Earlier this 12 months, HBO Max introduced that comic Mindy Kaling wouldn’t solely be producing a Scooby-Doo prequel animated sequence in regards to 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 effectively with sure “critics” that the Velma Dinkley could be voiced by an Indian-American actress with Kaling clapping again to the detractors on Twitter.
Throughout TV Youngsters Summer time Pageant 2021 digital on-line occasion Tom Ascheim, Warner Bros. World Youngsters, revealed new particulars in regards to the upcoming Velma prequel animated sequence most notably that the sequence will reimagine the character as having East Asian descent and dwelling in a special world.
“Now we have a brand new Mindy Kaling mission referred to as Velma as a result of she was excited to reimagine would Scooby-Doo could be like if Velma have been East-Asian descent and lived in a really totally different world. And in that model, which is happening HBO Max first, there’s no canine and no van however we’ve our 4 key characters by means of a special lens and I feel 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 folks to keep away from if you wish to retain some semblance of your personal sanity.
Nevertheless, because it’s been famous, this isn’t the primary time that Velma Dinkley has been portrayed by a special 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.