20 Things You Might Not Know About Ghostbusters

By sean hutchinson | jul 14, 2016.

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters (1984).

As Paul Feig's reboot of Ivan Reitman's classic sci-fi-horror-comedy readies to hit theaters, we're looking back at the film that started it all.

1. DAN A YKROY D FOUND INSPIRATION FOR THE MOVIE IN HIS FAMILY 'S HISTORY .

Dan Aykroyd grew up surrounded by spiritualists . His great-grandfather, Samuel A. Aykroyd, was a noted nineteenth century psychic investigator who conducted séances at the Aykroyd family farmhouse in eastern Ontario with a medium named Walter Ashurst. This predilection for the paranormal was passed down to Aykroyd’s grandfather, Maurice, who was an engineer for the Bell Telephone Company. Maurice allegedly tried to use his know-how to create a high-vibration crystal radio that could contact the spirit world. Dan's father, Peter, kept a sizeable library of books about spooky subjects (including his great grandfather’s séances), which kept ghosts and ghouls in the back of young Aykroyd’s mind. After he left Saturday Night Live  in 1979, he read an article about parapsychology in an  American Society of Psychical Research  publication, which inspired Ghostbusters .

2. GHOSTBUSTERS COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH DIFFERENT—AND M UCH BIGGER .

Aykroyd found comedic inspiration in films like Bob Hope's  The Ghost Breakers , the horror-comedies of Abbott and Costello, and Bowery Boys fare like  Spook Busters and Ghost Chasers.  He went wild writing his original script, which took place in the future and had a much darker tone. The actors he had in mind for the three main protagonists were himself, John Belushi, and Eddie Murphy. His concept involved dozens of Ghostbuster groups fighting specters across time and different dimensions. The now-iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man—which is in the climax of the finished film—appeared much earlier (on page 20) and was one of 50 large-scale monsters that the Ghostbusters would do battle with. Eventual director Ivan Reitman estimated that the first script would have cost up to $300 million to produce—and that was in 1984.

3. J OHN BELUSH I STILL APPEARS IN THE F INAL FILM, IN SPIRIT .

Part of the reason Aykroyd had to recontextualize and rethink his idea—other than its implausible potential budget—was the tragic death of his fellow former SNL castmate John Belushi, whom he envisioned as the sarcastic Peter Venkman. The role was later immortalized by Bill Murray, another SNL  alum, but the writers still wanted to honor Belushi by somehow involving him in the movie. When it came time to think up the design for the first ghost the group is commissioned to bust, Aykroyd conceived of a gross-looking, gluttonous, party-guy persona for the apparition as an ironic homage to his friend Belushi. The ghost made it to the screen and was later christened “Slimer.”

4. THE MOVIE HAD TO BE MADE IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME .

Once Aykroyd nailed down the general concept and the narrative of the film (but before he'd penned the final draft ),  he brought on Ivan Reitman, not only to direct, but also to sell the movie to a major motion picture studio. Reitman had previously directed the popular Bill Murray comedies Meatballs and Stripes —both of which had been co-written by another eventual Ghostbuster, Harold Ramis. Since Reitman had a relationship with Columbia Pictures (which produced Stripes ), he approached pragmatic studio head Frank Price with Aykroyd’s outrageous one-sentence pitch—“Ghost janitors in New York”—in May 1983. While admittedly skeptical, Price was attracted to the project because the tripartite of comedy geniuses who had agreed to play the leads: Aykroyd, Murray, and Ramis.

Price asked Reitman just how much the outrageous-sounding movie would cost, and the director allegedly threw out a random guesstimate of $30 million. Price agreed on the budget and the movie with one stipulation—that it must have a firm release in June 1984, in time for the summer season. This was no small detail, considering this gave them only 12 months to finish the script, shoot the film, and create and finish the special effects. The rushed production schedule immediately forced Aykroyd, Ramis, and Reitman to retreat to rented houses on Martha’s Vineyard for a marathon three-week writing session to complete the final shooting script. Afterward, they immediately began prepping the shoot and scouting locations.

5. SIGOURNEY WEAVER GAVE A UNIQUE AUDITION.

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Despite the fact that the film began production with its three leads already cast, Reitman needed the right actress for another vital part of the film. For the role of Venkman’s headstrong love interest, Dana Barrett, Reitman chose Sigourney Weaver. She was eager to do a comedy after her amazing performance as Ripley in Ridley Scott’s Alien, so she tried something altogether different for her audition . She offered up a wordless scene where she turned into one of the grotesque dogs that do Gozer’s bidding, an act that allegedly involved writhing across the casting couch and loudly snarling at Reitman. The director was impressed—if not a little scared—and she got the part.

6. THE PART OF LOUIS TULLY WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR ANOTHER SECOND CITY ALUM.

For the loveable loser-turned whacked-out demon “Keymaster of Gozer” Louis Tully, Aykroyd thought of actor John Candy. The Canadian comedian had previously worked with him in 1941 and The Blues Brothers; with Reitman, Ramis, and Murray in Stripes ; and for Ramis again in National Lampoon’s Vacation . But Candy envisioned Louis as a stern German man with a thick accent who kept dozens of dogs in his apartment. He also wanted the character rewritten and made into a starring role. Filmmakers preferred the original character that Aykroyd and Reitman had developed, so they gave the role to another member of the Second City troupe, Rick Moranis. The soft-spoken, bespectacled comic brought his own brand of misfit comedy and improv styles to the now-classic character—and he also provided his own wardrobe.

7. "EGON SPENGLER" WAS INSPIRED BY A FRIEND, AN INTELLECTUAL, AND AN UNKNOWN.

When trying to come up with the perfect name for his character—who was the brains of the Ghostbusters—co-writer Harold Ramis combined both personal and academic inspirations. “Egon” was the first name of Egon Donsbeck, a Hungarian exchange student at Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School who was Ramis' classmate when he grew up in Chicago. “Spengler” came from German historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler. For the "look" of his character, Ramis copied the style of an unknown guy he'd seen on the cover of an abstract architectural journal. He thought the man’s old three-piece tweed suit, wire-rim glasses, and puffed-up hair were perfect for his geeky parapsychologist.

8. GHOSTBUSTERS IS THOUG HT OF AS A NEW YORK MOVIE, BUT SOME SIMPLE MOVIE MAGIC WENT INTO MAKING ITS VARIOUS LOCATIONS .

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Come to New York and you can visit some key Ghostbusters   locations . The exterior of the fully functioning FDNY Hook & Ladder #8 building at 14 North Moore Street in TriBeCa served as the Ghostbusters’ base of operations—definitely not a “demilitarized zone,” as Egon said. The building at 55 Central Park West housed the apartments of Dana Barrett and Louis Tully. The main branch of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is recognizable for the lions guarding its entrance, and Columbia University’s Havemeyer Hall  served as the Weaver Hall Department of Psychology  building that the guys are kicked out of at the beginning of the movie. Then there’s the legendary restaurant  Tavern on the Green , where Louis was attacked by one of Gozer’s dogs.

But none of these places appear exactly as they do onscreen. The interior of the Ghostbusters' firehouse was actually an abandoned fire station in Los Angeles, and the rooftop temple scenes at Dana’s apartment were filmed at a huge set built on Stage 16 at Columbia Pictures (large-scale matte paintings were used for long shots). The early library scene where Egon is introduced was in fact filmed at the New York Public Library, but the scene where the three Ghostbusters come across the old librarian ghost in the stacks was actually shot across the country at the Los Angeles Public Library. Similarly, the Sedgewick Hotel—where the guys bust Slimer—wasn’t in New York at all; the exterior and interior shots were taken at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

9. THE ECTOMOBILE WAS ONE A KIND—AND THEN I T B ROKE DOWN .

Out of the handful of iconic details from Ghostbusters is the Ectomobile, a 1959 Cadillac ambulance outfitted with gadgets and gizmos to help the guys bag pesky poltergeists. In a typical movie production, several similarly-adorned vehicles are used for stylistic and insurance purposes. (The production of Back to the Future,  for instance, used three different DeLoreans.) Because the filming of Ghostbusters was so rushed, only one Ectomobile was put together. Naturally, everyone on set was very cautious around the then-25-year-old jalopy. While they handled the ambulance with care, the car broke down at the end of a shot of the Ecto driving across the Manhattan Bridge. Luckily, this didn't happen until after main production wrapped in New York City, but still, the car was DOA and wasn’t available for use again.

10. ONE VISUAL EFFECT SHOT OF SLIMER INVOLVED SOME SP RAY PAINT AND A PEANUT .

Visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and his team—who also worked on such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark,  the original Star Wars  trilogy, and Poltergeist —were given only 10 months to design, storyboard, build, and shoot every special effect in the film. The quick turnaround forced workers like animation supervisor Terry Windell to have to think on their feet, especially when the deadline got very tight. When a wide shot that featured Slimer quickly floating around a chandelier in the Sedgewick Hotel scene wasn’t coming out right, and time was running out, Windell spraypainted a small peanut green in order to mimic the green ghoul. The seconds-long shot depicted Slimer blurred and spinning, so detail wasn’t a factor, and the shot was used in the final print of the film. Windell revealed that the extreme tactics taken for certain shots proved that the effects team was “totally serious about making it stupid.”

