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Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mayhem and music merge; fun but more intense than past films

Movie NR 2015 75 minutes
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This Scooby adventure is a flashy, bright, psychedelic 75-minute music-video-like mystery that calls upon the gang to give its all to solve the riddle of the Crimson Witch. The creators did an effective job of uniting Scooby and friends with Kiss, whose 40 years of popularity is a phenomenon of marketing, personality, and audacity. Since many of the original Kiss fans are parents of today's Scooby-Doo audience, it's a well-conceived match that uses humor, roaring classic Kiss songs, and constant cartoon action to entertain multigenerational viewers. Humorous cameo voice appearances from Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, and the current Kiss members add to the fun. An abundance of scary images and narrow escapes (landslides, explosions, eruptions, frightening evildoers), along with the outrageous Kiss characterizations (the strutting sex symbol Starchild and the Demon's iconic tongue action), make this better for older kids.

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