Brian Steinberg wrote:Time Warner’s Cartoon Network unveiled an ambitious new programming slate that includes the cable outlet’s first-ever miniseries as well as revivals of classic characters such as adversarial cat-and-mouse team Tom & Jerry and rascally rabbit Bugs Bunny.
Cartoon Network will also try to refresh some long-running kiddie characters, offering revamped takes on Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and the animated cast of “Scooby Doo” - all from Warner Bros. Animation. The network said:
“The Tom & Jerry Show” will preserve the look and sensibility of the veteran characters, but will place “a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time.” Show will debut Wednesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m.
“Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production,” will place Bugs Bunny in comedic shorts that show the mischievous rodent squaring of against characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile. E. Coyote, along with new foes. Help will come from new characters like Bigfoot and Squeaks, a squirrel.
“Be Cool, Scooby Doo” is billed is an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series that shows the “Scooby gang” living it up for one last summer after high-school graduation.
Albert Ching wrote:Finally, any chance you can hint at what you’re working on next? It’s been a year since the beloved Young Justice series finished its run — any plans to return to the DC world?
Yes, I am back in the DC Universe! I can’t announce the project I’m working on yet but I’m really excited about it! It’s an entirely new thing for me and not connected to anything I’ve done in the past. I can’t wait to discuss it but it will have to wait a little longer.
MIKE FLEMING JR wrote:EXCLUSIVE:
The gestation period for reboots seems to be getting short. Warner Bros in the early stages of launching a new Scooby-Doo. The studio made a Raja Gosnell-directed live-action comedy out of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon that starred Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Isla Fisher as the young sleuths. The film grossed $268 million worldwide, and Warner Bros and Gosnell made a sequel two years later. Now the studio is starting from scratch, setting Randall Green to craft a new adventure. There are no other attachments at the moment beyond original producer Charles Roven, who will produce this one for Atlas.
In 1968, Fred Silverman, executive in charge of children's programming for the CBS network, was looking for a show that would revitalize his Saturday morning line-up and please the watchdog groups at the same time. The result was The Archie Show, based upon Bob Montana's teenage humor comic book Archie. Also successful were the musical numbers The Archies performed during each program (one of which, "Sugar, Sugar", was the most successful Billboard number-one hit of 1969). Silverman was eager to expand upon this success, and contacted producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera about possibly creating another show based around a teenage rock-group, but with an extra element: the kids would solve mysteries in-between their gigs. Silverman envisioned the show as a cross between the popular I Love a Mystery radio serials of the 1940s and the popular early 1960s TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Early Design by Iwao Takamoto of the Scooby Gang from 1968 (image from Wikipedia.com)Hanna and Barbera passed this task along to two of their head storymen, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, and artist/character designer Iwao Takamoto. Their original concept of the show bore the title Mysteries Five, and featured five teens (Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and Linda's brother "W.W.") and their dog, Too Much, who were all in a band called "The Mysteries Five" (even the dog; he played the bongos). When "The Mysteries Five" weren't performing at gigs, they were out solving spooky mysteries involving ghosts, zombies, and other supernatural creatures. Ruby and Spears then had to decide what to make their dog. At first, they chose between a large cowardly dog, and a small fiesty dog. When the former was chosen, then the options became a large goofy Great Dane or a big shaggy sheepdog. After consulting with Barbera on the issue, Too Much was finally set as a Great Dane, primarily to avoid a direct correlation to The Archies (who had a sheepdog, Hot Dog, in their band). Ruby and Spears had feared the Great Dane would be too similar to the comic strip character Marmaduke, but Barbera assured them it would not be a problem.
Takamoto consulted a studio colleague who happened to be a breeder of Great Danes. After learning the characteristics of a prize-winning Great Dane from her, Takamoto proceeded to break most of the rules and designed Too Much with overly bowed legs, a double-chin, and a sloped back, among other abnormalities.
