Like most kids in the 80’s, I grew up watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons… especially the various incarnations of Scooby Doo. I think it’s cool that the characters from this show have stood the test of time and are still around today, but they’ve never quite been able to capture the same feel as the episodes that were produced throughout the 70’s. The live action movies were pretty terrible in my opinion, and although I give them props for trying to capture the art design and the spirit of the cartoon, they just had too many modern references and a cast that I didn’t really like.
Alas, it seems that a third Scooby Doo movie is on the way, but with an entirely new cast. I’d say this has the potential to be a good thing, but somehow I doubt it will be. It’s being called a “telemovie”, which means it will probably go direct to DVD or possibly only air on TV. They’re also calling it a prequel, but rather than doing something cool like setting it in the 70’s, they’re just telling the story of how the gang solved their first mystery. Brian Levant (The Flintstones, Beethoven, Jingle All The Way) has signed on to direct. Here’s the real kicker though… in this flick, Velma is rumoured to be Asian. Classic!