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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is an innocent animated classic that doesn't offer much in the way of controversy. Although kids (and parents!) of all ages are guaranteed to find this series entertaining, younger children might lose interest after awhile because the segments in each episode tend to be longer than those in contemporary cartoons. Some sensitive kids might find the show's mysteries and spooky villains a bit scary -- until they learn that all of the ghosts and beasties are fakes.
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What's the story?
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! originally aired from 1969-1972 and has been on TV virtually non-stop ever since, entertaining generations of kid fans. The series follows the adventures of teen mystery solvers Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem), Daphne (Stefanianna Christopherson and later Heather North), Freddy (Frank Welker), Velma (Nicole Jaffe), and, of course, Shaggy's dog Scooby-Doo (Don Messick). Whether it's tracking down a missing museum curator or catching a dog-napper, the team always gets to the bottom of things.
Is it any good?
This is a smart, funny, adventurous series that will always be a classic. Some younger kids might not have the attention span to follow the story from start to finish. But Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a great pick for kids in elementary school who want to feel older by watching a program about teenagers.
Well-rounded humor is by far the show's best quality: There's a laugh for everyone, and kids will love how Scooby always runs away from trouble. What's more, the questionable boy-girl behavior often seen in other shows (especially when the characters are teens) doesn't exist in Scooby-Doo. It's implied that Daphne and Freddy are boyfriend and girlfriend, but beyond the occasional tilt of the head or hand on the shoulder, there's nothing sexual or even remotely romantic about their behavior. Overall, interaction between the sexes is strictly platonic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about problem-solving techniques in . How can kids apply the characters' ideas and solutions to their own lives, at home and at school? How do Scooby and his friends use clues to solve a problem?
Why is it important to stick together in strange places? What would you do if you stumbled upon a mystery? Would you try to solve it yourself?
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