WHOOP I still have your last ask in my inbox which I’ve been meaning to get back to I wasn’t ignoring it on purpose I am so sorry
I think anything that cartoonish is more likely to be a What’s New? level show rather than Mystery Incorporated level, and that’s what I’m hoping for, but we can’t forget the couple of less successful Scooby-Doo series which no one talks about any more.
I never actually caught this one when it was on so I can’t say anything about it, but I’ve gotta say I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone discussing it as part of the Scooby-Doo franchise.
There’s a good chance it might end up as a series no one’s going to remember in three years, but I’d still take that over a rehash of Mystery Incorporated where all the gang do is date and fight and break up (and stop real supernatural evil heralding in the end of the world???). Apparently they’re going to be out of high school, too, so finally seeing them confirmed as young adults instead of high school kids (THERE’S NO WAY THEY’RE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS AFTER THE 1969 SERIES I WILL NEVER BUDGE ON THIS ISSUE) should be interesting!
I’m holding out hope that Mystery Incorporated is retained as a standalone series in which all the “what if the gang had REAL EDGY TEEN PROBLEMS” ideas were explored and worked out and left to rest, and they’ll return to the usual formula of a bunch of adorable mismatched young adults who run around in a van together having a ton of fun and solving spooky mysteries.
I found a quote too which suggests it’s going to be particularly different:
Jay Bastian says of the development of this show, “The last Scooby-Doo[sic] we did was a little more intense, and a little scarier. This new one is much more cartoony and silly[…]What we’ve got so far is really funny.”
That looks promising!
I’m not entirely sure about the synopsis of the gang having “one last summer to live it up”, because that could be implying they’re intending to have a real ending to the series where they never see each other again; that it’s really the last time they’ll have together before going their separate ways. It could also mean that it’s just their last totally free summer before they have to start doing adult things and maybe their trips will just be more infrequent, but it’s impossible to tell so early on!
I love the idea of the gang just being in their own little bubble away from society and proper explanations - no one questions how high school students (??????? THEY CAN’T BE) own a big van and are allowed to go off for possibly months at a time on their own, no one asks where their money comes from (because they clearly don’t have jobs even if Daphne is apparently pretty rich) or exactly when they’re taking these long trips (over endless summers? Weekends? Mid-term breaks? Why do they never have homework?), no one even comments on the fact that so many people think up monster hoaxes for the gang to stumble on or WHY SCOOBY TALKS; it’s just something that’s left in suspension of disbelief. The gang just are, and nothing that affects regular people really applies to them.
Still, Scooby-Doo! is a wildly successful franchise and ending it for sure would be a bad move, so I don’t think a real end to the gang is likely to happen unless it’s another standalone series like Mystery Incorporated. I’m not sure I’m entirely keen on the art style but we’ve only seen Scooby so far; there are still four other core characters to see before we can judge it for sure!