Fred Silverman on the cover of Time Magazine in 1977 (image from Answers.com)By the time the show was ready for presentation by Silverman, a few more things had changed: Geoff and Mike were merged into one character called "Ronnie" (later renamed "Fred", at Silverman's behest), Kelly was renamed to "Daphne", Linda was now called "Velma", and Shaggy (formerly "W.W.") was no longer her brother. Also, Silverman, not being very fond of the name Mysteries Five, had rechristened the show Who's S-S-Scared? Using storyboards, presentation boards, and a short completed animation sequence, Silverman presented Who's S-S-Scared? to the CBS executives as the centerpiece for the upcoming 1969–1970 season's Saturday morning cartoon block. The executives felt that the presentation artwork was far too frightening for young viewers, and, thinking the show would be the same, decided to pass on it.
Now without a centerpiece for the upcoming season's programming, Silverman turned to Ruby and Spears, who reworked the show to make it more comedic and less frightening. They dropped the rock band element, and began to focus more attention on Shaggy and Too Much. According to Ruby and Spears, Silverman was inspired by the ad-lib "doo-be-doo-be-doo" he heard at the end of Frank Sinatra's interpretation of Bert Kaempfert's song "Strangers in the Night" on the way out to one of their meetings, and decided to rename the dog "Scooby-Doo" and re-rechristened the show Scooby-Doo, Where are You? The revised show was re-presented to CBS executives, who approved it for production.
SCOTT THILL wrote:Stalled out for a dozen years after an uneven duo of live-action/CG hybrids, Hanna-Barbera’s mystery franchise is rebooting theatrically with a fully-animated feature.
Due in theaters September 2018, Warner Bros.’ untitled Scooby-Doo animated film will be helmed by Warner Bros. Animation veteran Tony Cervone (Space Jam animation director, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated supervising producer, Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure and The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown director) and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who spearheaded the studio’s first set of live-action features, Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
Joining Roven and Suckle as a producer is Cervone’s spouse, Allison Abbate, who has produced respected animated features like Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The new Scooby will be produced under the Warner Animation Group banner.
Phineas and Ferb co-creator (and Family Guy director) Dan Povenmire will executive produce the film. The script was written by newcomer Matt Lieberman, who is also writing a Jetsons animated feature script, has finished writing a Short Circuit reboot currently in production, and scripted a proposed Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for Pete Candeland.
Warner Bros. is reportedly aiming to create series of films based on characters from Hanna-Barbera’s Sixties and Seventies roster. “Like countless fans, I have always loved the Hanna-Barbera cast of characters,” said Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman. “As one of their most famous brand ambassadors, Scooby-Doo will take the lead in re-introducing this pantheon of enduringly popular animated stars on a grand scale with an exciting new movie.”
What Hanna-Barbera show do you think Warner Bros. should reboot next?
Clark Allen wrote:Get your scooby snacks ready, as everyone’s favorite group of young sleuths are coming to the big screen, with their cowardly canine companion in tow. Warner Bros. has announced plans for an animated SCOOBY-DOO feature, set to grace screens on September 21, 2018. Based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera series, the film will follow the new adventures of Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Daphne, and Velma as they bust creepy capers and unmask criminals masquerading as monsters.
Matt Lieberman scripted the pic, with Tony Cervone stepping in to direct. Cervone is a veteran in animation and previously worked with the Mystery Inc. gang on the series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Phineas and Ferb co-creator Dan Povenmire will assist in a creative capacity and serve as an executive producer.
Oscar-nominated producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the WB’s live-action Scooby Doo features, are returning to shepherd this iteration. Alison Abbate, who produced the likes of The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Frankenweenie, will also produce.
The project’s announcement was jointly made by WB executives Dan Fellman, Greg Silverman, Sue Kroll and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg.
Regarding the project, Silverman stated, “Like countless fans, I have always loved the Hanna-Barbera cast of characters. As one of their most famous brand ambassadors, Scooby-Doo will take the lead in re-introducing this pantheon of enduringly popular animated stars on a grand scale with an exciting new movie.”
Added Fellman, “It’s always a treat to see Scooby-Doo on the big screen and to share his larger-than-life adventures with audiences. As anticipation grows throughout production, the movie’s mid-September release date should start the fall season with a burst of fun.”
Kroll stated, “It’s wonderful to be working with this talented and inspired team of filmmakers. We couldn’t ask for better producers than Charles, Richard, and Allison, who have such affection and respect for this property and know the Hanna-Barbera universe so well.”
Vanderberg further elaborated, “Scooby-Doo and his friends have the kind of universal appeal that reaches across cultures as well as generations. We expect this new take on the franchise to generate even more fans around the world.”