11. DIRECTOR IVAN REITMAN MA DE A COUPLE OF UNORTHODOX APPEARANCES IN THE MOVIE .

You won't see Reitman in Ghostbusters , but still, he does have a presence: For the noises of Slimer pigging out on a pile of food before he famously slimes Peter Venkman, Reitman stepped in to provide the gross-out grub-gorging sounds. Reitman’s naturally deep voice also proved perfect for the moment when Dana becomes possessed and says “There is no Dana, only Zuul,” which was later enhanced with special effects for a truly spooky result.

12. BILL MURRAY'S CADDYSHACK CHARACTER, CARL SPACKLER, APPEARED IN ONE SCENE THAT WAS CUT .

It isn’t specified, but the voice and mannerisms of the character that Murray plays opposite Dan Aykroyd in this deleted scene is eerily similar to Carl Spackler , the lowly groundskeeper he portrayed in the 1980 comedy masterpiece Caddyshack (which was directed and co-written by Harold Ramis). The scene was cut for time, mostly to get to the scene where Louis Tully is attacked by the demon dog chasing him, but one doesn’t have to wonder what it would have been like if the worlds of Caddyshack and Ghostbusters had collided in such a fashion.  

13. O NE OF THE FILM'S PRODUCERS CREATED THAT ICONIC LOGO .

The most indelible icon from Ghostbusters  is the famous “no-ghost” logo that appeared on the guys' car, their uniforms, and widely among advertisements and promotions for the movie. Associate producer Michael C. Gross , a bit of a renaissance man, designed the image. Prior to getting into the movie business as a producer, Gross served as an art consultant for The Muppets, John Lennon, and The Rolling Stones. He also served as art director for National Lampoon  and Esquire in the 1970s.  

14. P RODUCTION SHUT DOWN CENTRAL PARK WE ST, AND ISAAC ASIMOV WASN'T PLEASED .

While shooting exteriors in front of Dana’s apartment building, the production had permission to temporarily shut down traffic in the area surrounding West 65 th Street and Central Park West. What they didn’t know was that it would disrupt traffic throughout Manhattan. During rush hour, cars backed up to Columbus Circle, eventually going all the way downtown. In fact, Aykroyd was concerned that they had inadvertently pushed the traffic jam all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge. After receiving complaints, cast and crew members jokingly told others that the delay was caused by Francis Ford Coppola’s production of The Cotton Club,  which was shooting in New York at the same time. One particularly ornery Upper West Side resident who complained was author Isaac Asimov, who stumbled on to the set and told Aykroyd that they were “inconveniencing” him. Aykroyd, a lifelong fan of the writer, smoothed things over by using the opportunity to lavish praise on the irritated Asimov.

15. “ CROSSING THE STREAMS ” WAS MAD E UP ON THE SPOT .

The deus ex machina of the Ghostbusters crossing the streams of the proton packs helped them to—spoiler alert—defeat the Marshmallow Man and the evil demon Gozer at the end of the film. According to Ramis, this activity didn't appear in script. He and Aykroyd were unsure how to get the Ghostbusters out of the final scene alive, and because the nuclear technology behind the proton packs was “explained” with humorous techno-babble and mostly left up to the audience’s imagination, they came up with the idea of crossing the streams—an act which would somehow cause a cataclysmic shift in our dimension. After this decision was made, they added in some foreshadowing of the event to an earlier scene, only to revisit the concept in the climactic standoff at the end.

16. ON SET, THE MARSHMALLOW WAS REALLY SHAVING CREAM .

Once the Ghostbusters cross the streams, the rift between the two dimensions causes the Marshmallow Man to explode, raining down marshmallow on the unsuspecting New Yorkers below. But getting that amount of actual marshmallows to dump on the film’s extras was implausible. Instead, Edlund’s team collected 500-gallon batches of shaving cream to substitute for the remnants of Mr. Stay-Puft. William Atherton, who played EPA villain Walter Peck, was skeptical about having such a large amount of heavy cream dropped on him, so they tested the idea on a stuntman using only 75 pounds, and it knocked him to the ground. The stuntman was okay, and another smaller batch was collected to dump on Atherton for the final take in the film.

17. THE MOVIE ALMOST HAD TO CHANGE ITS NAME .

Once production wrapped, Reitman faced a situation that would possibly have derailed the whole movie. In the 1970s, Universal Studios had produced a live-action TV series titled The Ghost Busters , and their lawyers threatened legal action if the name of the movie wasn’t changed. Reitman, who had shot footage of the leads referring to themselves as the Ghostbusters and of massive crowds shouting “Ghostbusters! Ghostbusters!” was in deep trouble.

Luckily, Frank Price—the head of Columbia Pictures and the man who originally green-lit the movie—was moving to Universal Studios to become the new studio head there, and allowed Reitman to keep the name for the film. But the legal snafu reared its head again when a TV cartoon was made out of the movie. To satisfy Universal, the Saturday- morning fare was labeled The Real Ghostbusters , so as to not legally confuse the two properties.

18. HUEY LEWIS WAS NOT A FAN OF THE THEME SONG .

Because his song "Holiday Road" was featured prominently in National Lampoon's Vacation (directed by Harold Ramis), Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was allegedly approached about a theme song for the film, but he passed on the project. Reitman hoped that Huey Lewis & The News would take the job, and even used their hit “ I Want a New Drug ” as a temporary filler song while cutting the film. Lewis declined as well, because he had already agreed to contribute the song “ Back in Time ” to Back to the Future and didn’t want to do any more soundtrack work. The filmmakers then approached Ray Parker Jr., who had sung hits with Raydio ("Jack and Jill") and was finding success as a solo artist as well. Unfortunately, the titular tune —with the often quoted “Who you gonna call?” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”—bore a striking resemblance to Lewis' "I Want a New Drug," so much so that the song's publishers sued for plagiarism. The suit was settled out of court, but you can decide for yourself with the mashup of the two songs above.

19. ELMER BERNSTEIN EXPERIMENTED WITH NEW INSTRUMENTS ON THE SOUNDTRACK.

Composer Elmer Bernstein wanted to go beyond a conventional orchestra for Ghostbusters, so he used both new and old technology. He included the then-cutting-edge Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer to create weird sounds that orchestral instruments couldn’t conjure up, and even employed an Ondes Martenot —a relatively obscure early electronic instrument created in 1928 by inventor Maurice Martenot—for additional otherworldly tones. You can hear it in the beginning and middle of the song above.

20. IVAN REITMAN WAS PETRIFIED DURING THE FILM'S FIRST TEST SCREENING .

On paper and out of context, Ghostbusters was an admittedly outrageous prospect for a feature film. During the movie’s first test screening, held for 200 random people at Columbia Pictures Studio only three weeks after principal photography wrapped, Reitman was utterly terrified. He was not only uncertain about the fundamental plot of the film, he was also concerned that perhaps-too-absurd major details (like the Marshmallow Man) might take audiences "out" of the movie. In addition, only one fully-completed effect shot was available for the test screening—one of the film's opening scenes, where an old librarian ghost transforms into a frightening ghoul. Reitman waited in the wings during the scene, and when audiences burst out laughing one second and hid their eyes the next, he knew that his fears were unfounded. And Reitman knew he had a major hit on his hands while walking around New York City during the second week of the film’s release, where he saw street vendors selling bootleg Ghostbusters T-shirts.

Additional Sources: Ghostbusters Blu-ray special features Esquire 's Oral History Peter Aykroyd's A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters

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The Real Ghostbusters: The Rise And Fall of The Coolest Cartoon Of the 1980s

Exclusive: The Real Ghostbusters was one of the coolest cartoons of its generation, and we have the inside story from the folks who made it happen.

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The Real Ghostbusters

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The 1980s was a golden era for TV animation. It was the decade of Thundercats ,  Inspector Gadget ,  Transformers ,  Ducktales ,  The Smurfs ,  He-Man and The Masters of the Universe ,  Care Bears , and  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .

Yet arguably, the best of them all was The Real Ghostbusters . 

The show arrived at a time when studios were eager to translate box office gold into something palatable for younger audiences. It didn’t always quite go to plan, of course, as short-lived and ill-advised animated incarnations of everything from Rambo to The Karate Kid can attest. 

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But The Real Ghostbusters was different, running for 140 episodes across seven seasons.

It was a little different from the film. For one thing, the title had to be tweaked due to a dispute with Filmation, who was making an animated version of the 1970s series The Ghost Busters at the same time.

The Ghostbusters themselves looked a little different, too: Egon Spengler inexplicably sported a blonde pompadour, Ray Stantz was a little tubbier (and ginger), Winston Zeddemore seemed younger, while Peter Venkman suddenly became very chiseled. They also sounded slightly different. Ernie Hudson was the only original cast member to try out for a voice role on the show, but he lost to Arsenio Hall, which is awkward, to say the least. The series also turned Slimer into a sidekick character.

Cosmetic changes aside, however, this DIC Entertainment and Columbia Pictures television production retained much of what made the original movie so special, with episodes blending slapstick comedy with effective supernatural scares and strikingly surreal imagery. A lot of that had to do with executive producers Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross. Both had served as executive producers on the original film (Gross is even credited with creating the iconic Ghostbusters logo), and both appeared eager to carry the ethos of the movie through to the cartoon.

