's Pop Candy columnist Whitney Matheson (who for some odd reason I think went to UT about the same time I did...) posted a column this week about her top five banned books
Her question to end the article is an interseting one...what kind of things did your parents "ban" you from as a child? (If you want, leave your thoughts in the comments!)
I sent in a response that when I was younger, my mother heard a report that a young child accidentally hung himself after seeing something simliar on an episode of Scooby Doo
. So, I was banned from watching Scooby Doo, Where Are You
for a while.
I kind of wish I'd remembered that when I actually watched Scooby Doo 2
last night. The only good thing I can say is, thankfully, I checked the DVD out of the library so the only loss was the ninety minutes of my life I'll never have back. I don't know why I'm shocked. The first one wasn't anything to write home about. In fact, I only got it on a free rental becuase it had Sarah Michelle Gellar
in it. (She retired from Buffy
and the genius that is Joss Whedon to do pablum like this?!?) Honestly, the concept of the movie had potential. It tries to pay homage to the cartoons by having a vertiable rogues gallery of the villains from the show all come to life via the wonders of CG. Visually, it's kind of fun. (In fact, at one point, the gang drives up to a house that looks just like the one in the opening credits for Scooby Doo, Where Are You, complete with bats flying out of it.) Just too bad they didn't get an entertaining story to go with it. I can accept that since this is Scooby Doo, that the mystery is gonna be pretty paper-thin as it is. But there's nothing really fun or entertaining to the story. Also, it's hard to take characters based on cartoons and make them any less one-dimensional than they are on TV. But somehow this movies succeeds.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/29/2004 10:45:00 AM