Jinkies! Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new movie, Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob. This direct to DVD film is not rated, so what does that mean for little ones? In my spoiler-free review I'm breaking down the plot, talking about the moments of peril and and sharing my honest thoughts on Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob. Hint: if you're a fan of the classic Scooby-Doo series, I think you'll like this one.
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Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob | No Spoiler, Parent Review
Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob | Movie Synopsis
Take a journey back in time to King Arthur’s court in this legendary saga of wizards, knights, dragons…and Scooby-Doo! An evil sorceress tries to seize power in Camelot, so King Arthur needs the help of our favorite super sleuths to save his throne. But will their valiant efforts only make things royally worse? This new movie serves up laughter on a platter, and Scooby and Shaggy are ready to dig in!
Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob | Review
Shaggy discovers he is a descendant of "Sir Norville" someone who took the throne of Camelot from King Arthur. Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne, Velma and Fred go on a quest to learn more about his ancestry and head off to England.
When it is discovered who Shaggy is, a mysterious sorceress descends upon him and the rest of the group and sends them all back in time (to the Middle Ages) in hopes of changing the timeline and getting the throne to Camelot for herself.
The plot of "The Sword and the Scoob" may be complicated for younger views as they are most likely not familiar with the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable or time travel.
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The big mystery-solved reveal at the end might get lost on them as well, as it is rather complex. I, admittedly haven't watched much Scooby-Doo! in recent years but this reveal seemed more complex in explanation than I remember from when I was a kid.
Whenever time travel is involved as a plot device things can get a little complicated and "The Sword and the Scoob" is not above this fact. Velma decides to use the lock-screen image on her phone as way to gage if her and the gang do anything to break the timeline while they are back in time.
If you've seen just one episode of Scooby-Doo! then you know it is safe to assume the gang will face some kind of peril in "The Sword and the Scoob".
There are times when the gang fights off mythical creatures (dragons, skeleton- headed Knights) and there is a heart-racing chase scene.
One of the characters, I won't say who, even appears to be eaten by a dragon which may be scary for younger children.
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That said, if you have a child who watches Scooby-Doo! regularly (or even if they've just seen a few episodes) the peril/scary factor of "The Sword and the Scoob" is similar in visuals and feel.
Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob | My Final Thoughts
"The Sword and the Scoob" shows Scooby and the gang at their best.
Shaggy and Scooby still love food to a comical level (and they even find another food-loving friend in this tale) and Daphne and Velma are still as optimistic and pessimistic as they've always been.
What I really enjoyed about "The Sword and the Scoob" was the surprising "girl power" element. There is an extended scene sequence that shows Daphne really being put to the test physically and I think it shows young girls they can do anything!
I really appreciated how much "The Sword and the Scoob" felt like a Scooby-Doo! episode of old.
The animation style is very liken to the older cartoon shows and there are even call-backs to the older shows while the gang is time traveling which I also really enjoyed seeing.
Often times when a 30 minute cartoon series tries to make a movie or an extended-length episode it feels like an extended episode. "The Sword and the Scoob" feels like a movie, nothing feels like filler.
Every scene felt necessary, every scene progressed the plot and while watching it I was not checking the time to see how much time was left (which I feel is a good test to know if something feels like it is dragging or not).
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"The Sword and the Scoob" can be watched on a rainy afternoon after school or a Saturday morning or as a Friday Night Movie Night feature.
Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob is not rated but there is most certainly peril and some instances that may be scary for younger children.
Age Recommendation for Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob: 6+
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