Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Lego & Scooby-Doo crew team up for mildly spooky adventure.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Advocates teamwork and persistence. Declares that it's possible to have fun and be responsible at the same time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Some insults: "losers," "dolt," "lame," "creep," "loudmouth."

Consumerism

Warner Brothers Animation/Hanna-Barbera tie-in offers marketing opportunities.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written byPaul T. July 24, 2017

Solid Fun Fare From Lego Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash is a fun, witty mystery adventure that also happens to be a send up of the 1960's Frankie Avalon beach flicks. It's... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJuan B. July 22, 2017

Great movie?!?!?;!;;?!;!;

I love to watch this movie with my 15 year old all the time now it is out. I love how the Scooby Doo solves the situation even though he is a Lego dog. This mov... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byimatapayphone June 25, 2018

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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