Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers (voiced by Sam Richardson) is now black, Velma Dinkley (voiced by Mindy Kaling) is South Asian and Daphne Blake (voiced by Constance Wu) is Asian. Now, I’m not complaining about the cast, they are all good actors in their own right. I’m not complaining about the choice of races; I am however complaining about, why in the world did you feel compelled to mold the characters after the Mystery Inc., characters.
You could have put together the same cast and named the show and characters something different. The only reason they used Scooby-Doo is to cash in on the characters’ fame from the 1968 original series.
Fred Jones (voiced by Glenn Howerton) and Daphne are supposedly dating when the series starts
In this Scooby universe, Velma’s mom disappeared when she was young (Velma blames herself for this) and her dad is a Lawyer who is dating a woman named Sophie. Velma also suffers from intense hallucinations when she is confronted with a mystery to solve.
Fred Jones is heir to a large clothing empire of gentlemen’s accessories, like ascots.
Norville Roger does not go by Shaggy and is an overachiever, fiercely dedicated to his job as the editor of Crystal Cove High’s school newspaper, which is a far cry from the classic stoner character from the past universes.
In this universe, Velma and Daphne are both bisexual and attracted to each other and even share at least one kiss.
What I don’t understand is why to try to mold this into the Scooby-Doo universe, if you have completely changed the characters, why make them look anything like what we are familiar with?
You could have easily made your own path, with original characters, and an original plot and storylines. Why even do this, it is so sad when people think that they need to mess with something like this.
If you know anything about how the original Scooby-Doo, came to life when parents didn’t like the increasing violence in Saturday morning cartoons, I’m sure they would love to see this new cast of characters, NOT!
Other members of the cast include Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Melissa Fumero, Gary Cole, Cherry Jones, Stephen Root, Nicole Byer, Ming-Na Wen, Fortune Feimster, Sarayu Blue, Yvonne Orji, Shay Mitchell, Kulap Vilaysak, Debby Ryan and NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns.