Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Scooby's Japanese adventure is fun but a little violent.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids might pick up a little about Asian culture, but overall the movie's goal is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

"The Gang" is very cooperative, and they strive to help people solve mysteries. The way the movie presents Asian culture is a mixed bag -- some of the stereotypes are a little off-putting (everyone in Japan is always taking photos, Manga-style female violence, etc.), while others are fine (the role of honor in society). There are also themes related to a "master" and a "servant" role.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Velma and Daphne are strong female characters whose skills help with problem solving.

Violence & Scariness

A decent amount of violent imagery. Nothing bloody, but there are brutal scenes where sword fighting, martial arts confrontations, and ninja attacks are highlighted. Some threatening phrases and references to violence. "The Sword of Doom shall be your destroyer," yells the Black Samurai, for example.


Sexy Stuff

Girls and teens are shown wearing short skirts and curve-revealing outfits. Nothing new about this. When Daphne and Miyumi engage in martial arts conflict, Shaggy says: "Like, meow. Talk about a kung fu cat fight!"


Polynesian natives speak in Ooga-booga language, which could be perceived as demeaning.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are many fight scenes in this straight-to-DVD Scooby-Doo movie -- "samurai" and "sword" are part of the title, after all. Some of the images of the Black Samurai are frightening: He has blazing eyes and sharp fangs, and his presence is larger than life. Themes of master and apprentice take on a master and servant tone, which might be a little off-putting to some parents.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt The Pirate August 31, 2018


Daphne fighting her cute friend was loads of fun and the whole Martial Arts theme for some reason really worked for me. I thought it was a decent story and fan... Continue reading
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. It's... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byregularreviewer January 26, 2021


the show is not complete without violence, common sense.
Kid, 11 years old July 31, 2020

Scooby yes

Good will scare younger kids but good

What's the story?

Scooby and the gang fly to Japan for Daphne's (voiced by Mindy Cohn) martial arts exhibition and land smack in the middle of a mystery. It appears that the Black Samurai has suddenly arisen from the dead; finding the Sword of Fate is the only way to fight his larger-than-life presence. Daphne's skills as a martial artist are put to the test, while her friends' loyalty is questioned. As the mystery intensifies, so do the challenges that face our unlikely heroes. Can they, like, master their own skills and save the day? Watch and see, young samurai.

Is it any good?

Definitely compelling -- but also focused on fighting -- SCOOBY-DOO AND THE SAMURAI SWORD attempts to bring a little bit of Japanese culture to the mystery at hand. With dragons and ghostly samurais, the feature succeeds in creating an entertaining addition to the Scooby-Doo empire. But the fighting and violence between opponents isn't always appropriate for the youngest viewers. The Black Samurai also cuts a pretty scary figure.

Still, there are jokes and antics and chase scenes galore, which will engage kids. Fans of Scooby and Shaggy will definitely get their fill of zany fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a true master. Is it someone who controls other people, or someone who teaches others? Do you have mastery in any particular field? How can you gain mastery? Does it take practice, or does it happen magically?

  • How does this movie compare to other Scooby-Doo movies or TV series you've seen?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love thrills

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