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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash is the second tandem release from Warner Brothers / Hanna-Barbera and the Lego toy company. Using the familiar voices of the Mystery Gang actors, it's a seamless transfer from animated characters to the little toy blocks. The classic troupe (Fred and Velma -- the brainiacs; Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, the ravenously hungry; and Daphne, the team-maker, confidence builder, and occasional fashionista) finds itself in the middle of a mystery and each brings individual personalities and skills to the story. Even within the limitations of the Lego forms, the animators provide some suspense and frights (a wild roller coaster ride; almost scary-looking ghosts who glow; crashes, swordplay, and chases). But, except for very young viewers, it's all within the limits of mild cartoon action and fine for those who understand the difference between pretend and real violence. Lego continues to expand its tie-in with Warner Brothers (DC Comics, etc.), so the marketing effort must be reaping pretty substantial rewards for all involved.
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What's the story?
In LEGO SCOOBY-DOO! BLOWOUT BEACH BASH, the Mystery Gang starts out looking for some well-deserved time off for fun. They head for the annual Blowout Beach Bash, three fun-filled days of partying at a beach resort. But when they arrive, events aren't as advertised and the beach is empty. They soon discover that the bash has been interrupted by the appearance of two pirate ghosts who've scared everyone away. They're disappointed; they so wanted to have some fun. Especially because Velma and Fred wanted to prove to their buddies that they're not always so serious. When they meet the owners of The Holdout Inn and find out about an ongoing feud the kindly couple is having with a developer who wants to turn the whole area into a resort pier, Velma (Kate Micucci), Fred (Frank Welker), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), Daphne (Grey Griffin), and Scooby-Doo! (Welker) are intrigued. Calling upon their mystery-solving skills, they vow to find the ghosts and end the disruption. Little do they know that on this latest adventure, they'll face certain jeopardy and meet a whole crew of quirky characters, any one of whom just might have the answers they need.
Is it any good?
No surprises in this routine adventure for the gang; they behave in expected ways, solve an expected mystery, and manage a few funny jokes and sight gags about their short, blocky limitations. It's harder for the filmmakers to provide the cartoon spookiness fans are used to. Ghosts and pirates made of synthetic material simply can't be scary apparitions or swash and buckle like they can when animators are given a free hand.
Still, it's a typical tale that fans have come to enjoy. The good guys aren't always what they seem to be. Shaggy and Scooby never seem to get enough to eat. Velma uses her problem-solving skills to unearth the culprits. And the gang makes sure that the annual Blowout Beach Bash will live another year.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that different kids respond to scary movies in different ways. And the same thing is true for adults. Why are scary movies fun for some people and not for others? How does your family decide what will work for your household? Here are some tips that can help families decide which movies feel right for all members of the family. Do you think Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash is scary? Why?
What are the advantages both for the Lego toy company and Warner Bros/Hanna-Barbera when they join the toys with the cartoon character franchise? How does each individual brand expand its audiences and increase sales along with consumer recognition with fare like Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash? Why is it important to be aware of this marketing strategy?
How do the Lego Scooby-Doo! adventures compare to the cartoon movies? Do you think using Lego blocks makes the mysteries less scary? Why or why not?
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