James Gunn discusses why they had to CGI the cleavage out of ‘Scooby-Doo’
In a Facebook message reminiscing about one of his first big breaks in Hollywood, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn opened up about his time serving as the screenwriter for the 2002 live-action “Scooby-Doo” movie. Gunn discussed how he had originally written a script that was more subversive and garnered the film — based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons about a hungry dog, his stoner buddy, and a trio of swingers thwarting senior citizens using the supernatural as a cover to commit real estate fraud and embezzlement— an R-rating.
I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002’s cutting CGI technology(!!). Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out – I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film.
Granted, all the sex and drugs innuendo from the original cartoons is low hanging fruit, but it would be interesting to read the original script. Something tells me it had a similar self-aware charm of those ’90s “Brady Bunch” movies.
Of course, “edgier” also means that the actresses, including Linda Cardellini (Velma) and Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) were showing a lot of boob. That had to be corrected when the film was sanitized for rug rats.
And, yes, the rumors are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.
For what it’s worth, the digital cleavage altering came off more convincingly than when Vh1 used to just CGI awkward bikini tops onto the dancers in the dressing room scenes in “Showgirls.”
[photo: Warner Bros.]