Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

2009 PG 1h 15m Blu-ray / DVD

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins

2009 PG 1h 15m Blu-ray / DVD
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Taking viewers back to the early days of the Daphne, Velma, Fred and Shaggy alliance, this prequel tells the story of how the teenage sleuths solved their first case to clear their own good names.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Thai
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French, German
English: Dolby True HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, German: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
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age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that compared to most movies about high school, this entry in the Scooby-Doo oeuvre keeps it pretty tame. The ghouls and ghosts can be scary to the youngest viewers, but the gang has good chemistry, which helps them get through some problems and allows them to solve their first mystery together.

Sexual Content

Fred and Daphne share a kiss in the name of taking cover when the Vice Principal walks by. There is age-appropriate flirting between Fred and Daphne in general. Fred and Velma fall in a tumble on top of each other in a scene, putting them in an awkward position. Daphne gives Velma a makeover, saying, "There's always time for make-up and boys." Velma emerges from the bathroom wearing a short dress, which makes the guys stutter and stammer.


The ghosts in this movie are "real," not just the fake costumed creeps of past Scooby mysteries -- though there is one of those, too. Some of the scary ghost faces and poltergeist moments might be too frightening for youngest viewers. But a humorous tone is cast over the whole movie, which keeps the scary stuff at arm's length. The bad ghoul sprays the gang with a sleep spray and forces them to search an area for an item that he covets. Scooby and VP Grimes are put in cages.


"Zoinks!" and "jinkies!" Fred threatens a female ghost in a mocking way, as in, "Come here, Princess, and show me what you got!"

Social Behavior

The gang bonds over the mystery at hand, showing their loyalty when it is questioned. They break down the stereotypes that they had of each other and apologize for being insensitive.


There are nice cars in Daphne's parents' garage: a BMW, a Morgan, and an MGA. Vice Principal Grimes calls Scooby and Shaggy "Ben and Jerry" when they are found in the school freezer. Bears and Dolphins football teams are mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

No booze or drugs, but Shaggy's basement has the makings of a stoner hang-out (what with the lava lamp and trippy posters.)

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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