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Daphne & Velma (2019)

Scooby-Doo, where ARE you?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo – the first episode of Hanna-Barbera’s spooky cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was aired in 1969 – and the past five decades have seen countless iterations of the Scooby gang’s adventures, including multiple animated shows, direct-to-video animated movies – some under the Lego label – and several live action movies, including two (2002’s Scooby-Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) that found their way into cinemas. They’ve met the rock band KISS!, had not one but two adventures with Batman, introduced a new character – Scooby-Doo’s fearless cousin, Scrappy Doo – who did for Scooby-Doo what Poochie did for Itchy and Scratchy, and solved more mysteries than Jessica Fletcher and Mrs Marple put together. But their strangest screen incarnation yet may be the direct-to-video feature film Daphne & Velma, in which the female half of the Scooby gang get their very own live action movie. And as if taking a sisters-doing-it-for-themselves approach wasn’t ‘woke’ enough for 2019, Daphne is played by a mixed-race actress (Sarah Jeffery), making her the first person of colour to be part of the Scooby gang. Right on, Scoob!

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