Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-Doo Movie Poster Image

Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-Doo

(i)

 

Good times, but scary images might spook youngest viewers.
  • Review Date: February 25, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

The gang works as a team to solve mysteries. Plus a lesson in forgiveness.

Positive role models

Independent, smart Velma is probably the most admirable of the gang's members. Whirlen Merlin, the head of the magician's academy, seems to care about his students. Merlin's brother Marlin makes a big mistake and cries convincingly when he asks for forgiveness.

Violence & scariness

Not as violent as it is scary -- a banshee who has a placid female face turns ghoulish, screaming and chasing the gang. The griffin that haunts the grounds of the Whirlen Merlin Magic academy is huge and terrifying. Perilous moments where Shaggy and Scooby nearly fall off of a bridge.

Sexy stuff

Very curvy female characters scantily clad. Fred goes gaga over a magician's assistant named Crystal.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Scooby and Shaggy load up on junk food whenever they can. Mentions of burgers, ice cream, shakes, and the chewy, gooey pizza that Shaggy drools over.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

Kids will like the recognizable pattern of the Scooby-Doo formula, even though Shaggy has a new voice (Casey Kasem has been replaced by the lovable Matthew Lillard).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?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 16, 2010
Cast:Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn
Directors:Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

This review of Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-Doo was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2013

Too much for young audiences

If you're a fan of Scooby Doo, then you'll probably love Scooby Doo! Abracadabra Doo! The griffin flies away with one of the main characters. The Banshee changes from a pretty purple ghost to a somewhat scary banshee that may scare younger audiences. For sex, Fred falls in love with with another girl and Daphne is competing her. In the end, daphne wins the competition. Also a character is in love with shaggy and kisses him. Also two of the characters are shown kissing in a picture and also in public.
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written bymarceladns August 15, 2011

Scary and fun for little ones

My kids (4 & 6) are huge Scooby doo fans, they both enjoyed this movie and were pretty scared (they are both thrill seekers) and so did I, it was fun, filled with mystery and scary-hide-behind-mommy moments. I do have a little problem with it: why set Daphne & Fred as a couple? I know it's not a big deal but I don't see the need to push a love interest for characters that been on TV just as friends for over 30 years. They relate just fine being friends. For movies aim to kids I find it a bit pushy.
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byBabyHeckel May 13, 2010

not for preschoolers

We didn't like it. I did not check the rating first, being new to this site, and it was way to scar for my 4 year old!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?