“The most brilliant thing they did was to not change a thing from the movie,” The Real Ghostbusters writer Dennys McCoy tells Den of Geek . “When you mess with that formula, you inevitably fail. Ghostbusters has a very tight structure of four friends, or five if you count Janine. You have to base everything out of their relationship, no matter what you do. To me, that’s what happened when they did Extreme Ghostbusters [the short-lived late ’90s reboot of the series.] The Real Ghostbusters stuck to the tenets of the movie, and continued to tell that story.” 

McCoy’s writing partner and wife, Pamela Hickey, also recalls how much importance was placed on authenticity.

“When you wrote for someone like Venkman, for example, he had to say things in a certain  way. That was the focus when we were working on it,” she says. “The rule with Slimer was to imagine him as a seven-year-old boy. That was how you wrote for him. They made him their pet, and he’s domesticated now like a feral cat.You had to really track those characters. That faithfulness was crucial to its success.”

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McCoy and Hickey recall the biggest compliment ever paid them by Medjuck and Gross was when they said they could pick up one of their scripts, remove all of the character names, and still know exactly which Ghostbuster was saying each line.

“That was the challenge,” Hickey says. “But that was also how much we all loved these characters. They got stuck in your head.”

Hickey and McCoy have enjoyed a prolific writing partnership that includes over 50 different credits. It was their agent who first floated the idea of them writing for animation. As freelance creatives at the time, the idea appealed because, as Hickey puts it, they “needed some money for an air conditioner and changing table for a baby.”

Their first script was for the 1980s series Heathcliff , a cartoon based on the comic strip of the same name, which featured the legendary voice of Mel Blanc. McCoy recalls submitting a script that was “sight gag after sight gag.” It went over well, and the pair quickly warmed to the idea of writing for animation. 

“The thing we found we loved about it was that we could direct the episodes in the script,” McCoy explains. “It gave us so much control. We could call the backgrounds, the sound effects, the camera angles, we could do all of that.”

Fast forward a couple of years, and after seeing Ghostbusters at the movie theater, McCoy learned that an old acquaintance, J. Michael Straczynski, had just been hired as story editor for a cartoon series based on the film.

Straczynski would go on to create Babylon 5 , write comics for Marvel and DC, and pen scripts for Thor , World War Z , and many more. He had been hired to join original writers Len Janson and Chuck Menville on The Real Ghostbusters after ABC’s initial order of 13 episodes was suddenly bolstered by a further 65 for broadcast syndication.

The additional episodes meant the show needed more writers. While Straczynski, Janson, and Menville wrote many themselves, they were joined by a host of talented writers from the world of sci-fi and animation.

There was Michael Reaves—who would go on to highly-acclaimed work on Disney’s Gargoyles and Batman: The Animated Series —as well as future Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine scribe Marc Scott Zicree. John Shirley, a fantasy and horror writer who penned the 1994 movie The Crow , contributed episodes, as did David Gerrold, a writer on the original Star Trek series. 

Mark Edward Edens, who later developed the iconic X-Men animated series , worked on the show, as did Richard Mueller, Kathryn Drennan, Steve Perry, and Linda Wolverton, to name but a few. Wolverton went on to make history as the first woman to write an animated feature: 1991’s Beauty and the Beast .

McCoy was working at Saban Productions as supervising producer on a series called Kidd Video when he learned Straczynski was doing The Real Ghostbusters . 

He immediately called Straczynski up to ask if he and Hickey could pitch for the show. Looking back, McCoy says he later realized Straczynski was “doing me a favor” by saying yes and didn’t necessarily think anything would come of it. That was until Straczynski read the resulting script, which was one of the first to focus on Winston.

“Nobody was going to pitch a Winston story. They were all going to pitch stuff around Venkman,” Hickey explains.”But we remembered that amazing scene in the film where Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd are driving across the Brooklyn Bridge.”

The scene, in which Winston talks about the Bible and theorizes that the recent spate of spiritual activity could be linked to the potential onset of Judgement Day, proved to be a major inspiration.

“Winston cracks the case right there,” Hickey says. “We saw that, and right away, there was more to him than meets the eye. He’s a very literate guy.”

The result was “Boo-Dunit,” an inventive episode that saw Winston take center stage after the Ghostbusters are called out to the estate of recently deceased Agatha Grizzly, where occupants are being terrorized by the ghosts of characters from her final unfinished novel. 

“We made Winston a big fan of murder mysteries. So there was then this whole thing where he had to solve this mystery involving ghosts in order to stop people getting killed in the real world,” McCoy says. 

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Straczynski loved the script, and Hickey and McCoy went on to produce nine more during the show’s run, making them two of the most prolific writers on the series. 

“Every time they wanted a weird story, they’d come to us,” McCoy says. “It was a very interesting environment because the syndicated shows were run by [Straczynski] where we had a lot of freedom. But the episodes for ABC, which were run by Len [Jensen] and Chuck [Manville], were under network protocols which were very strict.”

McCoy describes working on the syndicated episodes as “no holds barred. You could get away with a lot more as long as you stayed faithful to the characters. The sky was the limit.”

This environment gave birth to one of the very best episodes of The Real Ghostbusters : “The Devil to Pay.” It sees the gang sign up for a game show in order to win a trip to Tahiti. However, they soon discover it’s being run by the Devil himself, and if they lose, he gets to claim their eternal souls as his prize.

“It started with us asking, ‘What would they do if they were on a game show with the Devil?’ And just went from there,” Hickey says. “To be honest, a lot of the writing was us just sitting there for a couple of days trying to crack each other up. ‘What kind of game would you play with the Devil?’ Dennys would ask, and I would be like Wheel of Fortune .’”

At the end of the episode, the Ghostbusters are strapped to a giant spinning wheel where they must confess a past misdeed to escape the Devil’s clutches. McCoy ranks it as his personal favorite. Not everyone was quite so enamored with them summoning Satan for a kids’ TV show, though.

“What’s scary about it is that we got it broadcast,” McCoy laughs. “Oh my God, we got so much shit. We had every evangelical right-wing religious nut in the world complaining about it. Even my own brother, who was born again, gave me shit about it.”

Not that they were the only writers to push the envelope when it came to blending laughter and scares on a kids show. Straczynski delivered some of the most striking episodes in this regard, including “Knock Knock,” in which subway workers unwittingly unleash evil creatures from hell into the underground system, and “The Thing in Mrs. Faversham’s Attic,” a spookfest about an old lady with spirits lurking in the roof of her home.

Others like the Reaves-penned “The Boogieman Cometh,” where Egon is forced to confront his own very real fear of the bogeyman and the Brennan-written effort “Night Game” where the gang must deal with a haunting at the New York Jaguars’ baseball stadium are regularly cited among the best and most unsettling.

Hickey and McCoy took inspiration from a variety of sources, both contemporary and otherwise, for their ideas.

“I have a background in folklore, so we were also looking into stuff like that we could use,” McCoy says, recalling the episode “Banshee Bake A Cherry Pie,” in which an Irish chart-topping singer is revealed to be a Banshee intent on wreaking havoc on the world.

Elsewhere, episodes like “The Long, Long, Long etc. Goodbye” served as an ode of sorts to Philip Marlowe stories—not something you would see in many children’s cartoons—while “Don’t Forget The Motor City” saw the guys head to Detroit to deal with some pesky gremlins, where they met a character who looked a lot like Aretha Franklin, even if she was rather carefully referred to as “the Queen of Soul.”

Not that that quite went to plan. “We were supposed to avoid saying Aretha Franklin,” Hickey recalls. “But at the end of the episode, I don’t know how it happened, they had the Ghostbusters singing ‘Respect.’ I don’t know how they got away with it because it was the whole R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

The fact that the series was animated in South Korea to save money also led to similarly bizarre moments.

“I remember this one scene where the Ghostbusters were supposed to be eating a pizza,” McCoy says. “But pizza wasn’t really a big thing in South Korea at the time, so they ended up drawing it looking like a seven-layer cake. It was deep. Anyway, they didn’t want to pay to redo it, so the show just ended up having the weirdest deep-dish pizza you’ve ever seen in your life.”

But while the cartoon may have lacked the polish of the film, it did end up having some influence on the movie sequel.

“If you notice in Ghostbusters II , they have all these little incidental scenes where Slimer appears,” McCoy says. “Well, the thing is, they did the entire movie without Slimer. It was only when Gross and Medjuck told them that was the most popular character in the cartoon that they put him in.”

The influence worked both ways, though, as McCoy explains.

“We had a story we wanted to do, and we knew it was good,” McCoy says. “We pitched it to Straczynski for the syndicated shows. He loved it, but when we sent the script through, it was rejected. So we went to Gross and Medjuck for the network. Again, they loved it. We sent the script in, and it was rejected.”

It was only when they went to see Ghostbusters II that the truth emerged. “The crux of our story had been that the Statue of Liberty comes to life. So when we saw the film, it suddenly made sense.” 

Hickey believes The Real Ghostbusters had the potential to run much longer—but it didn’t. Instead, ABC made the cardinal sin of tinkering a little too much with the original formula.

Eager to improve ratings for its Saturday Morning lineup of shows, the network drafted in a consultancy firm called Q5, who, from the third season onwards, began making changes that altered the makeup of the show entirely. There was less satire and less of the subtle, sophisticated verbal humor that had made the cartoon such a fine sparring partner for the film. Janine’s character was also rewritten, moving away from the sharp-edged wise-cracker who had more in common with Annie Potts’ version of Janine from the film and becoming, to their way of thinking, warmer and more appealing to young female viewers. It could have been even worse, with the consultants suggesting at one point that Ray Stantz be written out entirely. 

