Scooby-Doo et Compagnie, to be seen on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9.10 a.m. on Boing.
AlloCiné: Are you presenting this new series around Scooby-Doo?
Chris Bailey (creator and showrunner): It all starts with the vision we had in mind for this reboot of the series from our childhood. The Warner Animation studio absolutely wanted to keep the original look of Scooby-Doo and the same costumes as the 80s show. I was up for it, but I wanted to give everyone a little “twist” on their dress, like the beige boots for Daphne, or those tight pants for skating for Sammy. But after a few more discussions, we decided to stay totally “retro” and minimalist, like in the original series. The visual approach is therefore the same as thirty or forty years ago. For children, this is a fresh and new approach, which changes from what they can see in other series. And for us adults, it’s like a nod to the mythical Scooby with which we grew up.
What does Scooby-Doo represent for you?
For me, Scooby-Doo is a mixture of horror and science fiction. Just the music on the show looks like horror movie music! With the humor and the disjointed side of Scooby and Sammy, the tone is good-natured and nothing is really scary in the end. Just a few small palpitations from time to time. Scooby-Doo rhymes with adventures, with little chills, and all this reminds us that we are alive. For me it’s a digest of good humor launched at full speed on a roller coaster!
Are there themes that matter to you in this new series?
This is the eternal theme of the quest for the truth! With each enigma which seems completely supernatural or horrifying, our friends will reveal a very down to earth and Cartesian truth. I like that in these times of confusion, where we no longer know what is true and what is false, when it can confuse our young children, offer a series that pushes them to lift the veil of lies and find the truth behind. This show also reminds us that in life, anything is possible when we logically pose the problem and get to work together. This is an essential message these days … After that, having said that, I also like the fact that Scooby and Sammy are eternal naïves. Each time, they believe again to be confronted with a real monster or real ghost! It’s a bit of a metaphor for these pandemic times: you can totally lose your mind and see the virus everywhere and no longer want to leave your home at all, or, calmly and with the advice of science, face this threat which remains very real. It’s a frame of mind to see the glass half empty and freeze in fear or to see the glass half full and keep moving forward with optimism.
Do you plan to continue the series after these first two seasons?
Nothing is certain for the moment. Let me finish the second season and catch my breath! (Laughs) But it’s sure Scooby is giving me a boost and I’m ready for another round if Warner wants me.