A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mask of the Blue Falcon is the 19th feature in the long-running Scooby-Doo franchise and features more of the same humor and scares as previous installments. Mr. Hyde, the movie's villain, has a scary hound and releases bats that cause a great deal of destruction, but no character is gravely injured. The Mystery Inc. gang represents how even very different teens can still be good friends and work as a team to defeat criminals.
What's the story?
After another mystery is solved, the gang heads to the Mega Mondo Pop Comic Conopalooza convention, so Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (Frank Welker) can meet their televised comic-book heroes the Blue Falcon and his "Dinomutt" sidekick, Dog Wonder. Unfortunately for the original Blue Falcon actor, there's a new and improved update hitting the big screens, so no one but Shaggy and Scooby even want his autograph. After the resentful Blue Falcon star swears his revenge on Hollywood, the comic book's villain Mr. Hyde starts terrorizing the convention, causing the town's mayor to hire the Mystery Inc. kids to solve the case.
Is it any good?
There is real humor and heart to the formulaic stories that will hook viewers, but children sensitive to frights and suspense may find this one a bit too scary. (Mr. Hyde's henchbats and hound are freaky and wreak chaos on the convention.) Scooby-Doo movies can be an acquired taste for parents who weren't childhood fans of the campy animated franchise, but after repeated screenings with adoring kids, the series should grow on otherwise wary adults.
Adults familiar with Comic-Con in San Diego will find the ongoing geek jokes particularly amusing. Kids who adore superheroes -- or even the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes on Sponge-Bob -- should appreciate the humor but may not understand the disgruntled older comic-book actor. Parents who remember the "original" of any superhero, however, will find that aspect of the movie hilarious.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about movies featuring talking animals. Why are they so funny? How is Scooby similar or different than other animal pop icons?
What are some examples of other crime-solving kids/teens in movies? How does this Scooby-Doo movie compare?
This movie talks about the popularity of comic books and the way old stories are remade and modernized. Kids: what are your favorite movie series? Would it be weird if they were remade some day?
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