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Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Scooby's Japanese adventure is fun but a little violent.

Movie NR 2009 75 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+


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 fantastically animated. I liked the overall spirit of the movie.
age 7+

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 critical to note that the Gang never solves the mystery in this movie— supernatural elements remain unexplained in the end. In contrast with the Scooby Doo tradition; dragons, ghosts, and "spirits" are presented as real. Definitely not for fans of Scooby Doo.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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.

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