Mindy Kaling’s ‘Velma’ Is an East Asian Mystery Solver in a World Without ‘Scooby-Doo’

Mindy Kaling's ‘Velma’ Is an East Asian Mystery Solver in a World Without ‘Scooby-Doo’

Scooby-Doo, the place are you? Not within the upcoming Velma collection within the works at HBO Max, apparently. Back in February, it was reported that The Office alum Mindy Kaling was teaming up with the WarnerMedia-backed streamer to develop an animated collection about Mystery Inc. crime solver Velma Dinkley. It was described as an “adult-focused” origin story for the favored Scooby-Doo character, and it was additionally revealed Kaling can be voicing Velma along with government producing.

At the TV Kids Summer Festival, Warner Bros. President of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, Tom Ascheim, shed some extra mild on the Velma collection. He confirmed that the animated collection is meant for extra mature audiences and revealed that the present will reimagine Velma as a personality of East Asian descent. Ascheim then dropped the bombshell that “there’s no dog” within the collection, suggesting that this reboot will not embody Scooby-Doo as a personality, for higher or for worse.

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“We have a not for children, Mindy Kaling project called Velma because she was excited to reimagine what Scooby-Doo would be like if Velma were of East Asian descent and lived in a different world. And in that version, which is going on HBO Max first, there’s no dog and no van but we have our four key characters through a different lens and I think it’s great. Allowing our creators to play with our IP is super powerful.”

Ascheim’s feedback do counsel that Velma’s human buddies – Daphne Blake, Fred Jones, and Shaggy Rogers – will likely be part of the collection. It is not clear if there will likely be any explicit modifications made to these characters. In the spirit of the Velma character, it appears possible the present will embody some components of thriller fixing, however with maybe extra of an grownup edge in comparison with the sometimes family-friendly incarnations of the franchise. Either manner, it would appear odd to observe the Mystery, Inc. gang with out Scooby-Doo and even simply the van.

This does not imply Scooby-Doo is essentially going wherever. Our favorite cartoon dog is right here to remain as properly. After many various variations of tv exhibits over time, Scoob has not too long ago been starring in his newest present, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, which groups up Mystery, Inc. with varied particular movie star visitors. Last yr, a special iteration of Scooby and the gang starred within the new film Scoob!, one other reboot of the long-running franchise.

The CW is getting in on the enjoyable with Scooby-Doo as properly. It was not too long ago introduced that the community was creating a vacation particular referred to as The Scooby-Doo Reunion Special with plans to launch it on TV this yr. Featuring Scooby, Velma, and the others breaking character and talking about their experiences making Scooby-Doo cartoons, the particular serves as a spoof of the numerous solid reunions which have turn into fashionable over the previous yr.

There is not a launch date but hooked up for Velma. Meanwhile, HBO Max has a number of different animated initiatives within the works, equivalent to new incarnations of Gremlins and The Boondocks. A 3rd season of Harley Quinn can be in improvement. This information involves us from The Mary Sue.

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