A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can start to think about word puzzles.
Communication and teamwork: a crime fighting organization presents mysteries to another group -- together they try to solve them. Batman shows empathy when he recognizes Aquaman feels left out of the group.
Positive Role Models
Batman is a dedicated crime fighter who works to keep his city safe. He feels guilt about a person he thought he couldn't save. The entire group of Mystery Analysis of Gotham work together and help each other, drawing on their individual skills. They join forces with the equally positive Mystery Inc., featuring Scooby-Doo and the gang. Gotham's well-known villains appear, including the Riddler, Joker, Penguin, and more, each causing their own brand of trouble.
Good gender balance within the hero and villain groups.
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Violence & Scariness
Batman kicks and punches villains. Threat includes a huge phantom chasing characters around a burning warehouse. A bulldozer is driven into a building, trapping someone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character is attracted to another. A character calls someone "doll" while flirting.
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Some use of "bloody." Character called a "boob" (not referring to body parts).
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Products & Purchases
The movie ties together characters from the DC Universe and the Scooby-Doo franchise. Both of which have an abundance of spin-off merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an excellent animated crossover with mild comic book violence and threat. Scooby-Doo (voiced by Frank Welker) and his gang team up with Batman (Diedrich Bader) and a host of superheroes, as they battle villains from the DC Universe including the Joker (Jeff Bennett) and Penguin (Tom Kenny). The fight scenes involve kicking and punching, but no one comes to any serious harm. Threat includes characters being chased through a burning warehouse. Younger viewers could find the movie's floating phantom monster scary. A chimp detective with an English accent uses the term "bloody" on several occasions. There is also mild flirting between characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The sheer joy that comes through in this Scooby-Doo and DC Universe crossover makes for a fun feature length adventure. Frequently hilarious, Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold's witty script draws on both Scooby-Doo and Batman's 1960s heydays. Batman talks with all the alliteration of Adam West's campy portrayal in the '60s TV series -- a far cry from recent brooding versions. This decision suits the Scooby-Doo pairing perfectly. Mystery Inc. are constantly called hippies for the first time in 50 years and the groovy intro is a nod to the decade in which both camps first ruled TV. The dialogue zings and Aquaman (Dimaggio) especially delivers some laugh out loud lines. Scooby-Doo's crew have a self awareness but it hits the right tone. It's all celebratory rather than cynical.
The movie is action packed and animated beautifully, letting the weird and wonderful comic book heroes and villains shine in their unique ways. The slight creepiness associated with both franchises is present, too. Arkham Cemetery's red sky and creepy dead trees in silhouette is a particular highlight. On top of this, there are some thoughtful character moments. Batman is troubled by an unsolved case, racked with guilt about the only innocent person he ever lost. Meanwhile Velma (Kate Micucci) and Detective Chimp (Kevin Michael Richardson) are locked in a battle of oneupmanship. Light relief is always around the corner, though. Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby's joy at finding the Arkham Asylum cafeteria is pure glee. And the ensuing food fight that follows is a hoot. This team-up was crafted with love.
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