Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword
Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang embark on an international treasure hunt in an attempt to claim the legendary Sword of Fate -- a blade said to possess magical powers. To get to the sword, though, Scooby and Shaggy will have to get past the Black Samurai and his robot ninja army. Not to worry: A sword master has trained the less-than-dynamic duo in the ancient martial art of bushido in this goofy animated feature.
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- Christopher Berkeley
- This movie is
NRDirected to Older Children. This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English SDH, French, PortugueseClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; bonus featurette, "Scooby-Doo Dojo".
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there are many fight scenes in this straight-to-DVD Scooby-Doo movie -- "samurai" and "sword" are part of the title, after all. Some of the images of the Black Samurai are frightening: He has blazing eyes and sharp fangs, and his presence is larger than life. Themes of master and apprentice take on a master and servant tone, which might be a little off-putting to some parents.
- Sexual Content
- Girls and teens are shown wearing short skirts and curve-revealing outfits. Nothing new about this. When Daphne and Miyumi engage in martial arts conflict, Shaggy says: "Like, meow. Talk about a kung fu cat fight!"
- A decent amount of violent imagery. Nothing bloody, but there are brutal scenes where sword fighting, martial arts confrontations, and ninja attacks are highlighted. Some threatening phrases and references to violence. "The Sword of Doom shall be your destroyer," yells the Black Samurai, for example.
- Polynesian natives speak in Ooga-booga language, which could be perceived as demeaning.
- Social Behavior
- "The Gang" is very cooperative, and they strive to help people solve mysteries. The way the movie presents Asian culture is a mixed bag -- some of the stereotypes are a little off-putting (everyone in Japan is always taking photos, Manga-style female violence, etc.), while others are fine (the role of honor in society). There are also themes related to a "master" and a "servant" role.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it