SCOOB! PARENT MOVIE REVIEW
SCOOB! was supposed to be a theatrical release, but here we are watching it from home. And I’m not sure that’s a bad thing! Is SCOOB safe for kids? Is it worth the $20+ price tag? This parent movie review will help you decide if a SCOOB! movie night is in your future. Don’t forget to check out the best SCOOB! movie quotes, too! Affiliate links are included in this post.
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What’s SCOOB! About?
“SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.
Are There End Credit Scenes In SCOOB?
There is a groovy credit roll that is worth watching for some cartoon easter eggs, especially for Hana-Barbera fans, but there is not a traditional end-credit or mid-credit scene to speak of.
Is SCOOB Safe For Kids? Parent Movie Review
First of all, if you are thinking all Scooby-Doo is good Scooby-Doo, you would be right.
Unless you count Scrappy-Do and then we have to talk.
Scooby and the gang have been a staple in this house since the adults were kids. It’s been the one show that has been a thread throughout all five of our – both genders, all ages, we all agree that Scooby is good family entertainment.
Is SCOOB safe for kids? Is this one kid-friendly?
For the most part, yes. I truly think kids of all ages could jump on board for a family movie night with this one.
But as with anything trying to appeal to a wider audience these days, it can miss the mark for some kids.
Stressful Moments For Sensitive Kids In SCOOB!
As with most Mystery, Inc stories, there are elements of the supernatural involved. Spooky houses, ghosts, and supervillains. And SCOOB! follows a similar pattern.
The action isn’t too intense, but there might be moments to watch for with a young child or one that is sensitive to separation and loss.
My youngest had a moment where she ran over, crawled into my lap, and had tears falling from her face.
She’s not a super-sensitive soul, but when you combine a friendship as powerful as Shaggy and Scooby with a possible permanent separation- it can be a bit much for young kids to take.
But this is why watching this from the comforts of home is possibly the game-changer. It makes it easier to recommend knowing that parents can pause, explain, walk away, take a break, etc as needed.
What’s the Language Like in SCOOB?
Pretty tame on the PG rating scale.
There was a reference to opening the gates of hell, but outside of that no overt offenders here.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t slip a few things in under the kiddo-radar by attempting to be clever. The language in SCOOB is kid-friendly for the most part.
SCOOB Jokes That Don’t Quite Land
There’s a whole riff on how Scooby can’t pronounce D.
- Oh please, my friends call me Dick. – Dick Dastardly
Rokay, Rick. -Scoob
No, I’m not a Rick. I’m a Dick. With a D. -Dastardly
Rick, with a D. -Scoob
And then a play on F-Bombs.
- I dropped some F-bombs! -Shaggy
Whoa, whoa, let’s keep this PG. -Blue Falcon
No-Falcon bombs. -Shaggy
- F-bombs away! -Shaggy
My youngest (age 8) just laughed at Scooby being Scooby. She didn’t get either reference.
My newest teen (age 13) cocked his head, slid his eyes over to me, and said… “Um, Mom?….” So, yeah. That one did not slide by him.
There’s clearly an age line where the joke is a hit or a miss- and even when it hits its target, did we need it?
I really thought we could manage to forgo Dick jokes in a Scooby-Doo movie, but here we are.
Overall, SCOOB is safe for kids with a few minor issues.
The HBCU? Let’s Do It
Is SCOOB! trying to lay the groundwork for a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe?
Maybe, because there are a ton of Hanna-Barbera cartoon easter eggs and cameos in SCOOB!
Do we need this in our lives? My Gen-X soul says heck yeah- and the reaction from my kids says they are down for it as well.
Is SCOOB Worth The Price?
I’ve been pretty cheap during this quarantine, opting to wait most shows out until they come to Netflix.
But I plunked down the $25 to own SCOOB! and have no regrets.
See above where I knew my family would all enjoy this one, over and over again.
If you’re looking for a way to bring your kids up to speed with your childhood cartoons, this is a great place to start.
Whatever you do, don’t overthink this one. It’s alright and sometimes that’s good enough.
While I can’t say this is the best Scooby-Doo property out there (there are absolutely some issues we could be critical about), I do think we need to remember that this was made for the kids.
And as a kid-focused property, it does the job as far as entertainment value is concerned.
If you are coming from a Scooby loving family, then you’ll like the familiarity of SCOOB! And if this is new to you, you’ll probably enjoy a sweet dog and friendship movie if you don’t look too deep.
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.