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Scooby Doo Abracadabra-Doo

Submitted by on March 28, 2010 – 2:13 pmNo Comment

Scooby Doo Abracadabra-Doo is scary, but just scary enough  – there was a lot of shrieking when we watched it, even though Flea knows that eventually the creature is going to turn out to be a fake.

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*****

Scooby Doo Abracadabra DooInitial thoughts: While some bloggers were recently sent review copies of the Uma Thurman comedy Motherhood, the PR community astutely judged that we’re more of a Scooby-Doo household, and sent us Scooby Doo Abracadabra-Doo to review. The DVD is released today (March 29th) nationwide.

Flea is possibly the world’s greatest Scooby Doo fan. She does a pitch-perfect Scooby voice, and once had an argument with a stranger who said Scooby calls Shaggy ‘Shaggy’ when everyone knows that Scooby can’t make a “sh” sound so actually calls him Raggy.

We liked: This feature-length cartoon is sort of a Scooby riff on Harry Potter. The Mystery Inc gang go to the rescue of Velma’s sister who is attending a school for magicians that is being haunted by a Gryphon. There is also a scary Fury creature that turns from a beautiful woman into a shrieking hag, which scared the pants of Flea.

It’s scary, but just scary enough to be fun for Flea – there was a lot of shrieking when we watched it, even though I’m sure she knows that eventually the creature is going to turn out to be a fake. And there’s the usual slapstick humour, which Flea loved. I’d say this is perfect for 4-8 year olds.

We weren’t so keen: Shaggy’s a heart-throb? Really? I tried to see it, I really did. Then I realised I was trying to work out if a children’s cartoon character was hot, which is weird, so I stopped. I still don’t think the Mystery Inc gang need mobile phones, do they?

Overall: As an adult, it’s easy to laugh the slightly formulaic nature of Scooby Doo cartoons – oh look, the alien/monster/witch/robot is really just a person dressed up in a suit. But I think Flea loves knowing that it’s not going to be real in the end – so she can enjoy being scared witless in the meantime. Oh, and the DVD includes a cute little feature showing you how to make your very own Gryphon (in case you’ve forgotten, the Gryphon is half-eagle, half-lion). Ours was rubbish, but we had fun trying.

[Sally, Who’s the Mummy]

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