The likes of Strazynski and Reaves objected to the changes, and McCoy and Hickey felt much the same, highlighting one other noticeable shift in focus that hindered the series: the Junior Ghostbusters, a team of children drafted in to help out the adults on several episodes.

“There was always this idea that children have to have somebody their own age in their cartoons,” McCoy adds. “But how do you explain watching Bugs Bunny? He was obviously a 25-year-old guy.”

“It’s a fallacy because if you look at the most successful cartoon in the world today, it’s something like One Piece where there are no children, and yet everyone watches it,” Hickey says. ”Kids appreciate a good story as much as anybody, and they don’t care if it comes out of an adult space or a kid’s one.”

Had the show continued,  the writing duo would have loved to explore other areas of the Ghostbusters universe.

“We always wanted to do a spin-off with Louis and Jeanine,” McCoy says. “They’re Ghostbusters, but they’re not Ghostbusters. It would be interesting to have them as a team.”

So, here’s the big question: Would McCoy and Hickey do it all again if they were asked to fire up some more animated proton packs for a new set of cartoon adventures? 

“If they came to us and said, ‘Can you do an animated series?’ Sure, we would probably say yes,” McCoy says. “We could do that.” 

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Within a few years, Columbia Pictures decided there was money in an Animated Series based on the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters (1984) and the further adventures of its four paranormal investigators. Columbia partnered with DIC Entertainment to make it happen.

The problem was that there was already a Filmation cartoon in development called Ghostbusters , a sequel to the 1975 live-action series The Ghost Busters about a pair of noir-style detectives (and their gorilla?) who battle supernatural forces. Filmation's Ghostbusters was a flop, the victim of mistiming: kids were upset that these guys weren't the 'real' Ghostbusters. In response, DiC launched The Real Ghostbusters , both to distinguish it from the Filmation property and to imply that the Filmation Ghostbusters were phonies . The two animated series debuted in the same year, furthering the confusion.

The main characters from the film (with the notable exception of Sigourney Weaver 's character) are all present. To get around having to buy the rights to Bill Murray 's likeness et al., the mortal characters are each given new faces : Egon has a spectacular blond pompadour, Ray is a stocky redhead, Winston is clean-shaven, and Venkman is overhauled to make him into a devilishly handsome twenty-something instead of a middle-aged, balding Bill Murray. Janine's April O'Neil -esque makeover was so steamy, her hair color, makeup, and hipper clothes were incorporated into the live-action Ghostbusters II . Aside from their new color-coded uniforms and slightly-redesigned equipment (their old ones were damaged in the fight with Gozer), the team retain their personalities, at least in the beginning. Slimer, the unintelligible green ghost who "slimed" Venkman in the first film, note  His original nickname in the first movie was "Onionhead". was included in the regular cast as a comic relief Non-Human Sidekick .

The cartoon focuses on the day-to-day busting that the movie relegated to a montage in the manner of a Police Procedural ; there is no over-arching villain or hint of larger forces at work, although some of the ghosts come back for a second try. Not all the ghosts and other supernatural entities are evil: On occasion, the heroes "bust" the ghosts simply by helping them complete their Unfinished Business , while others enlist the Ghostbusters' help or actually want to be busted, as the Ghostbusters' containment unit approximates 'resting in peace' enough to satisfy them.

Voice actors include Lorenzo Music as Venkman, Dave Coulier as Venkman in later seasons , Arsenio Hall as Winston, and Maurice LaMarche as Egon, Frank Welker ( as Ray and Slimer ), and Laura Summer as Janine (in early seasons), eventually replaced by Kath Soucie . The writers included J. Michael Straczynski , David Gerrold , Bob Schooley , and Mark Mc Corkle .

Despite the mega-success of its first few seasons, things began to fall apart during the build-up to Ghostbusters II . Thanks to invoked Executive Meddling , the cartoon was renamed Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters (executives had fallen in love with the cuddly cartoon version of Slimer) and the show's horror was downplayed and replaced by slapstick humor, while Janine's appearance and personality were softened. Later episodes would incorporate trappings from the second movie, including the Mayor's injunction against the team . Louis Tully returned as a supporting character at this time.

Data East released an arcade game based on the show in 1987, and Activision published a Game Boy version in '93. Funnily enough, both games were dolled-up installments .

In 1997 it received a Sequel Series , Extreme Ghostbusters , with a new team and Egon as their mentor.

The Real Ghostbusters provides examples of:

  • 65-Episode Cartoon : A daily Syndicated edition aired in the Fall of 1987. Averted due to the fact that it aired concurrently with the ABC Saturday morning episodes.
  • Slimer to Janine on occasion. He clearly finds her attractive enough to repeatedly kiss her on the lips, but her grossed-out reaction says it all.
  • "Partners in Slime" had a ghost flirting with Peter, to his disgust.
  • "Night Game" has a baseball match between the forces of Good and Evil with the fate of a human soul on the line.
  • "The Devil To Pay" has a demonic game show between the Ghostbusters and the devil host with the fate of the guys' own souls on the line (and an all-expense paid trip to Tahiti).
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade : In the episode "Boo-Dunit", Peter triggers a booby trap in the form of a suit of armor that drops a heavy ax, cleaving a wooden desk neatly in two. While the others investigate the desk's contents, Peter drops a stack of papers on the ax, and the blade splits them just as easily on their way down to the floor.
  • Occurs in "It's About Time," when a faulty ghost trap sends the Ghostbusters plus Slimer all back to 1959. Unfortunately they tear a hole in the time fabric in the process, allowing a Ghost Invasion through to terrorize a completely unprepared New York.
  • In "Xmas Marks the Spot", the Ghostbusters end up accidentally walking into Victorian Britain via a temporal rift.
  • Accordion Man : Used in "Stay Tooned", where Sammy K. Ferret flattens his guest into an accordion-like form by dropping an anvil on her head and then plays her like a real accordion.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare : In the episode "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?", the ghost of Olivia Stewart's uncle Horace mentions that rarebit always gave him the strangest dreams.
  • Peter's love-hate relationship with Slimer is very similar to Garfield's relationship with Odie. Both Peter and Garfield are voiced by Lorenzo Music .
  • In "Victor the Happy Ghost," Peter refers to The Bob Newhart Show as his favorite TV show. Lorenzo Music co-created the series.
  • The episode "Ghostbuster of the Year" (a Whole-Plot Reference to Citizen Kane ) seems to have been produced solely to showcase Maurice LaMarche 's impersonation of Orson Welles (which he would later put to good use as The Brain ).
  • In "A Fright at the Opera", before the Diva selects Peter as her bodyguard, she states "I hate Mondays". Lorenzo Music's (Peter's voice actor) most famous role, Garfield , also has a distaste for that particular day.
  • In "Kitty-Cornered", one of Slimer's wishes results in a shape-shifting toy robot called a Transmogrifier being brought to life, with Ray Stantz gushing over how cool it is. Ray Stantz and Slimer were both voiced by Frank Welker , who voiced Megatron, Soundwave, Wheelie, and others in The Transformers .
  • Actually Pretty Funny : In "Stay Tooned," Peter and Egon can't help but make some wisecracks when Winston got turned into a cartoon dog . Winston is not impressed. Very funny, guys .
  • Peter Venkman is slimmer, far-younger looking, and has a nicer jawline than Bill Murray. He also has a lush mop of hair, unlike Bill's notcibly receding hairline.
  • Egon Spengler is far more conventionally attractive than Harold Ramis.
  • Winston Zeddmore is younger, slimmer and generally better-looking than Ernie Hudson.
  • Janine Melnitz. While Annie Potts was by no means unattractive, she definitely was not the taller, bustier, redheaded bombshell seen in the series.
  • Notably averted with Ray Stantz. The cartoon counterpart is noticibly heavier, with a round face. Surprising, since Dan was widely considered the best-looking of the bunch.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job : Egon becomes blond. Ray and Janine both become redheads.
  • Adaptation Expansion : Compared to the films, we actually got more of a look into the personalities and histories of the main cast, as well as some actual character development for one-time characters. Ernie Hudson expressed dismay that while his live-action Zeddmore was a Token Minority , the Winston in the animated series had real Character Development .
  • In " 20,000 Leagues Under the Street ", Aphsai describes in great detail his scheme to make the insects destroy the humans and then Take Over the World .
  • In " Halloween II 1/2 ", when Samhain ties three children up, he explains to them that he plans to kill the Ghostbusters when they come to rescue them.
  • "Janine, You've Changed" has a rather blunt moral about not needing to worry about your appearance and weight and whatnot and trust that people will like you just the way you are.
  • "The Bogeyman is Back" boils down to there's nothing wrong with admitting being scared.
  • "The Halloween Door" makes a point on how people who aim to fight what they consider morally-wrong are often at risk of becoming just as bad or even worse than the evils they claim to oppose.
  • Aesop Amnesia : In the earlier seasons, Peter had to learn more than once that Slimer wasn't so bad or useless.
  • All Myths Are True : With an occasional subversion, pretty much every myth or legend is shown in the series to have at least some basis in reality.
  • In "Nobody Comes to Lupusville", pretty much any resident of the eponymous Lupusville who is neither a vampire nor a werewolf is this — most of them are either ridiculously small, or big, leaving it unclear whether they're just oddly-sized humans, or dwarfs and giants .
  • In "Ain't NASA-Sarily So", the NASA people keep mentioning an old science officer who had Pointy Ears , in reference to Star Trek: The Original Series , which had someone of that description named Spock. Spock was half-alien, but the show generally doesn't deal with aliens.
  • Ambiguously Jewish : Egon and Janine both have Jewish-sounding surnames. Egon also has a mother who behaves like a Jewish Mother but it's unstated if she's Jewish.

