Scooby-Doo! in the Horror Universe: “NOWHERE TO HYDE”

4 Sep

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Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (ANIMATED SERIES)

Release Date: September 13, 1969 – November 4, 1978 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Scooby-Doo

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.

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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.

For more Scooby-Doo! crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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