Now that the Internet is abuzz with the official confirmation of the Scooby-Doo and Courage crossover, I thought it might be interesting and informative to put together a timeline on both the film and all the previous times Courage and Scooby have crossed over.
Though there have never been any major crossovers between Scooby and Courage before, in 2000, there was a Courage and Scooby-Doo "Scare-a-Thon" on Cartoon Network which included several promotional shorts where the two dogs teamed up. The first one includes the gang with Courage, Muriel and Eustace telling ghost stories, while the second has Shaggy, Scooby and Courage get frightened by a werewolf. Here are two of these shorts:
To my knowledge, in addition to the above two, there were a total of six more shorts, one of them in Spanish. I've included them below if you feel comfortable downloading them. The first one focused around Shaggy and Scooby dressing up as aliens to scare Courage; the second features the gang telling ghost stories again; the third is simply a bumper that's a few seconds long; the fourth is the gang's van breaking down on the way to Nowhere, fifth is promos for a sweepstakes that Cartoon Network was putting on at the time where one lucky person would win a trip to Roswell, NM (to celebrate Alien Invaders' release); and the last short is a reimagining of Shaggy and Scooby running away from the Space Kook to include Courage. The final short is in Spanish, and I'm not sure if it ever aired in English.
Besides this Scare-a-Thon in 2000, the two franchises never again crossed over until now. This crossover was first announced on December 15, 2019, when I stumbled across a listing on the Turner Classic Movies site which listed a crossover between Courage and Scooby. The listing was unfortunately deleted a few days after the news spread across the Internet.
We didn't hear much else about it until May 18, 2020, when the creator of Courage, John Dilworth confirmed that he had no involvement in the crossover at all. On October 4, 2020, it was confirmed on Instagram by Tracy Mark Lee that Courage was originally going to be an episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, but it was later developed into a film.
We didn't hear anything else about the film until near when the trailer came out in June, when a plethora of news began coming out about the film. On June 8, 2021, some international release sites posted listings listing the title as 'Straight Outta Nowhere'. A few days later on June 11, 2021, some background paintings from the film were shared. The cover of the DVD was also unofficially posted online a couple of days before we got the trailer.
This all culminated in us finally getting the trailer for Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog on June 22, 2021. The crossover will be released on DVD and digital on September 14, 2021.
It's been quite a long road for us to see this crossover play out, but to recap, here the entire timeline in date form of all the times Scooby and Courage have teamed up.
October 2000: Eight Scare-a-Thon promos
December 15, 2019: First unofficial announcement of this Courage/Scooby crossover via a TCM listing
May 18, 2020: John Dilworth confirms he has no involvement with the crossover
October 4, 2020: The crossover was discovered to have originally been a Guess Who episode that was expanded into a film
June 8, 2021: International release sites list title
June 11, 2021: Background paintings from the crossover were shared
June 20, 2021: DVD cover unofficially posted online
June 22, 2021: Trailer drops; release date announced
September 14, 2021: Crossover releases