A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The gang briefly watch an instructional video about how to do the limbo dance.
Characters display teamwork to take down a monster. Friendships are challenged with jealousy shown by some. Iffy "jokes" about addiction.
Positive Role Models
Scooby-Doo falls for a female dog and ignores his best friend, Shaggy. Shaggy becomes jealous and tells Scooby-Doo that he "sickens" him. Fred is addicted to nets and shows withdrawal symptoms, distress, and despair. Thelma investigates a mystery and uses her detective skills to thwart the monster. A character steals jewels to make sure his wife doesn't find out he's sold her diamond necklace and replaced it with a fake.
The Mystery Gang has good gender balance but is exclusively White.
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Violence & Scariness
Some intense attack scenes. A large monster made out of water menaces a resort. It takes on monster, shark, and hydra forms. Characters are caught in a net. Story told of a pirate who drowned with their ship. Some slapstick cartoon violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scooby-Doo flirts with another dog. Characters describe him "sniffing her…" off-screen while looking disgusted, implying they're sniffing butts.
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Character called a "wackadoo."
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Products & Purchases
Another addition to the Scooby-Doo franchise, which includes TV, toys, and merchandise. A monster steals some expensive jewelry.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie is an animated Scooby-Doo adventure with a monster that might be scary to young kids and addiction "jokes" aimed at adults. Mystery Gang member Fred (voiced by Frank Welker) is addicted to nets. So the gang go on holiday to help Fred avoid them. There Fred behaves like a person living with addiction, fighting his compulsions, with panic, depression, and distress. The net addiction makes no sense and young kids likely won't get the various attempts at humor that are based around this bizarre plot line. Viewers should also expect monster attacks that are a little more intense than most Scooby-Doo adventures. Scooby-Doo falls for a female dog and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) becomes jealous. Sniffing butts is implied between Scoob and his girlfriend, with the gang looking on, disgusted. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It must be tough to keep coming up with ideas for a character whose adventures have run for more than 50 years. However, giving Mystery Gang member Fred an addiction to nets in Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie was a long shot that unfortunately misses the mark. The movie, which sees the characters going off on holiday -- so Fred can (unsuccessfully) go cold turkey -- suffers from this confusing development for Fred, and opens the door to a relentless, often grim, series of "jokes" about addiction. These will go over the heads of most kids and -- bar one admittedly good bit of wordplay -- leave adults shaking their heads.
The love story between Scooby-Doo and his girlfriend is odd, too. Shaggy's jealousy results in him telling Scoob he's sickened by him. Keep it light, maybe? The brightest burning star in Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie is guest star Adam West. He plays an eccentric hotel owner and gives a gleefully unhinged, spirited performance that channels his mayor character from adult animation Family Guy. Taking on the form of a giant sea monster, a three-headed hydra, and a huge shark, the villain's attack scenes are pretty intense. Add to this a convoluted reveal and explanation that's plucked out of nowhere, and this beach holiday ends as unsatisfactorily as it starts.
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