Scooby-Doo and The Loch Ness Monster
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this feature is simply a longer version of the typical Scooby-Doo television cartoon. Sexuality, language, commercialism, and substance use are non-issues. The only potential red flag is the violence, which is rendered in very comic fashion -- no deaths, no injuries, but plenty of wacky chases. The monster that creates the violence is an evil-looking serpent-like creature and is potentially scary, especially to very young viewers. The film leaves open the possibility that the monster does truly exist, unlike most Scooby-Doo episodes, which typically expose monsters to be hoaxes perpetrated by unhappy humans.
What's the story?
Scooby, Scooby-Doo, where are you? In SCOOBY-DOO AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER, Scoob and his pals are visiting Scotland in order to help Daphne's Scottish cousin Shannon host a Highland Games athletic competition. The competition is set to take place next to Loch Ness, where for centuries there have been sightings of a mysterious monster lurking in the water. Of course, with Mystery Inc. on the scene, it's not long before the monster materializes and begins to wreak havoc on the festival grounds, kicking the gang into high monster hunting mode.
Is it any good?
This feature is a beefed up Scooby-Doo television episode, with very little to elevate it above that. It does an admirable job of introducing children to some of the more unique aspects of Scottish culture, including the dialect, traditional sporting competitions, and foods, without making the Scots appear to be too strange.
The longer length will make the film drag a bit for parents and older kids, who will quickly recognize the repetitious pattern of chaotic chases followed by analysis of clues. However, younger children who are fans of the show should have a fun time piecing together a slightly larger mystery with the gang.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how the open ending is different from other Scooby-Doo adventures. Could there really be a Loch Ness monster? Why did Fiona Pembroke need to fake the monster if there is a real one?