Scooby-Doo exists in both the Horror Universe (aka the Television Crossover Universe) and the Cartoon Universe. The following chronology is about the Scooby of the Horror Universe. I'm currently writing the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia. And so, for now, the Cartoon Universe version of Scooby will not be posted here.
I first became aware of the fictional crossover/shared reality concept when I was five years old. As my family was about to embark on a drive from Massachusetts to California, my father gave me my first comic book to keep me occupied, and it was an issue of the Marvel Comics adaptation of Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics. This is the first time I was able to comprehend what was going on here, on a significant level. All these characters from their own cartoons were appearing together, as part of the same reality, thus placing all their previous cartoons in the same reality.
ANNO DRACULA (SERIES BY KIM NEWMAN)
Release Date: 1992 - 2013 (so far) [Setting is 1888 -1991 (so far)]
Series: Anno Dracula
Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Invisible Man (novel); The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Vampyre; Varney the Vampire; The Soft Whisper of the Dead; They Thirst; Hotel Transylvania; The Black Castle; The Vampire Tapestry; Stephen King Universe; Carmilla; Good Lady Ducayne; The Tomb of Sarah; Ken’s Mystery; The Mysterious Stranger (story); The True Story of a Vampire; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Black Sabbath; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice Vampire Lestat series); The Werewolves of London (Brian Stableford); Count Yorga; The Fearless Vampire Killers; Brides of Dracula; Vampire Circus; Dracula (Universal); Dark Shadows; El Vampiro; Black Sunday; Martin (George A. Romero film); Kolchak the Night Stalker; Blacula; Nosferatu; Kiss of the Vampire; Mr. Vampire; Blood of the Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Dracula (Hammer); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Averoigne; Grave of the Vampire/Seed of Terror; Hellraiser; Alraune; The Black Cat (film); Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural; The Vampire Thrills; Faustine; Near Dark; Forever Knight; Fright Night; The House of Dracula (novel by R. Chetwynd-Hayes); Anak Pontianak; Necroscope; Revelations in Black; The Dragon Waiting; The Bloody Pit of Horror/The Crimson Executioner; The Playgirls and the Vampire; The Niece of the Vampire/Fangs of the Vampire; The Phantom of the Opera; Incense for the Damned/Bloodsuckers; Addams Family (television); Frankenstein (Universal); The Monkey’s Paw; Three Mothers trilogy; Toby Dammit; The Exorcist; Cave of the Living Dead; The Golem (1920 film); The Old Dark House; Cat People; Black Magic (film); Spirits of the Dead; Les Vampires; The Awful Doctor Orloff; A Bucket of Blood; Those Who Hunt By Night/Immortal Blood/Traveling with the Dead; The Hunger; Fevre Dream; Empire of Fear; Dr. Blood’s Coffin; The Vampire’s Ghost; The Horrible Sexy Vampire; Mark of the Vampire; Vampire (1979); Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Gray; El Hombre Lobo; Curse of the Undead; Circus of Horrors; The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus; Twice Bitten/Vampire Hookers; The Lost Boys; Deathmaster; Velvet Vampire; I, Vampire; Nancy Baker’s Vampire Stories; Sunglasses After Dark; Vamps (Vertigo Comics); Blade; Scooby-Doo; Hellboy; Nocturna; Rosemary’s Baby; American Psycho; Lost Souls; Elvira; Rosemary’s Baby; The Films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Light at the End; Andy Warhol’s Dracula/Blood for Dracula; Geek Maggot Bingo; Daughter of Darkness; Nightmare in Blood; Madhouse; Vampire Junction/Vanitas; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Shadowman; Werewolf of London; Little Shop of Horrors; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Howling; Gremlins; Suckers: Bleeding London Dry; Desire the Vampire/I Desire; The Creature Commandos; The Vampire (1957); The Vampire (Sydney Horler)
Non-Horror Crosses: Too numerous to list.
The Story: In 1888, during the events of Bram Stoker’s novel, events diverge and Dracula marries Queen Victoria, causing a major alteration in the socio-political world for the next 125 years and beyond.
Notes: This is a divergent timeline, but not a parallel universe. In my theory, a parallel universe is created at the dawn of time at the same time as the main universe and other parallel universes. They may evolve similarly, but they are separate. Meanwhile, each universe has a main timeline, and at each moment, there are an infinite number of divergent timelines created off of the main timeline. When thinking of divergent timelines, try picturing a fork in the road. Both paths lead in different directions, but they both start at the same point, and once were the same road. The Anno Dracula timeline has shown to be an alternate timeline of the main Horror Universe in several other entries in this reference guide. Because it’s a divergent timeline, the above horror crosses, though depicted in an alternate manner, should still count for inclusions in the Horror Universe. Some of the above crossed series are already in, and the others are brought in via this crossover series despite being an alternate timeline series. For the record, the complete Anno Dracula series (thus far) consists of Anno Dracula, the Bloody Red Baron: Anno Dracula 1918, Judgement of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha), Coppola’s Dracula (from the Mammoth Book of Dracula), Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977, Andy Warhol’s Dracula: Anno Dracula 1978 - 1979 (from the Mammoth Book of Vampires), Who Dares Wins: Anno Dracula 1980, The Other Side of Midnight (from Vampire Sextette), You are the Wind Beneath My Wings: Anno Dracula 1984) and Johnny Alucard.
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: September 13, 1969 - November 4, 1978 (Contemporary Setting)
The Story: A group of teenagers and their talking dog go around solving mysteries which always involves debunking a fake haunting.
