Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Comic '80s tale has cartoon violence and silly scares.
  • G
  • 1987
  • 93 minutes

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Good friends stick together. It's fun to solve mysteries. Loyalty matters. It's important to help those in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Scooby and Shaggy aren't especially brave or smart, but they are ready for adventure most of the time. Scrappy is astute, observant, and clever. They give away their treasure to help orphans. The villain invents elaborate schemes to get his hands on the family treasure.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoon violence. Characters shoot at each other but never get hurt. A steamroller threatens Shaggy and friends. Ghosts rattle sabers but don't stab.

Sexy Stuff

A sassy, boy-crazy girl chases and kisses Shaggy. Her outfit shows some cleavage.


"Jerk," "creep," "drip," "dang," "boob."


Games, apparel, books, and other products have been spun off the Scooby-Doo franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A ghost at a party drinks from a jug, suggesting alcohol is inside.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a 1987 animated movie in the Scooby-Doo entertainment empire, selling mild but diverting fright to kids who love the talking scaredy-dog and his intellectually challenged pal, Shaggy. This time they've hired a trio of ghost-busting ghosts to dehaunt a house they've inherited. They escape all manner of unlikely danger, including gunshots, and run from an escaped circus ape, a musket-wielding barefoot neighbor, a creepy butler, and, of course, ghosts. A sassy, boy-crazy girl kisses a guy who does not want to be kissed; her outfit shows some cleavage. Language includes "jerk," "creep," "drip," "dang," and "boob." No cartoon characters were harmed in the making of this movie.

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What's the story?

Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy find the Southern plantation Shaggy's Uncle Beauregard has left them in disrepair, the perfect spooky setting for SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS and the ghosts said to haunt the place. That does not deter the threesome from looking for the legendary family jewels said to be hidden somewhere on the property. Scary ghosts seem to thwart this quest at every turn, so they hire the Boo Brothers, a trio of ghost-busting ghosts who do their best to impersonate the Three Stooges. Scrappy is a master at decoding the cryptic clues left by the uncle designed to lead Shaggy to the jewels. Adding to the scare factor is an escaped -- but friendly -- circus ape, a trigger-happy neighbor harboring ill will, a preoccupied sheriff, and various apparitions.

Is it any good?

For kids who love simple mysteries that are slightly more sophisticated than Blue's Clues and Dora the ExplorerScooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a fine choice. And who doesn't love a talking dog whose every word begins with the letter R? Velma is generally seen as the brains in the Scooby-Doo group, and her absence in this movie puts Scrappy firmly in the lead. Anyway, the appeal of Scooby and friends probably resides in children's enjoyment of finding themselves slightly ahead of the characters, identifying threats before the characters can recognize them, and figuring out plot twists before they occur to the heroes. A story without Velma figuring all this out offers plenty such opportunity for young grade-schoolers to do so.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Scooby-Doo such an enduring character. Why do these mysteries continue to be popular? How does this Scooby-Doo movie compare to the many other Scooby-Doo stories?

  • This movie introduces a boy-crazy girl chasing Shaggy. Do you think romance fits into the story?

  • Scooby-Doo and friends have been solving supernatural mysteries since 1969. Use the internet to find out more about these successful comic adventurers. How have they changed over the years? What has remained the same?

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