You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Scooby-Doo Mumbles Again on Cartoon Network

“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation.

In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into
SD601c122. epi 01 live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and introducing “issues” that the gang have in dealing with their parents. (Matthew Lillard, from the movies, provides the voice of Shaggy.)

There’s also more of an “X-Files” feel to the mysteries, including the fact that all the paranormal happenings have turned Crystal Cove into a tourist attraction. In other words, a touch of cynicism has crept into even “Scooby-Doo!”

The basic template and look, however, is otherwise pretty much a ringer for what Hanna-Barbera concocted all those years ago, with flashlights and things going bump in the night. Of course, to make Scooby seem hip at this point would require threading a needle, and the new series doesn’t quite accomplish that. Even as a kid, this show wasn’t one of my favorites.

Still, “Mystery Inc.” does live up to the “Incorporated” part — reintroducing the characters to a new generation of kids whose parents, thanks to their familiarity, will probably be receptive to buying branded bed sheets and trinkets.

Crystal Cove, in other words, isn’t the only one trying to turn gh-gh-ghosts into g-g-green.

More Voices

  • What's Next for 'Natasha, Pierre and

    What's Next for 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812'

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • Hayes Theater

    'Torch Song,' Second Stage and the $64 Million Broadway Bet

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • Phantom of the Opera Broadway

    What Broadway Learned From 'The Phantom of the Opera'

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • lil yachty

    Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz: Rock Is Alive — But You Might Not Know It When You Hear It (Guest Column)

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • RWS Entertainment Group Marquee Holland America

    RWS Entertainment Launches Theatrical Development Department (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • Hamilton West End Production.

    ‘Hamilton,’ Broadway and the Duel Over Paperless Tickets

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

  • HadestownNew York Theatre WorkshopBy Anaïs MitchellDeveloped

    Streaming to Broadway: How New Titles, Talent Grow Buzz Online

    “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” — an animated revival of the 40-year-old property — premieres July 12 on Cartoon Network, courtesy of Warner Bros. Animation. In some respects, it’s an interesting attempt to reboot a franchise that’s already been transformed into live-action (with animation) movies, throwing in wrinkles like a secret relationship between Shaggy and  Velma and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content