Notes: Yes, Scooby is in. And the series should be in. It’s got the crossovers, and it’s about kids going around debunking the supernatural. It is a horror series for kids. But we’ve got two issues. So let’s talk about the talking dog in the room. Scooby is an intelligent talking dog, and yet, in all the travelling and meeting new people, nobody is freaked out by a talking dog. (Actually, Speed Buggy was freaked out to encounter a talking dog, despite him being a talking car.) In Mystery Incorporated (set in a divergent timeline), it’s revealed the Scooby is descended from aliens who had been worshipped as gods in Egypt and eventually interbred with Earth animals. The second issue is the one we have with comics. These kids don’t age. They are eternally high school seniors, at least through this initial first series. But that doesn’t work in a universe where most characters do age normally. Each Scooby-Doo series is looked at independently, and some are in and some aren’t. In some later series, the kids are older, but not as old as they should be considering their setting remains contemporary. (As in the 1970s stories where they are teens are set in the 1970s while their 2000s stories where they are in their mid 20s are set in the 2000s.) I will address the issue again for each series entry and how I choose to resolve the issue. But for this series, I think it best to place the events as taking place in the summer before their senior year, and then weekends and school breaks throughout their senior year. (After all, they do a lot of travelling for high school students.) And that’s the best I can do. If anyone comes up with something better, I applaud you and suggest you apply your solution to your shared universe. This series is followed by The New Scooby-Doo Movies in 1972. It was remade as a live action movie in 2002. The series has been referenced and spoofed numerous times in film and television.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 “NOWHERE TO HYDE”
Release Date: September 12, 1970 (Contemporary Setting; See Notes for series)
Horror Crosses: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (novel)
The Story: The gang pursue the alleged ghost of Mr. Hyde, a jewel thief and search for clues to the culprit, and clues point to the great-grandson of Dr. Jekyll.
Notes: This episode places the original Jekyll and Hyde as real, and thus Scooby and gang end up pulled into the Horror Universe.
THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: September 9, 1972 - October 27, 1973 (Contemporary Setting -- See Notes for Scooby-Doo, Where are You?)
Series: The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The Story: Mystery, Inc. continues to solve mysteries, but now they meet a lot of interesting people.
Notes: See my Notes for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? for how I feel about talking dogs in the Horror Universe. There are many Scooby-Doo series, and some have contrary canon. For that reason, each one is considered separately for crossover inclusion. Where Are You? was brought in via a cross with Jekyll and Hyde. This series is brought in via a cross with the Addams Family below. This series is a continuation of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! It continues in 1976 as The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. It was remade in 2002 as a live-action film. This series also spun off the animated Harlem Globetrotters series. The series has been referenced several times in other series and films. It has also been spoofed in Gremlins 2, NIght of the Living Doo, and Family Guy.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 1 “THE GHASTLY GHOST TOWN”
Release Date: September 8, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Three Stooges
The Story: The gang find their way to a theme park that is owned by the Three Stooges.
Notes: This is a crossover with the animated cartoon based on the Three Stooges shorts. And for those not sure, the Stooges are characters. They are not real, even if the actors and the characters have the same names.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 “THE DYNAMIC SCOOBY-DOO AFFAIR”
Release Date: September 15, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman (The New Adventures of Batman)
The Story: Mystery, Inc. teams-up with Batman and Robin to foil the counterfeiting ring run by the Joker and the Penguin.
Notes: Using the Generations premise, this Batman would be Dick Grayson and this Robin would be Bruce Wayne Junior. The Penguin would be Oswald Cobblepot Junior based on Dennis Power’s contribution to the theory, and according to John Byrne, this is the original Joker, posing as “Joker Junior”. The New Adventures of Batman is an animated continuation of the 1960s live action Batman series. Later, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series will conflate this Batman with that of Super Friends.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 “WEDNESDAY IS MISSING”
Release Date: September 22, 1972 (Contemporary Setting -- See Notes)
Horror Crosses: The Addams Family
The Story: The gang get their van stuck in front of the Addams home, and end up taking care of the kids while Gomez and Morticia take a vacation.
Notes: The Addams Family was brought in via an appearance in the Anno Dracula Universe. Even though that’s a divergent timeline, if they exist there, they exist here. Thus, this cross brings The New Scooby-Doo Movies in. The version of the Addams Family here is reminiscent of the original comic, but is a tie-in with the animated series that is a continuation of the live-action series. Though they don’t appear aged, Wednesday and Pugsley should be in their early teens, not much younger than the Mystery, Inc. gang.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 “THE FRICKERT FRACAS”
Release Date: September 29, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Maude Frickert
The Story: The gang stays at a farm with Jonathan Winters and Maude Frickert, and are menaced by a scarecrow.
Notes: Maude Frickert was a popular character played by comedian Jonathan Winters in his stand-up and on sketch comedy shows.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 “THE GHOST OF THE RED BARON”
Release Date: November 18, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Three Stooges
The Story: Curly is a dust cropper who has to deal with the ghost of the Red Baron with the help of the other Stooges and Mystery, Inc.
Notes: This episode aired on the day I was born.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 12 “THE GHOSTLY CREEP FROM THE DEEP”
Release Date: November 25, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters; South Park
The Story: Mystery, Inc. works with the Harlem Globetrotters when on a ship with pirate ghosts.
Notes: The Harlem Globetrotters was a real basketball team famous for entertaining but not legal basketball tricks. However, they later got their own animated series, and I consider this a cross with that series. Weirdly, both the Globetrotters and the Stooges, who also met Mystery, Inc., would both end up becoming super-heroes with bionic parts. The pirate ghosts (or ghost pirates) would later reappear on the South Park episode Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. Because of South Park’s solid connection to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, I definitely count this crossover. In general, South Park has very few parody crossovers featuring fictional characters (unlike Family Guy). They mostly poke fun at real celebrities. That strengthens my resolve in considering the crossover valid.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 15 “THE CAPED CRUSADER CAPER”
Release Date: December 15, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman (New Adventures of Batman)
The Story: When a Professor is kidnapped by the Joker and Penguin in order to obtain his flying suit, Mystery, Inc. once more teams with Batman and Robin.
Notes: The two teams will team-up a third time on Batman: the Brave and the Bold. Recently, they have teamed again in DC Comics’ Scooby-Doo Team-Up, but the series is too new at this writing for me to evaluate how it may fit into Horror Universe canon.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 16 “THE LOCH NESS MESS”
Release Date: December 22, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters
The Story: Once more, the Globetrotters help Mystery, Inc, when Shaggy’s uncle’s house appears to be haunted and menaced by a sea serpent.
