It’s Scooby-Doo, but not as you know it. Additional information have been disclosed about an upcoming spin-off sequence showcasing the character Velma on her very own in an entirely new gentle, and not all lovers are on board.

Scooby-Doo, Wherever Are You?

That was the title of the initial of numerous Scooby-Doo cartoons that have aired given that the character debuted on display screen back in 1969.

 

He’s an newbie sleuth?

In scenario you just can’t recall, the preferred animated sequence convey to the tale of Good Dane Scooby-Doo and young adults Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma, who travel all-around in the Thriller Machine as they solve mysteries that supposedly include supernatural creatures –  but commonly finish with a hoax becoming uncovered and a mask staying pulled off to reveal the lousy guy’s true id.

 

Velma is the brainbox of the bunch?

Usually viewed in her trademark orange jumper and black-rimmed eyeglasses, she is unquestionably the brains of the operation with a expertise for difficulty-resolving and an fascination in science.

 

So what’s the new collection about?

The new HBO Max spin-off in the US  – just titled “Velma” – sees Velma reimagined as an Asian character, whose voice will be performed by Mindy Kaling, the star of US shows these as The Mindy Undertaking and the American model of The Workplace.

 

So?

Just like the relaxation of the “Scooby gang”, Velma has historically been white in the animations and in the 2002 and 2004 flicks, in which she was portrayed by former ER actress Linda Cardellini, reverse Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne.

 

There is no genuine Scooby-Doo?

Discussion was heated on the internet following the president of Warner Bros’ World wide Youngsters, Young Adults and Classics, Tom Ascheim, discovered much more about the clearly show, declaring it was “not for children” and that Velma – like Kaling – will be of East Asian descent and will stay “in a diverse world” to the just one she is acknowledged for, in which “there’s no puppy and no van”.

 

Cue outrage online…

It doesn’t acquire a great deal to spark Twitter outrage, of training course, but just one response declared it was “another attempt” to alter “the previous of significantly loved cartoons, flicks, books, something and everything we like. Sorry fellas all your memories likely down the drain”. Another Tweeter stated: “Changing the race of the character is just one detail (it is bizarre, but whichever), but if you’re also modifying the environment and getting rid of *all the things else* Scooby Doo connected, why not just make a model new character?”

 

Some followers expressed guidance?

One tweeted: “Mad congrats to Mindy Kaling for being forged as Velma in the new Scooby Doo. The character was intended to be sensible, cute and curvy. I connect with it great casting.”

 

There is precedent?

Velma has been played by an Asian female in advance of. Actress Hayley Kiyoko, who is of Japanese descent, played Velma in two stay-motion Tv movies that aired on Cartoon Community in 2009 and 2010, when Puerto Rican actress Gina Rodriguez voiced Velma in the 2020 animated motion picture Scoob!