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Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Olympics-inspired mystery has jealousy message, iffy accent.

Movie NR 2012 22 minutes
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This is a fun, light-hearted, feel-good, sports-themed Scooby-Doo special. However, that's not to say that Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games doesn't have the necessary grit to keep things interesting. The living statue, Fortius (voiced by Robin Atkin Downes), is a formidable foe, smashing buildings and firing off giant versions of Olympic sport items such as discus and javelins. But any real peril is kept to a minimum. In addition to the gargantuan, golden, glistening Fortius, the locations are pitch perfect. A great chase in an underground tunnel bathed in green light and shadows keeps the spookiness present behind the slapstick and fun.

The film also has a noteworthy message. With a runtime of just 22 minutes, it manages to fit in a nuanced look at jealousy -- from two different angles -- which may invite discussion. Showing how Fred deals with his feelings -- impulsively at first, but then honest, open, and apologetic -- compared to the villain, is a lesson worth listening to. A charming entry in the Scooby-Doo saga, Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games ends as strongly as it starts, evoking smiles all round.

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