The last film that featured the iconic ghoul-busting gang was the 2004 live-action comedy Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed. This marks the second Scooby-Doo feature in development at Warner, as a live-action reboot was announced in 2014, with the first inklings of the animated pic reported on in 2013.
For those asking “Where are you?” to animation’s most beloved teen detectives, never fear, as a new series, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, will debut this fall on Cartoon Network. The series will once again feature the voice of Matthew Lillard, who portrayed the perpetually hungry Shaggy Rogers in both live-action features and has continued to voice the character in subsequent animated series, taking over the mantle from Casey Kasem.
No word yet on if Scrappy Doo will be joining the festivities.
Brandon Smith wrote:Last but definitely not least, there is the 2018 Scooby-Doo movie, now titled S.C.O.O.B.. Directed by Tony Cervone from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and executive produced by Dan Povenmire (Phineas and Ferb), S.C.O.O.B. will bring the Scooby-Doo franchise back to the big screen in the way it was meant to be: animated. But S.C.O.O.B. will do much more than that.
In an announcement video shown to the crowd, the film was described as “our first shot at unlocking the whole Hanna-Barbera Universe.”
Yep, you read that right. If all goes well, S.C.O.O.B. will be the launching pad for a shared cinematic universe of animated films based off the Hanna-Barbera properties!
Currently, Warner Animation Group is the only animation company that has taken a dive into the shared universe concept. While it’s too early to judge how successful the LCU (LEGO Cinematic Universe) films will be in the long term, a shared universe for the Hanna-Barbera properties holds no shortage of exciting possibilities, especially considering the talent involved.
For the first time in a long time, Warner Bros. is making the effort to care as much about feature animation as they do with any other sector of their film business. Therefore, it’s probably fare to expect that Warner Animation Group will become a fore to be reckoned with.
Lan Pitts wrote:Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis have written some of the best comic bookss of all time, and given their body of work, you'd think that Scooby Apocalypse would have been more fun. Instead, this debut issue is a vivid reminder in the stark difference between fun and funny, and while this debut issue has some mildly funny moments sprinkled in (like Fred mistakenly attacking Velma as a "mole people”), the fun stops abruptly and gets ridiculously serious. In this series, Velma is part of a secret society of scientists that believe nanites are evolving and will attack the Earth and take over humanity. Daphne and Fred are fallen TV stars looking for a comeback, Shaggy is a hipster dog keeper and custodian, and Scooby is a failed military experiment. I say "failed" because he talks like a toddler and doesn't know how to kill.
What the book does have going for it is Howard Porter slinging some of his best ink since the early days of his run on JLA. The world and atmosphere is completely immersive, with Porter going all out with the backgrounds even down to the most minute detail, such as the pseudo-Burning Man festival early in the issue, not to mention a clever Dynomutt Easter egg later on. But the designs for the characters themselves are... well, not that stellar, particularly the instantly-dated hipster Shaggy. They kept the essentials of each member to make them recognizable from a long distance, but it's when we get closer it's how things start unraveling. Hi-Fi's coloring is so-so, and I wish they scaled back on saturation, with everything looking like they had a reflective surface and just came across as unappealing.
So the plot is basically explained over several pages and that's the bulk of the book. How the world could end. Velma explains in lengthy and verbose detail about the group of scientists, the nanite plot, and how they might be able to prevent it. There comes a point though where we get the picture almost right away, but she keeps talking and elaborating. After a while, it explains entirely too much.
Remember that scene in Matrix Revolutions with Neo talking to the Architect? Yeah, that. Giffen and DeMatteis could have easily condensed that whole exposition speech and included more character development. Daphne and Fred are the most fleshed-out of the gang, with Velma being a brainy exposition device and Shaggy, well, Giffen and DeMatteis are still figuring out his whole deal. He's kind to animals and bit of a foodie, but there's no capturing the spirit of what makes this group work as a collective unit.
Scooby Apocalypse was probably the most controversial of the Hanna-Barbera line when it was announced, as it just comes across as dated. It might have worked a decade ago right as steampunk is passe today, but there is something here that could be molded into actually something good. The last page had me excited for what the creators have in store, but it felt like a chore to get to the best part. That's not how a debut issue should work, and with the marquee names behind this, one would expect more.
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