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The 2002 Scooby-Doo was actually R-Rated!

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James Gunn, best known for directing and writing the Guardians of the Galaxy films, did also the Scooby-Doo films of 2002 and 2004 respectively with PG-ratings, but it was rumoured that the 2002 film was originally going to be PG-13 or even R-rated! James Gunn confirmed that intention after posting on Facebook back in 2017, but he did not show any real context until two days ago on Twitter.

James answered a fan’s question on Twitter on a potential release date to the R-rated cut of the 2002 film and also some more details on why the film got PG-13 ratings instead of R:

He confirms that the film was originally gonna be R-rated by the Motion Picture Association of America but because of ”one stupid joke the MPAA misunderstood” the film got PG-13 ratings, but by then, a screening test turned the target demographic audience to younger people became successful. This led to another cut of the film removing all ”rude” materials like: cleavage, language and sexual situations such as ”same sex kissing between Velma and Daphne”. Here are James’s Twitter comments below:

This is not James Gunn’s first time criticising and pointed out his frustrations for the Scooby-Doo films, but as much as he said, his films are still loved by many kids since 2002, and many today see these films as a big nostalgia hit, but it’s still interesting what could it be if the films were a bit more ‘dirty’.

Warner Bros. are going to premier the upcoming Scooby-Doo film Scoob! on May 15th, and we will see what the gang is up to this time.

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