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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Pro-science messages in contemporary animated Scooby-Doo mystery.
Positive Role Models
An African American father and his daughter join Scooby and the gang as they try to solve this Halloween mystery.
Violence & Scariness
Like Scooby-Doo episodes of the past, this has its fair share of cartoon violence, as well as monster imagery that could be a bit much for younger and more sensitive viewers. Much of the movie is an extended vehicle chase in which Scooby and the gang, with help from, among others, Bill Nye and Elvira, try to outrun and stop what appear to be demonic pumpkins with tentacles believed to have mutated from a toxic waste spill. Characters appear to be swallowed whole by the largest of these "Jackal Lanterns." Explosions. Fighting with a scythe.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Elvira makes reference to her "sassy chassis."
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Some potty language -- "butt," "pass gas."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the vast Scooby-Doo franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is a 2020 animated movie in which Scooby and the gang must crack a mystery involving monstrous flying jack-o-lanterns. In this version, while the teens riding in the Mystery Machine are millennials who use apps as the bad guys make jokes about their assumed love of avocado toast, those familiar with the Scooby-Doo mysteries of previous decades should know what to expect. There's cartoon violence throughout -- much of the movie is an extended vehicle chase where Fred, Daphne, etc. are trying to outrun these "Jackal Lanterns" as they appear to be consuming humans in one swallow. The monstrous pumpkins, as well as other demonic-looking bad guys, might be too much for younger or more sensitive viewers. Violence includes explosions, fighting with a scythe, and Fred setting up a series of booby traps with spikes and arrows. Some potty language -- "butt," "pass gas." Bill Nye is one of the celebrity cameos, and he helps with the pro-science messages conveyed in the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a standard Scooby-Doo mystery that balances all the beloved Scooby-Doo cliches with attempts at modernity. Of course, there are some monsters (or are they?), Shaggy and Scooby are as easily scared and as snack-crazed as ever, and there are some celebrity cameos (in this case, Bill Nye and Elvira). These blend in with bringing Mystery, Inc. into the Gotham universe, and Fred, Daphne, and Velma are now tech-savvy millennials who use apps to help crack cases as the bad guys make cracks about their presumed love of avocado toast. It keeps the franchise fresh without ruining it, even as the action of the story is mostly an extended vehicle chase.
Scooby-Doo fans will find lots to enjoy, as will their nostalgic parents. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is a pretty standard Halloween-themed mystery, but it's a silly and fun way to get into the Halloween spirit.
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