Jinkies. Over Supernatural's 13 seasons, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester have often been thrust into amusing, outrageous situations. It's often those out-of-the-box episodes that emerged as fan favorites.
Season 5's "Changing Channels" found the Winchesters trapped in an alternate universe as revolving characters spoofing various TV shows. "Mystery Spot" focused on poor Sam reliving Dean's death, over and over again, in twisted Groundhog Day fashion. And viewers are still chuckling at the tongue-in-cheek "The French Mistake," in which the angel Balthazar transported the brothers to an alternate reality where actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles starred in the popular TV series Supernatural.
However, Supernatural just might have outdone itself with Season 13's upcoming "ScoobyNatural," which airs on March 29. The cartoon episode chronicles an ultimate team-up between Sam, Dean, and the Scooby-Doo gang for a dark adventure that promises to take playful jabs at both franchises.
On the set of Supernatural last winter, Ackles and Padalecki geeked out with SYFY WIRE about getting animated with one of their favorite cartoon characters, Scooby-Doo.
What were your thoughts when you heard about the Scooby-Doo episode?
Jared Padalecki: I think we found out about it in January.
Jensen Ackles: We've already laid down the audio for it, which was...
JP: Laid down some sick beats.
JA: Which was really fun. They put Jared and me and Misha [Collins, who plays the angel Castiel] into a studio there and recorded the whole thing — so it will all be documented, which may or may not be a good thing.
JP: I'm sure we'll have to do some additional stuff, but just working on that from that perspective and what little we've done so far was very enjoyable. We've already seen some animatics. It's like a loose sketch, a loose rendering, a moving sketch of our dialogue put into that. So that was pretty cool.
I grew up watching Scooby-Doo, and I remember when the Scooby-Doo movies came out, and they wanted me to try out for Shaggy. I was young, and [Matthew] Lillard's great — I fought not to do it. I don't want to. I'm a big James Bond fan, not that I could ever be James Bond. Someone's like 'Would you try out?' No, I wouldn't, cause I wanna watch that as something I enjoy.
JA: What about a James Bond villain?
JP: Sure. If I can wear a mask. You know Daniel Craig was in Star Wars?
JA: What about a Bond girl?
JP: Always. I think I'd make an exception for that.
I'm really excited for Scooby-Doo to be part of the Supernatural lore, but I'm more excited for the Supernatural lore to be a part of the Scooby-Doo canon. That's cool for me, you know what I mean? That now there's a footnote about Supernatural when people are talking about Scooby-Doo. I hope we can do more of it. The meta episodes are great. I just watched "The French Mistake." I [hadn't] seen it in years and years. I watched it and I was laughing. I laughed out loud at a lot of it. I think this is going to be a similar one. It's nerve-wracking to make when you're such a fan of something. It certainly causes some anxiety, but they seemed happy with it.
JA: You don't want to mess it up. You want to do it justice.
Is Dean going to hit on Daphne?
JA: What do you think?
Is Castiel the Scrappy?
JP: Yes, exactly. He's our little Scrappy-Doo.