Apparently we are due a reboot of Scooby Doo in late 2018. This version, reportedly one of two in the works, is an CGI animated film that will release in 2D and 3D (many flavors). The other version, that I am not discussing here, is supposedly a live action reboot of the previous live action films based on the creature hunting talking dog and his pals. Now, the “what the hell” moment is that the animated film has apparently forgotten nearly everything that makes a Scooby Doo cartoon a Scooby Doo Cartoon.
Namely, the gang and their Mystery Machine are no longer on their own in this upcoming animated film. No, now they are apparently a small group in a larger organization. What the hell? Seriously? The charm of the original cartoons was that these were just teenagers and their dog, sometimes two dogs, which were stumbling into these adventures. It played on the adventure urge most pre-teens and teens have as they grow up. Making the gang a small cog in a larger group of creature hunting adventure seeking people is just wrong. It doesn’t fit the idea of Scooby Doo at all.
To top it all off- this animated film will be the first movie in the developing Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. I am fine with cinematic universes and such but do we really need one for EVERY movie from a specific company? How will Scooby Doo fit in with say, Flintstones or the Jetsons? Or Yogi Bear or Space Ghost? What about Jonny Quest, Magilla Gorilla and Quickdraw McGraw? Are we already being setup for tons of time/space travel that will just mess up the overall storylines of individual movies and possibly television shows? Are we reaching just a little too far with these connected universes?
Thoughts on this anyone?