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James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for the caper, has revealed on his Facebook page that the initial draft he wrote was an R-rated affair geared towards a more mature audience.

But the edgier humour was watered down and – he recalled – even the female stars’ cleavage was adjusted by CGI when it went in a more child-friendly direction.

“I had loved the character of Scooby-Doo since I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of making a live action film with 2002’s cutting CGI technology(!!),” Gunn wrote. 

“Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out – I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into an clean cut children’s film. 

“And, yes, the rumours are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. 

“But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.”

Gunn – who has gone on to helm the Guardians of the Galaxy films – went on to say that reading the film’s reviews proved to be a bad move.

He went on: “So what do I remember from 15 years ago? I remember being bummed out that the reviews were pretty terrible. 

“These days I might glance at the occasional review (admittedly, mostly only good ones), but back then I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. 

“I also read everything written about the movie online, by, like, anybody, including bulletin board folks. It was a kind of film-self-involvement I’ve learned to avoid since, but needless to say it was not an exceptionally good day.”

Things picked up, however, when the surprising box office gross paved the way for a sequel, Monsters Unleashed, which came out in 2004.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Freddie Prinze Jr played the lead roles, with Isla Fisher also on board.