Word came across the news wires earlier this week that Moonscoop, the French studio that produced the last Fantastic Four animated series a few years back, and has the CGI-powered Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch due to debut on The Hub later this year (pushed back from its initial summer launch), has also acquired a license to bring Archie back to television.
However, there's a problem.
The proposed It's Archie! is being shopped at the Cannes Film Festival, and there are those on message boards who believe the series will find an American home, either on The Hub, since it already has Sabrina, or Disney Channel/DisneyXD. Cartoon Network, you might recall, was home to Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, then let that series find another home after it was cancelled, and one would think the studio's approach to the classic characters had something to do with it. Anyway, It's Archie!, according to reports, is another attempt at a pre-teen version of Archie and pals, which Archie Comics & DIC last tried with The New Archies back in the late 80's. But this time, the concept also recalls the last Archie series, 1999's Archie's Weird Mysteries, also produced by DIC, which was a cross between The X-Files & Scooby-Doo. The character designs look like the artists were influenced by Antonio Prohias, the writer-artist who created Spy Vs. Spy for Mad Magazine way back in the day, and don't have the "look" that would get the Archie Comics seal of approval. That's not a good sign.
Granted, it's a long way off, so there's time to do some retooling. Otherwise, it's doomed to fail. Considering that this year marks the 45th anniversary of Archie's Saturday morning debut on CBS, I can see the point of the project, but going with a tween Archie? No thanks.