There is a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Supernatural crossover with Scooby-Doo, but few seem to be as hyped for it as Erik Kripke. The creator of Supernatural has since gone on to bring about the likes of Revolution and Timeless to NBC, and he’s currently in the process of adapting Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys for Amazon with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, but he’ll likely always be remembered as the man who brought Sam and Dean Winchester to life.
As such, it makes sense that Kripke would be one of the first people to preview the upcoming ‘ScoobyNatural,’ in which the two famed monster hunters find themselves more animated than usual and paling around with Fred, Daphne, Velma, and of course, Scooby and Shaggy. It’s certainly not your conventional kind of crossover, not only because one show is live-action and the other animated, but also because their approach to violence and horror is, let’s say, notably different.
In a recent interview with TVLine, Kripke describes the crossover as “truly amazing” and shares his surprise that his little show that will not die is now sharing the screen with something as iconic as Scooby-Doo. But in describing the episode, Kripke says the hour is much more an episode of Supernatural than it is Scooby, and that viewers will likely find it surprisingly “subversive.”
“I think what people aren’t expecting is how subversive an episode it is. It’s not just like a typical, goofy Scooby-Doo episode. It’s way more an episode of Supernatural, where it really pokes fun at the Scooby-Doo format itself. There’s some really fun meta stuff.”
Kripke also goes on to say that the episode doesn’t tone down the typical Supernatural stuff just because it’s inviting some animated, more kid-friendly guests over.
“I can promise you this: It’s the most violent of any Scooby-Doo episode you’ve ever seen, there’s real and legitimate violence in it. So there are these moments where the worlds collide that skew more towards Supernatural, that are quite subversive and pretty irreverent.”
So, not only will ‘ScoobyNatural’ bring the Scooby gang and the Mystery Machine in direct contact with the Winchesters and their iconic Impala, but the episode is aiming to show the former what it’s like in The CW’s neck of the woods. In all it looks to be a fun excursion into meta-territory for the Supernatural crew, which is one place the series has ventured before to great success. It will be interesting to see if they pull this unique crossover off with a similarly favorable outcome.
Supernatural returns with ‘ScoobyNatural’ on Thursday, March 29 @8pm on The CW.