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  • "Ghostworld" was one, too. It featured an amusement park that was haunted and run by a demon.
  • "Rollerghoster" features a rollercoaster haunted by Ghostly Animals .
  • Amusing Alien : One of the "Slimer" shorts involves Slimer being kidnapped by a pair of wacky aliens who try to study him.
  • Ironically, the "health food" turned out to be anything but, giving all four of the Ghostbusters a severe ghost allergy .
  • Angrish : Slimer can completely lose his tenuous grasp of the English language when he's angry or terrified, such as when he spots a legion of Heck House ghosts massing to attack and tries to warn Peter with a string of gibberish. Peter: What's that, Lassie ? A tree fell on Ranger Bob?
  • Some season 2 episodes, such as "Knock Knock" and "Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster" are of higher quality than others in the season.
  • The Grundle resembled the kind of characters that wouldn't be seen until the late 90s.
  • Although the initial test animation pilot used to sell the show had different character models: Peter looked a bit closer to Bill Murray, Ray was fatter and Winston had a rounder face (the latter two examples being seen in the action figures). Additionally, they all wore beige jumpsuits as seen in the movies - in the finished series only Ray would wear the beige jumpsuit while the other three received color coded jumpsuits (probably to make it easier to differentiate them for the audience and animators). Ray also had the odd habit of riding on top of the Ecto-1 rather than inside it.
  • The suits were ultimately justified in the Episode "Citizen Ghost", which had them change out of the brown suits right after fighting Gozer because they had absorbed loads of psychokinetic energy in the battle.
  • Not only the animation but also the sound effect design was done by the Japanese studios; the Proton Pack's iconic charging up sound in particular can be heard in various Anime even up to this day.
  • For a pretty good example of the show at its' most Animesque look no further than the whole of the episode "Ragnarok and Roll"; not only is the design of the original characters pretty on par for 80's anime, but so is the dramaturgy, the flute music, the cuts, the expression and the destruction.
  • Egon has a naturally forming pompadour that resembled this trope. note  This was a side-effect of the artists not being able to use the likenesses of the actors in the movie.
  • Also, appropriately enough, in "Attack of the B-Movie Monsters", where they go to Japan to fight Exactly What It Says on the Tin , they all get anime hair from being exposed to static electricity.
  • They all four fall victim to this in "If I Were a Witch Man." Peter and Slimer laugh when Winston asks about them doing witches and goblins, and Egon actually goes on a rant in Ecto about them selling out their principles.
  • In "The Boogieman Cometh" Venkman states he can get behind the idea of ghosts, but not the Boogieman. He is later proven wrong.
  • In "The Scaring of the Green," Egon finds the notion of a Four-Leaf Clover providing luck absurd, as opposed to ghosts, monsters, ancient curses or magic.
  • In "The Cabinet of Calamari", Egon dismisses the concept of magic. Seriously now, Egon.
  • In "The Ghostbusters Live! From Al Capone's Tomb", not only does the "Egon not believing in magic" thing show up again, but the civilians don't believe in the Netherworld despite clearly seeing Slimer.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology : "Play Them Ragtime Boos" features the group being transported back in time to the Cenozoic Era right in the middle of the ocean, where a hungry Megalodon eyes them for dinner. While the time period is accurate to a point, and the Megalodon does first show up with a giant fin cutting through the water, when the creature is actually shown under the water, it looks less like a giant shark and more like a Mosasaur.
  • Ascended Extra : Janine as she had several episodes centered around her.
  • He also gets to be The Watson to Sherlock Holmes himself in "Elementary, My Dear Winston."
  • Ray as well. He gets to team up his favorite comic book and animated characters, respectively, in "Captain Steel Saves The Day" and "Who're You Calling Two Dimensional".
  • Ate the Spoon : In If I Were a Witch Man Ray mixes up an anti-possession potion and ladles it into a glass jar with a metal spoon. He doesn't get very far before most of it vanishes with a volatile hiss, leaving him holding the smoking handle.
  • Awesome Backpack : The Proton Packs are the ultimate in badass backpacks.
  • On the upside, it did get a terrified Slimer to stop clinging to Peter's leg. Peter: Good job! Egon: Wait 'til you get my bill.
  • Bad Boss : Plenty of ghostly and demonic overlords viciously oppress their followers. Then there's Mr. Tummel from "You Can't Take It With You", a human tycoon who wants to use a transportation beam to send his fortune to the afterlife ahead of him. He gleefully reneges on his promise to not use his device if there are any side effects and has the scientist who created it thrown out the front door. Later, the Ghostbusters find Tummel's butler, gardener, and French chef locked in a closet, and they reveal that Tummel is planning to send them through the portal against their will so they can continue serving him.
  • Badass Boast : Professor Moriarty gives a good one in the episode "Elementary, My Dear Winston". Moriarty: You think you're dealing with some petty ghost? I am the Napoleon of Crime!
  • Badass Bookworm : Played straight with Egon and Ray. Subverted with Peter in that, while he has his doctorate, any ghostbusting equipment he builds tends to be unreliable at best. This is a nod to the movie, as Peter's PhD's were in psychology and parapsychology, not any technical field(Egon, and to a lesser extent Ray, were the techies). By the time of the new video game, Winston becomes this trope when he acquires a doctorate of his own.
  • Baffled by Own Biology : In "Slimer, is That You?", Egon and Slimer swap bodies. While Slimer takes being in a human body in stride, Egon is perplexed by the hankerings he has, wonders why everything Tastes Like Chicken , and is annoyed by the ectoplasm all over himself.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel : "My Left Fang" featured this in a visual gag where the mayor of the German town laments the disappearance of their ghosts by saying that "coffers are bare" without money from tourists coming to see their ghosts. We then see a bunch of coughing men in their underwear, one of them wearing a barrel.
  • Baseball Episode : "Night Game." Good and evil spirits always do battle on a specific area of land on a certain anniversary. Finding a baseball field there this time, they agree to play baseball. As he was there upon their arrival, Winston gets to play short-stop for the good team. The stakes are for the fate of one human soul: Peter 's.
  • Bed Sheet Ghost : While staying the night in Heck House, Ray tumbled down the laundry chute into a basket of dirty linen, which promptly transformed into several angry ghosts and gave chase. Ray managed to shut them inside an electric dryer, turning it on for good measure.
  • Belly Dancer : A chubby dancer named Little Egypt shows up in "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin".
  • Berserk Button : Never insult Albert Einstein when Egon is within earshot, as Vladimir Pavel Maximoff learned the hard way in "Russian About".
  • Big Applesauce : The Ghostbusters were based in New York City , where most of the hauntings took place, although they would also travel to other parts of the U.S. and other countries in some episodes.

