Saturday morning and afterschool children's cartoons are pretty much a staple of American life (as they should be). I had a bunch of favorites growing up: Thundercats, Batman, X-Men, Gargoyles, Scooby-Doo, and Jem (pictured). In today's prompt, you're going to twist those wonderful cartoons into their adult versions.
Write a thinly-veiled story about a children's cartoon wherein the characters have grown up and entered a drama-filled and dangerous world. Add in as many nods to the original as possible, while also coming up with innovative twists.
To do this properly, make sure you remember how the original worked. A Scooby-Doo transformation, for example, could include a divorced Fred and Daphne, with Daphne as a struggling single mom, and Fred as an ascot-wearing gay man, while Shaggy's in jail for trying to smuggle coke across the Mexican border in the Mystery Machine. It was Velma, now a cop who is a stickler for the law, who turned him in. Scooby, being a dog, is dead. Perhaps the gang tries to come together when Shaggy escapes from jail, as Velma requests help from her friends to track him down, only to uncover a deeper mystery involving a haunted jail and an evil warden.
In other words, it's still Scooby-Doo: there's still got to be a mystery in there.