New 'Scooby-Doo' Drops Drug Subtext

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  1. By Anthony Breznican, AP Entertainment Writer
    Source: Associated Press

    In the new film "Scooby-Doo," a psychedelically painted van marked "The Mystery Machine" sits beside a beach while smoke wafts through the sunhatch and voices from inside groan, "Primo!" and "Talk about toasted!"

    That may seem suspicious, but the next shot reveals it's just the talking dog Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, his beatnik human pal, grilling burgers. Never mind that the song from the soundtrack is the pot-smoking reggae anthem "Pass the Dutchie."

    "Subtle, right?" laughed director Raja Gosnell, whose film is an adaptation of the long-running 1969 cartoon show "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"
    The van scene is one of the film's few references to what many adult fans of the Hanna-Barbera series consider a wink-and-nod subtext to Scooby and Shaggy, whose gangly walk, relentless munchies and dazed manner seem to suggest a marijuana high.

    "I don't know if Hanna-Barbera ever intended it to be so, but maybe the animators did," said Charles Roven, co-producer of the movie.

    As for the other members of the "Scooby-Doo" gang of cartoon sleuths, fans have long speculated that Velma - the no-nonsense brains of the operation - is a lesbian, and that Fred and Daphne, the respective beefcake and cheesecake of the team, frequently searched for clues together to partake in carnal exploits.

    The cast and filmmakers said they filmed many joking allusions to those inferences but ultimately decided to keep "Scooby-Doo" an innocent children's film rather than aim for older audiences.

    The comedy's story features the gang assembling at the fictional "Spooky Island" theme park, which is plagued by strange disappearances, apparent brainwashing and monsters.

    The film parodies some of the cartoon's more innocent conventions - the cliched unmasking of the villain, the superfluous celebrity cameos - but practically all of the mature double entendres were purged from the final edit.

    "We played on all those things," said actor Matthew Lillard, who portrays creaky-voiced Shaggy. "Is Velma gay? Is Shaggy high? Are (Fred and Daphne) hooking up? All those jokes were in there, but we found at the end of the day it was more important to go the other way ... and that was to be more family oriented."

    Gosnell believes the few adult references that remain will go well over children's heads.

    "Some of that stuff is in there," he said. "If you look for it, you'll find it. If you don't, you won't."

    "We touch on it now," Lillard added. "But we used to punch it in the mouth."

    The original "Scooby-Doo" program borrowed some of the iconography of the 1960s hippie movement, but never overtly featured drug use, free love or homosexuality.

    That inconclusiveness is part of what tickles people.

    "If it becomes overt, then it sort of ruins what was always fun about the show: You thought you were the only one who figured it out," Gosnell said.

    "In fact, to this day," Lillard said, "if you ask me if Shaggy is a stoner, I'll say no. ... That's what's funny about him: He just seems like that. He acts a little goofy and high, he's lovable and scared - and just happens to have the munchies."

    Real-life couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar play Fred and Daphne, with Linda Cardellini, who had a small role in last year's "Legally Blonde," co-starring as bespectacled Velma.

    The original script featured a scene in which Fred gazed lustfully at Daphne while she leaned over him to load luggage into an airplane's overhead bin. The camera then panned to Velma, who was ogling her too.

    Later, Velma and Daphne shared a comic kiss, Gosnell said. The filmmakers say they believe those jokes would have hampered the story and could have imperiled the PG rating that the studio wanted and got.

    When it comes to Velma's backstory, even Cardellini isn't sure how to characterize it.

    "There were a few scenes where Velma comes out of her shell. I wouldn't say she comes out of the closet," the actress said. "I thought more along the lines that maybe her sexuality is a little ambiguous."

    Screenwriter James Gunn, though, said he's "pretty sure she's gay. So we had a couple little nods to that in the movie and in the end, again, they were things that kind of (detracted from) the scenes."

    Another deleted scene featured Fred attempting to talk his way into Daphne's hotel room under the pretense of protecting her, Roven said. The ratings board took issue with the fact that he was bringing his toothbrush, which implied plans to spend the night.

    Those deleted scenes are unlikely to turn up even on the "Scooby-Doo" DVD, a format that frequently showcases unused footage. Warner Bros. would have to alert parents to the presence of PG-13 scenes on a PG home-video release, Roven said, something that could frighten away some family consumers.

    Lillard acknowledged that older fans may be disappointed by the more wholesome approach.

    "People out there, fans of the cartoons, teen-agers, young men - it's not going to be for everyone," the actor said. "But our movie is for families."

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    Source: Associated Press
    Author: Anthony Breznican, AP Entertainment Writer
    Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2002
    Copyright: 2002 Associated press
  2. & if green was legal, families cld blaze together openly on a lovely sunday day out!!! :)
  3. I always knew that scooby doo was a stoner show...did you ever notice that in the cartoons the only people that could understand what scooby was saying were the mystery gang?...and whats with the fact that whenever they whipped out scooby snacks, shaggy ate them occasionally too?...and when they ate them theyd jump into the aire and spaz out yelling scooby dooby doo!! I wasnt gonna see this movie..but it may be fun to go check out sometime...
  4. I was excited at first, I grew up on scooby...but Im not going to see it while its out..Ill wait to rent it..I got the impression it was tweeked not being true to the 60s I think it was maybe a preview that made me think this, but something maybe music was from todays time and I was discouraged to be so excited..

    lol maybe ill remember exactly what it was
    or maybe i wont..

    LOL, yeah so true Social!! everyone will look foward to family time then eh?!


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