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Scooby Doo Where Are You - Season 2

The go-ahead for Velma season 2 makes the decision to axe the newest Scooby-Doo movie even stranger. To follow Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and the succeeding TV shows is a difficult feat, especially since the franchise has earned a core cult following through the decades. Nevertheless, the Velma TV show has attempted to revive the franchise with a HBO Max release showcasing a revamped version of the gang engaged in the pursuit of a local mystery involving missing high school students. Velma has been met with mixed reviews and received heavy backlash.

Scooby Doo Where Are You - Season 2


In the face of all of its controversies, and as tax cuts have removed what would have been two uniquely different Scooby-Doo movie installments, Velma season 2 is reportedly happening. The removal of a new animated Scooby-Doo movie from production is a weird maneuver from Warner Bros. Discovery, but looks even weirder because the reception of the Velma TV show was such a mixed bag, yet is still getting a season 2. At face value, these two conflicting strategies for the Scooby-Doo franchise are incompatible.

It may have been a better idea for Warner Bros. Discovery to balance the R-rated Velma with more "classic" Scooby-Doo installments such as Scoob! 2 and the cut animated movie, using a twofold approach to hit multiple demographics. Going ahead with Velma season 2 and movies truer to the original gang might have appeased those who were bothered by the more mature take of Velma. On the other hand, a simultaneous release of both the scrapped Scooby-Doo movies and Velma season 2 could have stoked the fires of controversy even more by drawing a direct comparison between the divisive HBO Max TV show and traditional Scooby-Doo.

Whatever the case may be, Velma season 2 is going ahead, despite the drastic cuts to Scooby-Doo content elsewhere. Other installments may be canceled or put on hold, but as long as Velma performs on HBO Max, it will continue to present a potentially more attractive option than movie projects. Assuming Velma season 2 continues to veer away from faithful Scooby-Doo, however, the axed movies will continue to look like a missed opportunity.

This is the second series in the franchise to have a narrative arc through which it is necessary to watch each episode to understand the plot. The first time this happened was in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985), where each episode had a narrative and not an episodic story. Some of the material for the series-long story arc was based on development work done on an unproduced animated series adaptation of The Goonies (1985).

In developing this series, producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone and producer/head writer Mitch Watson began with the original 1968-69 development art for Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, which included information about the Scooby-Doo characters' ages, parents, and home/school life that never made it onscreen in the original series. In Ruby and Spears' original series bible, Fred and Shaggy are each 17 years old, Daphne is 16, and Velma is 15. For the purposes of this series, the kids were made roughly the same age: 16-17 in season 1, and 17-18 in season 2.

In the episode "Beware the Beast from Below" there is a scene where Slime Mutant corners Daphne by the door, the framing of their faces in the shot is an homage to Alien 3 (1993), where Alien corners Ripley.

The first season of the Mexican dub of this series was the last acting project of Luis Alfonso Padilla, who lent his voice to Fred since 2001. During the recordings of the first season, Padilla began to have serious health problems due to cancer of the pancreas (which was not detected in time) in addition to having difficulties speaking, he was out of breath and took a long time to do his dialogues. Antonio Gálvez (dubbing director of the series) always had compassion on him and even allowed him more time to interpret his dialogues. Finally, after finishing the recordings of the season finale Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: All Fear the Freak (2011), Padilla died on May 12, 2012.

This is the first Scooby-Doo animated series in which Daphne and Fred have their first official on-screen kiss (in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Dead Justice (2011)), something that had only happened in live action movies. This is the first series where both are officially a couple because an official relationship was never really established in the previous series, there were only assumptions.

According to series producer and head writer Mitch Watson while the series was only planned to have two seasons, he had discussions with Cartoon Network about a potential third season. He elaborated that the unmade third season would have been a remake of the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969), only for the gang to be surprised by unexpected changes in the timeline. The season was never made, as Warner Brothers chose to follow a more humor-focused tone for the follow-up Scooby-Doo series while Watson went to work on Beware the Batman (2013)

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on September 13, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. EST and ran for two seasons for a total of 25 episodes. Its final first-run episode aired in January 1971.Nine episodes from Scooby-Doo's 1976-78 seasons, first run on ABC, were originally broadcast with the 1969 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! opening and closing sequences. The entire 1976-78 series is sometimes marketed as third-fourth seasons of the original "Where Are You!" series. 041b061a72


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