Scooby-Doo: Abracadabra-Doo

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Good times, but scary images might spook youngest viewers.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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, f... Continue reading
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!!!
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 Bans... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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