Scooby-Doo!: Mask of the Blue Falcon

 
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Fanboy humor + an evil villain = Scooby laughs.
  • Review Date: February 26, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Like most Scooby-Doo movies, this one is for entertainment, not educational value.

Positive messages

The Mystery Inc. pals always espouse the virtues of teamwork, collaboration, and friendship. They are a diverse group of teens with different personalities and strengths, but they always work together to solve the mysteries and save the day. In this movie, there's also an obvious motto about finding the superhero within yourself, even when you're scared to be brave.

Positive role models

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne are nothing alike, but they know how to work together despite their differences to find the "bad guy" in each of their cases. Scooby and Shaggy, more than their friends, have to overcome their fears to face down villains.

Violence & scariness

Mr. Hyde is a frightening character with bats and a hound that can do his destructive bidding. There's a lot of property destruction and scared convention-goers (who scream, run, hide) in the movie. But no one is seriously hurt, and there are definitely no deaths.

Sexy stuff

There are bikini-clad women walking around and swimming at a Hollywood party. A grown-up couple kisses at the end of the movie.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There aren't any product placements in the movie, but Scooby-Doo has spawned merchandise from apparel and accessories to games and toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing identifiable, but there is a scene at a party where grown-ups are holding and drinking out of purple cups.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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. 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.)

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 26, 2013
Cast:Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn
Director:Michael Goguen
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Superheroes, Friendship
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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