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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some standard positive messages on courage and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The characters work together to solve mysteries.
Violence & Scariness
Exaggerated cartoon violence and pratfalls throughout. Giant cicadas look monstrous, and then they later fly as they attack Scooby and the gang. Monster chairs with razor-sharp teeth. Extended vehicle chase. The Mystery Machine almost pushed off a cliff, flips end over end after being on a rickety suspension bridge. Truck explodes.
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Products & Purchases
Movie is a crossover with Courage the Cowardly Dog, a comedy-horror animated series from Cartoon Network. Both franchises offer lots of merchandise to purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a 2021 animated movie in which Scooby and the gang teams up with Courage to stop giant monster cicadas. The cicadas, along with chairs with razor-sharp teeth, may be a bit much for younger and more sensitive viewers. Like the '70s animated series, expect a fair amount of cartoon violence and pratfalls. An extended car chase results in the Mystery Machine flipping over and almost pushed off of a cliff before a truck explodes. Characters are thrown around while trying to stop the monster cicadas. Those with even a passing familiarity with Scooby-Doo and his antics with Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne should know what to expect, as this doesn't really break new ground, aside from putting the gang in the world of Courage the Cowardly Dog in this crossover story. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Scooby-Doo! installment offers nothing new except a crossover with Courage the Cowardly Dog. Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is a standard Scooby-Doo! tale involving monsters, munchies, mysteries, and meddling. Perhaps what's most interesting is that the writers of this movie (and recent Scooby-Doo! movies, for that matter) seem even more jaded than audiences who are overly familiar with the many Scooby-Doo! signature features that have been in place since the 1970s. Much humor is mined and attempted out of the classic "And I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for these meddling kids!" line from the villains shortly after their true identities have been revealed after their monster masks are ripped off. There's an awareness that seems intended for the parents watching this with their kids, and while it's nice to be included in a joke, even that awareness grows stale.
It's a crossover movie, and the story takes full advantage of the worlds and characters of Scooby and Courage. That's fine, even if the result is something filed under that old chestnut "It is what it is." By this point, it's starting to feel like perhaps Scooby-Doo and the gang have run their course, and it's time to trade in the Mystery Machine for a customized golf cart so Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, and Velma can retire someplace with other Me Generation Boomers. The lack of diversity, half a century after these characters first appeared on television, is rather glaring by this point, and it's not exactly something that a new character like Scrappy-Doo can rescue. Perhaps, finally, this franchise has run its course.
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