If your cought up on mp100, any thoughts on takenaka?
no thoughts yet…he went from “lying love interest rival” to “here have my tragic backstory” real quick and I’m still dealing with the whiplash
i do however really enjoy the direction the manga is going in right now! after world domination arc and the really epic beginning to brocolli arc it feels good to have a bit more of that slice of life feeling I really appreciate about mob psycho back
[I’m not as happy with this as I wish I was when I first imagined writing this and that kind of bums me out. I’ve thought about re-writing it but just wanted to get something up for you guys. I’m sorry. I don’t know why I’m not happy with this - I’m just not. I hope you all like it though!]
I love how so many aro/ace jokes clearly state that we’re after world domination. We don’t even have to keep quiet about it. We can just say it openly and they’ll still never see us coming. Because that kind of shit happens when you turn a whole bunch of awesome, clever, creative people invisible.
They won’t even see us while we slay them with our bad puns!
The idea of a live action Scooby-Doo movie languished in “development hell” throughout most of the 1990s. In 1996, Jim Carrey was attached to play Shaggy and Sara Gilbert was attached to play Velma. At one point, director Kevin Smith was attached, but later dropped out. Later, Mike Myers accepted the project and was the one who most often had his name linked to it (Myers’ friend Janeane Garofalo was supposedly tapped by Myers to play Velma). Eventually, even Myers had to leave the project.
This film was originally set to have a much darker tone, essentially poking fun at the original series, and was set for a PG-13 rating. Shaggy was set to be a stoner, Velma and Daphne had a side relationship, and there were many marijuana references. According to Sarah Michelle Gellar, after the cast had signed on, there was a change and the film became more family-friendly.
2) The Case of the Luna Ghost
The Luna Ghost was heavily featured in promotional material, to the point where it seemed like it would be the primary antagonist of the film. This is likely because visually the Luna Ghost is comparable with some of the best monsters from the original run of cartoons. From a storytelling standpoint the prologue wastes no time in establishing the tone and characters which - in my opinion - is actually pretty spot on. It doesn’t waste time in telling us, “This is Fred, this is Daphne, this is Velma,” because you either are familiar with these characters or will figure out who they are very quickly. Also the prologue plays out like the end of a Scooby-Doo episode, where the group tries to execute a plan to catch the villain but it ends up failing.
3) Wait, that’s…that’s Pamela Anderson? AS PAMELA ANDERSON!?
I did NOT catch that as a kid, although in some ways it makes sense. In “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” there was ALWAYS a celebrity guest star who worked on the case with theme (Don Knotts, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Ducan, Batman & Robin, etc.).
4) For whatever problems this film has (but more on those later), they get the characters VERY right. Writer James Gunn (yes, writer/director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films) 100% nails the film’s characterization of Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Velma, and Daphne. Even when he makes them different from how they were in the show (notably Daphne and Fred) it FEELS right. It feels in line with who the characters are/were in the show and like a natural extension of those people. The reason I enjoy this film as much as I do is because in so many ways they FEEL like the cartoon characters through and through.
5) There are surprisingly deep life lessons between this film and its sequel.
6) Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.
Honestly, Lillard gives the standout performance of the film (although Linda Cardellini’s Velma is VERY close). Like all the actors he is able to support the characterization found in the script with a true to form performance, but he is by far the most chameleonic. You can see shades of Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar in their performance, but Lillard IS Shaggy. He gives off the heart/warmth - as well as the occasional stoner vibe - associated with the character since the late 60s. There is not an ounce of ego in his performance, being totally honest and committed. AND he acts with the CGI Scooby incredibly well. When working with a character who is not actually on set (namely: an animated one) it is important to see them and not see through them. Through all of Lillard’s scenes you believe Scooby is there with him. There’s not a doubt in your mind that he was on set, it’s not like he was added with CGI in post production or anything. And considering Shaggy’s relationship with Scooby is the heart of the film (and that Lillard shares the most scenes with the great dane), the fact that he’s able to nail this is all the better.
7) There are a number of deleted scenes in this film which I think are actually NEEDED for it to make sense in a lot of ways. Namely: when Fred, Velma, and Daphne meet at the airport and we get a juxtaposition of how they’re not as great in life as they say they are.
8) Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne.
