Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD

Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD
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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.
Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Brian Cox, Kelly Hu, George Takei, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sab Shimono, Gedde Watanabe, Keone Young
Christopher Berkeley
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH, French, Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

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 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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