Notes: This occurs in Massachusetts despite the title. The ghosts are of Paul Revere, a redcoat and a Minuteman.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 “THE MYSTERY OF HAUNTED ISLAND”
Release Date: September 8, 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Harlem Globetrotters
The Story: Mystery, Inc. and the Globetrotters end up being diverted from their trip to Picnic Island to Haunted Island.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: September 8, 1973 - December 22, 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Addams Family
The Story: More tales of the Addams Family.
Notes: This is a continuation of the live action series, and this series has crossed with the New Scooby-Doo Movies. The art is based on the original comic strip, but this does not bring in the comic strip. Note that the children should be teens even though they are still portrayed as younger. It must be assumed that they are teens but just look younger than they really are. This continues in the 1977 live action TV Movie, Halloween with the New Addams Family. This cartoon has been referenced in Caroline in the City and Family Guy, both as fictional.
THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES (ANIMATED SERIES)
SEASON 2 EPISODE 3 “THE HAUNTED SHOWBOAT”
Release Date: September 15, 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Josie and the Pussycats (animated)
The Story: Mystery, Inc. find themselves aboard a showboat where Josie and the Pussycats are booked to perform. When ghosts appear, the two groups of teens join together to solve the mystery.
Notes: This brings in the animated version of Josie and the Pussycats (and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space) but not necessarily the comic books from which the characters originate.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 2 “SCOOBY-DOO MEETS JEANNIE (AKA MYSTERY IN PERSIA)”
Release Date: September 22, 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Jeanie (animated)
The Story: Jeanie transports Mystery, Inc. back to ancient Egypt to solve a mystery.
Notes: This crossover brings the animated Jeanie into the Horror Universe. This Jeanie was not the same from I Dream of Jeannie but was meant to be part of the same reality. All of Jeannie’s genie relatives were also named Jeanie. The animated Jeanie also used her magic exactly like the live action version.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 6 “THE WEIRD WINDS OF WINONA”
Release Date: October 13, 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Speed Buggy
The Story: Two groups of teens and their talking dog and car try to determine why people are fleeing their town.
Notes: This brings in the animated Speed Buggy, which is about a living, talking, intelligent, animate car. Okay, I quit. No, no. I can do this. Refer back to my notes about talking dogs in the Horror Universe and then triple your suspension of disbelief. Stephen King has at least demonstrated that cars can come to life plausibly and there’s certainly enough stories in the Horror Universe of other inanimate objects come to life. However, how nobody is freaked out when they meet Speed Buggy for the first time is still a mystery.
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (ANIMATED SERIES)
SEASON 2 EPISODE 25 “BAT-MITE PRESENTS: BATMAN’S STRANGEST CASES!”
Release Date: January 19, 2011 (Setting is Contemporary-ish)
Horror Crosses: New Scooby-Doo Movies
Non-Horror Crosses: Mad; Bat-Manga
The Story: Bat-Mite presents three tales from alternate realities.
Notes: In this instance, the Horror Universe is one of those alternate realities. As explained in the previous entry, the Brave and the Bold series is a divergent timeline to the Horror Universe. But from their perspective, the Horror Universe is the divergent timeline. The Horror Universe story is a sequel to the Batman appearances in the New Scooby-Doo Movies in the 1970s. The other two stories take place in the world of Mad Magazine parodies and the world of Manga. It’s likely those are also divergent realities in the Horror Multiverse.
SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: September 22, 1979 - January 5, 1980
Series: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
The Story: The Mystery, Inc. gang gets joined by Scooby’s very hyper nephew Scrappy-Doo.
Notes: This series was a continuation of the previous two series mentioned (Scooby-Doo, Where are You? and the New Scooby-Doo Movies). All of the various incarnations of Scooby are brought in separately. In this case, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo is brought in via a cross with Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Incorporated, which is listed under that series. Even though that series is a divergent timeline, the logic is that if a series exists in that timeline, it must also exist in the main Horror Universe timeline. Please refer to the rules in the introductory section. That section clarifies all the rules I'm applying for crossovers. But to briefly recap, since all divergent timelines stem off of the main timeline, the logic is if a variant version exists "over there", it should exist in its original form "over here". So since Mystery, Inc references a version of Scrappy, that means the series that introduced Scrappy should exist within the main timeline. In this series, Scrappy gets added to the cast to boost ratings, which were slipping. As if it wasn’t hard enough to explain Scooby, we now are faced with an unaging puppy who is more articulate than his uncle. The Scooby-Doo live action film, though not included in the Horror Universe canon, does at least offer an explanation that Scrappy wasn’t a puppy, but merely suffered from a pituitary gland issue. And of course he can talk because talking dogs are normal. Actually, Scrappy is part of Scooby’s family, descended from aliens that posed as gods and interbred with Earth animals. This show is continued into the 1980 Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show. This series is spoofed in the 2002 live action Scooby-Doo film and has been referenced as fictional and in homage in numerous films and on television.
THE 13 GHOSTS OF SCOOBY-DOO (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: September 7 - December 7, 1985 (Contemporary Series, maybe -- See Notes)
Series: 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
The Story: Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by two ghosts into opening the Chest of Demons, which releases 13 of the worst demons and ghosts. They are then tasked to recapture the ghosts. They are assisted by Scooby’s nephew Scrappy, old friend Daphne (now a journalist), the warlock Vincent Van Ghoul, and a young thief named Flim Flam.
Notes: Scooby-Doo, Where are Are You! and the New Scooby-Doo Movies took place when the kids were in high school, but this series features Daphne having graduated from college and having a job as a journalist. Vincent Price was the voice of Van Ghoul, and the character was modeled after the actor. This series is brought in by the appearances of Van Ghoul and Flim Flam in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Though Mystery Incorporated is a divergent timeline, the Horror Universe crossover rules (as stated in the introduction) imply that if something happened there, the series must exist in the main Horror Universe as well. In other words, since divergent timelines are branches off the main timeline, if Mystery Inc, which occurs in a divergent timeline branched off the main Horror Universe timeline has a cross with in an alternate divergent version of 13 Ghosts, then the rules imply that the main version of 13 Ghosts exists in the main Horror Universe timeline. And this is a good place to remind readers that each incarnation of Scooby is examined individually for inclusion. Also, it should be noted that this is the first series where the Scooby bad guys were real supernatural beings rather than men in masks. This is the first Scooby series that has an ongoing storyline throughout the series with a conclusion. This series is a continuation of the previous New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. Following this series, Scooby appears next in Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers. This particular series gets referenced in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.
SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GHOUL SCHOOL (ANIMATED FILM)
Release Date: February 1988 (Contemporary Setting, maybe….see Notes)
Series: Scooby-Doo (1980s animated film series)
Horror Crosses: Dracula (Hanna-Barbera); Frankenstein (Hanna-Barbera); Creature From the Black Lagoon; Godzilla
The Story: Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy take jobs as coaches at an all-girls school that turns out to be an all-girl monsters school.
Notes: Each Scooby series is taken separately for inclusion. The crosses with Godzilla and the Creature from the Black Lagoon bring in not only the 80s Scooby movies, but also the Hanna-Barbera versions of Dracula and Frankenstein. If this film were set in the time it aired, 1988, Shaggy would be in his late 30s by this point and Scooby and Scrappy would be fairly old, especially for dogs. (And with Scrappy still claiming to be a puppy.) Either the trio are immortal, or this story actually takes place in the 1970s, at a point where Shaggy is still in his early to mid 20s. As for explaining Scooby and Scrappy, see my notes on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Still, this does not explain why people aren’t surprised when they encounter talking animals. I could blame it on Sunnydale-itus, the phenomenon where rational people tend to dismiss anything out of the ordinary, but this solution still leaves me slightly unsatisfied. The Dracula and Frankenstein Monster here are the Hanna-Barbera versions, likely another soul clone and copycat creation, respectively. Their daughters are on the school’s volleyball team. At the end of the film, two new students are females from the same species as both the Gill-Man (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Godzilla. Note that there must be more than one of the Gill-Man species, and in fact, there are in-story references that state that the Gill-Man is the same as the Deep Ones of Innsmouth and the Silurians from Doctor Who. As for Godzilla, it would seem that there is also more than one of this species. In fact, in the classic series of films, it’s stated that the Godzilla from the original film was destroyed, and the one from the rest of the films was a second one. This film follows Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers and is followed by A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. This film is referenced in the 2012 Hotel Transylvania. In both animated films, the werewolf’s daughter in named Winnie.
SCOOBY-DOO AND THE RELUCTANT WEREWOLF (ANIMATED FILM)
Release Date: October 25, 1988 (Contemporary Setting...maybe. See Notes.)
Series: Scooby-Doo (1980s animated film series)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (Hanna-Barbera); Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; Dracula (Hanna-Barbera); Wolfman
Non-Horror Crosses: Peanuts
The Story: Dracula’s plans to hold an annual road race in Transylvania for his monster friends is temporarily foiled when the Wolf Man declines the invitation. Dracula however decides the solution is to create a new werewolf, and he chooses race car driver Shaggy Rogers.
Notes: See my previous notes from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School for the 1980s Scooby films, and the Hanna-Barbera versions of Dracula and Frankenstein. Though called Jackal and Snyde, this is another member of the Jekyll family (but not the one from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!). The Wolf Man here must be Larry Talbot Junior. In the opening scene, cheering in the stands is an old bald man wearing Charlie Brown’s famous shirt and baseball cap. If Charlie Brown had aged normally from his first appearance up to the time of this film, he would likely be the same age and fit the description of the man in the stands. Thus, this film brings in the original Peanuts comic strip, under the assumption that the characters aged normally after their initial appearance rather than remaining children for decades. This film follows A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and is followed by Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights.
SPIDER-MAN: THE GATHERING OF THE SINISTER SIX (NOVEL)
Release Date: March 1, 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo! (revival film series)
Non-Horror Crosses: Invaders; Captain America; Human Torch (golden age); Sub-Mariner; Casablanca; Hulk; Jackie Chan Adventures; Terry and the Pirates; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Fargo; Trading Places/Coming to America; The Great Race; North by Northwest; Indiana Jones; Marathon Man; Smilin’ Jack; Iron Man; Sherlock Holmes; Die Hard; Fu Manchu; James Bond; Superman (modern age); Law & Order; Ellery Queen; Batman (Burton/Schumacher film series): Usual Suspects; Carmen Sandiego; Unbreakable; Maltese Falcon; NYPD Blue
The Story: A new Sinister Six is formed.
Notes: Because of the appearance of the Mystery, Inc team, and not as 40-somethings, this must be the team from the newer animated films that started with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. This film series continues with all the previous animated series as canon. In Zombie Island, the gang are all adults, post college. Velma has a Master’s degree. The team had split up and in Zombie Island are reunited. So the “kids” here are now in the mid-20s, in a time period that is contemporary with release dates based on pop culture and technology. In the Horror Universe, the “kids” should be in their 40s. Furthermore, based on evidence from Looney Tunes: Back in Action, it’s likely the revival films are fictional in the Horror Universe, being fictional films about Mystery, Inc. However, Mystery Incorporated (in a divergent timeline) has an appearance of the Hex Girls, a fictional band that originated in revival series film Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost. Based on the crossover rules I am using, that would place the revival film series if not in the Horror Universe main timeline, at least in a divergent timeline. And indeed, it must be placed in a divergent timeline. Thus,Spider-Man: Gathering of the Sinister Six should be placed in that divergent timeline.
BONEYARD # 1 - 28 (NBM)
Release Date: 2001 - 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (Boneyard); Creature from the Black Lagoon; The Raven; The Screwtape Letters; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dracula (novel); Evil Dead; Frankenstein (novel); The Wolf Man; Zatanna; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Friday the 13th; Hellboy (comics); King Ghidorah; Mothra; Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Non-Horror Crosses: The Tempest
The Story: Michael Paris inherits a graveyard inhabited by friendly monsters. Hilarity and adventure ensue.
