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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is an installment of the animated Scooby-Doo franchise, bringing back Fred (Frank Welker), Daphne (Grey Griffin), Velma (Kate Micucci), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Scooby-Doo (also voiced by Welker), who join up with celebrity guests to solve mysteries. Older fans will enjoy how it refers to many classic details, and kids new to the Scooby universe will most likely find the storylines and the cast entertaining. There’s some occasional mild innuendo that will fly over kids’ heads, and ghostly villains often wield weapons like knives, swords, and cannons, but no one gets hurt. There are also some scary creatures that can potentially frighten younger viewers.
What's the story?
SCOOBY-DOO AND GUESS WHO? stars none other than Fred (Frank Welker), Daphne (Grey Griffin), Velma (Kate Micucci), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Scooby-Doo (also voiced by Welker) joining up with celebrity guests to solve mysteries. From comedians like Whoopi Goldberg, singers like Sia, and scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Mystery, Inc. gang must team together and use their sleuthing skills, Scooby smarts, and Scooby snacks to figure out what’s causing some strange and creepy events.
Is it any good?
True to form, this entertaining and zany installment of the popular Scooby-Doo franchise features the madcap teen gang working through lots of wacky moments while solving mysteries. While they now use tablets, smartphones, and wi-fi for their sleuthing, they still rely on classic show plot twists that feature ghosts, monsters, and clue searching. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?’s celebrity-driven premise also comes from the original series, Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (1969-1970) which occasionally featured famous folks of the time, including Davy Jones, Sonny and Cher, and even Batman and Robin.
But while older generations of Scooby fans will enjoy the ironic side-references to the show’s common cliches, as well as nods to other classic Hanna-Barbera series, like Speed Buggy, a new generation will enjoy this updated installment’s roster of contemporary celebrities voicing the animated versions of themselves. The original teen cast members (who, despite being over 50 years old, haven’t aged a bit) are still fun and relatable, even if some of their wit is still stuck in the early ‘70s. Old fan or new, chances are you’ll have a good time tuning in.
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