In the Mindy Kaling's new Velma series, the character will be of East Asian descent and there's no Scooby Doo or Mystery Machine

Originally published at: In the Mindy Kaling's new Velma series, the character will be of East Asian descent and there's no Scooby Doo or Mystery Machine | Boing Boing

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So it will probably be much better than the cartoon?

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It likely will be, unless, of course, you’re an angry human who feels like new takes on old classics destroys everything you ever believed in.

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Excellent! She’s the real star anyways…

Cartoon Monster GIF by Scooby-Doo

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Cue the cries of “I didn’t ask for this!”

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Yeah that part is kind of getting into “Garfield without Garfield” territory.

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Sounds somewhat interesting but at that point why not make an original IP that is inspired by Scooby Doo? Either way i wish this creator well and good luck with the series :slight_smile:

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why not just make a series that’s not tied to to the property scooby doo? oh, right, because then no one would watch it or care. duh.

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Ralph Bakshi’s “Mighty Mouse” did the perfect take on Scooby Doo, and all those early 70s cartoon shows.

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To be fair; most of the reboots and live action versions of Scooby Doo over the last 20 years have been God-fucking-awful - prime example being that ‘Crystal Cove’ crap.

That said, a new take focusing on an often over-looked character could work really well…

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Neat!

When I was a kid, I guess I always thought “the gang” lived together (maybe in a Scooby Lair?). It makes sense that they’d have their own lives, different friends, and so on. I think the Venture Bros. did a good job showing the intimate and personal lives of comic characters (Henchman 21 living at home with his mom, going to a henchman-support group, and so on), so I’m looking forward to seeing Velma and the gang through a similar lens.

No mention if there will still be mysteries to solve, or… ???

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Absolutely agree. I didn’t mind the movies (I love Mathew Lillard), but none of the new animated versions have been great. Even the modern(ish) books I’ve read with my daughter lately haven’t had the same appeal.

I was mostly thinking of the kinds of people who’d meltdown over a female Jedi or a black Death (from Sandman).

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I breathlessly await the four episode arc where Velma looks for her glasses.

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I am cool with Velma being non white or whatever but taking Scooby-doo out sorta takes it out of the Scooby-Doo category doesn’t it?

OH! I know, what if Scooby-Doo was killed and it is sort of a four person John Wick like action drama? I’d watch that!

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I kinda figured that might have been what you meant, and that kind of toxic fandom can miss me.

(People who are butthurt about the stellar and diverse casting of Sandman are even worse; they are self-absorbed bigoted idiots who clearly didn’t understand the source material at all - The Endless can consciously manifest any physical appearance that they choose.)

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I look forward to the Flintstones reboot where it’s just Barney living with four friends in a Chicago apartment, except he’s Scottish, gay, it’s the year 2052, and he has psychic powers.

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Also better than the original.

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Interesting, I always thought it was just John K, of Ren and Stimpy, who did the surreal Mighty Mouse reboot in the 80’s. TIL that Ralph Bakshi was involved as well…

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Cool! Velma was my favorite in the original. I’m excited to see what she gets up to.
And, while I kind of get the feelings of, “if there’s no Scooby, why not just do something new?” But the other characters were real and interesting (somewhat, I’m looking at you, Fred), so it will cool to see something new with them.

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