This is the first time I’ve watched this film since having become a fan (and completing) “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, so seeing the lead from one of my favorite show in that new light adds a level of fun to the movie. In the cartoons Daphne is not always the most consistently written character (although more modern entries into the franchise do better with this), often being relegated to the role of damsel in distress. But writer Gunn and actress Gellar are able to make Daphne more than that without disrespecting the source material. She’s unique, has her own personality which isn’t always true for the original show. Gellar adds warmth, humor, and gusto to the performance, while her striving against her own role as damsel in distress makes for surprisingly interesting conflict.
10) The gag above is a good example of how this film was originally meant to be darker and poke fun at the original source material. While the movie ends up much more family friendly, some of these jokes do find their way into the final cut.
11) Rowan Atkinson as Emile Mondavarious is an occasionally fun role (more so for the reveal at the end than anything else), but unfortunately the comedic talent doesn’t get too much of a time to shine. He’s fine it what he does I just wish he could do more.
12) Linda Cardellini as Velma.
Favorably comparable to to Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Cardellini similarly is able to 100% abandon any sense of herself/ego to support the strong character writing. You don’t SEE Cardellini, you only see Velma. She is able to embrace the intelligence and work with the occasionally cartoonish tone of the character/film in a way which never comes across as annoying but is instead a treat to fans of the cartoon. Also able to play Velma’s occasional insecurities well, Cardellini shines as Velma in a standout performance.
13) I get a big kick out of some of the jokes this film makes.
Bartender: “We got a Mr. Doo here? I got a call for a Mr. Doo?”
[Random guy stands up]
Melvin: “Melvin Doo?”
Bartender: “Nah. Scooby.”
14) Splitting up Mystery Inc. for the first chunk of the movie on Spooky Island makes the film a little scattered from the beginning. We never commit to one point of view or the other and this is another case where a deleted scene on the DVD (I believe it’s called Nightmare Boulevard) helps to slow down the pacing and establish some things better. Because I can hardly fault the script for equating in this film’s structural problems (as I haven’t read the script on its own), but it seems like every deleted scenes in the DVD would have improved the film. So the fact they’re cut is disappointing.
15) I actually really dig the sense of place Spooky Island conveys. Its fascinating, supported by a unique art style and conveying a sense of tone which makes the movie pleasantly macabre.
Shaggy: “Like, Scoob and me don’t do castles. Because castles have paintings with eyes that watch you, and suits of armor you think is a statue with a guy inside that follows you every time you turn around!”
This all happened in the first episode of “Scooby Doo” ever.
17) I have a head canon here. So Daphne does the usual bit of, “I’ll give you a Scooby Snack if you go into the spooky castle and be detectives.” Except she was planning on solving the mystery by herself and she came to Spooky Island expecting to be solo. I think she carries Scooby Snacks around out of habit. As a reminder for the friends she used to have, it just so happens that right now they’re actually useful.
18) Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred
Much like Daphne, the film takes the occasionally flat character of Fred and builds on who he is in the cartoon to make someone who is unique. Fred is utterly buffoonish in the most fun of ways, but he is still human and sympathetic. Prinze Jr is able to make Fred a jerk when he has to be a jerk, but we’re still rooting for him and we still see that he’s Fred from the cartoon. Just with more of a personality.
20) The brief set piece of the Spooky Castle ride gone haywire is kinda fun to watch. Slapstick, madcap, energetic, but it makes me understand why the ride was shut down. It’s lethal.
21) I think one of the reasons this film is not so well received by critics is because the mystery can be confusing. Each time I watch it I have to remind myself how one seemingly random piece of information connects to the other (which I think is the victim of some deleted scenes), but here’s what I got: “Mondavarious” is planning world domination after having taken over Spooky Island from the real Mondavarious because the island has demons just living below the surface (I don’t how “Mondavarious” learned this but whatever). He uses the park as a front while at night he lets the demons posses the college kids. He needs to teach the demons HOW to act like “normal” teenagers so he creates an instructional video. His reach is far, even infecting the Coast Guard so no one can help people out on the island. But apparently just by knocking over the vat of souls everyone around the world is cured and we’re assuming all the monsters burst into flames. But why does “Mondavarious” want to take over the world? Just because he’s evil? And why would these super powerful demons let him lead them? I think I’m just going to move on.
