The Thundercats are “Ho!”-ing once again, and other animated relics of decades past are following suit. Now Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones will have their properties rebooted for a younger crowd thanks to the throwback cartoon streaming service Boomerang.
Boomerang, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has just greenlit two new original series to supplement its programming of classic animation: Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!
These punctuated series are the most recent in the long histories of both franchises, both coming from Warner Bros. Animation in 2019. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? isn’t centered on the main Mystery Inc. gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby, but on their celebrity guest each episode.
This throwback to the more recent crossover film and TV episodes as well as the ‘70s series The New Scooby-Doo Movies will see Don Knotts and the Addams Family replaced with Chris Paul, Halsey, Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Steve Urkel (the VERY modern character that kids will know voiced, of course, by Jaleel White), Batman, Sherlock Holmes, the Flash, and Wonder Woman. The full roster of WB’s power will be on display here, as well as the occasional oddball (but where are the Globetrotters?).
The Flintstones, on the other hand, are getting a bit more of an original reboot. Wait, no, it’s about the same level of originality. That’s because Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! centers on the children of Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. That’s the same premise as the most recent Flintstones TV offering, the short-lived Cave Kids from 1996.
To be fair, the '90s show was more styled in the very successful Rugrats vein of animation, while Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! adds Dinos so that the pair of children can leave Bedrock to explore the dangerous and wild area beyond known as The Crags.
Sam Register of Teen Titans Go! (another excitedly punctuated series) will serve as executive producer on both series as they barrel down memory lane at breakneck speed next year.