Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this animated adventure features the typical components of a Scooby-Doo mystery: frightening creatures that are actually people in disguise, mild flirting, creepy characters, and violent scenes. Families who don't like paranormal themes should know that the movie centers around vampires. There's a somewhat disturbing subplot involving Daphne being kidnapped and offered up to a vampire as his eternal bride, and there's a lot of flirting, dancing, and touching in one sequence. The violence -- including stakes being thrown and a scary, screaming vampire -- will likely frighten younger kids.
A young actor flirts with Daphne and kisses her hand. Fred acts jealous. A guy talks just centimeters from Daphne's face, swings her around on a rope, and then touches her possessively. They dance, and he picks her up and proposes an eternal marriage with her. Daphne is kidnapped and nearly becomes a vampire's bride. Daphne is told she's beautiful and has the countenance of a queen -- a vampire queen. Velma says she's pure of heart and wonders why she's never considered worthy of kidnapping.
Paranormal characters may automatically frighten younger viewers unaccustomed to vampires. The first time viewers see the gang, they're fighting a huge cockroach monster that's very scary but turns out to be a man in costume. The vampire that comes to life screams and turns into a bat. A woman gets rich selling stakes, garlic, and other ways of killing vampires or keeping them at bay. In one scene, Fred nearly kills all his friends when stakes from a makeshift weapon start flying out. A swamp seems to swallow a man, but he doesn't die as imagined. Vampire-obsessed friends are willing to exchange Daphne's life for immortality.
Scooby-Doo and his teen pals are unconditional friends who use their various talents and smarts to solve mysteries together and help rescue strangers. They're willing to put themselves in harm's way as long as it will help solve the case -- or a friend.
No product placements in the movie, although there are thinly veiled references to the Twilight series. The Hanna-Barbera characters have lots of merchandise tie-ins, including figurines, stuffed animals, games, DVDs, apparel, and more.
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