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  • Samhain also considered them to be his enemies, though they were only required to fight him once a year.
  • Professor Dweeb started as a recurring bumbling foil for Slimer in his own series of shorts and later migrated to the mainstream cartoons, where he is only moderately more threatening.
  • Big Bad Wannabe : Several ghosts weren't content to simply cause trouble and instead had total conquest on their minds. The Ghostbusters busting them right away is what plays the trope straight. Samhain is probably the most notable example, given his loyal and willing followers. Watt and Hob Anagarak also qualify, as they wanted to raise undead armies and conquer.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies : In "20,000 Leagues Under the Street", the Ghostbusters face an Ancient Egyptian insect god named Apshai, who amasses an army by enlarging ordinary insects into gigantic minions.
  • Big Damn Heroes : Slimer and a group of teenagers are cornered by a huge mob of barrow wights, before the Ghostbusters smash the door down and charge in. Cue the asskicking.
  • Big Eater : Slimer is shown to have a tremendous appetite and often eats a buttload of food in one sitting, carried over from his first appearance in the movie chowing down on room service food.
  • "Ghosts R Us" has the Ghostbusters fight a ghostly family of three named Slug (the short father), Snarg (the skinny mother), and Zunk (the fat kid).
  • While Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston are busy fighting a giant imp monster in "Janine's Day Off", Janine and her temporary replacement have to deal with a fat ghost, a skinny ghost, and a short ghost accidentally beamed into the Firehouse who start wreaking havoc once they get their hands on a proton pack.
  • The titular pizza-loving troublemakers from "The Mean Green Teen Machine" consists of Guggenheim (big), Chicoloni (thin), and an unnamed third member (short).
  • "Slimer, Come Home" takes place on Winston Zeddemore's birthday, the conflict starting when Slimer runs away after Peter Venkman chews him out for devouring Winston's birthday cake.
  • The Slimer! short "Cash or Slime" has Slimer go shopping to get a birthday present for his friend Chilly Cooper.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor : Scattered throughout the series, but most evident in the episode "Station Identification," which casts the Monster Clown head of TV network WBOO as the Monster of the Week .
  • Bittersweet Ending : "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin" (where the Ghostbusters are forced to capture Drool along with the shape-shifting phantom, but they and Madame LaFarge take consolation in the fact that Drool will likely be happy among his own kind in the Containment Unit) and "Egon's Dragon" (where Egon is forced to make the dragon that's imprinted on him go into an eternal slumber, but is relieved to see the dragon sleep peacefully). Also, at the end of "Ghostworld", Egon has recovered from his cold, his coworkers and Slimer are no longer possessed, and the ghost who was possessing them has been locked up. On the other hand, the rest of the Ghostbusters, plus Slimer, have now caught Egon's cold.
  • Blackmail : When Bassingame, a phony spiritualist, winds up agitating the dormant spirits in the home of Ray's aunt, causing them to nearly wreck the place. Once the Ghostbusters resolve the issue, Bassingame had the nerve to demand payment for his "services", then smugly reminds the aunt of the contract she signed with him, which exempts him of any responsibility of whatever damages that might have been incurred. However, Peter and Ray turn it around by threatening to drop off all the ghosts they had just trapped at Bassingame's residence if he doesn't pay for all the damages himself.
  • Also seen in "If I Were a Witch Man" when one of Kestrel's Demons steals his glasses Egon : Nail him, Winston, I can't...I can't see him!
  • It appears that It Runs in the Family . Egon's uncle Cyrus was similarly blind without his glasses, which became a problem since he didn't believe in ghosts, and his glasses broke during a Bust where the gang were trying to convince him they were real.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead : As noted above, the three white members of the team are a male version of this (in contrast with their live-action versions, who all had brown hair): Egon (blond), Peter (brunet), and Ray (redhead).
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass : Wat tries to open the containment unit by possessing Peter and having him open it.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall : In "Who Are You Calling Two-Dimensional?", when the Ghostbusters are sucked into a cartoon world. Winston asks Ray since they're in a cartoon, then where's the audience? Ray replies by pointing at the screen, where Winston proceeds to press his face on it while calling out if anyone's there. Coming back, Egon asks what happened, and he replied that "they changed channel".
  • Breakout Character : Slimer. Got his own series and his name added to the series' title.
  • Broad Strokes : How the series treats the events of the movies. The guys battled Gozer and Vigo, just not exactly the same way as in the movies. The movies are treated as fictionalized versions of the "real" story. (See also Celebrity Paradox , below)
  • Broken Aesop : "Janine, You've Changed" actually has a very valid lesson: don't alter your appearance just to impress others, just Be Yourself . One small problem, though: Janine isn't how she originally was—her appearance and voice are still altered. So Janine saying she likes herself just as she is rings a little hollow.
  • Broken Pedestal : The episode "Sea Fright" has Ray Stantz admire a treasure hunter named Max Pilopolous, but lose respect for his hero because of how rude he was when the Ghostbusters asked to borrow the treasure he recently found to try and capture the ghost pirates plaguing New York.
  • Bullying a Dragon / Mugging the Monster : The Ghostmaster's second and final appearance, "Revenge of the Ghostmaster", began with him beating up a gang of punks who dared to insult his appearance and try to mug him.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday : "The Boogieman Cometh" averts this and is very unnerving about it. The Boogieman: [to Egon] I remember you .
  • Butt-Monkey : Most of the slapstick and physical comedy was provided via Peter, which he hated immensely...but the other members of the team found hilarious.
  • Used in an interesting fashion in "Knock Knock". The Ghostbusters went onboard a possessed empty train and suddenly the lights went out. They figured out they were alone since the only things that could be seen were four pairs of eyes, but when the lights came back again they found themselves surrounded by a bunch of undead, skeletal passengers with no eyes whatsoever that can see them perfectly well.
  • Used again in an interesting fashion in "Moaning Stones", where the Ghostbusters retreat from an army of reanimated museum skeletons into a dark closet. They could all see each other's eyes in the pitch darkness, plus an extra pair of large glowing red eyes... Winston: That was close... Ray: (counting the eye pairs) Two, four, six, eight... ten...? uh... fellas...? Peter: I don't mean to alarm anyone, but I keep coming up with an extra pair of eyes. Anyone got a match? (Egon lights a match, then turn to see the skeletal saber-tooth behind them)
  • By Wall That Is Holey : When haunted girders threw a large hunk of building at the team.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water : This, as a weakness of vampires, was a plot point in "No One Comes to Lupusville", which dealt with a feud between a clan of werewolves and another of vampires. It was also a key plot point in "The Headless Motorcyclist" featuring the Headless Horseman from the Sleepy Hollow legend.
  • Canon Immigrant : A couple from the Slimer short toons made it to the main series late season: The insufferable Professor Dweeb made three appearances - looking not too different from his toon presentation. One appearance was "The Slob," which brought back the odorrific ghost Sleaze as the McGuffin for his older brother Glob.
  • It's mentioned that after the Gozer incident they upgraded the containment unit to be larger (in the movie it was mounted on the wall while here it takes up most of the basement) and more resilient. Egon: "I think I'll make it bigger."
  • The threat of the containment unit shutting down, on the other hand, cropped up several times - like where the city power grid and the containment unit's backup generator became possessed, leading Peter to quickly improvise a backup backup generator made from a bike, and Ecto 1 's generator, with Janine pedaling for dear life (and being forgotten about at the end of the episode ).
  • There are also indications that the guys learn from past mistakes. In "Halloween 2½", two goblins are able to open up the Containment Unit within moments of trying. In "Elementary, My Dear Winston," we see a mechanism has been installed to force a time delay to give the guys time to get down there to halt the process.
  • Cartoonland Time : A family of ghosts starts up a phony ghostbusting business that outsells the Ghostbusters on the same day they started it up.
  • Cast from Hit Points : In "Citizen Ghost", the ghostly doubles of the Ghostbusters use packs that fire charged ectoplasm. Using them drains their own energy, so the more they fire the harder it becomes for them to maintain coherence.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue : Occurs several times. One of the most prominent examples takes place during The Haunting of Heck House. After Ray uses the house wiring to turn the place into one big ghost trap , Egon casually points out a problem with the plan while Peter, Winston, and Slimer hold the doors shut against a legion of ghosts battering their way in. Ray: Alright, that oughtta do it. Here we... Egon: (calmly interrupts) We're about to turn the place into one big ghost trap , and we're inside it. Ray: (replies calmly) So? Egon: So...we don't know if humans can survive inside a ghost trap . Ray: Huh...you know, you're right! Peter: Guys! Egon: We'll have to leave the mansion. < A ghost's claw reaches through the splintered door, getting a piece of Winston's pant leg before he jerks it away> Ray: But...uhhh...we can't leave, the door's bricked up . Peter, Winston, and Slimer: Guyyyyyyyys! <Ray and Egon turn and look before going back to their conversation, still casual as ever> Egon: I guess we'll have to hope it disrupts the energy enough to break out . Ray: Yeah, I suppose you're right. Whelp, here goes!
  • Celebrity Paradox : Averted: Bill Murray and the other actors from the films still exist in The Real Ghostbusters universe, and they even play the same movie roles. Lampshaded when Venkman comments that Murray "doesn't look a thing like me". Winston : Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis? Isn't that a law firm?
  • Characterization Marches On : The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. In "Cry Uncle" (and the original intro and the unaired pilot), he's depicted as a malevolent ghost. In all other appearances, he's actually quite benign and acts as an ally twice - considering the guys and Slimer his friends. He doesn't even mind being trapped in the Containment Unit. (The change may be justified and Lampshaded in "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis" by Peter saying, "He's all better now... we think.")
