Now Scooby-Doo is my 4 year old's favorite thing to watch. (She watches videos but we have no tv programming). It has monsters and ghosts and ghouls and such. I am glad to say that she 1) seems to understand very well that what is on the TV is not real (since we have no tv programming, this is literally true, that nothing she sees on it is real, it's all actors or drawings) and 2) does not seem to be scared of anything she sees on Scooby-Doo. She likes to play monsters and such with her daddy, they'll chase each other around and such. So it's all fun for her. No nightmares either.
But all the same when I see it on, I just go - ugh. Surely it's for older kids, for starters, right? If so, why is my 4 year old into it?
I guess one thing that's good about it is that I don't see a whole lot of licensing with it. As opposed to Dora or the Disney Princesses, which are everywhere (and yes, have my kid in their clutches too). Eh, if I had it my way, the damn TV would have been freecycled a long time ago.
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My boys LOVED Scooby Do when they were little.
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I don't know how old the shows she is watching are, but they certainly aren't too recent - they come from the VHS section of the library.
They don't seem to be closed captioned (I'm hearing impaired) so I don't really follow it, and haven't really tried. That's why I didn't even watch Scooby as a kid, you can't read a cartoon's lips. (Well, you actually sort of can with a Pixar movie but I digress). So all I've seen is a few seconds when I walk by. Also DH and DD have been bringing home the comic books from the library and I read them to DD. I'm actually sort of impressed at how she can follow along, since a comic book isn't really something you read to another person very well. It's not a narrative and you have to keep track of who's talking, etc.
Well, anyway, it does make me feel better. It just didn't look like 4 year old material to me, but DD is not very sensitive at all.
I loved Scooby-Doo when I was little. It wasn't scary at all (and I have very little tolerance for on-screen scary stuff). It was goofy and it made me laugh. Shaggy and Scooby were just so...screwed up, but somehow they always managed to make things work. Even as a very young kid, it was funny.
I loved Scooby as a kid -- probably around 4 or so, too, though Gilligan's Island was my true love at that age. I don't see anything wrong with Scooby for younger kids . . . my daughter is 7 and has pretty much outgrown it, though she'll watch a little here and there.
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I always assumed that Shaggy was a total stoner and that's why he eats so much, but that goes right over a preschooler's head!
There was one extended (feature-length, maybe) vhs we picked up at the library where the ghosts were real- a male horror writer/witch was trying to bring back the ghost of his ancestress, who was also an evil witch. There were also good Wiccans in the show too -- kinda complex for Scooby Doo. Too scary for my kids, anyway. Maybe someone else can supply a title?
ETA I googled. Scooby Doo and the Witches' Ghost. (1999)
The live action movies are also a little *too* scary for preschoolers, imo.
My son has been a very anxious preschooler, even beyond the normal anxiety of that age. I think he loved Scooby and Shaggy because they are scared of *everything*, just like he is/was, but yet they got through it all and in a bumbling way that you can laugh at.
I tolerate the ongoing Scooby Doo obsession because I think in some weird way it helps him deal with his own fears.
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dd is an adventure kinda girl. she loves adventure stories. she hated any moralistic kinda stories. like friends doing things to help friends.
it was really hard for me to find books for a two year old which involved an adventure.
its because of that at 2 she looooooved DORA but would refuse to watch Blues Clues because it had some academics in it.
so check his personality. perhaps he loves teh goofy voice or the running or something else.
I loved Scooby when I was a kid in the 70s and DD loves it now. The newer ones aren't nearly as awesome as the originals but not as craptastic as a lot of kids' shows out there.
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