A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Values promoted: keeping promises, teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The Scooby gang members are honest, fair, resourceful, brave in spite of fears, believe in teamwork. Females stand tall with their male (and pet) counterparts. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon scares: zombies on attack, fanged "werecats" with glowing eyes, sharp claws, evil intent threatens throughout. Chases, narrow escapes, falls. A brief fire menaces the heroes.
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Products & Purchases
Another entry in the successful Scooby-Doo franchise, which includes film, TV, toys, games, merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island is typical Mystery, Inc. fare. The story is billed as a "sequel" to 1998's Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, but it's certainly not necessary to revisit the old movie; this one stands alone. Though the gang has vowed to give up solving mysteries, they're drawn into an unexpected adventure. Most of the humor comes from Hollywood "insider" jokes, with an impassioned, amateur film director at the heart of the story. Viewers can expect the usual animated scares: howling, fanged, clawed cats with glowing eyes pop up often; zombies roam the island; and there are chases, falls, narrow escapes, bad guys, spooky music, and special effects. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's enough silly-scary in this Scooby adventure to satisfy the basic franchise formula, and it's fun when the movie sends up Alan Smithee's "auteur" director, a savvy (if obvious) inside joke. This entry will probably be fine for fans who haven't seen Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island from 1998. The 20-year-old movie is well-remembered, even considered a classic, so it's expected that comparisons with Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island won't be kind. Kids who are not yet comfortable with real versus pretend violence may find the frequent appearance of the werecats disturbing, with their gnashing fangs, glowing eyes, and stealthy movements. Even the zombies may be too much for little ones or supersensitive kids. Now celebrating 50 years, Scooby-Doo adventures, with their quirky, likable mystery solvers, find new generations of fans with ease.
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