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Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Vampire mystery/musical is funny but has iffy themes.

Movie NR 2012 79 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Kids 6 and up should defintitly watch it!

Pretty Good

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 2+


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 built children up to this. Now this movie was done in 2011, targeting a big vampire boom, but it is certainly not the first to happen in North American/ Western society as in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Dracula movie was made time and time again, in the 80s there was a huge boom of campy vampire movies and that led into the 90s and now due to the boom of the young adult genre it has begun again. This movie capitalizes on the vampire boom while making jokes about how tame these vampires have become and bringing the old fashioned vampires back in sight. It's a good way for children to become involved or at least aware of the mystery and fantasy genre as well as the fact that this movie has some funny jokes like the fact that they named the mayor Poubelle, if you do not speak French, it is a the term used for a garbage can, it is something that younger viewers would not understand, but can make someone a little older smile. This is a musical as well, and it has some cute songs in there, but this is a Scooby-Doo movie, do not over think it because Scooby-Doo will always be more appropriate for your child than Disney.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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