Velma changes what viewers thought they knew about the Mystery Inc. gang from Scooby-Doo by giving them a new look at their past, and the stars and creators of HBO Max’s new animated show talk about why they made some of the choices they did.
Every week, when a new episode comes out, viewers learn more about how Velma Dinkley (Mindy Kaling), who is the brains behind the scenes, came to be.
The show is meant to make people laugh, but it is also building up to a big mystery. “[Creator] Charlie [Grandy] and I are both such fans,” Kaling tells TV Insider’s Damian Holbrook about animated comedies and the show’s well-known IP.
“It’s really impressive that Charlie and the rest of the staff can make a show that’s funny and also a real mystery.
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Kaling says of Velma, “This is such an iconic character, and the original series is so great. We have a very diverse cast, but it’s not a show that’s based on who they are.”
“The fun of an origin story is that we all know how it ends,” says Grandy, adding that as long as the characters end up in their adult roles, it doesn’t matter how they get there. “Then, in terms of the mystery itself, I’ve always wanted to do a mystery that goes on for an entire season.”
Voice actors Sam Richardson and Glenn Howerton, who play Shaggy and Fred, help make it possible. “I just love Scooby-Doo, and I liked all the characters so much. Richardson says with a laugh, “I grew up watching them, and I know fans love to have issues with things, so I was excited to get into that world.”
Howerton, on the other hand, thinks about his voice for Fred and says that it is a bit higher than usual to make Fred sound younger. “I wanted to make him a little bit younger and a little bit more spoiled,” says the actor. Check out the full video interview above to hear what else the Velma team has to say. New episodes of Velma air every Thursday on HBO Max.