Notes: One of the inhabitants is Brutus, who is a creature of the Frankenstein model. Brutus’ wife is a Gill-Woman named Nessie. Edgar is a raven who claims to have been the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s story. The Boneyard has its own elected official, Mayor Wormwood. Mayor Wormwood is supposed to be Satan, but this Satan is kind of an idiot. I’ve stated elsewhere in this guide that not all appearances of the devil are the same guy. The name carries weight, and so it seems that many lesser demons may pose as the top dog. In the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Wormwood is a poor excuse for a demon who is eaten by his uncle. But of course, what happens when a demon dies? They return to Hell. So this may be the same Wormwood. The vampire named Abby seems to be of the vampiric variety seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Remember that in the Horror Universe, there are several strains of the “vampire virus”, which create varying types of vampires with different traits, strengths and weaknesses. Abby refers to Michael as her “Renfield”. That could be a pop culture reference, but considering the number of other horror crosses, and that Dracula is real in the Horror Universe, I’m inclined to count it. There are “Xandorian” demons which I believe to be an intentional misspelling of Kandorian demons from the Evil Dead series. Somebody refers to the original Dr. Frankenstein. That same person makes a reference to that guy with the stick which may be Larry Talbot, whose cane is famous. At a bar is Zatanna Zatara and a Gill-Man. An Old One appears, who is friendly! His name is Haz’aroth, which may be an intentional misspelling of Azathoth, but I’m not sure Azathoth would be so nice. Perhaps he’s a nicer guy around other monsters. Abby is hired by the government to stop a slasher at a summer camp called Camp Waterlake. Though the slasher turns out to really be Lilith, she has taken the form of Jason Voorhees. This isn’t the first time Camp Crystal Lake has changed its name. In the film series, it did so to try to avoid the bad reputation it has gained. When Abby has to attend a banquet for supernatural beings, she takes Michael as her date. The waiter is Ariel from Shakespeare’s the Tempest. Hellboy is in attendance. So are King Ghidorah and Mothra. The Space Kook is also there. Though the Space Kook was just a man in a mask in Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, most of those villains took on the identities of figures from legends and folklore. So this must be the real Space Kook that inspired the man in the mask who was exposed by Mystery, Inc.
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION (FILM)
Release Date: November 9, 2003 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Looney Tunes
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo! (See Notes); This Island Earth; Fiend without a Face
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Who (Peter Cushing); Forbidden Planet; Robert the Robot; The Jack Benny Program
The Story: When Daffy demands his own movie, he’s fired by Warner Bros. Daffy ends up causing a security guard to be fired also, and follows him home to make amends. The fired guard is the son of a famous action star who turns out to be a real secret agent, and the guard and Daffy get involved in a mission. Meanwhile, Bugs refuses to work unless Daffy is hired back, so he and the vice president of comedy head out to find Daffy.
Notes: First, let me apologize to serious horror fans. However, the appearance of the Metaluna Mutant brings this film into the Horror Universe. The hard part for me was to explain how it could fit. Luckily, I have great friends who brought to my attention the film Evil Toons. Though some cartoon animals have been explained away as experiments of Doctor Moreau, in the case of this film, the Looney Tunes characters are clearly cartoons, but ones living in the “real world”, working for Warner Bros. and elsewhere in the world. In Evil Toons, which is in the Horror Universe due to the crossover relevant to this entry, the Necronomicon ex Mortis (from Evil Dead) is used to bring cartoon characters to life, in order to serve the spell caster. Warner Bros. must have performed such a spell to bring their creations to life to serve as actors (because it’s easier?) I presume the fact that people don’t freak out when encountering living cartoons is an effect of the spell as well. It should be noted that likely all fully animated Looney Tunes cartoons are fictional within the Horror Universe, but these living cartoons take on the characteristics and memories of the fictional characters they resemble. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy appear, as animated characters at the Warner Bros. cafeteria, complaining about their portrayal in the live action films. This can’t be the same Scooby and Shaggy from the 1970s and 1980s cartoons. Those cartoons feature a real person and dog (albeit a talking dog). In the 1980s, there was an animated movie called Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood. Since the 1980s films are in the Horror Universe, we can use that film as evidence that Mystery, Incorporated, and particularly Scooby, became famous. Evidently famous enough to have a cartoon and live action film based on them. The cartoon Scooby and Shaggy of this film must be the 21st century series of new Scooby-Doo! animated films, brought to life just as the Looney Tunes figures were. Based on that, we must assume those 21st century animated films, as well as the live action films they were complaining about, must be fictional within the Horror Universe. In one scene that takes place in a lab, the film’s heroes encounter the Metaluna Mutant, a pair of Daleks, Robbie the Robot, the Fiend without a Face and Robert the Robot. The Metaluna Mutant is the basis for this film’s inclusion in this guide and within the Horror Universe. The Metaluna Mutant is from This Island Earth. Though the film is more sci-fi than horror, the Metaluna Mutant was included in Scary Monsters Magazine’s Universal Kombat Series, thus placing him among the ranks of the classic Universal Monsters. The Daleks are an alien race that are enemies of the Doctor from Doctor Who, but these specific Daleks were an enemy of the Doctor’s alternate universe counterpart, Doctor Who, played by Peter Cushing. Robbie the Robot is from Forbidden Planet, which takes place in the future, but as seen in Gremlins, he seems to get around through time and space. The Fiend without a Face is the creature from the film of the same name. Robert the Robot was a toy of the 1950s, though the version here is life size, as the toy was meant to be imagined as, thus this is a crossover with the fictional world that the toy lived in. Finally, the car used in the film by the security guard and Daffy is the same talking car (voiced by Mel Blanc from archived footage) from the Jack Benny Program, thus bringing that television program of classic TV into the Horror Universe.
A SCOOBY-DOO! CHRISTMAS (ANIMATED SHORT)
Release Date: 2004 (Contemporary Setting, around Christmas)
Series: Scooby-Doo! (Revival Film Series)
Horror Crosses: Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Story: The Mystery, Inc. gang ends up in Winter Hollow where the town is terrorized by a headless snowman.
