(FOX NEWS) – HBO Max has just released a reimagined spinoff of the popular, long-running kids show “Scooby-Doo.” Despite the association with the Hanna-Barbera original, it’s being marketed as “adult” and features limbs being severed, one of the main character going to a strip club with her dad, and two teenage boys making out at their high school.
The results have been criticized by viewers and critics alike. It is currently sitting at a 50 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an even more dismal nine percent fan score. The series airs on the cable channel’s streaming service. In a sign of the coming negativity, the company turned off comments for the trailer on YouTube.
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The YouTube description on the trailer hints at how this new series will be vastly different from “Scooby-Doo” versions before by calling it an “adult” and “colorful” take: “VELMA is an adult-animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under-appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.”