22) Did we really need to have a burp/fart off in this film?
23) Mystery Inc. hiding in the armor is very cartoonish, which I mean in a compliment as it feels like it’s right out of the cartoon.
(This was the best image I could find of the scene. It conveys what’s happening well enough, I think.)
Heck, it is at this point in the film when they start really working together as a team again. Which is fun for us as the audience ot watch.
24) Okay, Velma’s boy friend always looked like Orlando Bloom to me. Am I just crazy?
Scrappy is almost exclusively despised in the Scooby-Doo fandom and this film WORKS with that. As I understand it, James Gunn wanted to make sure Scrappy never appeared in a piece of Scooby-Doo media again. And outside of jokes about the character, he never has.
In the film Scrappy is portrayed as bossy, arrogant, and a general pain in the butt (as he was perceived by the fandom). He even pees on Daphne in what Fred calls, “marking [his] territory!” before getting kicked off the team. And potentially the best part is this:
Velma: “He wasn’t even a puppy! He had a glandular disorder!”
26) Apparently in the original script, Velma and Daphne were having a relationship on the side. This deleted scene plays into that more than anything else.
Is it wrong that I ship Velma & Daphne? Even if it is, I don’t care.
27) The CGI for the monsters is - at times - sort of lacking. I think this may be a key reason that the Luna Ghost was heavily marketed instead of the actual demons which make up the majority of the film: he’s more interesting to look at.
28) As a kid, I LOVED “Man with the Hex”. That songs did and still gets me pumped, so I always smile when it plays in this film under a chase scene. Also, the use of the song during the previously mentioned chase is very in style with the original cartoon (which would often use songs by The Monkees during chases).
29) It’s fun seeing Daphne stepping up to take charge in the absence of Fred and Velma. Although unfortunately the deleted scenes and lack of focus the film has means we don’t get to see this as much as I would like.
30) Another example of deleted scenes making the plot confusing: it is never established that Velma is possessed, we never know why there’s a random scream from somewhere in the island to tip off demon Fred that something is wrong. But a deleted scene establishes this. Making me wonder: why was it even deleted?
31) While I do love James Gunn’s characterization and tone in the script, could the film not come up with a better reason for Shaggy & Scooby to have conflict instead of them fighting over a girl?
32) Similar to note #31, the scene which established Daphne getting possessed by a demon is deleted. So we just see her kidnapped then Shaggy finds her head in a vat. That’s it. Another instance of a deleted scene which should’ve probably been kept in.
33) And here I was thinking Shaggy was the only one of the gang who dabbled in hallucinogenics.
Fred [when Shaggy is holding his disembodies ectoplasm head]: “Listen man; someone must’ve spiked my root beer last night. Talk me down man. Talk! Me! Down!”
34) It’s kind of fun seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar perform as her then-boyfriend-future-husband Freddie Prinze Jr and seeing Freddie do the same for his then-girlfriend-future-wife. Although I must say Prinze does a better job playing Gellar than vice versa, but that’s not to mean she isn’t good playing her partner.
35) So Scooby-Doo theory is that it’s always the first person they talk to. And guess why the first person they talked to was when the gang arrived to Spooky Island: “Mondavarious”.
36) This hits me harder than I expected it to.
Shaggy [trying to save Scooby’s life after they fought]: “Who’s your best buddy?”
Shaggy: “That’s right. And who’s my best buddy in the whole wide world?”
37) Let’s just just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this movie decided to make Scrappy-Doo the bad guy.
THEY MADE FREAKING SCRAPPY THE BAD GUY! Oh my god, I love that so much more at twenty-one than I did when I was six. Although, unfortunately Tim Curry turned down the role of Mondavarious because Scrappy was in the film (THAT’S how much Scrappy is hated).
38) The “Buffy” fan in me smiles every time I get to see Sarah Michelle Gellar get her martial arts on.
39) It is really satisfying - if a little expected - that Fred allows Velma to take credit for the plan which captures Scrappy.
40) File this one under “Jokes I Didn’t Get As A Kid”.
Scrappy: “If not for you meddling sons of -”
[He’s cut off.]
