In the premiere episode of our new podcast, Random Fandom, we discussed that I should make the Mystery Incorporated series it's own post. And so, here it is.
RF Episode 1: Scooby-Doo Team-Up
SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: April 5, 2010 - April 5, 2013 (Contemporary Setting -- see Notes)
Series: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Animated Series Crosses: Scooby-Doo!
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!
Animated Series Crosses: 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)
Animated Series Crosses: Flintstones
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!Animated Series 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)
Animated Series Crosses: Dragon’s Lair
Non-Horror Crosses: 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!Animated Series Crosses: Yogi Bear
Non-Horror Crosses: Terminator; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal
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 Darrow University in Arkham, Massachusetts. But while there, they end up investigating when Professor H.P. Hatecraft is attacked by a strange shrieking creature.
Notes: 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 student Howard E. Robert. In real life, Robert E. Howard was an author who was good friends with Lovecraft and incorporated the Cthulhu Mythos into his works.
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!
Animated Series 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 UniverseAnimated Series Crosses: The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan; Flintstones
Non-Horror Crosses: 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 MoviesAnimated Series Crosses: Jonny 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 WILL BE COMING SOON, BROUGHT TO US BY "CRAZY" IVAN RONALD SCHABLOTSKI AND KEVIN T. HEIM.