“Scooby-Doo” movie portrays Velma as member of LGBTQ+ community

Scooby-Doo movie portrays Velma as member of LGBTQ+ community

Scooby-Doo, also known as Scooby-Doo: The Movie, is a 2002 live-action film based on the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon of the same name, and was the first of the Scooby-Doo live-action films. Scooby-Doo was created on the screen using computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The film was directed by Raja Gosnell, and written by James Gunn, based on a story by Craig Titley and Gunn. It was produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle for Warner Bros. Pictures.

For the first time, “Scooby-Doo’s” Velma Dinkley is officially being delineated as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The archetypal character, known for her witty intelligence and catchphrase “Jinkies!,” is shown crushing on another female character in a scene from the franchise’s latest movie, “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!”

In a scene from the new HBO Max Halloween-themed movie — which was released Tuesday for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video — the gang meets costume designer Coco Diablo, who is voiced by actor Kate Micucci.

Velma quickly loses her train of thought when she sees Coco, noticing the new character’s “amazing turtleneck,” “incredible glasses,” “brilliant” mind, and love for animals. Velma then says “Jinkies!” while her cheeks blush and her glasses fog up.

In another scene, Velma admits to Daphne that she’s “crushing hard” on Coco.

People have speculated about Velma’s sexuality in the past, but she has not been portrayed as outwardly queer until now. In the past, producers and writers of the franchise have indicated that the character is not straight.

In 2020, “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” producer Tony Cervone posted about Velma’s sexuality in a post for Pride Month.

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