So I know this film isn’t exactly Oscar worthy. The structure is a mess due to messy editing, some of the humor is infantile, it’s a little scatted. But you know what? I like it. I’m a fan of the franchise so watching this film is fun. It makes me feel like a kid again. The characters are spot on in both the writing and acting, the tone is fun, and it’s just a good 90ish minutes to shut your mind off too. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s a good chance you’ll be a fan of this film.
ENFP – The teacher that never has any
lesson planned but still manages to pull it off with sheer passion and love for
the course material. Most likely to go off on at least 10 completely irrelevant
tangents that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject. Will never give you any guidelines or rubrics.
ENFJ – The teacher who actually cares
about who you are as a student and a person but you find constantly
manipulating you into doing more work for that project they assigned and
insisting that you go to that seminar about self-improvement and breaking the
stigma on mental health.
ISTJ – The teacher who always comes to class prepared with a
strict (often somewhat repetitive) lesson plan and refuses to give you any
wiggle room whatsoever when it comes to projects or assignments, insisting you
follow the rubric to the letter. Probably in love with that one student who
sits quietly in the back of class and does everything exactly the way the ISTJ
told you to. Always tells their students exactly what they expect from them and
INTP – The teacher who consistently
shows their students movies and TV shows in class that originally have no
educational benefits or relevance until they tell you about what they analyzed
from them down to the last detail. Will push back a deadline if you have the
ability to persuade them into it with enough logic and reason. Most likely to
explain things in a way that is entirely inaccessible for the class so that
students are left wondering what the heck they meant by that thirty minute
lecture about Neoplatonism.
ESTJ – The teacher who made you and
about 7 other students cry at some point in their career when they got mad at
you for talking in class or because your project wasn’t the right file type
supported on their laptop. Most likely to display an innate desire to control
the class and let the power completely get to their head.
ISFP – The teacher who rarely comes
to class because they’re apparently sick, but are probably just too busy
avoiding conflict and social interaction by getting a nose piercing or dying
their hair a strange colour. Really couldn’t give a shit about deadlines and
postpones tests almost every week and sometimes completely cancels them, not
only because the class isn’t ready, but because they haven’t even created the
INTJ – The teacher who exudes a
powerful aura of mystery and intrigue and knows everything there is to know
about the subjects they teach, and more. Very interested in the different
analyses of their students and will most likely respond to someone’s unsupported/illogical
view or opinion with a simple condescending “…okay…” before promptly asking someone else for
their interpretation. Will correct you for even the tiniest of errors without fail and
probably wrote an award-winning PhD on the scientific origins of the cosmos.
ISFJ – The teacher whose students
walk all over because they’re just too damn nice to ever discipline/exercise
any authority over their class. Probably quite eager to help you with any
problems you have but too shy and reserved to ever actively seek you out in times
ESFP – Everyone’s favourite teacher
because they’re really fun and hip and probably have some really cool piercings
and tattoos and everyone wants to be in their class because they never give out
homework and would rather go on a field trip to the movie theatre. Despite this
no one actually learns anything by the end of the year and will probably fail
next year’s course when they get an ISTJ teacher.
ENTP – The teacher who likes to share
their opinion a little too much and
will literally tear apart anyone in a *diplomatic* and friendly manner if they
share an opposing opinion. Usually either loved or hated as they have pretty
interesting classes but their methods and teaching style may be a little too
unorthodox for the more conventional student. Sometimes don’t know when to shut
up and can even offend some students involuntarily. Also most likely to assign
homework next class only to forget they ever assigned it, to the dismay of the
keeners who already finished it and get no recognition.
ESTP – Most likely to be your super
ripped and slightly scary gym teacher who is probably having an illicit affair
with one of their students.
INFJ – The teacher who always wants
you to put emotion and feeling into every assignment they give you, and seems
stoic and aloof on the outside when really they’re just a big softy when you
get to know them. Will probably expect you to be as smart and emotionally
connected with yourself as they are and give you tests that far exceed your
capabilities, expecting perfection and excellence with every evaluation.
Probably gets incredibly angry and offended if you are late or ditch their
class, and can hold a grudge against you forever.
ENTJ – Your terrifyingly intimidating
business teacher who has no moral compass whatsoever and is probably plotting
world domination after they set you task after task that is said to prepare you
for your post-secondary education.
