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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although viewers may learn a bit about Mexico, this feature is intended to entertain, not educate.
Characters work together to figure out the truth behind the mystery of El Chupacabra.
Positive Role Models
While Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang are friendly and dedicated to solving mysteries, they don't break out of their cartoonish personas to emerge as especially strong role models.
Violence & Scariness
Mild cartoon violence and scares. Scooby-Doo ends up inside a tire and rolls out of control until he bounces into a bullfighting ring, where he is catapulted off the horns of a bull. Shaggy falls into cacti and leaps around while howling in pain. Scenes of ghosts, monsters, scorpions, and rats, all of which have scary appearances and make scary sounds, might be a bit much for younger or more sensitive viewers. The brakes to the Mystery Machine are cut by the bad guys, and Shaggy barrels through the streets of Veracruz out of control, causing cars to crash at intersections.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico is a 2003 installment of the popular Scooby-Doo franchise. For parents who grew up with this cartoon, all the familiar tropes from the original are in full effect -- Shaggy and Scooby have the munchies, Fred's bravery and Velma's brains find clues at the right times, and the bad guys would have gotten away with their evil schemes if not for those "meddling kids." Some of the scenes involving "email" are already quite dated, and the explorations of Mexican culture come very close to feeling like stereotypes. The "Scooby scares," while mild, feature enough images of El Chupacabra, ghosts, rats, and scorpions to cause nightmares in younger or more sensitive viewers, but on the whole, this Scooby-Doo movie contains all the familiar elements children of the '70s and '80s grew up with. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There really isn't anything new in SCOOBY DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO. For parents who grew up watching the cartoon in the '70s and '80s, all the familiar moments are there: Scooby says "Zoinks!," Shaggy has the munchies, the monster is really a bad guy wearing a costume, and the kids are "meddling." That being said, for those who enjoy this familiar formula, and enjoy playing along and trying to solve the mystery, there's much to like in this installment.
However, this film does have the feel of being padded, like it could have easily been 30 minutes instead of 75. Furthermore, the exploration into Mexican culture feels at times as if it borders dangerously close to stereotyping. Still, for fans of the Mystery Machine and her passengers, this comfortable and enjoyably familiar story will entertain.
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