If a film is particularly successful - especially when it's popular with children - more often than not there will be a spin-off television series (and indeed, vice versa). In the case of the brilliant 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters, that took the form of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, which originally aired from September of 1986 until October of 1991.
It was a wonderfully written, action-packed and colourful animated series that followed the exploits of the titular team - Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore - their secretary and receptionist Janine Melnitz, their accountant Louis Tully and their spectral mascot Slimer, as they pursued evil and mischievous spirits around New York (and indeed various other parts of the world, different time periods and alternate dimensions).
Such was the popularity of the show that, if you were a fan of it, you probably think you know everything there was to know about it. However, there are certainly some tidbits that you might not be aware of - and that's what this article is going to be all about. Here are ten things you didn't know about The Real Ghostbusters cartoon.
10 Maurice LaMarche Copied Harold Ramis' Voice
Maurice LaMarche is an extremely accomplished Canadian voice actor whose credits include providing the voice of Brain in Pinky and the Brain, a number of voices in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, G.I. Joe and Tiny Toon Adventures, and various characters in his Emmy Award-winning performance in Futurama. However, he just couldn't find a voice in his repertoire for Egon Spengler.
9 Bill Murray Thought Lorenzo Music Sounded Like Garfield
Bill Murray - Peter Venkman in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie - wasn't impressed with Lorenzo Music's take on the character in The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series. He cited the fact that Maurice LaMarche's version of Egon Spengler sounded like Harold Ramis' version of Spengler and questioned why, therefore, Venkman sounded more like Garfield (who Music voiced before his death).
8 Winston Zeddemore Was Voiced By Arsenio Hall For 3 Seasons
The majority of The Real Ghostbusters voice cast was made up of people whose main talent is voice acting - the likes of Frank Welker and the aforementioned Maurice LaMarche and Lorenzo Music, for example - but Winston Zeddemore was actually voiced by a much more famous man for three seasons.
7 The Word "Real" Was Included To Avoid Confusion With Another Cartoon
You may think that 1984's Ghostbusters movie was the first time a media property had used that name, but that's not the case at all. In 1975, Filmation (of Masters of the Universe fame) produced a live action television show called The Ghost Busters.
6 The Definition Of "Ghost" Became Extremely Loose
Let's be honest, even in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie, there were skeletons, giant marshmallow people, gods and all kinds of strange creatures for the titular team to combat, but The Real Ghostbusters cartoon took the definition of "ghost" to all new levels of extreme.
5 There Were Spin-Off Shows
Given how popular The Real Ghostbusters was and how long it ran for, it might be something of a surprise to you to learn that there were two extremely forgettable spin-off shows from the series that were nowhere near as successful as their parent show.
4 It Helped To Establish A New Precedent In Animation Writing
The writing of The Real Ghostbusters was incredibly smart. From the very first episode, when a trio of ghosts attempted to set up a rival ghost-busting service - really? Reversing the premise of the show in the first episode? Impressive! - it undoubtedly set a new precedent in the quality of writing in animated shows.
3 Venkman & Spengler Were Originally Going To Look Like Murray & Ramis
In some early concept art for The Real Ghostbusters series, the Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler characters were drawn to look more like Murray and Harold Ramis, respectively. However, the animators ultimately changed the look of Peter, and changed Egon's hair color from brown to blonde, in order to avoid lawsuits for using the actors' likenesses without obtaining their permission.
2 It Was Nominated For Emmys
To emphasize just how great a cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters was, it should be noted that it was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards during its original airing period. In 1997, it was nominated for Outstanding Film Sound Editing and, in 1991, it was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program - although it did fail to win in either category.
1 It's FINALLY Coming To DVD!
Although there have been limited releases of The Real Ghostbusters on modern home media - back in 2009, for example, Time Life Entertainment released the ultimate box set, an extremely limited edition firehouse collection of every single episode of “The Real Ghostbusters”, as well as “Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters” - they were extremely hard to get hold of and they’re long gone now.
Well, as recently as April the 4th this year (2016), some good news for fans of the show has arrived. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release over fifty episodes of the iconic animated series on DVD and Digital on July the 7th, from Ivan Reitman, DiC and Sony Pictures Television. Fill your boots, spook fans!
Sources: Wikipedia, Ghostbusters Wiki, IMDB, Bloody-Disgusting.com, TOR.com, Bogleech.com.
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