  • Christmas Episode / Yet Another Christmas Carol : In "Xmas Marks the Spot", the team accidentally busts Scrooge's ghosts and changes history. They then have to go back and fix the mess they made. The whole affair turns out to be the ghosts' Batman Gambit to teach Peter the value of Christmas. Ironically, it crosses over with It's a Wonderful Plot , as the changes caused turn the town essentially into Pottersville.
  • Clip Show : The series' single clip show episode was "Deja Boo," where Professor Dweeb captures Slimer and uses a machine to see his memories. The episodes footage was recycled from were "The Copycat", "Halloween II 1/2", and "Sticky Business". There was also an hour-long cut of the episode that used clips from the same episodes in the half-hour version in addition to the episode "The Two Faces of Slimer".
  • Clue of Few Words : In "Ghostbuster of the Year", the Ghostbusters have to determine why a ghost keeps chanting, "Rosebud!" in reference to Citizen Kane .
  • Comic Books Are Real : Well supernatural energy can make comics into something real.
  • Competition Coupon Madness : In the Slimer! short "Dr. Strangedog", Slimer eats enough Freaky Flakes cereal that he has 100 box tops to exchange for the Super Duper Spy Kit he wants.
  • In "Ghosts R Us", he joins in with the other Ghostbusters smiling upon receiving chocolate. Downplayed, since he has been known to like chocolate .
  • In "Mrs. Rogers' Neighbourhood", he joins in with his coworkers and Slimer excitedly lunging for the phone when it rings, then with Winston, Ray, and Slimer in cheering and punching the air.
  • He laughs along with his friends in "Janine's Genie" when she chooses an old-fashioned lamp as her prize.
  • He gasps alongside the rest of the Ghostbusters in "Ghostbuster of the Year" upon seeing a huge mansion.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative : More specifically, the elder Venkman uses his son's ghostbusting fame to move into selling phony "ghost repellers," claiming that he taught his son everything he knows about the supernatural. Later, he and another scam artist inadvertently resurrect an ancient demon. In both instances, Peter and his colleagues reluctantly step in to save him from himself...and to save his victims.
  • Contrived Coincidence : In the episode "Slimer, Come Home," Ray tries using this to his advantage. Egon : Why aren't you looking for Slimer? Ray : I'm trying out a new theory of mine. Have you ever noticed that when you go looking for someone, you almost never find them? I figured that if I stay in one spot for long enough, everyone I've ever met in my life will come to me sooner or later. Egon : Ray, just so you know, that's the most ridiculous thing I ever- Woman Ray Stantz! Hello! Ray : Hey, that's Mrs. Milligan, my second grade teacher. Hi, Mrs. Milligan! -( Beat )- Egon : Ray, I think one of us needs a nice, long vacation.
  • Ironically, when the show was rebranded as Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters and featured many reviled changes, Continuity Nods actually improved ; particularly with regard to the movies. Among other things, the Ghostbusters reminisce about their first case when they visit New York Public Library, Zuul is in the new intro, Vigo and the psychokinetic slime from the second movie are mentioned, and Louis is added to the cast.
  • The episode-long flashback of how Slimer came to be the Team Pet starts with the 'Busters returning home from their defeat of Gozer the Gozerian , still in their original khaki jumpsuits covered in marshmallow gunk.
  • The changes were made in the series to capitalize on the popularity of the second movie. In turn, the second movie itself recognized that the Ghostbusters were a big hit with children, thanks in part to the cartoon. The adult humor was toned way down, while Slimer (identified by the name which the cartoon had given him, and redesigned to look more like his cartoon self) made a cameo as a bus driver.
  • In The Halloween Door, the disaster of the first movie happens all over again. Ray is a great distance away from the firehouse when it blows up, but he knows it when he hears it.
  • This was later revisited in the episode "Russian About" where they fight a monster which looks like Yogg'Saron , in the Soviet Union.
  • The entity from "Ragnarok and Roll".
  • Used as the main weapon of the Peoplebusters in middle-season episode "Flip Side."
  • In "The Two Faces of Slimer," after facing off with a troublesome spook, Peter tells the others to utilize "Plan 55-A."
  • An Addams family expy in the Mycawbs in episode "Loathe Thy Neighbor" (although the daughter looks more like Marilyn Munster ).
  • A family of tourist ghosts in "Transcendental Tourists"
  • A cute baby ghost being searched for by her much more menacing parents in "Baby Spookums"
  • The Grungys, a parody of The Simpsons in "Guess What's Coming to Dinner"
  • Crippling Overspecialization : Al Capone and his competitors are still at war in the ghost world, but although their finger guns and other weapons can't really hurt each other (those that get shot transform into goofy forms for a second or two before turning back) they keep at it anyway. Ray and Egon discuss it after taking cover in the middle of their firefight. Ray: I don't get it...they're firing but it doesn't seem to hurt 'em! Egon: I suppose that's all they knew how to do in life, so that's all they know how to do now!
  • Cutting the Knot : The crew find a locked chest where Ray attempts to open it by picking the lock with a hairpin. As he fiddles with it, Peter simply shoots the lock with his proton gun, opening the chest.
  • Dancing Theme : The ending, where the move in question was taken from the original Ghostbusters theme music video. The only person missing from the music video's line-up is musician Ray Parker Jr himself.
  • Dark Is Not Evil : Not all the supernatural beings the Ghostbusters encountered were evil; some wished merely to rest in peace, and others needed the Ghostbusters' help against entirely human villains.
  • Dartboard of Hate : In at least one episode Venkman had one of this cop who kept hassling them.
  • A Day in the Limelight : Janine gets several episodes like this, most notably "Janine's Genie" and " Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster ". "Janine, You've Changed" might be one of the most hilarious meta-examples in the entire medium.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Peter and Janine, just like in the movies. Egon gets in on the act pretty regularly, too. Peter: Egon, I just had a thought. Egon: You had a thought? Peter: Yes. Egon: Here. Have a cookie. Peter: Why? Egon: It's how they train seals, Peter. Unfortunately, I'm all out of fish.
  • "Chicken, He Clucked" features a man who hates chickens so much that he wants to make a deal with a demon to get rid of them. Embarrassed by being summoned for such a silly request, the demon gives him the power to send anything away as a compromise. Soon, every chicken on Earth is sent to another dimension and (after annoying the man) so are the Ghostbusters. The demon agrees to help the Ghostbusters, though, because his colleagues found out about the deal and won't stop mocking him. The demon reveals a loophole that the Ghostbusters manage to exploit to cancel the deal.
  • Done by accident by Ray and Winston in "The Devil to Pay" where they unknowingly sign a contract that had them soul-bound to take part in a demon's game show where they have to play for their lives. They win, but the demon tries to pull a fast one—leaving them to die in the final challenge. After escaping, Peter threatens bodily harm to the demon host to give them the all-expense-paid trip for four to Tahiti he promised them, which he had no choice but to grant.
  • Death by De-aging : In "Three Men and an Egon", Egon gets caught in the proton beams along with a ghost that ages in reverse, causing them to exchange aging processes. As a result, Egon begins to de-age from an adult to a baby at an alarming rate. Ray, Peter, Winston and Slimer have to find the ghost and reverse the process before Egon disappears.
  • Death Glare : "Slimer, Come Home" has one. Ray : (about Slimer's farewell letter) Janine, you can read this? Janine : I'm a secretary; I can read anything. Someone wanted him to go. (Egon and Winston angrily glance at Peter, who looks confused)
  • Defeating the Cheating Opponent : Enforced in the "Night Game" episode. A war between the forces of Good and Evil is played as a game of baseball, with the fate of a human soul on the line. The Busters go in to rescue Winston, who is playing on Team Good. At one point, the Busters note that Team Evil is cheating, and the umpire replies "Evil cheats; that's why we call them 'evil'" to the Busters. Only Team Good is not allowed to cheat; if they do, then Team Good loses. Winston and Team Good still win the baseball game anyway in spite of Team Evil cheating, and the human soul is spared.
  • Demon/Devil Distinction : "The Devil to Pay" establishes that there are many demons (which may be "minor" or "major") but only one Devil. This is revealed when Winston says that he's sold his soul to the Devil, and Egon corrects him that Dib (who they all sold their souls to) is only a minor demon, not the Devil.
  • The Wicked Witch Kestrel possessed at least two people, including Egon. (After Kestrel has been exorcised) Peter: You feeling OK? Egon: Actually...I feel like...I need a looooong shower.
  • There were also some minor spooks in "Janine, You've Changed" that took over vases and...scarier things: Peter: They get into things, make them real big, and attack us. So what can they get into that's that bad? (Cue demonic swarm) Peter: Yaaaaaaahhhh! Cockroaches!
  • Wat in "Mrs. Rogers' Neighborhood" forcefully possesses Peter in order to use his body's prints and voice to unlock the containment unit.
  • Averted with Vanna in "The Cabinet of Calamari". Due to her spaced out mannerisms and Egon not detecting any traces of ghostly possession on the PKE meter, he deduced she was hypnotized.
  • Denser and Wackier : The Slimer! shorts were typically more zany and cartoonish than the regular episodes, complete with having a more simplified art style.
  • Devil, but No God : The heroes have visited quite a few hellish dimensions and fought demons from them, but if a heavenly version of the afterlife exists, it has never been seen.
  • Slimer does this to Samhain twice . In "When Halloween Was Forever," after Samhain demands that he renounce the Ghostbusters and join him, Slimer blows raspberries in his face. In "Halloween II 1/2," as part of the Ghostbusters' plan to stop Samhain, Slimer slimes him in the face.
  • In "The Halloween Door," the little girl Emma essentially does this to Boogaloo. Emma: (laughing) You're funny. Boogaloo: Wh-what's wrong with you? Aren't you afraid of me? Emma: Nope.
  • Ironically, in the episode where they confront the actual Cthulhu, they don't try this; they just open fire.
  • They also required a force of nature to do so; Cthulhu was unharmed by anything they themselves could throw at him and took a couple of lightning bolts to defeat.
  • Winston was also found to suffer this. He and his father had a falling out when he became a Ghostbuster rather than stay in construction. The two did patch things up on-screen, though.
  • It's curious that Egon's mother appears in two episodes, but there's never any mention made of his father.
