Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King



Silly Scooby fun, but watch for spooky characters.
  • Review Date: September 22, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters practice teamwork and courage to save friends and help others.

Positive role models
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Dead bodies pop up from graves. Mild cartoon violence including cannons and sword fights. A firey-headed character chases and hacks pumpkins with an axe, however no one gets hurt. Two characters hit each other on the head and argue loudly.

Sexy stuff

Somewhat scantily clad cartoon pixies, but nothing provocative.


Some mild, jokey insults exchanged between the bad guys.


DVD includes coupon for Red Robin. Plus movie trailers for more Scooby-Doo movies; all part of the vast Scooby-Doo empire.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One tavern scene where characters drink green liquids.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Halloween adventure is slightly scarier than the typical Scooby-Doo cartoon. Several spooky characters include a fire-shrouded headless horseman and a devil-esqe goblin, both of whom chase characters. Cartoon violence, while mild, is fairly frequent, but courage is emphasized as characters work together to meet the challenges as they come.

What's the story?

Zombies haunt and witches cackle as the Mystery Machine gang explores a Halloween carnival's chills and thrills in SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GOBLIN KING. But Scooby-Doo and Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem) doubt all the monsters and magic. That is, until a dreadfully washed-up magician, the Amazing Krudsky (Wayne Knight), kidnaps Princess Fairy Willow (Hayden Panettiere) and stumbles upon the ancient powers of Halloween. Courageously hoping to save their friends, Scooby and Shaggy em-"bark" on the perilous journey to Halloween Land, encountering enough magical mishaps to make them believe in the stories of Halloween night.

Is it any good?


With its kooky mix of haunting characters, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King has some festive and fun moments, but lacks the spirit of the original TV series. Greeted by groovy ghoul music, families will likely enjoy some of the silly moments and jokes of this film, but may find its hungry canine to be the only real hero.

The loud-mouthed Jack O' Lantern (Jay Leno), random evil witch (Lauren Bacall), and even the scary Goblin King (the ever-villainous Tim Curry) don't quite deliver the cleverness that endeared us to the original, but the movie still makes for a festive and somewhat spooky story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teamwork and friendship. How do these help us to overcome challenges?

  • Also, where do Halloween stories and traditions come from?

  • How do you think ghost stories began?

  • When have you been scared and overcome your fears? How?

  •   Do you believe in monsters and ghosts, or supernatural creatures? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 23, 2008
DVD release date:September 23, 2008
Cast:James Belushi, Tim Curry, Wayne Knight
Director:Joe Sichta
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDominicboo1 May 7, 2011

Not To Be Confused With Jareth!

If you read my review of Jim Henson's Labyrinth (great movie) you know that Jareth the Goblin King is a great villian in my opinion. He's determined to get what he wants, but has a soft spot for a baby. However, this movie does not have David Bowie, and you fans buying it should should like Scooby Doo instead of Hoggle. Zombie Island and Ghoul School are much better.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byJR01 August 25, 2010

Not for fans of the series.

Scooby Doo has always been cheesy fun, but it had an important core message: seemingly supernatural occurrences have rational (if campy) explanations. This movie presents magical elements as if they are real—subverting the entire principle of Scooby Doo. Not for fans of the series who expect the Gang to solve the mystery and save the day.
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written byArelltobor March 29, 2009

It's Scooby Doo and is good for the above 5-6 crowd,

Currently available on Netflix Watch Now for streaming players, it's a modern Scooby Doo adventure. If you're thinking of Scooby, you probably know what to expect. Some violence, light inappropriate language (like stupid, etc.) and mildly negative role models. This movie mostly stars Scooby and Shaggy in a Halloween Adventure. My 5-year-old has watched it without much concern, and it has some genuinely funny parts. The scariest part involves the Headless Horseman, but it's lightened up with a few jokes (and a jack-o-lantern voiced by Jay Leno).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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