If you've managed to make it this far into the day without being reminded of how old you are, good for you. That ends here as this week marks the 20th anniversary of the Scooby-Doo movie. While it didn't break any sort of cinematic ground, the live-action take on the iconic cartoon certainly left a mark, as many people have been celebrating the movie turning 20. Those celebrations include a rundown of every adult joke that was crammed into the 86-minute kids' film.
If you want to be introduced to these jokes for the first time, be reminded of them, or simply want to know who to blame for this, then check out notgwendalupe's thread on Twitter. Make sure you've got some time set aside if you want to check out the whole thing as it's a long one. It begins with Daphne getting groped by a ghost, and quickly moves on to Shaggy complimenting Fred on his big banana.
Not all of the jokes are thinly veiled sexual innuendos. In fact, most of the jokes slipped into the movie for the entertainment of adults who were dragged to the cinema by their kids are drug-based. If you have watched more than 30 seconds of a Scooby-Doo cartoon, you will know the intended implication was that Shaggy is probably a keen cannabis user. He's an often glazed-over guy who always has the munchies and his best friend is a talking dog.
Those elements were not glossed over in the movie. As the Twitter thread above highlights, they were honed in on for the sake of adult movie-goers' entertainment. Shaggy jokes with Scooby about being toasted, and his love interest in the movie is called Mary Jane. There's even a scene where she sprays him with green mist, making him feel high. Even the ten-year-olds going to see this in 2002 probably got that one.
Movies for kids featuring the odd adult joke are nothing new, nor was it something new 20 years ago when Scooby-Doo was doing it. Pixar movies do it all the time, and the Shrek films have some great ones. Looking at you, Lord Farquaad. Seeing them all highlighted one after the other in a single Twitter thread though, it's amazing the creators of Scooby-Doo were able to get away with so much.
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