A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
The gang uses teamwork to solve a mystery.
Positive Role Models
For a refreshing change, Daphne is given the chance to be heroic, as she takes on the Knights of the Round Table in a variety of contests, and wins.
Violence & Scariness
Animated violence paired with medieval violence. Characters fight with swords, spikes, bows and arrows, punches, kicks. A wizard throws exploding orbs. While trying to rescue Shaggy, King Arthur and the Scooby gang must run through a long corridor filled with traps that set off axes and bows and arrows. Some monster imagery, but the monsters are revealed to be the bad guys who would have gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids. In an homage to an old Twilight Zone episode, a monster is on the wing of an airplane, scratching it and scaring the passengers. Fred nearly gets into a head-on collision with a truck when he drives on the wrong side of the road in England.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Daphne and Velma talk about how much they love an actor's abs.
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King Arthur offers Shaggy a job in Waste Management, and makes reference to "a few ripe buckets of..." before he's cut off. Merlin burps the alphabet.
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Products & Purchases
Characters are from an iconic cartoon series, sold in a variety of merchandise. Thundarr the Barbarian, another old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, is referenced as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob is a 2021 animated feature in which Scooby and the gang fly to England and encounter King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Expect some cartoon violence and monster imagery. The violence in this one is more of the medieval variety, as characters face off against dragons, wizards who throw exploding orbs, and fight with swords, bows and arrows, spikes, punches, and kicks. Scooby and the gang also must venture down a long corridor to rescue Shaggy, a corridor filled with traps that set off swinging axes and arrows. After offering Shaggy a job in Waste Management, King Arthur makes reference to "a few ripe buckets of..." before he's cut off. Some bodily function humor, such as Merlin burping the alphabet. The best thing about this movie is that Daphne is given a chance to be heroic for a change, and takes on the Knights of the Round Table in a variety of contests, and bests them all. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's almost impressive to create a Scooby mystery that's more preposterous than the rest, and Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob manages to do just that. One would have to go back to the days when Scooby and the gang were hanging out with the guys in Kiss to find anything as ridiculous as this movie. The whole thing reeks of laziness, something churned out and thrown together, and it's not hard to pick up on the fact that the creators of this movie seem to know this. While this is Scooby, Shaggy, and the others solving a mystery in the days of King Arthur, everything about the story is a little too convenient. The creators of this are in on the joke, and they really, really want you to be in on the joke as well, even if the jokes revolving around the many well-known Scooby-Doo tropes aren't especially funny by this point.
The best thing that can be said about this is that Daphne is given the chance to be heroic. She takes on the Knights of the Round Table in sword fights, bow and arrow contests, and jousting, among other battles she wouldn't have been allowed to fight not that long ago, due to outdated gender roles and all. It's the only stand-out aspect to what's otherwise a stock, paint-by-numbers Scooby mystery. Even the animation looks cheap. The explanations at the end for "what really happened" defy even the basic logic of the Scooby-Doo universe, and there's a glibness to it that comes across as insulting to the audience. Overall, it's a slapdash movie that's an okay choice for a rainy day, but families are better off checking out the classic TV series.
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