What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are some frightening images in this Scooby movie, including a screaming banshee and a griffin who haunts the characters. But, in keeping with the Scooby series tradition, through teamwork, the gang figures out that a couple of bad apples are behind the shenanigans that are frightening people away.
What's the story?
Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker) and the gang have just solved another mystery when Velma (Mindy Cohn) gets a call from her mom, telling her that there is a mystery underway at her sister's school. The gang get in the Mystery Machine -- equipped with a new smart-alecky G.P.S. -- and wend their way up the mountainous paths to the O'Flannery Castle, home of the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy. Before they can say "Alakazam," they are being chased by the terrifying griffin that haunts the night skies. It's up to these teenage ghost-busters to solve the mystery that is threatening to close the school.
Is it any good?
Kids will like the recognizable pattern of the Scooby-Doo formula, even though Shaggy has a new voice (Casey Kasem has been replaced by the lovable Matthew Lillard). The predominance of scantily clad teenage girls in a kids' movie is a mystery, however. Otherwise, the gang's teamwork and the self-depreciating humor really work in this Scooby movie -- especially where the world of magic is concerned. Parents might even hear their kids mimicking some of the funny one-liners from this movie after it's over.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why some scary movies are fun for some kids and not fun for others. Here are some tips that can help families decide which movies feel right for all members of the family.
Did you notice anything about the girl characters? Are short skirts and leotards just typical cartoon-girl fare? Why do you think the animators portray girls this way? Does it bother you?