Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Vampire mystery/musical is funny but has iffy themes.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 79 minutes

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age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This isn't an educational film, unless you count familiarity with how to kill a vampire.

Positive Messages

Scooby-Doo and his teen pals are unconditional friends who use their various talents and smarts to solve mysteries together and help rescue strangers. They're willing to put themselves in harm's way as long as it will help solve the case -- or a friend. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

What's great about the Scooby gang is that they're all so different yet manage to be close friends who work well together. They use their different skills to complement each other when working on a mystery. Sometimes (well, a lot of the time), Shaggy and Scooby are frightened, but eventually they rise to the occasion and push through to act bravery.

Violence & Scariness

Paranormal characters may automatically frighten younger viewers unaccustomed to vampires. The first time viewers see the gang, they're fighting a huge cockroach monster that's very scary but turns out to be a man in costume. The vampire that comes to life screams and turns into a bat. A woman gets rich selling stakes, garlic, and other ways of killing vampires or keeping them at bay. In one scene, Fred nearly kills all his friends when stakes from a makeshift weapon start flying out. A swamp seems to swallow a man, but he doesn't die as imagined. Vampire-obsessed friends are willing to exchange Daphne's life for immortality.

Sexy Stuff

A young actor flirts with Daphne and kisses her hand. Fred acts jealous. A guy talks just centimeters from Daphne's face, swings her around on a rope, and then touches her possessively. They dance, and he picks her up and proposes an eternal marriage with her. Daphne is kidnapped and nearly becomes a vampire's bride. Daphne is told she's beautiful and has the countenance of a queen -- a vampire queen. Velma says she's pure of heart and wonders why she's never considered worthy of kidnapping.

Language
Consumerism

No product placements in the movie, although there are thinly veiled references to the Twilight series. The Hanna-Barbera characters have lots of merchandise tie-ins, including figurines, stuffed animals, games, DVDs, apparel, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated adventure features the typical components of a Scooby-Doo mystery: frightening creatures that are actually people in disguise, mild flirting, creepy characters, and violent scenes. Families who don't like paranormal themes should know that the movie centers around vampires. There's a somewhat disturbing subplot involving Daphne being kidnapped and offered up to a vampire as his eternal bride, and there's a lot of flirting, dancing, and touching in one sequence. The violence -- including stakes being thrown and a scary, screaming vampire -- will likely frighten younger kids.

User Reviews

Adult Written byStanleypuss July 14, 2012

First

It is A very good Movie. It has a few sexy stuff though not for 6 & lower.
Adult Written byhelsingmusique October 6, 2014

Vampires

We are fascinated, as a society, by the supernatural. This is why Scooby-Doo exists, we love the supernatural, but we also love to feel secure which is how they... Continue reading

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What's the story?

The Scooby gang decides to take a vacation after solving a mystery, so they head south to the Louisiana Bayou for a "Vampire Fest" that Velma (voiced by Mindy Cohn) wants to attend. Mr. Van Helsing (Jeff Bennett), a famous vampire scholar, shows the friends his impressive collection of paranormal goods, including an encased vampire, Lord Valdronya. When a group of actors playing vampires says a ritual curse during a performance, the vampire comes to life and starts terrorizing the town. The vampire-obsessed actors kidnap Daphne (Grey DeLisle) to present her to Valdronya as his vampire bride in exchange for immortality, unless Scooby (Frank Welker) and the gang can stop them and solve the mystery.

Is it any good?

If you can look past the iffy themes, this is a decent mystery with the usual twists and turns that only the gang (and savvy viewers) can figure out. Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire is a mix of musical numbers and loads of vampire references. It's difficult to imagine who the intended audience is, since most children will be too young to pick up the allusions to Twilight, and teens are too old to care about Scooby. That said, parents who aren't bothered by the paranormal (and the movie's weird vampire bride subplot), may occasionally laugh at the various vampire jokes and campy song-and-dance interludes.

Scooby-Doo is the kind of franchise that most people either love or hate. Since the population of Scooby fans tends to be little kids, it's a shame that there's almost always too many creepy elements to these straight-to-DVD movies. No one dies, of course, but the villainous vampire and his acolytes are freaky and frightening and (on the surface) trying to sell a girl's soul for the sake of their own chance at eternal life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire combines two popular trends: musicals and vampires. Are you familiar with the other stories this movie referenced? What's the appeal of vampires? Musicals?

  • Scooby-Doo has been around for decades. What's the enduring appeal of this series? What are some other movies about kids who solve mysteries?

  • Some readers have criticized other Scooby movies for their paranormal themes. Do you think vampires, monsters, and ghosts belong in an animated movie geared toward young kids?

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