Notes: It’s pretty clear that Winter Hollow is Sleepy Hollow and that this is another occurrence of the headless ghost phenomenon. This short is part of the revival film canon, which takes place in a divergent timeline mainly because of the ages of the characters.
Release Date: March 31, 2006 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo; Tremors; The Blob (1988 remake); Night of the Creeps; The Thing (remake)
The Story: An alien invasion commences via a hive minded race of worms that possess the planet’s natives.
Notes: Sorry, kids, but a great dane gets eaten by the main alien/human hybrid. And that great dane happens to have the collar and dog tag of a certain dog belonging to a certain hipster who used to solve mysteries with a group of kids travelling around in a a van. Note that in the film Karroll’s Christmas, Scooby is said to be a ghost. Though that film was out 15 months before this one, they must occur in reverse order. No appearances of Scooby after this point are canon. Scooby’s animated and live action films of the 21st century are considered fictional, and Scooby’s appearance in Looney Tunes: Back in Action was of a cartoon based on the real dog brought to life by the Necronomicon ex Mortis. Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated takes place in a divergent timeline up until the final episode, when that timeline is altered and becomes the main Horror Universe timeline. The school in the film is named after Earl Bassett from Tremors. Woodsville has a Meg Penny’s Diner. Meg Penny was a character in the 1988 remake of the blob. Since the original version is also in, we must assume that similar incidents happened more than once. Likewise would be the case for the cross involving The Thing. One of the town shops is owned by R.J. MacReady, which should be the character from the 1980s version of the Thing. The original version (Who Goes There?) is also in, with McReady of that story actually being Doc Savage according to Philip Jose Farmer. Since the story took place in such a remote location, it’s possible that a similar incident happened more than once. The alien slugs of this film resemble those from Night of the Creeps.
KARROLL’S CHRISTMAS (FILM)
Release Date: December 14, 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Scooby-Doo; Casper; A Nightmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: A Christmas Carol
The Story: Ever since he was humiliated in public by his girlfriend on Christmas, Allen Karrol has come to hate Christmas. He also hates his mean neighbor Zed Rosecog. On Christmas Eve, Allen gets visited first by Jacob Marley, then by the ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future. The problem is they went to the wrong address. They were to visit Mr. Rosecog, and thus show Allen Mr. Rosecog’s present, past and future Christmases. Despite this, Allen still learns a lesson about the Christmas spirit and how his own life has been intertwined with his neighbor’s.
Notes: The film indicates that the original Dickens novel happened, and visits by three ghosts is a regular thing, but that the job is not always done by the same three ghosts. The Jacob Marley is not the same from A Christmas Carol. This one was related to Bob Marley. One of the ghosts references other ghosts he knows, including the Headless Horseman, Scooby-Doo, and Casper. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is already in. Is Scooby dead? Yes, kids. In the Horror Universe, Scooby is dead. In fact, he was eaten in the film Slither. This crossover brings in Casper, the Friendly Ghost, but which version? Though I’m sure the implication is the cartoon version, there’s no solid in-story evidence to verify that. Therefore, my assumption is to consider this a reference to the version from the live action films. The first Casper film had a crossover with Ghostbusters, and thus is already solidly in the Horror Universe. A ghost also makes a reference in which he compares himself to Freddy Krueger. Though that could be a pop culture reference or a reference to a real person, in this instance, since this film has already been demonstrated to fit in the Horror Universe, we should just assume that this is indeed a reference to the Springwood Slasher.
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: November 14, 2008 to November 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman: The Brave and the Bold
The Story: Seasoned hero Batman teams with all the other heroes of his world.
Notes: This series in not, I repeat not, part of the Horror Universe. But it is included for a story below that I do consider part of the canon. In a few episodes of the series, Bat-Mite has demonstrated how there is a large number of alternate timelines. One of those, in which Batman teams up with Scooby-Doo, is more likely the main Horror Universe timeline, while this series is a divergent timeline in which the universe became more of a superhero universe rather than a horror centered reality. Perhaps the time travel event of the crossover episode below is what causes the divergence.
SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: April 5, 2010 - April 5, 2013 (Contemporary Setting -- see Notes)
Series: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
The Story: A group of teens (and a talking dog) find themselves consistently investigating the mysteries of their small town.
Notes: This show never really mentions dates, but the show features the use of modern 21st century technology contemporary with the dates the show aired, but also features many elements and characters from the 1970s, which is the era of the original shows Scooby Doo, Where are You? and the New Scooby-Doo Movies. This series contradicts the original shows too much to be part of the same timeline, but if we could prove this to be a divergent timeline to the main Horror Universe timeline, then, as with Anno Dracula, any crossover links in the divergent timeline would still bring that series into the main Horror Universe. And as it turns out, the final episode wraps up with the Mystery Incorporated timeline being altered and becoming the timeline of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!, which is the main Horror Universe timeline. So there you go. This series was spoofed in the Ben 10: Omniverse episode titled “Mystery, Incorporeal”.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 1 “BEWARE THE BEAST FROM BELOW”
Release Date: April 5, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!; New Scooby-Doo Movies
The Story: The gang investigate a slime creature despite the protests of parents and authorities.
Notes: The Black Knight, Miner 49er, Captain Cutler, Space Kook, Creeper and Charlie the Robot are all seen as statues in a haunted museum. They were all bad guys from Scooby-Doo, Where are You! Don Knotts also appears, who had been a guest multiple times on the New Scooby-Doo Movies. He appears multiple times in this series as well.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 2 “THE CREEPING CREATURES”
Release Date: July 19, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!; Buford and the Galloping Ghost
Non-Horror Crosses: Vacation
The Story: The gang is sent to Gatorsburg by its mysterious benefactor, Mr. E, to solve a mystery.
