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Scooby-Doo character ‘cursed’ with weight gain in new video feature

Rut roh! It looks like the “Scooby-Doo” franchise is in trouble. The latest mystery outing for the famous group of meddling kids features a message that some critics think could be damaging to young viewers.

The Scooby-Doo gang look alikes (l to r) Velma, Fred, Shaggy, and Daphne at the Scooby-Doo DVD Launch Event 'Escape From Spooky Island' on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 10/9/02
Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

On Tuesday, TV Guide posted a clip from the cartoon clan’s new straight-to-video feature, “Scooby-Doo Frankencreepy,” which has popular character Daphne Blake under a curse that transforms her to an overweight version of herself. The worst part? The hex has her going from a size 2 to a size 8. And while size 8 is certainly not overweight in real life, the animation in the Warner Bros. cartoon makes it appear that Daphne is obese.

In a statement to The Huffington Post, Warner Bros. defended the movie’s story, touting its “positive” message and pointing out that while Daphne does become bigger and is “at first upset by the sudden change,” her boyfriend Fred later points out he didn’t even notice the change and that she “always looks great to him.” In the end the gang agrees that good looks are superficial and their friendship is what‘s most important.

Incidentally, Daphne isn’t the only character who loses what’s most dear to her after crossing paths with a villain while visiting a Transylvania castle inherited by Velma. The curse has Fred losing the Mystery Machine van and Scooby and Shaggy losing their appetites. Now that is a crime!

Of course, Daphne has long been concerned with her looks, ever since the character debuted on the CBS Saturday morning cartoon series, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!," back in 1969. But perhaps the animated Daphne she should take some advice from Sarah Michelle Gellar, who portrayed the vain character in two big screen “Scooby-Doo” movies in 2002 and 2004.

Gellar’s sensible body image was apparent in a 2011 interview with Self. The actress revealed that she eats sensibly, works out in moderation, and doesn’t weigh herself. “You can't live your life by the scale,” she said. “We don't even have one in our house. I've never believed in them, because your weight fluctuates…. Besides, if you deny yourself everything because you're so focused on the mirror or the scale, then when do you get to enjoy life?”

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