The big pop societal announcement this morning (by way of Entertainment Weekly) is that DC Comics is turning a bunch of traditional Hanna-Barbera cartoons into a new line of comics. Direct current plans to update these types of properties for 2016; never to simply continue their own adventures as if no time at all has passed since their particular 1970s heyday, although to “revitalize the particular characters in a brand-new day and age.”
Wacky Races is now Wacky Race Land, that has a design aesthetic direct out of Mad Max: Rage Road. Jonny Quest and Space Ghost will meet for an “legendary adventure” in Future Quest. And the gang from Scooby-Doo are certain to get a high-tech reboot as Scooby Apocalypse. The new Michael has tribal tats, Velma pilots any drone, and Shaggy is flannel-wearing hipster beardo.
Here’utes DC Comics’ Jim Lee (who illustrated the style above) on Scooby’utes eternal appeal:
All my children know of Scooby Doo from the a variety of cartoons and reside action movies, and we’re in a interval where you have persons my age that are spending their days contemplating cartoon and sci-fi motion movies. It’s some sort of multigenerational obsession at this point, therefore we just thought it will just be really interesting to take the cartoon version of these kinds of characters and see wherever they would be when we took what existed in the very first time of the cartoon and moved it straight into this day and age.
In his appointment with EW, Lee amusingly predicts the reaction to the present news would be “Outrage!” He was essentially correct; most of what exactly I’m seeing on the internet, particularly about Scooby Apocalypse, is that it looks not smart, dumb, dumb. My partner and i don’t necessarily argue. (Is Scooby wearing any high-tech monocle? Why would your dog need a high-tech monocle? Is there a purpose he doesn’t simply just wear high-tech glasses.) Nevertheless let’s get real right here. Jim Lee didn’t make Scooby-Doo dumb. Scooby-Doo was always dumb.
I replicate: Scooby-Doo is dumb.
This is often a show about a dumb kids with their foolish dog solving foolish mysteries. (SPOILER ALERT: There’s no real blurry and the old white guy did it.) Really the only part that’s certainly not dumb is the Unknown Machine van. Your Mystery Machine is awesome. The rest of it is foolish. This is an animated animation with a laugh keep track of.
Why would an animated cartoon have a laugh course? Was it drawn, genuinely really quickly, in front of an active studio audience? Even the show’s title is actually stupid: Scooby-Doo, Where Do you think you’re! There should be a question level, not an exclamation point.
As when the basic premise of this godforsaken children’s television show wasn’big t idiotic enough to start with, each subsequent follow up got even dumber. The Brand new Scooby-Doo Movies added a rotating forged of guest megastars to the mix, which includes real-life celebrities (Phyllis Diller, Mama Cass), imaginary characters (The Three Stooges, Superman and Robin), as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. Here, Davey Williams saves the day through singing a take song to a large frog.
Astonishingly, The New Scooby-Doo Movies lost the 1972 Peabody Award to The Waltons.
Davy Jones serenading a giant toad is actually pretty sensible by Scooby-Doo standards. The Scooby-Doo Show added another canine to the cast, Scooby-Dum. Fellas, his name is Scooby-Dum. And hey, is Scooby-Dum Scooby-Doo’s brother or even his cousin?
Tell me personally again how Rick Lee made this series stupid?
Next came Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, in which the small number of mildly intelligent characters were pushed aside to make room intended for Scooby’s obnoxious nephew, who runs around screaming “Pet power!” and generally hurts so much that the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie (which is also dumb, although not as dumb since its sequel) made Scrappy the particular surprise villain, out there for revenge versus Mystery Inc.
Also, what’azines going on with Shaggy’ohydrates arms in that picture?
These Scrappy-Doo episodes are brutal. The only way my little girl will ever watch them is as a part of a Scared Straight software if she turns into a juvenile delinquent.
After My partner and i made my Scooby–Doobiousness public, a number of people went to bat for the recent Cartoon System series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, saying it’azines a lot smarter than all the previous iterations. Having not watched this version of the actual Scooby Televisual Universe, I’ll concede that’s possible. It wouldn’capital t be hard; being the most clever Scooby-Doo TV show is like currently being Luke Wilson in the future of Idiocracy. When you’regarding surrounded by morons, you start out to look like a genius.
My manager here at ScreenCrush, Mike Sampson, is a pretty smart guy. And the man claims that Scooby-Doo can be cool, or at least the initial series is fun; that would be the delayed ’60s and first ’70s’ Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! But once i asked him to mention a single thing about Scooby-Doo that wasn’t not smart, he had to sit along with think about it for similar to three minutes. Finally, he came up with this specific: A scene where Scooby and the gang obtain chased around on the sounds of a knockoff pop song named “Seven Days a Week”
This world, where Scooby and Shaggy disguise under giant turtle seashells and seals rebound a giant caveman about like a beach baseball, is apparently the artistic pinnacle of this fabled, 40-year-franchise.
The prosecution rests. Bring on the actual doggie monocles.
Now, you decide: is 'Scooby-Doo' dumb?
— ScreenCrush (@screencrushnews) January 31, 2016