ESFJ – The incredibly overbearing
teacher who tries to be your parental figure and will probably give you a high
90 in their class just for buying them their favourite Starbucks latte (or an
expensive diamond Tiffany’s necklace). Probably wants to know a lot about your
personal life and gossips about other teachers working in the school to their
INFP – The teacher who forces the
class to take their shoes off and sit together in a meditative circle and go
around talking about feelings and profound theories. Prone to walking up to
you, starting to say something really deep and intellectual only to walk away
again mid-sentence, never finishing their thought. Probably bases the class
seating plan on which students they ship and most likely to make obscure
references to weird fandoms that most of the class will never understand. Full
of childlike wonder and quite eager to learn from their students as well as
ISTP – The teacher who doesn’t give a
shit about rules or discipline and would rather go against all the guidelines
and suggested curricula despite it being part of the school policy. Super
mysterious. Their students see them more as a friend than a teacher. Very laid
back however if you cross them in any way they will rip you apart. Most likely to say whatever they want no matter if it’s
appropriate or not, earning them quite a reputation amongst their students and
colleagues (especially the gossipy ESFJ teacher).
Ah thank you so much! I hope then you don't mind if I ask you other few questions regarding your AU? Be patient about this! 1)Think Mogami can have a role in this world? 2) Serizawa is present too? (I guess he is a sort of infiltrator/spy but maybe you have other ideas?) 3) Dimple can turn into Ekubo here as well?
Oh it’s alright!! i really like it when people ask about my aus because i really don’t think i can draw any of this out hahaha
1. Yes he sure can be part of it!! altho i don’t really know when he could appear in this au … if it’s after the world domination arc or before that but anyway, all i’m sure about is that mogami’s still an evil spirit, and that he’s still out and about doing his twisted way of “fixing the world”. So of course, he possesses minori. the asagiris were a close ally of the royal family and that’s how the asagiri name rose to power because of their connections with the royal family. but that was ages ago. however, their name still carried weight. minori was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and started abusing this power. so you could say that mogami’s role is kind of the same as in canon but instead of that 6-month-hell-scenario he let shigeo experience, ???% pushed mogami out. i don’t want that to happen to my baby again in this au.
2. yes, of course serizawa is present!! his role is the same as in canon. he worked for toichiro and the rebellion until shigeo talked him out of it and joined his side. katsuya was the first knight, knighted by shigeo under his reign. serizawa was deeply honored. he almost cried.
3. hmm … do you mean that time when dimple possessed that one security guard??? well no, he can’t “turn into” that security guard specifically. but he did possess that guy that one time during “the rescue ritsu squad operation”. the security guard was a hired mercenary by the rebellion to keep watch outside and that was when dimple remembered how much he missed the weight of a sword in his hand. but that’s about it.
So Shari now that Emile’s gone is your plan ready to enact?
“Actually, I decided not to go through with my plan after all. World domination does sound interesting, cheeky, but after some careful thought and consideration, I realized it just doesn’t seem like the best choice. Croque, on the other hand…he would be perfect for the job of evil mastermind…”
“You guys still think I’m trying to be a jerk, huh? I guess some things never change. Oh, and one more thing…
PIETRO DON’T YOU GO AROUND ALL SMUG THINKING I DIDN’T READ THAT LAST ANSWER BECAUSE I SURE DID.”
“Can you guys illustrate for us the difference between the Interactions of an INTJ and an INTP with an INTJ and an ENFP when INTJ is discussing World Domination?”
I’ll take a swing at this. Hope you guys like it.
*After Discussing World Domination Plans* INTJ: Alright, now what do you think? INTP: I took down notes on what you did wrong. And also, love the robots and tanks part bro. INTJ: IKR?! That part’s my fave too! INTP: Eeeeeeeyyy! INTJ: Eeeeeeeyyy! INTP: I’ll get the Robots ready.
—————————————– *After Discussing World Domination Plans* INTJ: Alright, now what do you think? ENFP: Can we have Pegacorns with Rainbow Lasers? INTJ: …. What? ENFP: It’s like a fusion of Pegasuses and Unicorns but with RAINBOW POWER!! INTJ: …. Ok first, It’s Pegasi, and second…. it might take while. I’ll need to phone INTP.
*Much Later* INTJ and ENFP rides a Pegacorn and strikes fear into the hearts of men. ENFP: Weeee!! Look at all that carnage! INTJ: ….I think I’m in love