What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Scooby-Doo mystery includes the usual mild scares and peril kids expect from the franchise. Cartoonish violence, chase scenes, some near falls, and scary "monsters" abound. Daphne wears a revealing bikini and gets referred to as "hot," by a male colleague. In the end, teamwork saves the day.
What's the story?
Scooby-Doo and the gang visit a Hawaiian village for a surfing contest. When they arrive, they learn that a local woman has been kidnapped by "Wiki-Tikis," small monsters with axes, spears, and clubs. Local lore speaks of a ruling "Wiki Tiki" who seemingly rumbles displeasure from the nearby volcano at any mention of "mainlanders" surfing or condominium development. Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne must work together to figure out who or what is behind "The Curse of the Wiki-Tiki."
Is it any good?
ALOHA, SCOOBY-DOO doesn't deviate from the tried-and-true, and fans will find everything they expect in this fun adventure. Anyone who has seen a Scooby-Doo episode or movie will be all-too-familiar with the formula that has made this franchise an enduring favorite.
Scooby and Shaggy provide comic relief at all the right times; Velma is filled with fun-facts about Hawaiian culture; and Fred and Daphne are their usual fearless selves. The plot does seems stretched out to fill the length of a movie when a simple episode would have been plenty of time to unravel the mystery du jour.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby worked together to solve the mystery. How did each of them individually work towards a solution, and how were each of their contributions necessary to figuring out "whodunnit"?
What messages about Hawaiian and mainland culture are expressed in this movie? What is the movie's stance on commercialism?