A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Comically introduces a profusion of legendary monsters (i.e., The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Swamp Thing, and more).
Good defeats evil. Nothing beats having a lot of magical equipment to get oneself out of trouble.
Positive Role Models
Members of the Scooby gang are brave, determined, enterprising, and lucky. Villains are comic classic monsters.
Violence & Scariness
All manner of comic jeopardy, which includes falls, scuffles, gunfire, head smashes, crocodiles, fire, dynamite, shark, lava pit, quicksand, tacks, bees, dragon breath, and exaggerated cartoon monsters.
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A few mild insults (i.e., "stupid," "bimbos")
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Products & Purchases
An early full-length movie from the far-reaching Scooby-Doo! franchise, which includes merchandise, clothing, toys, films, TV.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a full-length (92 minutes) movie that was made for television in 1988. In this tale, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Scrappy-Doo, and Googie (Shaggy's girlfriend, circa 1988) are the only members of the gang included. There's plenty of cartoon action -- the heroes are subject to a nonstop assault of "weapons" and obstacles as they participate in a Monster Road Rally, hosted by Dracula in Transylvania. They must contend with quicksand, bees, a lava pit, fire, gunshots, dynamite, and all kinds of crashes, falls, as well as the antics of Swamp Thing, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and more. The only female characters veer from featherbrained to competent and back again. Plenty of jokes, puns, and pratfalls keep the Scooby-Doo brand intact. Fine for kids who are comfortable with lots of cartoon jeopardy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Almost enough jokes and slapstick action in this nifty tale to keep Scooby fans fully engaged, but at 92 minutes (a single car race lasts for almost half the time), it wears out its comic welcome. Made in 1988, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf features Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, his nephew Scrappy-Doo, and Googie. Fred, Velma, and Daphne are missed, but there are so many monster characters that the screen is fully-populated with funny, over-the-top characters from start to finish. Some masters of evil-doing are particularly amusing -- Dracula and The Hunch Bunch, to name a few. It's interesting to note that most of the later "full-length" Scooby adventures are ten to twenty minutes shorter than this one. It was a smart modification. Lots of comic jeopardy and action makes this best for kids who have learned the difference between real and pretend violence.
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