Scooby-Doo! in the Horror Universe: SCOOBY-DOO AND SCRAPPY-DOO

20 May

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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.


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.

For more Scooby-Doo! crossovers, click here.

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

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