Scooby-Doo is an American film that was directed by Raja Gosnell and theatrically released on June 14, 2002 by Warner Bros. Pictures. In order to be released with a PG rating in the UK and United States, scenes had to be cut to comply with the BBFC and MPAA, respectively. When the movie started to air on Cartoon Network, some additional scenes were censored due to network standards. This edited version also aired on TBS.


USA censorship[]

MPAA cuts[]


Scooby Doo (R-rated cut) - Scribbles to Screen

The writer, James Gunn, stated that the producers of Scooby-Doo had initially targeted a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. However, the film's first submission unexpectedly received an R rating, forcing it to be recut.[1] After test screenings indicated that the film's demographic was skewing younger, a third cut was submitted to receive a milder PG rating.[2]

  • CGI was used to remove female cleavage.
  • "Offensive" language was removed.
  • "One stupid joke the MPAA misinterpreted" was removed.
  • Sexual situations, such as Daphne and Velma kissing, were removed.
  • A comment about Fred appearing gay with his ascot was removed.[3]

Cartoon Network/TBS[]

  • The scene that shows Scrappy-Doo peeing on Daphne was cut.
  • A song that has a brief reference to smoking marijuana ("Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth) is abruptly cut.
  • Fart jokes are deleted, causing an abrupt cut to the gang escaping the Spooky Castle
  • Fred originally says the word "bitch" but it is pronounced "bi-otch", this was muted.

UK censorship[]

BBFC cuts[]


Scooby Doo (film) BBFC edits - Cutting Edge

The BBFC edit is based on the MPAA PG version.

  • The scene that shows a close up on Daphne kicking one of the goons was cut.
  • The scene that shows Daphne performing a flying kick to one of the goons was cut.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The American DVD home videos, Freeform, and online streaming services show the uncut MPAA PG version. However, the PG-13 and R-rated versions have yet to be publicly released.


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