March 27, 2004

Daphne Unleashed

Took the five year old to see the new Scoobie Doo movie today. A few brief impressions: I couldn't help feeling it wasn't quite as good as first the movie, probably because Shaggy has a crisis of confidence. In this film, one can see why Freddie is the leader -- unlike in the first movie, he's brave and determined, and not quite so full of himself. There are some funny moments, the special effects are wonderful, and my favorite moment came when Daphne, ably played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, says, "I love being a girl," after her girlish preoccupations save the gang from a tight scrape. How far from Qutb, I couldn't help thinking.

The five year old loved it -- his favorite scenes came when Freddie (twice) threw himself into harm's way battling the black knight. What I've liked about both films is that the filmmakers seem to grasp what made the cartoon Scooby Doo special (or at least the first couple of seasons, before they introduced characters like Scrappy Doo or Scooby Dum for additional comic relief). I know all the arguments against Scooby Doo -- the animation was terrible, the plot was always the same, etc. etc., but what made it an enjoyable cartoon (and I'm trying to remember myself as a five year old) was the Mystery Inc. gang. Its weakest links were always strong enough to stand up to sea going ghosts, werewolves, zombies, miner 49ers, or whatever else came their way.

One other observation: My five year old has always found Velma (the smart girl) more appealing than Daphne -- I think that when I was five (I was five when Scooby Doo premiered), I felt the same way. After seeing the film, he decided that Daphne was pretty cool too.

Posted by Ideofact at March 27, 2004 11:38 PM

Yeah, Velma is cooler. Maybe it's because of the actress, Linda Cordellini? Or because she seems real, the one that you could relate to or would want to really?

Posted by: Troy at March 29, 2004 06:01 PM