Notes: Fred mentions past cases where he trapped Carlotta the Gypsy and the Phantom of the Vazquez Castle. Those cases happened on Scooby-Doo, Where are You! In a Gatorsburg flashback, one of the panners seen is a character from Buford and the Galloping Ghost, bringing that series into the Horror Universe under the rules for divergent timeline links. Clark Griswald and family are also seen in the family Truckster, providing a link to the Vacation films.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 4 “REVENGE OF THE MAN CRAB”
Release Date: August 2, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Non-Horror Crosses: Beverly Hills, 90210; The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Story: Crystal Cove gets crabs. Actually, it’s just one very, very large crab.
Notes: Dylan McKay and Brendan Walsh are victims of the Man Crab Beast, which places Beverly Hills, 90210 in the main Horror Universe timeline. Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble appear to be students at Crystal Cove High School. I have a lot to say about that, but none if it is really relevant to horror crossovers, so go to the Television Crossover Universe website and find out what I think about it there or wait for my next book, the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia, coming in a few years.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 6 “THE LEGEND OF ALICE MAY”
Release Date: August 16, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Horror Crosses: 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; Scooby-Doo, Where are You!
Non-Horror Crosses: The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Story: Fred may be taking a ghost to the prom.
Notes: Scooby and Shaggy have plans to watch a Vincent Van Ghoul marathon on TV. Van Ghoul was a main character in the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. The Creeper is involved in the story, and a flashback to his first appearance in Scooby-Doo, Where are You! is shown. This is the third or fourth heavy indication that the first series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! happened in this timeline as well, prior to this series. The Chan clan appear, apparently going to the same high school in Crystal Cove. This means that the Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan must exist in the main Horror Universe timeline.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 7 “IN FEAR OF THE PHANTOM”
Release Date: August 23, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo! (Revival Film Series); 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; Phantom of the Opera
The Story: A mysterious “phantom” terrorizes a Hex Girls concert.
Notes: The Hex Girls previously appeared in the animated film Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost, part of the revival series of films that take place after the gang had split up, gone to college, and gotten careers as adults. In the notes for Looney Tunes: Back in Action, I state that the cartoon version of Shaggy and Scooby brought to life came from the revival films, and that those films are fictional in the Horror Universe. And rightfully so. The films use modern technology and pop culture references, and even if they have aged, they have not aged nearly as much as they should have in three decades. But the divergent timeline crossover linking rule still applies, but here we have to bend the rule a bit. Likely the films take place simply in yet another divergent timeline, one in which events from the original cartoons happened, but decades later. Vincent Van Ghoul appears in this episode, a primary character from the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. The Phantom here acts very much like the famous Phantom of the Opera. It could be a poser. Normally I would rule out Erik the Opera Ghost as the Phantom, if not for the ambivalence of time in this series. This could very well be Erik’s counterpart in this timeline.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 8 “THE GRASP OF THE GNOME”
Release Date: August 30, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes)
Non-Horror Crosses: Dragon’s Lair; Emergency
The Story: At the Crystal Cove Royal Knights Fair, a gnome is paralyzing anyone dressed as pirates because it’s not historically accurate.
Notes: Many men are dressed at the fair as Dirk the Daring, the hero of the video game and animated series Dragon’s Lair. It’s unknown if this is meant to imply a popularity of the game or if Dirk is a historical figure. John Gage And Roy DeSoto appear. They are the two main characters of the 1970s series Emergency.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 10 “HOWL OF THE FRIGHT HOUND”
Release Date: October 4, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- See series notes)
Horror Crosses: Alien; Scooby-Doo, Where are You!
Non-Horror Crosses: Terminator; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Yogi Bear
The Story: When a violent dog terrorizes Crystal Cove, Scooby is blamed and locked up in an animal asylum for the criminally insane. There, Scooby and the gang meet Professor Pericles, a talking super-intelligent parrot with magical powers who was once the mascot of the original Mystery, Inc. The parrot leads a prison break and manages to escape.
Notes: The episode has references to Aliens. The Wax Phantom is the last stop on a haunted bus tour. He was a bad guy from Scooby-Doo, Where are You! The real violent dog of this story appears to be a Terminator. There is also a reference to Silence of the Lambs. One of the animals locked up in the asylum is a crazy evil Yogi Bear. Of course, this is the divergent timeline version, but the implication then is that Yogi also exists in the main Horror Universe timeline. There has already been evidence that many Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters exist in the Horror Universe, explained as being experiments of either Moreau or one of his followers. A later episode reveals that talking animals like Scooby and Professor Pericles are descended from Egyptian gods, who were really aliens, and who had interbred with Earth animals (as they were themselves anthropomorphic animals).
SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 “THE SECRET SERUM”
Release Date: October 11, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- see series notes above)
Horror Crosses: New Scooby-Doo Movies; Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo; King Kong; Dead Alive
Non-Horror Crosses: Dickinson’s Real Deal
The Story: While the team is splintered, the town is terrorized by a vampire.
Notes: Mama Cass and Don Knotts appear. This is an homage to their guest appearances on the New Scooby-Doo Movies. The plot, even with a member of the Blake family being the suspected vampire, is very similar to an episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, which brings that Scooby series from the late 70s/early 80s into the Horror Universe, under the rules for crossover links in divergent timelines stated in the notes for this series. Velma’s mother references the rat-monkeys of Skull Island. Skull Island is from King Kong. The rat-monkeys of Skull Island are more specifically from the film Dead Alive. The auctioneer of this episode is David Dickinson, of the British antiques show Dickinson’s Real Deal. It’s a reality show, but I’m just including it since it is a specific reference to another television show.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 12 “THE SHRIEKING MADNESS”
Release Date: October 18, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- see series notes)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The gang has disbanded as a team, but still go together to check out a potential future college. The college is Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts. But while there, they end up investigating when Professor H.P. Hatecraft is attacked by a strange shrieking creature.
