What's New, Scooby-Doo?

 
Silly mysteries with harmless mayhem.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's main characters are all white, with the exception of Scooby, a canine. Although the girls on the show exhibit "typical" girl behavior, they are also crucial to solving the mysteries, more so than the boys.

Violence & scariness

There are some very cartoony fights and chases.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there aren't many life lessons to be learned from an episode of this show, kids will enjoy the antics of the Scooby gang as they stumble upon and solve mysteries. Only very young children might find the show's puzzles and monsters frightening.

What's the story?

In WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO?, the Scooby gang travels the world encountering strange creatures with mild evil on their minds. Each week they manage to solve the mystery, with the help of the ever-hungry and ever-frightened Great Dane, Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). Most of the actual sleuthing comes from Velma (Mindy Cohn), the sensible girl with glasses, and Daphne (Grey DeLisle), the pretty and smart girl. Freddy and Shaggy (Casey Kasem), the boys in the gang, are much less helpful at the mystery business than their female counterparts, though they do provide substantial comic relief.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Scooby-Doo is silly and harmless. The most risqué moment in one episode set in Paris, for example, was a "wee wee" ("oui, oui") joke. (One nice touch in this episode was the use of French pop songs in the action sequences.) Although there are some scary situations -- a model is kidnapped by a gargoyle, a wrestler is challenged by a monster -- they're quickly resolved, and the scariness quotient is low. Some episodes have cliffhanger endings, which are quickly resolved at the start of the next week's episode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fears, friendship, and risk-taking, as well as male/female roles and abilities.

TV details

Cast:Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn
Network:WB
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bytvconnoisseur May 29, 2015
age 5+
 

The Best Incarnation

Although this show doesn’t have the impeccable animation style of the first 4 direct-to-video movies (Zombie Island, Witch’s Ghost, Alien Invaders, and Cyber Chase), it’s undoubtedly less rinky-dink than the pre-Zombie Island elements of the franchise. Also, the show isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself, and community-involved, crime-fighting Fred is a good role model for boys.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent Written byRoznar July 27, 2012
age 6+
 

The new classic cartoon

A kid from the 21th century will enjoy this version of Scooby-Doo more, than the original "Scooby-Doo! Where Are You!", because he/she can understand it better, than SDWRU. They don't live in the 70s.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan July 3, 2012
age 4+
 

Perfect for kids, iffy for older kids, but not for Tweens or Teens

OK for kids 4+
What other families should know
Too much violence

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