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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Velma enlightens the gang about the differences between "Wiccans" -- individuals in tune with the forces of nature, using those forces to heal -- and traditional witches.
Values teamwork and ingenuity. Good defeats evil.
Positive Role Models
Scooby-Doo and company work well together, support one another, and, despite fearful moments, are brave in the face of danger.
Violence & Scariness
Traditional Scooby cartoon violence: chases, explosions, cackling villains, fire throwers, evil spells, wild rides, spooky woods/buildings, windstorms, and crashes. Heroes are menaced by: cackling villains, a powerful witch, ghosts, horned warriors with glowing eyes, fierce pumpkins, a maniacal turkey.
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A 1999 entry in the substantial Scooby-Doo! franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Secret is standard franchise fare, released in 1999, with an abundance of cartoon action, witchy scares, and heroes in peril. With more jeopardy than usual, the Scooby gang encounters a deluge of villains of all shapes and sizes (including a cackling would-be sorcerer, a powerful witch, two demonic warriors, and other assorted evil-doers). Aside from that, it's business as usual, made with the assumption that viewers are familiar with the characters and the fact that the team, as always, solves supernatural mysteries. Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are obsessed with food and consume it with gusto (just watching makes one bystander gag and run). Velma's insights help save the day, and Fred and Daphne are able sidekicks. Funny at times with plenty of suspenseful scenes, this edition to the Scooby collection is fine for kids who are comfortable with real versus imaginary violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Reliably comic-scary and making the most of the Scooby-Doo gang's silly likability, this 1999 adventure is traditionally farcical and very fan-friendly; Tim Curry's guest starring role is a bonus. The familiar voice actors Scott Innes, Mary Kay Bergman, B.J. Ward, and Fred Welker bring spirit and fun to their characters. This tale is more action-heavy than some of the others, but it's all exaggerated (Scooby-Doo and Shaggy tremble in fear countless times in this adventure) and even the most dastardly villains are dispensed with in short order, with humor as the main component. Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Secret isn't for little kids or super-sensitive ones who have difficulty discerning pretend violence from the real deal.
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