A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Advocates teamwork and persistence. Declares that it's possible to have fun and be responsible at the same time.
Positive Role Models
The Scooby gang sets out to solve a mystery, proving to be clever, protective of others, and good team players. Fun-loving Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo try to encourage Velma and Fred to find their fun side. Villains are greedy and selfish, seeming innocents who have ulterior motives.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon battles pit heroes against two "ghost pirates" who wreak havoc in a beach-side resort. The ghosts are minimally scary-looking with green, glowing faces and jagged teeth. Battles include cannon fire, chases, journeys through hidden passageways, destruction of amusement park equipment, a wild ride on a roller coaster, and a ship crashing into a pier, which sends crowds scurrying.
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Some insults: "losers," "dolt," "lame," "creep," "loudmouth."
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Products & Purchases
Warner Brothers Animation/Hanna-Barbera tie-in offers marketing opportunities.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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