Earlier this 12 months, HBO Max announced that comic Mindy Kaling wouldn’t solely be producing a Scooby-Doo prequel animated sequence concerning the character Velma Dinkley, however would even be voicing the bespectacled thriller solver within the Velma prequel.
“Velma,” which can delve into the origin story of the beloved animated sleuth and member of the Thriller Inc. gang, has been given a 10-episode order. Kaling will government produce along with starring. Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein, and Sam Register additionally function government producers. Warner Bros. Animation will produce.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t sit nicely with sure “critics” that the Velma Dinkley can be voiced by an Indian-American actress with Kaling clapping back to the detractors on Twitter.
Throughout TV Children Summer time Pageant 2021 digital on-line occasion Tom Ascheim, Warner Bros. International Children, revealed new particulars concerning the upcoming Velma prequel animated sequence most notably that the sequence will reimagine the character as having East Asian descent and dwelling in a unique world.
“We’ve got a brand new Mindy Kaling venture known as Velma as a result of she was excited to reimagine would Scooby-Doo can be like if Velma have been East-Asian descent and lived in a really completely different world. And in that model, which is occurring HBO Max first, there’s no canine and no van however we’ve got our 4 key characters by a unique lens and I believe it’s nice. Permitting our creators to play with our IP is tremendous highly effective.”
As soon as once more, the information is eliciting sturdy reactions on-line that I counsel individuals to keep away from if you wish to retain some semblance of your individual sanity.
Nonetheless, because it’s been famous, this isn’t the primary time that Velma Dinkley has been portrayed by a unique ethnicity. Actress Hayley Kiyoko performed the character within the 2009 and 2019 Cartoon Community live-action movies, Scooby-Doo! The Thriller Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. And most not too long ago she was voiced by Gina Rodriguez within the Scoob! animated film final 12 months.