Velma

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This article is about the TV series. For the first episode of Velma, see "Velma." For the character herself, see Velma Dinkley.
Velma
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No dogs allowed.
Created by: Charlie Grandy
Network: HBO Max
Production company: Charlie Grandy Productions
Kaling International, Inc.
3 Arts Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television
Original release: January 12, 2023
Run time: 26 minutes
Starring: Mindy Kaling
Constance Wu
Sam Richardson
Glenn Howerton
Executive producer(s): Charlie Grandy
Mindy Kaling
Howard Klein
Music composed by: Craig DeLeon
Writer(s): Charlie Grandy
Director(s): Anne Walker Farrell
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Velma, also known as Velma: The Series, is an American adult animated mystery television series created by Charlie Grundy. It is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation, in association with Charlie Grandy Productions, Kaling International, Inc., and 3 Arts Entertainment, for HBO Max in 2023. It is the fourteenth Scooby-Doo series after Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Velma is the prime suspect in the murder of one of the popular girls at Crystal Cove High School. To clear her name, she must recruit a former best friend and current bitch Daphne, her boyfriend and Velma's crush, Fred, and Norville, a fellow nerd who has the unrequited crush on her.

Production

Development

The "Velma" name was trademarked and the series was announced on February 10, 2021 with a 10 episode order from HBO Max, with Warner Bros. Animation producing.[1][2] The same day on Instagram, Mindy Kaling one of its executive producers who will also star as its lead, shed some light on the above-mentioned plot, while also making a point of mentioning Velma's budding sexuality.[3]

On June 8, 2021, Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, claimed the series was in a "different world," that Velma would be of East Asian descent, and would include Shaggy, Fred, and Daphne, but not Scooby, or the Mystery Machine.[4] Scooby's absence was because the producers felt that he didn't belong in the adult world they were creating, combined with the fact that Warner Bros. Animation forbade it. Although dogs like him may be alluded to.[5]

Production officially began on June 1, 2021.

On May 18, 2022, Kaling presented the first look of the series at the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront.[6]

Two months later on July 11, the trademark of "Velma" was abandoned for unclear reasons, but was reinstated on October 5, after a grant extension was approved.[1]

The first episode premiered at New York Comic Con on October 3.[7]

Twitter and Instagram social accounts were launched on September 3.[8][9]

On October 6, 2022, a teaser trailer was released, mocking the negative fan reactions to the changes, by using Velma to complain about an in-universe change surrounding Judy Jetson, but relieved she was still kept white. The trailer ended with the announcement that the series would be streamed in 2023.

Casting

On the same day the series was announced to be in development, Mindy Kaling was confirmed to be the voice of Velma.[2]

At New York Comic Con, Glenn Howerton, Constance Wu, and Sam Richardson, who were revealed to be playing Fred, Daphne, and Shaggy (or rather, Norville), respectively.[10]

In December 2021, Frank Welker, the original voice of Fred from the original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, revealed he would be playing a new character,[11] which turned out to be none other than Fred's dad, William.[12]

Music

The music was composed by Craig DeLeon, and edited by Todd Dahloff.

Episodes

Title Number Original air date
"Velma" 1x01 January 12, 2023
"The Candy (Wo)man" 1x02 January 12, 2023
"Velma Kai" 1x03 January 19, 2023
"Velma Makes the List" 1x04 January 19, 2023
"Marching Band Sleepover" 1x05 January 26, 2023
"The Sins of the Fathers and Some of the Mothers" 1x06 January 26, 2023
"Fog Fest" 1x07 February 2, 2023
"A Velma in the Woods" 1x08 February 2, 2023
"Family (Wo)man" 1x09 February 9, 2023
"The Brains of the Operation" 1x10 February 9, 2023

Cast

Celebrity guests

Promotion

Photos

Videos

Teaser trailer:

Full-length trailer:

Snapchat

On January 13, 2022, Snapchat launched a filter that gives the user the appearance of Velma's glasses and the hallucination effects of monster arms grabbing for the user.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Velma Trademark Information". Trademarkia. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (February 10, 2021). "Velma Dinkley Series Starring Mindy Kaling, ‘Clone High’ Reboot Among HBO Max Adult Animation Orders". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Kaling, Mindy (February 10, 2021). "I'm so excited to be voicing this iconic character! Velma will struggle to navigate the pitfalls of high school, her budding sexuality, and a serial killer intent on murdering every popular kid in town. Sounds epic, @charliegrandy! Can’t wait!". Instagram. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  4. ^ TV Kids Summer Festival 2021 (June 8, 2021). "Keynote: WarnerMedia’s Tom Ascheim" (22:03-22:31). World Screen Events. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Rouse, Isaac (October 6, 2022). "Mindy Kaling & ‘Velma’ Cast Talk M.I.A. Scooby-Doo & ‘Modern’ Changes at NYCC 2022 Panel". TV Insider. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 18, 2022). "Mindy Kaling Addresses Turning ‘Velma’ Into Story About South Asian Crime Solver: ‘If People Freak Out About That, I Don’t Care’; First-Look Revealed". Deadline. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  7. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (September 12, 2022). "NYCC: WBD Spotlights ‘Velma,’ Tartakovsky’s ‘Unicorn,’ DC Animation & More". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  8. ^ Velma (September 3, 2022). "If you thought my first tweet would be “Jinkies” you don’t know me as well as you think!". Twitter. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  9. ^ (September 3, 2022). "If this was really my story told my way, they wouldn’t have shot me from such an unflattering angle!". Instagram. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (October 6, 2022). "Mindy Kaling’s ‘Velma’ HBO Max Series Assembles Its Scooby Gang". Variety. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  11. ^ Sandford, Seb (December 4, 2021). "My Virtual GalaxyCon Video Chat with Frank Welker" (at 5:53). YouTube. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  12. ^ Velma (October 6, 2022). "@megawelker [not authentic literally created Fred Jones. And not only because he was the original voice of Fred but also because he’s now playing our Fred's dad, William Jones."]. Twitter. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  13. ^ Velma (October 6, 2022). "So proud to have @alyankovic play against type in his first dramatic role as the very serious and totally normal character, Dandruff Tuba.". Twitter. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  14. ^ @velmatheseries (January 13, 2023). "If you’ve ever wondered what my hallucinations are like, try the #VelmatheSeries lens". Twitter. Retrieved January 15, 2023.