Notes: Scooby-Doo at Miskatonic. Any arguments you may have against including Scooby in the Horror Universe are now invalid. Incidentally, the story implies that Crystal Cove, California is near Arkham, which obviously can’t be true. My belief is that Crystal Cove (which in the main Horror Universe timeline is called Coolsville) may actually be in Massachusetts, not California. H.P. Hatecraft is meant to be Lovecraft of course. Another professor is Harlan Ellison. Harlan Ellison is a famed science fiction author, and the actor doing the voice for Ellison in this series is Harlan Ellison himself! The villain turns out to be Robert E. Howard. In real life, Howard was an author who was good friends with Lovecraft and incorporated the Cthulhu Mythos into his works. Note that in this timeline, all three authors are professors at Miskatonic and are approximately 40 years old.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 14 “MYSTERY SOLVERS CLUB STATE FINALS”
Release Date: January 31, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- see series notes)
Horror Crosses: Funky Phantom; Scooby-Doo, Where are You!
Non-Horror Crosses: Speed Buggy; Jabberjaw; Captain Caveman
The Story: When Scooby is sick, he is disappointed about missing the Mystery Solvers Club State Finals. He has a dream in which he does go, and teams up with the mascots of other mystery solving teens to stop a villain who turns out to be the Funky Phantom.
Notes: The ending leaves it ambiguous if this was a dream or not. However, Speed Buggy already exists in the main Horror Universe timeline (really) so I’m going to go with the implication that these events happened or at the very least that all of these characters exist in this timeline and thus have counterparts back in the main Horror Universe timeline. This would add Funky Phantom, Jabberjaw (that actually would take place in an alternate future timeline where sharks can talk), and Captain Caveman to the main Horror Universe timeline. This would only bring in the original Captain Caveman show with the Teen Angels and not the later shows that portray Captain Caveman in Bedrock. This episode’s dream sequence was animated in the classic style of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!
SEASON 1 EPISODE 16 “WHERE WALKS APHRODITE”
Release Date: March 16, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- See Series Notes)
Horror Crosses: Body Snatchers; Stephen King Universe
Non-Horror Crosses: The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan; The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Story: Scooby and Professor Pericles work together when the town is terrorized by the goddess Aphrodite.
Notes: The episode has similarities to Body Snatchers and the villain (who is not really Aphrodite) has an origin similar to that of Carrie. Suzie Chan of the Chan Clan is seen playing a game with Pebbles Flintstone. See my previous notes for those animated series in the Horror Universe.
SEASONS 1 EPISODE 18 “THE DRAGON’S SECRET”
Release Date: March 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- See Series Notes)
Horror Crosses: Gremlins
The Story: The gang is caught between a battle of wizards.
Notes: In a Chinatown shop, there is a Mogwai that resembles Gizmo from Gremlins.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 19 “NIGHTFRIGHT”
Release Date: March 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- See Series Notes)
Horror Crosses: 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; Fright Night
The Story: Shaggy and Scooby win a contest to have dinner at Vincent Van Ghoul’s home. There, Van Ghoul is attacked by a villain named Nightfright.
Notes: Van Ghoul was a main character in the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. He was patterned after Vincent Price, who also provided the voice in 13 Ghosts. In 13 Ghosts he was an actual occult expert, but in Mystery Incorporated he is a horror film star and horror host, more matching the career of Vincent Price. This episode references the works of Van Ghoul which are homages to Price’s works. Nightfright is a parody of Fright Night, a fictional horror show hosted by Peter Vincent (who was based on Vincent Price), from the film of the same name. I do not believe that in the main Horror Universe, Vincent Van Ghoul and Peter Vincent are the same person however.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 20 “THE SIREN’S SONG”
Release Date: May 2, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- See Series Notes)
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo; 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
The Story: The gang investigate a mermaid and an extremist environmental group.
Notes: In the Haunted Museum are statues of Scrappy and Flim Flam. Scrappy has previously been discussed. Flim Flam was a child thief who tagged along with Scooby and Shaggy during 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. In this episode he’s said to be doing 25 to life.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 24 “DEAD JUSTICE”
Release Date: May 28, 2011 (Contemporary Setting -- See Series Notes)
Non-Horror Crosses: Jonah Hex
The Story: The gang have to deal with both the Piranha-Goat and a resurrected ghost sheriff.
Notes: Though the ghost is named Iron Will Williamson, aka Dead Justice, he is animated to look like Jonah Hex, a DC Comics western hero. This episode supports that Crystal Cove is on the west coast, as it’s depicted to have a wild west history. It’s not likely that could have happened in Massachusetts, but this is an alternate timeline, so who knows?
SEASON 1 EPISODE 25 “PAWN OF SHADOWS”
Release Date: June 5, 2011 (Contemporary Setting - -see series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; New Scooby-Doo Movies
Non-Horror Crosses: Johnny Quest; The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Story: The gang is attacked by a high tech assassin.
Notes: A recurring character who appears in this story is H.P. Hatecraft, this timeline’s counterpart to H.P. Lovecraft. Johnny Quest and his team/family appear in a flashback to the original version of Mystery, Inc. from the 1970s. Another character in this story, who is rival to Hatecraft and suspected to be the assassin is Regina Wentworth, author of the popular Dusk books. She is this timeline’s counterpart of Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight books. Mama Cass appears again, another homage to the New Scooby-Doo Movies. Hatecraft, allegedly to better understand girls, has several girls’ pictures on his wall, including Suzie Chan.
SEASON 2 EPISODE 5 “THE HODAG OF HORROR”
Release Date: August 3, 2012
Horror Crosses: Hellraiser; Friday the 13
Non-Horror Crosses: Transformers Animated
The Story: A creature called the Hodag is stealing jewelry.
Notes: The puzzle box from Hellraiser is seen in the sheriff's office and Pinhead’s voice is heard. Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask is also seen in the cabinet of curiosities. Sari Sumdac appears in a flashback. She is a character from Transformers Animated. In the main Horror Universe timeline, IDW’s “steampunk” version of Transformers exists, but apparently in this divergent timeline, Transformers Animated is the version that exists.
So if you think I'm missing your favorite Scooby crossover, chances are, I've got it in the upcoming Cartoon Crossover Encyclopedia. This is a small sampling of Scooby crosses compared to what I'm including there. But still, feel free to e-mail me your Scooby crossover finds, or any cartoon crossover finds, at RobertEWronskiJr@gmail.com. If I use the information you provide, I will list you in the acknowledgements.