Tim Curry, a lifelong Scooby-Doo fan, was offered the villain role in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie, but turned it down after learning the film would include Scrappy-Doo, a character he disliked.

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15 thoughts on “Tim Curry, a lifelong Scooby-Doo fan, was offered the villain role in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie, but turned it down after learning the film would include Scrappy-Doo, a character he disliked.”

  1. broganisms

    The earliest draft of the script revealed the villain to be actor Don Knotts instead of Scrappy, with Knotts upset with how he’d been treated in one of his guest spots on The New Scooby-Doo Movies. I get that it’s a super obscure reference and Knotts’ health wasn’t great but I spend a lot of time imagining what could have been.

  2. TechyDad

    The best use of Scrappy Doo is in [Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated](https://youtu.be/b6ubNqkhfVU). Fred and Daphne are in a museum with statues of many of the crooks they’ve caught. Daphne notices a statue of Scrappy Doo and says “Wow, I haven’t seen….” Fred interupts her and says “Look away Daphe. We all promised each other that we would never speak of him. Not ever!”

    Edit: Interupts, not interprets

  3. wumbopower

    I think him being included as the villain out of nowhere was a pretty great twist. If he’d been with the gang the whole time it would have sucked.

  4. manofpuck

    I was 7 years old one Halloween. Me and my cousin were huge scooby doo fans.

    My grandparents bought us costumes that year, I was the younger of the two.

    So I got the scrappy costume. I threw a fit, and refused to trick or treat. I cried, I hated scrappy!

    I went as casper that year, cause my grandpa made a bed sheet costume for me instead.

    I miss you grandpa.

  5. jb20x6

    More evidence that Tim Curry is amazing and Scrappy Doo is an abomination.

  6. imlosingsleep

    This had to be one of the greatest Actor and Manager conversations ever.
    “Tim; you are going to be amazing as the haunted amusement park owner. You have wanted to do this all your life. A whole new generation of children will get to see your gift!” The manager says.

    Curry responds firmly. “I have drawn the line. They can have Tim Curry or they can have Scappy-doo. I will not appear alongside some second rate spin-off side-kick mongrel!”

  7. Yardninja

    Tim Curry is in Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost

  8. cirdanlunae

    Tim Curry did perform the villain’s voice in the video game “Scooby Doo: Night of 100 Frights”, which is the best Scooby Doo video game (fite me)

  9. Deltron_Zed

    Ohmigid! I thought I was alone. I loved Scooby Doo as a kid and Scrappy was like that one improv guy who always ” no buts” instead of “yes and”. Did not fit the dynamic to me and was SO irritating.

    I love me some Curry even more now.

  10. Flopinator500

    We don’t talk about Scrappy Doo in this house.

  11. ActualFrozenPizza

    I really liked Scrabby when I was like 6 – 7

    Can anybody tell me why he is so disliked?

  12. TacTurtle

    What can we say, Tim Curry understands comedy

  13. whyforyoulookmeonso

    It says a lot considering he played Darkness, a character who wanted to slay the last two unicorns and plunge the world into eternal darkness.

    I didn’t think anyone hated Scrappy more than me but here we are.

  14. Earguy

    Is this the movie where Scrappy is let into the van, and within minutes is left on the roadside because he was so obnoxious? If so, I think Curry could have done the movie. But in the casting stages, they may not have known what Scrappy was going to do.

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