A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate. References iconic Frankenstein character, originally created by novelist Mary Shelley.
Friendship is the value the characters hold most dear. Daphne, whose vanity and pride in her appearance is key here, is cursed by "losing her good looks." The visuals of her weight gain and a specific reference to dress size, though mocking that vanity, may perpetuate unrealistic and undesirable standards of beauty for girls.
Positive Role Models
Each member of the Scooby-Doo gang, briefly transformed by a curse, ultimately acknowledges that his or her inherent strengths are valuable. They are happy being themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Extensive comic cartoon action and suspense. Characters encounter an assortment of villains, including a Frankenstein-like monster; the metal-faced ghost of a baron; Iago, a cackling, hunch-backed scientist's assistant; a scary housekeeper; and Velma, who for a time is turned into an evil scientist by a curse. They all are trapped on a runaway train, which catches fire; by a ghost who tries to suffocate them; and in a crumbling castle. Multiple chase sequences, explosions, and hand-to-hand fights, with swords, torches, and tools. Eerie and suspenseful music accompanies the characters through many dark passages and startling confrontations.
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Products & Purchases
This movie is the 22nd entry in the Scooby-Doo DVD franchise, a brand that includes a variety of programming and merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy is jam-packed with comic spookiness, action, monsters, and creepy bad guys. Kids who are comfortable with cartoon violence as opposed to real violence should have no trouble understanding that all is meant to be funny-scary. The movie includes all the "gothic" people and events a fan could dream of: Dr. Frankenstein's monster, the von Dinklestein Curse, a spooky castle, a ghost, a hunch-backed assistant, and a menacing housekeeper, as well as townspeople out for vengeance. Although Velma's family history is the engine for this movie's plot, Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo all take center stage at times for their usual individual nutty and endearing behavior. Daphne, whose vanity and pride in her appearance is key here, is cursed by "losing her good looks." The visuals of her weight gain and a specific reference to dress size, though mocking that vanity, may perpetuate unrealistic and undesirable standards of beauty for girls. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are lots of levels of funny in this Scooby-Doo adventure. Audiences will appreciate the villagers who pride themselves on their endangered torch factory ("Our burning pieces of wood are second to none!") and the irreverent parodies of classic gothic characters (hunchbacked assistant, forbidding housekeeper, Dr. von Dinklestein's "monster"). Assorted spooky scares (fires, explosions, chases, fights) alternate with some psychological comedy-drama as one by one the gang members become victims of the curse. Too many endings and one ludicrous reveal in the final moments take the story over the top, but young Scooby-Doo fans and even some grown-ups who watch with them should be entertained by this offering (the 22nd in the Scooby-Doo direct-to-DVD catalogue).
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