series, The Scooby Doo Show and The New Scooby Doo Movies I love, Mystery Incoporated was a pleasant surprise, Shaggy and Scooby Doo:Get a Clue was a disgrace the only one I hate and What's New Scooby Doo and 13 Ghosts are growing on me. Needless to say, the teen sleuths decide to take on the case- stalwart Fred, plucky Daphne, brainy Velma, fearful Shaggy and hungry Scooby. A few nights ago, we rented this non-cartoon movie from that box that is red. Thing was, I loved it! I wanted to like Curse of the Lake Monster but it didn't work for me really. I also quite enjoyed the second movie although not as much as the first.
He is no Casey Kasem or Matthew Lillard. I gave this a 5 because it was alright, but I had hoped for a lot better. I have been a big fan of Scooby Doo for as long as I can remember. They were cute, but since when does Scooby Doo have musical numbers? Generally I hate songs in cartoons, but this one was awesome. Judging by the way he is acting, I doubt he'll like any of these things from now on. While it stopped bothering me half way through the movie, I never started thinking of Fred as Fred. There are some good points, Scooby is very cute, Shaggy is still the likable goof-ball I love and Daphne and especially Velma are spot.
When it came to the original cast, I had issues with Freddie Prinze Jr as Fred as I felt he wasn't butch enough and Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, because she was both a little too short and I had not yet got over my Buffy crush; but Matthew Lillard as Shaggy was, quite simply, awesome. He was more like a new character to me. Bottom line, not a great movie but I guarantee your young children will enjoy it. This, unfortunately is where this movie falls down. There is a nice colorful happy ending.
I often wonder if the people who write these things have ever been. I love the chemistry between Shaggy and Scooby Doo. The film follows Fred played by Robbie Amell Daphne played by Kate Melton Velma played by Hayley Kiyoko Shaggy played by Nick Palantas and Scooby Doo voiced by Frank Welker As they go on vacation. I consider the brown-haired Fred a production decision blunder. Shaggy does steel the show.
Some of the locations are nice and the soundtrack has this infectious energy. Shaggy is a beatnik who wears green and brown with a goatee; Velma is smart, wears glasses, has bobbed hair, no surprises here either! If you have young children, I would highly advise passing on this movie! I thought this was a good movie for a Saturday night. Curse of the Lake Monster was a B-movie in many ways, including overt over-the-top acting. The pace was good and the plot moved along reasonably well. I personally disagree with many of the post's on here.
Instead, it felt slightly removed. Scooby Doo has music as a big part of every movie and most of the individual episodes in each of the respective shows. I just think this film focuses way too much on Fred and Daphane and Shaggy and Velma's relationship more then anything. There was no swearing to my knowledge. All in all, didn't work but not a complete disaster. If you liked Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleased, then Curse of the Lake Monster is probably worth watching. And what was with the whole dance stuff at the end? The actors playing Shaggy and Velma were good, but please get a blond Fred and not a dark haired guy in a wig , it's just wrong.
At any rate, here's another attempt to make a live action film with special effects and base it on classics. Seriously, half the movie was about relationships, the mystery was secondary. Not that I am knocking the first two or anything but I felt that Shaggy and Scooby were the only ones playing their role the best in the first two. It's just not as good as the previous one. The plot, although not original, still has refreshing parts. Not sure if my review is spoiler, but just being careful ~ The monster mystery team keeps solving more mysteries as they try to initially live out normal lives, this time right after school is out for the Summer. But recently, people keep trying to push Shaggy and Velma together, and as far as I'm aware never before this movie and the most recent cartoon series Mystery Incorporated has there even been a hint of attraction between the two.
Though I don't doubt the effort of Nick Palatas as Shaggy and indeed his acting chops he is a young actor starting out but following Matthew Lillard's Shaggy was always going to be a tall order. Then, there are movies that have some sort of redeeming factors. A green monster breaks up a celebration of members and scares everyone who signed up away. I was pretty disappointed with the other Scooby Doo movies earlier in 2003. However, the Daphne Kate Melton character I though was excellent and if I could transplant her for Gellar in the first; I would without a second thought.