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Analysis Date: June 13, 2002
CAP Score: 60
CAP Influence Density: 0.72

MinMax: -99

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Boxart ©Warner Bothers, Hanna-Babarbera

Scooby-Doo 2002 (PG) -- ...the "new doo" indeed.

Distributed by: Warner Brothers
Director(s): Raja Gosnell
Producer(s): Joseph Barbera, Sheryl Benko, Robert Engelman,
William Hanna, Stephen Jones, Andrew Mason, Charles Roven,
Kelley Smith-Wait, Richard Suckle
Written by/Screenplay: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera,
Craig Titley, James Gunn
Cinematography/Camera: David Eggby
Music: Chris Ballew, James Gunn, David Newman
Film Editing: Kent Beyda
Casting: Felicia Fasano, Anne McCarthy, Tom McSweeney,
Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Bill Boes
Art Direction: Bill Booth, Donna Brown

Production still ©Warner Bothers

To our private distribution I said I was going to open the Summary/Commentary section of our analysis of Scooby-Doo with a report by Martha W. Kleder of the Culture and Family Institute I received from Barry at Adelphia (Barry Kroeker). I checked the links and references in the report but in the movie I found none of the reported claims. I may have been fooled a second time by another Internet hoax. Though I could confirm none of the claims, I suspect you will agree this is the "new doo" indeed. Though I did not find any of the ignominies allegedly reported by the Culture and Family Institute, this movie is not innocent by any means.

The "original cast" Mystery, Inc. of the TV Scooby-Doo cartoon series were represented by Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne Blake, Linda Cardellini as Velma Dinkley, Matthew Lillard as Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred Jones and Scott Innes as the voice of Scooby-Doo. In this episode, the crew of Mystery, Inc. are lured to Spooky Island by Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) to find out why all the college kids at the island came normal but left like zombies. The Mystery, Inc. crew had to be lured to Spooky Island individually since they had split up two years earlier over a spat of who held what position on the totem pole ... a condition not seen in the original Scooby-Doo TV series.

The MPAA rated this kids show as PG. The CAP machine gave it a score of 60 which places it in the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies. If it were not for Daphne's main outfit, the scoring would have been much higher. When a young woman repeatedly exposes the skin of her chest below her breast line and much of the skin of her breasts by wearing a very wide and low cut dress throughout a show, it is considered excessive. Other sexual matters in Scooby-Doo included Fred saying "I can look at myself naked" after his and Daphne's spirits were swapped with each other. Daphne in Fred's body telling Fred in Daphne's body to "stop touching me" while Gellar was touching herself suggestively made clear the "statement" of that programming segment.

The gang had solved a mystery of a haunting of a factory by its janitor who loved the owner who could not reciprocate his love. In the news coverage of the caper closure, the gang became disillusioned with each other since everyone was trying to take most of the credit for solving the mystery -- except Shaggy ad Scooby who remained friends and life-long pals to the end.

Even Scrappy-Doo appears in this brightly colored, dimly engineered attempt at movie-fying the TV series. But Scrappy is not at all likable. For bouncing around the Mysterymobile like the adolescent on too much sugar and for urinating on Daphne's chest, Scrappy is kicked out of the Mysterymobile and left on the side of the road. Indeed, Scrappy is demonic and bitter with a hugely misshapen grotesque head of monstrous proportions and features and an attitude to match.

Speaking of monsters there are a few, looking more like gargoyles than monsters. One for each of the victims of demonic possession. The quintessential lord of nogoodnicking was out to soak up the inner ectoplasmic spirit - the soul - of every one who came to the island so he and his demons could have power to rule the world. Whom (or what) else do you know of has demons as servants and is after all souls on the earth? The master madman was collecting the souls in a soup and was going to inject them all into himself. But Shaggy and company got in his way.

But as I said inn the first paragraph, Scooby-Doo is anything but innocent. A few of the issues that would probably make mom/dad uncomfortable include excessive cleavage and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure throughout the movie. Of particular boldness in adding sexual immorality to this feature was Prinze saying "I can look at myself naked" while Gellar was touching herself and her "spirit's host" saying "Stop touching me." Other issues of sexual programming include Gellar being touched inappropriately as she portrayed trying to escape the clutches of a would-be captor. Revealing swim wear, a crotch hit and camera angles to force the viewer on private parts topped off the sexual presences in this movie [1Cor. 6:18, Col. 3:5].

There is only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary hidden behind a contemporary term. But of impudence on the part of the movie makers was a flatulence and burping contest between Shaggy and Scooby, one of them being ignited from within a suit of armor. Of clear toilet humor focus in the haunting of the factory segment, Daphne's head ends up under Scooby's tail. These matters and massive tattoos, Scrappy urinating on Daphne's chest and facial piercings comprised most of the point loss in Impudence/Hate [Is. 2:17].

There were a few episodes of a somewhat violent nature, most of them comic and action related. Demos attacking the gang and other action violence are probably the most invasive of the issues of violence. The portrayal of the practices of voodoo, [2Chr. 33:6] the "skull" theme of the island amusement park, demon possession and two uses of God's name in vain but both without the four letter expletive comprise the most of the point loss in Offense to God.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.


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  • 1Cor. 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [defeat, expunge, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • Is. 2:17 And the loftiness [impudence] of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness [arrogance] of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. [Arrogance/impudence regarding no thought of the consequences of teaching/causing others to sin with lust, vileness and other impurities.]
  • 2Chr. 33:6 He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. [Voodoo is akin to witchcraft and sorcery.]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Scooby-Doo (YEA2002R) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • comic violence
  • action violence
  • demon attack violence
  • great fall
  • abductions

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • facial piercings
  • punk dress
  • massive tattoos
  • Daphne's head under Scooby's tail
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary hidden behind a contemporary term
  • animosity/jealousy
  • flatulation/burping contest
  • Scrappy urinating on Daphne's chest

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and or skin exposure throughout
  • suggestive eye movement
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • sculpture nudity
  • revealing swim wear
  • "I can look at myself naked" "Stop touching me" with actress touching herself
  • inappropriate touch
  • crotch hit

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • suggestion of intoxication

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "skull" theme
  • voodoo practices, multiple
  • demon possessions
  • voodoo/Satanic rituals

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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