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Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Scooby puppet pirate mystery has mansplaining, flirting.

Movie NR 2013 44 minutes
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Credit to the team behind this Scooby-Doo adventure for presenting the famous sleuthing dog and his friends in a new way. After hundreds of cartoons and multiple live-action movies, Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map presents the meddling kids in puppet form. The story of a pirate's missing treasure follows the cartoon formula but with puppets lumping about to lines delivered at breakneck speed, feeling like a radio advert performer cramming in the small print. This unhinged energy sits uncomfortably with the janky puppets, making the movie feel like a DIY YouTube project made with cuddly toys. Adding to the oddness is two mismatched and far too long musical segments. One is a song about having a great summer, played over the gang being chased through a dark cave. The other is a Beach Boys-esque summer surf song over them being forced to work on a pirate ship.

The fluffy puppets skew far younger than the average Scooby-Doo audience of kids aged 6-9, and the story might have been served better if the cartoon crew had been able to put some style behind the mild scares. As a "my first" Scooby-Doo it'll do. Beyond that, it's an usual addition to the Scooby-Doo catalog, but not necessarily one worth seeking out.

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