I guess the first thing I must
do if I am being honest, is to tell you that there is no way
I would have gone to see this movie in the cinema had I not
worked on the FX. When I got the job last November, I rented
the Scooby 1 movie on DVD and after 20 minutes, I couldn't
take it no more....EJECT. I later found out I held the record
at work since most of my co-workers stopped watching after
10 minutes LOL. That being said, my friends from the Compositing
department and I headed for the paramount on a rainy friday
The theater was half full and one third of that was kids
under 5. I don't remember hearing many laughs from them like
you would at a Pixar or Disney cartoon, but they were quiet
so I guess being entertained :) OK, so the bad news...almost
every scene that doesn't contain a monster is almost as painfull
to watch in the groaning department as the first movie. Do
kids really need to see or understand a love story sub-plot
with Velma dressed in skin tight red leather? I guess they
just needed another excuse to insert another fart joke. Ok
, I admit I did chukkle as I rolled my eyes. LOL. As for the
good news...Scooby 2 is actually far superior to the first
and actually very entertaining. Who would have thought that?
The movie begins with a really cool title sequence that gives
us the Pterodactyl's point of view flying around the city.
Almost like the Star Wars Death Star trench. Enter the meuseum
scene that my friends at Meteor worked on. this is where being
a fan of the show pays off...displayed are the costumes of
all the monsters that the gang solved crimes of in the cartoon.
In the movie, the villain found a way to bring these costumes
to life using the magic of Randomonium. A green glowing haze
that gives the ghosts their power. We see Miner 49er, Zombie,
Knight ghost, Tar Monster and a really cool 10,000 volt ghost.
His FX are very very impressive. Oh yeah...there is also this
Pterodactyl ghost :)
He helps steal the costumes and then has a fun chase with
the Mystery Van (pictured above). That is the sequence that
I composited. It's great to see your work on a giant screen
instead of your computer monitor :)
There is also a very funny scene when scooby and shaggy enter
the criminal's bar and Scooby does a little "dance"
number dressed up in Austin Powers style 70's clothes. Just
seeing that big afro...yeah bayby - LOL. Oh and fans of American
Idol will get a good chuckle when watching the closing credits.
In the end, I admit I was very entertained and pleasantly
surprised at how much superior the story, FX, and acting were...well....ok
maybe not the acting.LOL. If you are a Scooby fan you will
really enjoy the movie. For all you other guys and girls,
it will definetaly be worth a rental when released on DVD
later this fall.