Scooby-Doo!: Stage Fright

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Fun mystery has more romance than most Scooby movies.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This is not an educational title, although viewers will learn some facts about Chicago, like that it's America's third-largest city, that there are more than 200 art galleries, and that it's famous for museums like the Field Museum.

Positive Messages

Scooby and the gang are always good examples of how very different people can still be very good friends with complementary strengths that help them collaborate on solving their various mysteries.

Positive Role Models

Daphne and Fred make a sacrifice to help a friend in need. Velma helps Daphne make a decision to tell Fred how she feels about him. Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred are able to overcome their considerable differences to work together and stay the best of friends.

Violence & Scariness

The "phantom" of the opera house/theater may be frightening to some viewers. He sets fire to the theater, causes sets to collapse, and injures people in the process. He is ultimately caught, of course, by the Mystery, Inc. gang.

Sexy Stuff

Daphne is shown in a cleavage-baring nightgown, and she's preoccupied with her crush on Fred for all of the movie. There's one public kiss and another scene in which a man stares at a beautiful young woman. A talent-show contestant wears tight, skimpy outfits.


Insults such as "dumb," "dirty," "germy," "disgusting," and "stupid" are said occasionally.


The gang makes a couple of pop-culture references, but there are no product placements. The Scooby-Doo franchise has spawned everything from games and apparel to plush figurines and books.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo!: Stage Fright, as with most Scooby-Doo films, contains some scary bits (in this case, a Phantom of the Opera-style "ghost" that terrorizes a theater) and some adolescent humor (Daphne keeps pining for Fred, and they eventually kiss). Although some characters are temporarily injured, rest assured that the Mystery, Inc. gang always catches the villain.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCyndi M. April 1, 2017

Scooby-Doo ... and Romance, too.

My daughter (7, soon to turn 8) loved this movie. The phantom is very spooky. There are a total of 4 phantoms. The gang keeps solving the mystery over and o... Continue reading
Adult Written byhelsingmusique October 6, 2014

This Has to Be One of My Favourite Scooby-Doo Movies

I adore this movie, I bought it the day it was released and watched it that day and fell in love with this movie. It is based on the Phantom of the Opera, obvio... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 29, 2020

One of my favorites

I'm not normally a fan of movies, but this one is pretty good! You haven't lived until you've seen Scooby Doo! I would like to add that someone g... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SCOOBY-DOO: STAGE FRIGHT!, the Mystery, Inc. gang heads to Chicago, where Daphne (Grey DeLisle) and Fred (Frank Welker) are set to compete in the finals of an American Idol-style reality show. Only once they reach the theater are they told it's haunted by a dangerous "phantom" with a penchant for dropping props and setting curtains on fire. Daph and Fred immediately enlist Velma (Mindy Cohn), who wants to tour the city's cultural institutions, and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby (Welker), who just want to eat pizza, to help them solve the mystery.

Is it any good?

Although some of the Scooby-Doo movies don't seem set in a particular time and place, this entertaining entry is clearly the product of an era when reality talent shows are all the rage. So, everything from the popularity of the fake show and the behavior of the contestants and the attitude of its host (brilliantly voiced by Wayne Brady, no stranger to variety shows), is extremely believable, as is the ongoing romantic tension between Daphne and the clueless Fred.

Scooby-Doo movies come out so regularly it's easy to assume they're not any good. Yes, they're an acquired taste, but they help kids understand the basics of suspense/mystery stories, appreciate the way different personalities can mesh to work together, and laugh heartily at how a dog and his best friends can always manage to save the day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Scooby-Doo such an enduring character. Why do these mysteries continue to be popular? How does this Scooby-Doo movie compare to the many other Scooby-Doo stories?

  • What makes reality talent shows so popular that a fake one is a major part of this Scooby-Doo story? What are your favorite talent shows?

  • This movie has more romance than other Scooby-Doo installments. Do you think romance fits into the story?

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