Movie Review: Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost

*Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.*

The mystery of the 13th ghost is finally revealed in the new Scooby-Doo full-length animated film, Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost, now available on Digital and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Keep reading for our movie night experience and a fun kids activity to go with the movie!

Scooby Doo and the curse of the 13th ghost

My son is a big fan of the live action Scooby-Doo movies and I’ve suffered through the one on Spooky Island more times than I can count. Eager to expand his Scooby-Doo repertoire (and maybe watch something new) I thought it would be fun to accept an offer to review the newest Scooby-Doo movie, based off the animated series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

If you’ve read my blog before, then you know that I am usually wrong.

Initially he was excited when the DVD arrived in the mail, but as soon as I pressed play and he saw it was a cartoon, he was over it. So I spent the next few days trying to entice him to sit down and watch a movie with me. I finally resorted to proclaiming it “Family Movie Night” and we were all sitting down and watching it. My husband was less than thrilled at my movie choice but agreed to go along with it.

In this installment, the gang heads to the Himalayas to track down a mysterious chest that holds the spirits of 12 ghosts, and keep the 13th ghost from getting it and setting them all free again.

He was hooked pretty fast when they talked about the ghosts, but then got bored when the movie focused the strange new dynamic where Daphne is the leader and poor Fred is reduced to a bit of a bumbling idiot. Gone is the familiar green Mystery Machine, replaced by Daphne’s fancy black van mobile command unit. And while everyone else is still stuck in their original ’70s style, Daphne now dresses like the purple version of Black Canary (but with pants).

By the time we got to the musical disco ghost chase montage, my son was convinced that had to be the end and kept announcing “The end!” while I tried to explain it was not the credits but just a musical interlude.

But by now my husband was determined to watch it till the end and find out who this 13th ghost really was, so we pushed through after a scene involving ice cream drew the three year old back in. Then we spent the next ten minutes discussing ice cream. But before the chest was found and the ghost revealed, my son had fallen asleep, leaving us to watch the gang solve the mystery and reveal…well you’ll just have to watch it yourself and find out!

The movie had all the classic Scooby-Doo elements – eyes in paintings that followed people, Velma’s skepticism, Scooby Snack bribery, etc., mixed in the “new Daphne” theme and a now grown-up rapping Flim-Flam. It didn’t have enough ghost hunting to keep my son fully interested, but he’s only three and has the attention span of a gnat. It’s aimed at a kids a little older and leans a little heavy on the “girl power” angle that everyone seems to be pushing these days. But overall I’d say it’s a good addition to your movie collection for any Scooby-Doo fan.

Want a fun activity to go with the movie? You can download this shadow play and act out your own spooky scenes. You just need a box, flashlight, crayons, scissors and tape to cut out, color and assemble your characters. Print out the characters and full instructions here:  “Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost” – Creative and then be sure to share your finished masterpiece and tag #Scooby13Ghosts for a chance to be featured on the official @ScoobyDoo Instagram account.

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