Today's discussion topic: the Scooby Doo movie. My contextual additions are italicized in gray.
Joe: Did a search at Target.com.
Joe: "The search didn't find the "resident evil" you were looking for. Try another search using the hints below."
Joe: Thought that sounded funny.
Matt: That is funny.
Matt: I saw that copy was still going this morning. Hope shines brightly. I'm downloading a huge file from Matt's Mac. This is the third time we've tried it.
Joe: Yeah. 2 hours to go when I left for work.
Matt: Stupid crappy upload DSL speed.
Joe: Gandalf: "Perhaps Matt's server was meant to stay up. Perhaps Joe was meant to download the file. And that is an encouraging thought."
Matt: Good tie-in.
Joe: I saw the new Scooby Doo movie commercial last night, and I thought it looked good.
Matt: Oh dear. Where to start.
Matt: Choice phrases you used on me last night spring to mind. Last night, I declared Matt has an "affection for crap," as evidenced by the horrible sfx movies he insists on seeing... The Mummy, Wing Commander, The Matrix, AI.
Joe: It just looked well done. This was the first I had seen actual characters in action, talking.
Joe: My question is: is this a stupid Brady Bunch deal, where the Scooby characters exist in a modern world, or is the whole thing in a Scooby Dooed world?
Joe: I hope for the latter.
Joe: Because I don't want 90 minutes of the town "normals" constantly rolling their eyes and comedically *not getting* the Scooby kids.
Matt: It's gotta be a Scooby world.
Joe: I'm sure it will suck.
Joe: But that one guy looks to be nailing Shaggy.
Joe: I was totally convinced. In the <30 seconds I actually saw.
Matt: I'm going to look at the trailer to see what you're smoking.
Joe: This was a regular commercial. I think the trailer is a lame Batman riff.
Joe: Oh shit. I went to Apple's trailer page and ended up watching the trailer for Country Bears instead.
Joe: Man, from what sad Disney exec memo did that monstrosity originate.
Matt: COUNTRY BEARS???
Joe: A concept with potential, taken from the Disney park attraction. Turned into a Very Special episode of Power Rangers. And the trailer nicely presents the entire film, from setup to conclusion.
Joe: I'm especially upset that the movie has nothing to do with the characters from the actual Disney robot show.
Joe: It's like they're making the movie specifically as an eventual "World Television Premiere, Sunday at 7 on ABC."
Matt: I think my brain just exploded.
Joe: Did you find a Scooby spot yet? Apple has the annoying Batman one.
Matt: I'm not looking. I'm writing scripts. Matt is actually attempting to work at work. Sap!
Matt: I did watch the Country Bears trailer to my dismay.
Joe: Yes. I am similarly distraught.
Joe: Scooby Doo appears to contain all sorts of modernized comedy... like gags making Velma out to be a lesbian.
Joe: I'm off it now. Never a good idea to make fun of the original material.
Joe: Remember all those early-internet lists of "Things We Didn't Realize When We Watched Scooby Doo As Kids"? The movie must be based on that list.
Matt: I'm a bit alarmed you're spending this much thought on the whole thing.
Joe: I'm an active consumer.
Joe: Keeping myself informed. I'd like to avoid seeing any bigscreen adaptations of the oh-so-funny "Shaggy's on pot!" joke.