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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
If you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Teamwork and respect are important qualities. It's important not to argue; better to work together against a common threat. A strong heroic character reveals that he has fears like everyone else; it's crucial to learn how to handle fear.
Positive Role Models
Classic Mystery Inc. roles: Velma -- brainy, insecure; Daphne -- pretty, vain, friendly; Scooby and Shaggy -- unmotivated except by food; Fred -- handsome, a bit dim. Together they call upon their better selves (resourceful, courageous team players) and overcome petty jealousies to achieve a common goal. An enormously large and strong African-American football player defies stereotyping when he admits to being afraid of a lot of things and needing support. Wealthy businessman is prototypical braggart and egomaniac.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon scares, mostly from what appears to be an alien monster, who menaces the spaceship in which the gang is traveling and later on the moon. It's a black, reptilian wraith-like demon with sharp teeth, a horrible roar, and glowing red eyes. It flies through the air, chases the heroes, damages the spacecraft, and scares the passengers in numerous scenes. No substantial injuries or deaths. Other potentially frightening moments: pounding footsteps, explosions, heroes trapped in space. In a cartoon-within-a-cartoon, the gang imagines comic alien attacks on humans; they battle and defeat the not-so-scary aliens using their unique skills.
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Discussion of the wearing of "atomic" diapers and emptying the resulting "payload." Name-calling: "four-eyes," "you're crazy."
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Products & Purchases
The 23rd direct-to-DVD and streaming entry in the Scooby-Doo franchise, which includes toys, products, games, TV shows, and so on.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness is a typical Scooby-Doo franchise release. Familiar quirky members of Scooby's gang solve a simple mystery with an ample supply of comedy antics, parody of existing cultural icons, and cartoon action. Besides the usual explosions, chases, bumps on the head, and narrow escapes, this entry's central villain is a black, reptilian, fanged alien monster who is a menacing presence in many sequences. It may be too scary for very young kids or sensitive kids who aren't comfortable with imaginary jeopardy. Straightforward messages about teamwork, coping with fear, and self-confidence are delivered with humor. Some stereotypical characters (astronauts, an alien resistance fighter, a media tycoon, and a football player) are satirized with good-natured humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lots of topical humor in this story, and the stereotype-bashing is very clever: When U-Boat, a bear of a football player, sings about being afraid, it's a show-stopper. The constant self-admiration of Sly Baron is topped only by the roughneck astronauts' attitude, who realize that age might soon be an issue for them. The action and scary scenes are limited to the usual explosions, falling debris, knockdowns, and character missteps. Only the space alien's presence could be too much for little kids. It flies around with jagged teeth, its burning red eyes, and long dragon-like tail, wreaking havoc on the spaceship and on the moon. Positive messages combine with a surprise ending to make this an enjoyable entry in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
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