What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while there aren't many life lessons to be learned from an episode of this show, kids will enjoy the antics of the Scooby gang as they stumble upon and solve mysteries. Only very young children might find the show's puzzles and monsters frightening.
What's the story?
In WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO?, the Scooby gang travels the world encountering strange creatures with mild evil on their minds. Each week they manage to solve the mystery, with the help of the ever-hungry and ever-frightened Great Dane, Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). Most of the actual sleuthing comes from Velma (Mindy Cohn), the sensible girl with glasses, and Daphne (Grey DeLisle), the pretty and smart girl. Freddy and Shaggy (Casey Kasem), the boys in the gang, are much less helpful at the mystery business than their female counterparts, though they do provide substantial comic relief.
Is it any good?
Scooby-Doo is silly and harmless. The most risqué moment in one episode set in Paris, for example, was a "wee wee" ("oui, oui") joke. (One nice touch in this episode was the use of French pop songs in the action sequences.) Although there are some scary situations -- a model is kidnapped by a gargoyle, a wrestler is challenged by a monster -- they're quickly resolved, and the scariness quotient is low. Some episodes have cliffhanger endings, which are quickly resolved at the start of the next week's episode.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about fears, friendship, and risk-taking, as well as male/female roles and abilities.