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Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun live-action prequel is too creepy for the littlest kids.

Movie NR 2009 82 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

My jaw was open the whole time!

This SD movies was GREAT! It was very funny and very action packed! I recommend it to all mystery lovers!
age 7+



This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (7):

Fans of Scooby-Doo will not be disappointed by this live-action foray into the origins of the mystery-solving gang. In fact, when Shaggy calls out, "Scooby-Doo, where are you?" his voice rings out through the decades of the show. The cast really seems to get into the groove of their prescribed roles, bringing a little uniqueness to the otherwise bland Fred and Daphne roles, for example. Velma also shows a little vulnerability and Shaggy seems less stoned and more lovably goofy than in previous incarnations of the series. And though Scooby is a computer-generated image, the vocal talents of Frank Welker make him feel like the old Scoobs.

It's also nice to see that members of the gang read books, hence discovering their mutual love of mystery by noticing that they share taste in reading material. Though teenage tensions are acknowledged, the feelings seem pretty appropriate for the characters' ages. And the plot is full of enough twists and turns to keep adult fans interested. Not intended for the youngest viewers, but interesting enough for tweens, this movie could make for fun sleepover fare.

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