A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is exactly what you'd expect from a Scooby-Doo movie with some mild scares and madcap chase scenes. One scene stands out where Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are supposedly abducted and told that they will be released after a physical exam; they're chased about with a Taser, then wake up in the middle of the desert. Also expect the usual overeating where Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are concerned -- one time Shaggy even eats a whole plate of food that's fallen on the floor in a few seconds.
What's the story?
Driving through the desert, a wind storm kicks up enough dust that Shaggy doesn't see a "Keep out. Government" sign. The bumpy road causes the Mystery Machine to break down outside a small town and Shaggy and Scooby decide to stay with the van while the others hike in for help. Fighting over the last Scooby snack, it drops in front of a jackalope who takes off running. They're so distracted they don't see two aliens sneak up behind them -- a fright that sends them running right into town and into the local diner for a feast. At the diner they find out that the whole town is scared of the aliens. A slightly crazy local tells them he's even been experimented on. And just visible from the diner window: a government station with big satellite dishes looking for alien life forms. Time for the gang to investigate.
Is it any good?
You get what you expect from this Scooby-Doo adventure. "Those meddling kids" get to the bottom of what's plaguing a small town. As a fun extra, you get Shaggy in love with a mysterious and groovy girl who's brought the perfect lady friend for Scooby-Doo. Shaggy's dream sequence love song is pretty corny, but in a fun way. There's another forgettable song thrown in too, getting the run time up to feature-length status.
Kids may be weirded out by the idea of alien abduction (though it's not as harrowing as it sounds), but it's just another day's work for Scooby-Doo and the gang.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about aliens. Do you think we're alone in the universe? And do you think searching for life is as dull as the scientists in this movie make it out to be?
What's your favorite movie or book about aliens? Do you like the friendly E.T. variety or the invading sort?
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