Warner Bros has come underfire for 'fat shaming' with its latest installment of the hit cartoon series Scooby-Doo.
In its new direct-to-video release, Frankencreepy, the female lead Daphne Blake gets 'cursed' during an adventure in Pennsylvania and is horrified to see her body morph from a size 2 to a size 8.
Many viewers have criticized Warner Bros for the plot line, loosely based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, stating that it sends the wrong message about body image to children, especially when the average dress size among American women is reported to be a 14.
Some have also suggested that Daphne's new shape looks far bigger than a size 8.
Indeed, Tom Burns writes on his The Good Men Project blog: 'That’s right. Daphne gets cursed and (horror of horrors) she finds that’s she’s gone from a “size two to a size eight,” even though she’s been drawn by animators who apparently have NEVER seen a size-eight woman in real life before.
He continues: 'It's sad to think that my daughter can’t even watch a cartoon about a dog solving mysteries without negative body stereotypes being thrown in her face.'
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Warner Bros claims that it is always sensitive 'to obesity and self image, especially when it comes to programming made for children and a family audience.'
It goes on: 'The plot of the movie involves the Scooby gang becoming cursed and losing what means the most to each of them. Fred loses the Mystery Machine, Shaggy and Scooby lose their appetites, etc. Daphne loses her good looks (mainly her figure and her hair).'
The entertainment giant also points out, like Mr Davidson, that Daphne's longtime love, Fred Jones, does not notice her new physique.
It concludes: 'The loss of Daphne's regular appearance is proven to be a superficial thing, and not what actually matters the most to her.'
They could have just made her "unfashionable" without having add the weight imo.