A friend sent me a link to some info about the new Scooby Doo series (including pictures of the new character designs you can see here). So I thought I’d give my two cents about it:
I’m not thrilled with the character designs (they’re a bit too “Family Guy” for my taste and I don’t like that Velma has been slimmed down yet again). Though I do think it’s cute/funny that the ONLY change to the outfits was Daphne getting her sleeves shortened and her heels replaced with a practical pair of tennis shoes.
Maybe they’ll look better in motion; but the art in that still image looks really bland and unappealing to me. Unless the production design choices (ie the background designs, direction, animation style, etc) are REALLY good, this show’s look will take a LOT of getting used to.
I am excited about the story. No romantic entanglements is a good thing (and I can’t help wondering if that line about Mystery Incorporated’s use of romance was meant as a dig against it. LOL). And I am VERY happy about the decision to limit Scooby’s speech. I know it seems like a minor thing to get excited about. But, IMO, Scooby’s character is funnier and more believable as a dog when he isn’t given entire paragraphs of dialogue to rattle off. And it’s also more in the spirit of the original show (where Scooby often had to pantomime to get his point across because humans couldn’t completely understand him).
The Mystery Machine being outfitted with wacky gadgets sounds cool. I’m hoping the show makes Freddy out to be a car nut and/or a gear head. It would be a welcome change from the last couple of cartoons and movies that characterized him as a clueless dumbass
And, because I’m a dork, I looked up Zac Moncrief (the producer for this new show) and he seems to have a pretty good resume when it comes to making animated comedies. His most notable work has been directing on seasons 4 & 5 of Family Guy and Phineas and Ferb. Overall, he has a good record with comedy cartoons. So, if he has a good team of writers and artists backing him up, this series has the potential to be really fun. Here’s hoping my prediction ends up being right!