Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare

  • Review Date: September 16, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Spooky stories come to life in camp-set Scooby movie.
  • Review Date: September 16, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids who watch may be reminded that it's possible to have outdoor fun without cell phones or computers.

Positive messages

Fred's loyalty to his humble camp is admirable, but the greed that motivates the "bad guy" is destructive in the extreme. Good teamwork is on display, and the movie encourages "old fashioned" outdoor play.

Positive role models

The counsellors are good leaders who care about the campers while encouraging their independence. The campers and counsellors are a multicultural group who generally work together to make the camp experience worthwhile.

Violence & scariness

Any movie that features an ax-wielding maniac is bound to have a few scary moments. Not only is the ax brandished threateningly, but the monsters' scary faces might give little ones the creeps. Also perilous falls over cliffs, explosions, and some gunfire.

Sexy stuff

The buxom camp counsellor from the Big Moose Camp wears a skimpy bikini, which gets Fred's attention. Flirting and brief kissing among the teens.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Deacon uses his asthma inhaler very frequently -- almost to the point of distraction. It's supposed to be a joke, since he's such an unhealthy kid, but it raises questions about whether that's appropriate material for humor.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this camp-set Scooby movie has more than one scary monster to go around: There are three ghastly apparitions with gnarled faces and gnashing teeth (one of whom is an ax-wielding maniac). Very young or sensitive kids might be spooked by the baddies' aggressive behavior, though older viewers will know that there will be an inevitable unmasking. Also expect some flirting and brief kissing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Fred (voiced by Frank Welker) takes the gang for a trip down memory lane when he brings them to Camp Little Moose for a visit. But when they arrive, they find that camp has been cancelled because of the appearance of an ax-wielding maniac called the Woodsman. His timing couldn't be worse -- or better -- since there's nothing like a mystery to fire up the Scooby gang's sense of adventure. As they try to unravel the mystery of the Woodsman, the gang runs into other scary monsters who are frightening campers away. But leave it to Scooby (Frank Welker) and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) to have some good times, even in the thick of a spookfest.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Ghost stories are definitely spookier when told around the campfire on a cool summer night. CAMP SCARE succeeds in bringing that "campy" feeling to life, but it's fairly scary when the monsters appear. There's enough of a plot to keep even the most amateur sleuths guessing whodunnit, though the youngest viewers might get a serious jolt when looking into the eyes of the Spectre of Shadow or the green-faced Woodsman.

It's worth noting that one thing Camp Scare has -- that old-school Scooby stories didn't -- is the flirtatious winking and competing that some of the gang engages in. Do kids really need to see Fred go gaga over a hot babe in a skimpy swimsuit? Probably not. Stick to the ghouls and the Scooby Snax, people. Jinkies. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the movie is saying about playing outside without electronic/tech gadgets. Do you think kids get enough fresh air and exercise? How can you set healthy media limits?

  • Is this movie more or less scary than other Scooby movies? Why?

  • The movie features a huge feast where Shaggy and Scooby gorge themselves on all kinds of food. Afterward, there's a food fight. What do you think about wasting food? Is it a big deal?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 14, 2010
Cast:Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn
Director:Ethan Spaulding
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byScoobyfan June 2, 2011
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8
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A GREAT MOVIE

This is a great movie for families that has an intriguing mystery while still sticking to the old Scooby Doo formula that allows plenty of humor for the little kids. The villains are actually scary and threatening, which could be iffy for little kids, but for my 7 year old little sister, she loved it and she wasn't frightened at all. I mean, come on, your children shouldn't be scared WHILE WATCHING A CARTOON. My sister knew it was a CARTOON, and thus not real, thus she throughly enjoyed the movie to its full extent.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 4, 6, and 9 year old Written byloved1liberty July 6, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

No Way

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 4 year old Written byJennyrf October 21, 2010
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This movie was truly dreadful and the fact that this website recommends it for ages 5-8 makes me question all its other recommendations. Stupid, sexist steretypes (girls in skimpy bikinis, boys becoming idiots while ogling them) are just the beginning of the problems with this movie. It is WAY too scary for younger kids. My son loves scary stuff and has never said that anything was too scary for him, but he actually asked me to turn this off - a first for him. It was like a cartoon version of a teenage slasher movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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