‘Adult’ Scooby-Doo reboot Velma ripped critics and audiences apart: ‘Where did it go so wrong?’

HBO Max has simply launched a reimagined model of the favored kids’s present, Scooby-Doo. Though associated to the Hanna-Barbera authentic, it’s marketed as “grownup” and options severed limbs, one of many primary characters going to a strip membership together with her father, and two teenage boys graduating from their highschool.

The outcomes had been panned by viewers and critics alike. It at present holds a 50 p.c constructive ranking on Rotten Tomatoes and a extra bleak 9 p.c from followers. The sequence is broadcast on the cable channel broadcast service. In an indication of the upcoming negativity, the corporate has suspended feedback on the trailer on YouTube.

The YouTube description of the trailer hints at how this new sequence differs considerably from “Scooby-Doo” variations earlier than by describing it as “grownup” and “colourful”: From Velma Dinkley, the anonymous and irreverent brains of the Scooby-Doo Thriller Inc. gang. An authentic and humorous spin revealing the complicated and colourful previous of one in all America’s most devoted puzzle-solvers.”

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“Scooby-Doo, the place are you!” Co-created by Joe Robbie and Ken Spears.
(Produced by Hanna-Barbera)

Gwen Ehnat, movie critic for The Wrap, mentioned, “Based mostly on long-running hypothesis about [Velma’s] nationality.”

However she added, “You need to surprise, within the improvement of ‘Velma,’ the place did issues go so incorrect?” Ehnat complained of “pointless nudity, gratuitous violence and gore”. In actual fact, the present’s first episode begins with a highschool woman being brutally murdered and “her brains reduce out from her bleeding corpse.”

Selection additionally wished to love the present’s fashionable tendencies, praising the significance of homosexual teen id in Velma. However, ultimately, critic Joshua Alston concluded, “These characters are genuinely disagreeable to spend time with, and he begins on the high with Velma, whose egocentric and misanthropic tendencies aren’t blunted by her moments of vulnerability.”

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Keno.  Scooby-doo where are you?  Zeichentrickserie, USA, 1969 - 1970 (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

Keno. Scooby-doo the place are you? Zeichentrickserie, USA, 1969 – 1970 (Picture by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives by way of Getty Photographs)
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On Twitter, Father Miller, a Catholic priest, famous this second within the present’s trailer:

One other Twitter consumer questioned, “WTF occurring” to a scene the place one character’s leg is brutally reduce off and blood squirts everywhere.

The present’s contempt is proven left and proper. Fashionable Twitter deal with “Dangerous Writing Takes” panned the sequence, saying, “Velma…not superb. It reads like a right-wing YouTuber’s clumsy understanding of what a ‘selection’ present is.”

Though the critics’ opinions are poor, the viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes was even worse with most giving it half a star (out of 5). One viewer referred to as it “extraordinarily offensive to the Scooby-Doo fanbase”. One other famous, “So present 12 months. This tradition is so dangerous.” Shen Pei concluded, “It is each horrible factor about fashionable Hollywood wrapped up in a horrible reboot that nobody requested for.”

The present is govt produced by and stars “Workplace” alum Mindy Kaling. On Twitter, she described her new expertise as “hilarious” and “scary typically”. in December, Kaling appeared to point out some hesitation in regards to the enduring recognition of “The Workplace”, saying that a lot of the characters could be “canceled” right this moment. She added that she could by no means introduce this system to her kids.

Mindy Kaling wore an elegant plum dress.

Mindy Kaling wore a chic plum gown.
(Picture by John Shearer/WireImage)

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