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Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Christmas mystery has scary snowman and a grumpy Santa.

Movie NR 2012 22 minutes
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Seasonal Scooby-Doo movies give the creative team behind the cartoons the chance to throw Scoob and the gang headfirst into the theme. Not holding back on the monster for Christmas, Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays features a fanged snowman that ranks among the most visually interesting of villains. The shapeshifting monster is grotesque in its distorted forms and delectably creepy as a giant spider. It's easy to appreciate artistically but young viewers might not appreciate its presence.

Less easy to appreciate is the first Santa we meet. He hates Christmas and the parade makes him sick. It's not made quite clear enough that he's an actor, so some explaining might be required for younger viewers, especially when the real Santa then turns up. All comes good in the end as the gang unmask the snowman and reveal who's behind it, in a plausible and satisfying way. Ending with Scooby-Doo as Santa in the actor's place in the toy store is a jolly way to end a short, solid holiday special for kids interested in mild scares.

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