A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brief references to the Revolutionary War, the Patriots versus the British. Velma explains that the electrical disturbances and ghost aren't supernatural, simply science.
Crime doesn't pay; good triumphs. What may seem to be supernatural occurrences can be explained using scientific facts.
Positive Role Models
Members of the Scooby gang are loyal and resourceful, work well as a team. Velma proves, as she always does, that research and knowledge are valuable. A minimum of ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Silly scares: a swooping, swishing, shadowy ghost with a fang-toothed, creepy face chases through the inn, frightening everyone in multiple scenes. Electrical malfunctions: lights on and off, lightning. Fires are set. A mean-looking chef wields a cleaver.
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Products & Purchases
The Scooby-Doo! franchise continues at a rapid pace.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost finds the Mystery, Inc. gang tackling another mystery. The story (the 31st direct-to-DVD movie of the franchise) is another in the series of tie-ins with popular cultural phenomena (e.g., WWE, the rock group KISS). This time the gang meets up with super chef Bobby Flay and other star culinary artists. The friends must find and rid a New England resort of a rampaging ghost, legendary since the times of the Revolutionary War. There are silly jokes and silly scares, and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (Frank Welker) are up to their ears in fabulous food. Cartoon action makes this best for kids who are comfortable with real versus imaginary danger. The scary "Red Ghost," red-eyed, fang-equipped, with a swooping black cape, swishes and hisses its way through the inn with regularity. The ghost is accompanied by electrical eruptions, occasional fires, lightning, and flashing lights. The good guys are under siege and resort guests are menaced as they are forced to "run for their lives." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Velma (Kate Micucci) is in top sleuthing form; Shaggy and Scooby find themselves in foodie heaven; and a mystifying ghost threatens celebrities -- what could be more franchise-perfect than that? In fact, rather than the usual easy-to-figure-out villain, Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost has an array of evil-doing suspects. The mystery's unraveling may actually be surprising. Familiarity with Bobby Flay and the other TV celebrity foodies will be a plus for viewers, but regular Scooby-Doo! fans won't be disappointed even if they're not familiar with the big names, high-tech kitchen, and gourmet cooking.
This direct-to-DVD movie is the latest in a successful, almost 50-year run: The franchise first appeared in a CBS television series on September 13, 1969, when Hanna-Barbera delivered a "nonviolent" Saturday morning show to mollify worries about the pervasive, action-packed superhero programs. Always with an entree that's pretend-scary and a healthy side dish of silly jokes, as well as a little "food for thought," this gourmet adventure is a pleasing addition to the menu.
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