Scoob!

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Fun Scooby reboot has goofy hijinks, scenes of peril.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 53 reviews

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Educational Value

For entertainment purposes, not education, but viewers will learn a bit about the mythological Cerberus, as well as Alexander the Great and his dog, Peritas.

Positive Messages

Positive messages include importance of friendship, courage, perseverance, teamwork. A solid friendship can withstand enormous challenges. Shows value of different people's skills, including intelligence, empathy, courage, strength, heart.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shaggy discovers his inner strength. Entire Scooby gang is devoted, loyal to one another. Scooby realizes his place is with Shaggy and the gang, not the Falcon Fury team. Brian has to let go of his father's expectations to become his own Falcon. His sidekicks are clever, brave, helpful.

Violence & Scariness

Early scene in which a "ghost" chases the young Scooby gang. Shape-shifting robots can look both cute or like vicious, menacing creatures that shoot laser beams and sport threatening claws and teeth. A gigantic, glowing, scary Cerberus dog intimidates, tries to eat the gang. Several pursuits/crashes involving Dick Dastardly and the Falcon Fury ships. Dick Dastardly snags Scooby. In a sad scene, it seems like a long-lost friend is beyond saving; in another, Shaggy seems to be permanently parted from his friends (spoiler alert: both situations turn out OK).

Sexy Stuff

Comments like "she was pretty hot." Scene in which an attractive cop stops the Mystery Machine; her hair tossing and (minor) cleavage briefly leave Fred speechless. Joke in which someone thinks Tinder is an app that delivers firewood.

Language

Mostly insult language such as "moron," "pinheads," "worthless," "imbecile," "stupid." Also "dang" and plays on words like "F bombs" (referring to falcon bombs), "falcon around" (reminiscent of the "F" word), "flatulent fleabag," repeating the word "Dick" (as a name, because Scooby can't pronounce it). Potty humor includes a huge plop of pterodactyl poop.

Consumerism

References to American Idol, Simon Cowell (as himself), Ira Glass podcasts (he plays himself), Kelly Clarkson, Harry Potter, Tinder, Netflix, etc. Part of a large off-screen merchandising/licensing franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scoob! is an animated reboot of the Scooby-Doo franchise. It starts out as an origin story and then follows the gang on their adventures as teens. Starring the voices of Zac Efron (Fred), Amanda Seyfried (Daphne), Gina Rodriguez (Velma), Will Forte (Shaggy), and Frank Welker (who's been voicing Scooby since 1969), it's a funny, family-friendly mystery that's more appropriate for younger viewers than the live-action films from the early 2000s. That said, there are several scenes of peril and pursuit, including creepy "ghosts"; a giant, murderous three-headed Cerberus monster; and encounters with a nasty villain and his shape-shifting robot minions. There are also a couple of sad scenes: one in which it seems like a long-lost friend is beyond saving and another in which it appears that one member of the Scooby gang may be permanently separated from his friends. Language includes frequent use of insults like "imbecile," "moron," "stupid," "suck-up," and "pinhead," and there are some comments along the lines of "she's pretty hot." But with its goofy premise; messages of perseverance, courage, and teamwork; and a series of punny/wink-wink jokes for parents, it's an easy pick for families with elementary school-age kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byerwgwegf May 16, 2020

Some suggestive comments and intense action with some language

This movie was very good. Although this movie had some suggestive comments about dog mating and boobs. Also there is plenty of action. In one scene my little b... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous May 17, 2020

Appropriate for most 8+

There is mild innuendo and profanity, but that's actually all tame compared to most PG animation of the '90s and 2000s.

A cop in a tight outfit is as... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byAceZach May 18, 2020

7/10 for Me Also great for Kids

It is meant for kids but i will not lie I loved the references to the older Hannah Barbera shows. I'm 17, But I adored the references to Captain Caveman, D... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byVelmalover18 September 1, 2020

Awful Dumpster Trash

This movie was just flaming dumpster trash! The first 20 minutes were good and the rest was awful. It all went downhill after Simon Cowell shows up. Then Scooby... Continue reading

What's the story?

When SCOOB! begins, Shaggy (voiced by Iain Armitage) is a lonely young boy who runs into a mischievous dog that's stolen a skewer of gyro meat. When the police try to snatch the dog, Shaggy pretends the pup is his, and names him Scooby Dooby Doo. And thus starts a beautiful friendship. That same Halloween, the duo meet Fred, Velma, and Daphne and inadvertently solve their first mystery. A decade later, the gang now solves mysteries for a living. But when potential business investor Simon Cowell (himself) suggests that Fred (Zac Efron), Velma (Gina Rodriguez), and Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) break away from their "weak links" Shaggy (now voiced by Will Forte) and Scooby (Frank Welker), a series of unfortunate events sweeps the best friends into a dangerous mystery. It involves superhero Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and his sidekick Dynomutt (Ken Jeong) and nefarious villain Dastardly Dick (Jason Isaacs), who's trying to find the last descendant of Alexander the Great's dog, Peritas.

Is it any good?

This animated reboot of the classic cartoon franchise helps bring the goofy Scooby gang to a new generation of kids who will enjoy the shenanigans of these "meddling kids'" and their talking dog. The characters have managed to entertain young viewers for five decades and counting, and kids will definitely still get a kick out of their silly but also dangerous adventures. This time around, Shaggy and Scooby get help from the in-over-his-head Blue Falcon (actually, it's the Blue Falcon's son, Brian, who's dealing with a severe case of imposter syndrome), and his two capable sidekicks, Dynomutt and Dee Dee (Kiersey Clemons), who are far more effective than Brian.

Scoob! has a bunch of jokes clearly aimed at parents that will likely go over kids' heads -- even some meta ones about how Scooby got his name and why Shaggy talks like a middle-aged person's idea of a young California hippie. There's also the requisite bathroom humor, including a moment when a pterodactyl unloads a huge poop while the Scooby gang is running around (just watch). Tracy Morgan also deserves a shout-out for voicing Captain Caveman, a prehistoric man the gang encounters in their quest to defeat Dick Dastardly. It's unclear whether Scoob! will lead to more movies, but it's entertaining enough to teach little kids to appreciate the franchise -- and when to say "Zoinks!"

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Scooby-Doo remains popular after multiple decades. What's so relatable about the premise of Scoob!?

  • Discuss the movie's scary/violent scenes. Is the violence appropriate for the target audience?

  • How does this movie compare to other Scooby-Doo shows and movies? What's similar? What's different?

  • How are teamwork and perseverance depicted in the story? Why are they important character strengths?

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