In this article, I wanted to do something a little different and analyze Scoobynatural from the aspect of how it lines up with "A Night of Fright is No Delight." While you can read my review here, I'm going to analyze how well crossover syncs up with the original episode.
Surprisingly, upon my rewatch of the two side by side, Scoobynatural definitely takes a lot more creative liberties than I remember! Until about the 10 minute mark, pretty much nothing that happens was utilized in the original episode. In fact, the episode utilized a lot of more of the various Scooby tropes that did not occur in "A Night of Fright is No Delight," such as the door scene and the gang being at the malt shop. While the malt shop appeared in almost every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, ironically the malt shop did not appear in "A Night of Fright is No Delight."
After Sam and Dean race the gang in the Mystery Machine, this is when actual content from the original episode began to be utilized. The reading of the will scene was copied verbatim from "A Night of Fright is No Delight" (except Sam and Dean's lines, of course). The atmosphere was a bit redesigned, but it felt more like an updated version of the original setting. Following the will reading, the scene in the bedroom with Fred, Shaggy and Scooby is copied, but slightly abridged. The scene with Scooby trying to feed the fish was not present. When the gang hears Cousin Slicker cry out for help and attempts to go to his rescue, everything changed. No other scene is copied or reused, and everything is rewritten, which is honestly pretty great symbolism for how the events of the episode is altered by the presence of a real ghost. Various other scenes from the episode are reimagined with different outcomes, such as Shaggy and Scooby going in the wine cellar, Shaggy hanging on the drain pipe (Scooby was also on the drain pipe in the original episode, but not in Scoobynatural), and the trap with the washing machine was used. While Sam, Dean and Castiel eventually did convince the gang that Cosgoode Creeps was the villain (even though it was a trick), Mr. Crawls never makes an appearance in the episode.
Honestly, when I was rewatching this episode to write this article, I expected there to be a plethora of scenes from the original episode reused or perhaps slightly abridged, but I was surprised to discover upon my second watch that there was a huge difference from the scenes in the original episode to what we see in the crossover. I, and I'm sure a lot of other people, kind of had the perception that the episode was just an updated version of the original episode, but intentionally looking for all the similarities and differences demonstrated that there was a lot of creative freedom throughout the episode. The writers completely reimagined this episode and created something new from it, which I think is super cool and very symbolic, given pretty much every aspect of the original mystery was changed when the gang discovers that Cousin Slicker was actually murdered rather than kidnapped. Oh, except Dean exclaiming "Son of a bitch!" when all the gang said their catchphrases. That was totally part of the original episode haha. :P
As I mentioned in my review a few years ago, I really appreciated how well they integrated the two shows here. Even if they didn't use a lot of elements from "A Night of Fright is No Delight," the fact that the two separate writing teams of Scoobynatural and Scooby-Doo could completely integrate themselves to create a flawless representation of both shows is incredibly unique and not something that a lot of shows could do. This crossover truly felt like it was "A Night of Fright is No Delight" with the tone of Zombie Island, and I hope we see more like it someday!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, even if it was a little different and shorter than I originally thought it would be when I originally decided to write about this idea. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this subject, or just your reviews of Scoobynatural in general!
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5/7/2021 03:18:09 pm
Scoobynatural is such a top tier episode (of anything).
5/8/2021 10:30:48 am
5/7/2021 09:34:40 pm
Scooby-natural is the best example of how to do a crossover with 2 completely different shows. I can't wait to see how the Scooby Doo and Courage the Cowardly Dog crossover will look!
5/8/2021 06:41:31 am
I can’t wait for that crossover to. I grew up watching both Scooby and Courage and now both are going to be in one movie so cool. I wonder if we are getting this movie in October.
5/8/2021 10:30:22 am
I'm super excited too! I think if they are releasing it this year, October would be the best time to do it given the Halloween atmosphere of both of the shows (and the fact that the shows previously crossed over in a commercial short during a Cartoon Network Halloween marathon).
5/8/2021 07:05:01 pm
If the courage the cowardly dog was to be released in october then maybe the trailer might be released in july like the happy halloween scooby doo trailer was
5/9/2021 12:22:08 pm
I hope so!
5/7/2021 10:07:40 pm
Today's Anthony's birthday 💙🎉
5/8/2021 03:03:49 am
I had really enjoyed that episode and how they didn't make it TOO scary but made it slightly more for teens rather than for kids.
5/8/2021 10:31:51 am
Yeah, they really did a good job with the tone of this crossover. It absolutely felt like a Zombie Island-ish tone without being horrifically scary.
5/8/2021 11:49:12 am
But zombie island's sequel sucked unlike this one lol
5/8/2021 04:36:07 pm
Haha very true.
5/8/2021 12:59:57 pm
thanks for the comparison, but I have to say I didn't really care for the crossover, it does what I detest in crossovers and puts one group in front of the other, the scooby gang came off as rather weak, and started to freak out over there being real ghosts. Granted that's just my opinion, and I do like they bothered to get the general voice cast of scooby for the product (though will also admit to being rather annoyed they didn't ask what they thought of the crossover in the special features, but it was just supernatural season 13)
5/8/2021 03:05:30 pm
To be fair this crossover takes place in a episode of scooby doo where are you so at the time they weren't aware of real monsters exsistence so it kind of make sense why they would freak out plus this is a episode of supernatural with the supernatural characters crossing over with scooby doo not the other way around.
5/9/2021 01:51:18 am
Well yes, but I like my heroes rising to the occasion, this may have been canonically within the first two years of them operating but they've gone on to do amazing things, and if they freaked out this much early on how much could they have done? I just would have liked the scooby gang to have been on equal footing with the supernatural team, that's just my preference for crossovers, that you introduce a property to a fandom and share why they should give it a watch, if your guys walk all over them it just feel like you feel your property is better, in which case why do the crossover in the first place.
5/8/2021 04:37:06 pm
That's a fair opinion. Personally, I thought it was really cute that the gang was having a nervous breakdown, like they were too innocent and sheltered to deal with the truth. I'm not sure why I find that kind of sweet and endearing, but I do haha.
5/9/2021 02:44:24 am
To each their own, I realize I seem to be in the minority on this, I just felt it could have been so much better.
5/9/2021 09:18:37 pm
Great analysis. This one is probably towards the top of my watchlist that I haven't actually seen yet
5/10/2021 12:00:00 am
It also works really well as a standalone episode, since you don't even need to have watched Supernatural to get it. If you just know what the premise and main characters of the show are, it's all good.
5/10/2021 10:01:52 am
Thank you, Matt! And yeah, I still haven’t watched any episodes of Supernatural and nothing about the crossover was confusing to me.
5/12/2021 10:04:13 am
I loved ScoobyNatural and would love to see a whole series of it! It's the perfect crossover! Your analysis of the 2 episodes is great! I didn't really think about it too much when I saw it to compare the 2 episodes to see how similar or different they are. Nice job!
5/14/2021 10:42:53 am
Thank you so much! I'd love to see an entire series like it too!
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