The 2002 ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie Originally Had a Velma and Daphne Kiss and Wrote Velma as ‘Explicitly Gay’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini on MTV

Scooby-Doo has survived so many iterations and lots of story arcs. But the franchise has lived on this lengthy as a result of that canine is so beloved by audiences. Add within the different well-known characters Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma, and Mystery Incorporated is as iconic as cartoons can get. 

The 2002 Scooby-Doo live-action movie was a change of tempo for the franchise because it was the primary live-action model of those characters, but it surely additionally aimed toward teenagers somewhat than youngsters. Because it initially began off as a PG-13 movie, there have been quite a lot of jokes and scenes filmed for the film that ended up having to be lower when the studio wished to make it extra family-friendly. One of these scenes concerned a kiss between Daphne and Velma. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini on MTV's 'TRL' promoting 'Scooby-Doo' on June 12, 2002
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini on MTV’s ‘TRL’ selling ‘Scooby-Doo’ on June 12, 2002 | Theo Wargo/WirePicture

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An on-screen kiss between Daphne and Velma was lower from ‘Scooby-Doo’

James Gunn, the author of the live-action 2002 movie, has shared quite a lot of behind-the-scenes data on the film on Twitter and elsewhere. This is how followers know in regards to the ranking change. He even wrote in January that the MPAA gave the film an R-rating at first, due to a “misinterpreted” joke. 

But even again in 2002, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), one of many stars of the movie, revealed a change. She advised Sci-Fi Wire {that a} kissing scene between her and Linda Cardellini (Velma) was lower. 

“It wasn’t just, like, for fun,” she mentioned. “Initially in the soul-swapping , Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods. And so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment.”

There is a deleted scene from the DVD, the place Velma’s physique was simply taken over by one of many aliens, and Daphne finds her in bizarre conduct. Velma then activates her within the locker room. While there’s nothing inappropriate about two ladies kissing, the studio didn’t need to embrace it again in 2002.

And whereas this kissing scene was lower, don’t count on to see it, or another deleted scene that wasn’t already on the DVD. 

“Also, for the record I doubt any of those old cuts still exist,” Gunn wrote in January.

Other edits have been made to the movie to make it extra ‘family-friendly’

Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. & Linda Cardellini at the premiere for 'Scooby-Doo'Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. & Linda Cardellini at the premiere for 'Scooby-Doo'
Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. & Linda Cardellini on the premiere for ‘Scooby-Doo’ | Albert L. Ortega/WirePicture

Another edit that was made on the movie concerned digitally including extra clothes to Daphne and Velma as a result of apparently an excessive amount of cleavage was exhibiting. 

“They CG’d clothes over @lindacardellini & @SarahMGellar’s cleavage,” Gunn wrote. “But that wasn’t the MPAA, that was the studio, who wanted it more family-friendly. Some parents in test audiences had complained (& this doesn’t contradict my last tweet – I didn’t direct this film)”

Basically, as Gunn already mentioned, he and others had initially got down to make a PG-13 film, and the studio turned it right into a PG movie. Whether it was marketed to teenagers or not, Gunn thinks that the family-friendly additions (and cuts) harm the second movie’s success and stopped a 3rd from ever occurring. 

“I felt like quite a lot of teens came out for the first film and didn’t get what they wished (and didn’t come again for the sequel),” he wrote, saying it was a mistake. “But today I don’t know.”

James Gunn additionally revealed that he wrote Velma as homosexual, one thing she’s been all alongside

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And, as information got here out not too long ago, Gunn had initially written Velma as a blatantly lesbian character. Again, it’s not inappropriate by today’s requirements, however having a lesbian character in 2002 wasn’t actually a typical side in youngsters’ motion pictures.

“In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script,” Gunn shared on Twitter on July 12. “But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”

The “Velma is gay” narrative is one thing many followers had picked up on in different iterations of the character, most not too long ago within the 2010 sequence Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated. And that was, after all, on objective as a result of Velma was all the time homosexual, in keeping with author and director Tony Cervone wrote not too long ago. 

“Marcie and Velma – Mystery Incorporated,” he wrote in a Pride Month post on June 28, together with an image of Velma and Marcie from his sequence. He’s labored on a number of Scooby-Doo tasks during the last decade. “I obviously don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people that represents this one. We made our intentions as clear as we could ten years ago. Most of our fans got it. To those that didn’t, I suggest you look closer. There’s no new news here.”

He later wrote in a remark that the breadcrumbs had all the time been there. Just as a result of the sequence by no means explicitly used the time period “gay” or “lesbian,” Velma was very a lot part of the LGBTQ group. 

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