Scooby-Doo! in the Horror Universe: “THE GHOSTLY CREEP FROM THE DEEP”

9 Nov

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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.

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 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.

For more Scooby-Doo! crossovers, click here.

For more South Park crossovers, click here.

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

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