  • Venkman wears a tutu and wig when he needs to stand in for the Ghost of Christmas Past.
  • Disney Death : Slimer in "Big Trouble With Little Slimer".
  • Dramatic Irony : In Knock Knock , as they're trying to stop the end of the world underneath New York, the Ghostbusters wonder if they'll be on the news, but ultimately shrug off the idea given their track record. For once, the news IS wondering where they are.
  • Ray and Winston themselves come pretty close when they go. Egon: What's wrong with them? Peter: I dunno, I think they saw something upstairs. Ray: <frozen in wide-eyed shock> ...and it...it had two-hundred eyes, I know...I...I counted...
  • Eek, a Mouse!! : "Stay Tooned" has a scene where Janine gets scared by a cartoon mouse and a cartoon cat chasing each other and leaping out of the TV set. Before she gives the full details to the Ghostbusters, they initially think that she was frightened by a regular mouse.
  • El Spanish "-o" : Used in Spacebusters when Janine tries to drive her point home to Winston in three languages. Janine: I'm positive. You have had no calls this morning. Winston: I don't understand... Janine: Then Winston, let me put it this way: El telefono no ding-a-ling-a pour vous, capisce?
  • Eldritch Abomination : Not only the aforementioned C(a)thulhu, but also the Mee-krah, a horrible octopus-like entity who awakened every few millennia and left complete destruction wherever it went (it is said in the episode that the Gobi and Sahara deserts were results of its activity). It fed upon the spiritual energy of ghosts, who practically begged to be captured by the Ghostbusters.
  • Eldritch Location : Many of the dimensions the Ghostbusters get sucked into, the Bogeyman's domain and the New Jersey Parellelogram (an Expy of the Bermuda Triangle) being two prime examples.
  • Episode Title Card : Seasons 1-4 had them, but seasons 5-7 superimposed the episode title with the first scene.
  • Erotic Dream : Cut short in "Mean Green Teen Machine." Egon demonstrates his dream-reader on a sleeping Peter, who fantasizes about romancing Kim Basinger as Batman . After a Kissing Discretion Shot Egon unplugs the machine. Peter wakes up to the firehouse alarm and immediately gets a ribbing from his giggling compatriots. Winston: We've got a call, Caped Crusader. Peter: But I was right in the middle of a sensational dream! Winston: Yeah... Ray: You sure were!
  • Enemy Mine : In "Chicken, He Clucked", the demon that granted Cubbie’s wish to get rid of every chicken, Morganon, ends up working with the Ghost Busters (even saving them from the world Cubbie sent them) when the sheer ridiculousness of the wish starts affecting his work, denying him any more deals and making him a joke to the other demons.
  • When a lawyer arrives at the firehouse with a proposition to "clean up" Heck House, Egon and Ray refuse. Before they can leave, the lawyer stops them in their tracks with just three words. Egon: We've faced demons, monsters, Gozer, multi-dimensional invasions, but there is nothing that will get me within a mile of Heck House. Lawyer: One...million...dollars.
  • Another more benign example occurs in "Sticky Business" when the heroes are trying to raise money for an orphanage. The president of the company that makes Stay Puft marshmallows asks to borrow Mr. Stay Puft for an advertising campaign, and they don't think it's a good idea... They all change their minds when he says how much he'll pay them.
  • Then there's this exchange in "No-One Comes to Lupusville": Winston: Forget it. I've seen enough movies to know that you don't mess with vampires unless you know what you're doing. We don't . Gregor: That is unfortunate. I could have made it eminently worth your while...( pulls out a chest laden with gold ) Winston: However, I am a fast learner.
  • In "Loathe Thy Neighbor" the heroes are hesitant to take the Micawbs' case, seeing as the Micawbs are stranger than most of the ghosts they tend to bust. Then Mr. Micawb says that cost is not an option and they'll pay any price; the guys change their mind quickly.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes : Mimes are listed in Ghost Master's Book of Annoying Beings , one page after the Ghostbusters.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy : Alan Favish and Charles Faversham found that out the hard way.
  • "Citizen Ghost" had the heroes fighting evil spectral doubles of themselves caused by ectoplasmic energy combining with their original beige jumpsuits, which had been contaminated by their fight with Gozer.
  • A Corrupt Corporate Executive creates a robotic ghost eliminator in "Robo-Buster" by making copies of design specs for the team's equipment. Only his version seemingly destroys ghosts, which Egon states is fundamentally impossible. And then is proven correct when all the dispersed ghost energy recombines into a really nasty (and humongous) specter.
  • In "Ragnarok and Roll" Egon's PKE meter starts to spark and smoke within a second of scanning a particularly powerful ancient parchment, forcing him to hurl it like a live grenade, smashing it through a closed window. Everyone in the room hits the deck before it blows a crater in the sidewalk about the size of a VW Beetle. Cindy: Is all your equipment this dangerous? Peter: Oh no no...well... actually it is, but we're all very well-trained. We haven't blown up a house in... days.
  • The Ghostbusters also wire their packs to overload to power up a bomb and take out the Boogeyman, though they don't intend to go with it on that occasion.
  • There are characters who are less than kind jabs at Filmation's Ghostbusters , He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) , Star Trek: The Original Series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .
  • Speaking of TMNT, Janine's redesign is probably intended to mirror April O'Neil.
  • In the toy line, the ghost toy "Sludge Bucket" was Jabba the Hutt with a giant mouth full of slime and larger eyes.
  • One episode featured Captain Steel and his archenemy Dr.Destructo , comic book characters created by comic book artist Len Wolfman .
  • On the first two ABC seasons, the "No Ghost" logo, underneath the shows' title, flipped around to announce that the show was back. This bumper was always used to start Act 2, and Arsenio Hall voiced him.
  • The Syndicated episodes had a big "No Ghost" logo running towards it, one flipped around, one scared, one sawing, and one whistling. Usually, Frank Welker voiced the "No Ghost", but some of them had Arsenio Hall voicing them.
  • After the show became Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters , the eyecatch was now Frank Welker saying that the show was back. The half-way bumper for hour-long broadcasts were narrated by Welker in his normal voice, and in his Slimer voice.
  • Failed Attempt at Scaring : The ghost of a dead gangster tells the Ghostbusters they'll never take him alive. They point out he's already dead. He acknowledges that, then makes a hideous, ghoulish face to try and scare them. Their response? Venkman: You don't scare us Vinny. Take away those supernatural powers and you're just another two-bit dead hood.
  • After failing to kill Ichabod Crane centuries before "The Headless Motorcyclist," the Headless Horseman/Motorcyclist has made regular attacks on Ichabod's son, distant niece, and other family members.
  • In "Scaring of the Green," every St. Patrick's Day where there's a fool moon, the current head of the O'Malley clan is Dragged Off to Hell by a bog hound as punishment from a leprechaun who was vengeful after being robbed by a family member.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms : Averted and played straight. Some ghosts of gunslingers can merely use Finger Guns to fire. A few other ghosts and human authority figures are seen wielding firearms.
  • There was also an episode where Janine was in the shower, carefully showing only her face and legs and carefully avoiding the rest. Ghosts begin to bug her and she spends the next few moments running around in nothing but a towel. As the scene ends, Janine walks off screen and the towel is suddenly thrown off as she's out of frame.
  • That's not counting all the times the guys are shown shirtless, in the shower, or even just in their boxers.
  • Fantasy Landmark Equivalent : In "Flip Side", the Ghostbusters arrive in a ghostly Bizarro Universe , where the counterpart of New York is called Boo York. There, the Statue of Liberty is replaced with a giant statue of a witch.
  • The syndicated episodes occasionally had the Ghostbusters confronted by an obese cop named Lieutenant Frump, who was very mean to them.
  • The episodes "Short Stuff" and "Revenge of the Ghostmaster" featured the Ghostmaster, a tremendously fat and powerful ghost who wishes to destroy the Ghostbusters.
  • The Slimer! shorts frequently had Slimer having to avoid capture by Professor Norman Dweeb, an eccentric scientist who is a little on the chunky side and obsessed with proving he's smarter in the field of paranormal studies than the Ghostbusters.
  • "Partners in Slime" had a morbidly obese gangster ghost named Pozo as the villain, who vaguely resembled Jabba the Hutt in mafia duds.
  • Fear Is Normal : In "The Bogeyman is Back", Egon is scared after a fall from a building, but doesn't want to admit it since he's worried his friends will no longer see him as brave. However, his reluctance to admit his fear leads to the Boogieman emerging, so Egon has to admit he's scared.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner : In "Treasure of the Sierra Tamale", Slimer breathes fire after eating some spicy burritos.
  • Flash Back : As part of an Evil Counterpart episode, it showed the team discarding their old, evil-marshmallow-encrusted uniforms and building replacements for the equipment damaged in the first film's climax. And as a result of being encrusted with ectoplasm, the originals then became the team's ghostly Evil Twins .
  • Follow the Chaos : In "Stay Tooned," Sammy K. Ferret can't quite keep his reality warping cartoon powers in check when he enters the real world. Peter : (frustrated) No sign of the little runt anywhere . Winston : (also feeling it) With a million hiding places in this town, we'll never find him. Egon : On the contrary, Sammy should be easy to locate. We just have to follow his trail (pointing out the parts of New York City Sammy already turned into cartoon characters) .
  • "Poultrygeist" featured Egon turning into a werechicken .
  • In "Short Stuff," a spell accidentally turns Peter into a mouse. The change lasts only a few moments, though.
  • In the episode "Stay Tooned", Ray, Egon and Winston are turned into cartoon animals as a result of TV cartoon character Sammy K. Ferret gaining ghost-like powers and entering the real world. Interestingly, in Ray's case, it gets combined with a slow Painful Transformation , whereas Winston and Egon transform right away.
  • Forceful Kiss : Slimer likes giving these to Janine - naturally, since it leaves her mouth covered in ectoplasm, she’s less than enthused. It’s enough of a Running Gag that it features in the first opening.
  • Fountain of Youth : In the episode "Three Men and an Egon," an incident with a ghost causes Egon to begin regressing, and threatens to reduce him to nothingness unless the process is reversed.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip : In "Slimer, Is That You?", a mishap with one of Egon's inventions causes him and Slimer to switch bodies. Egon wants to fix this ASAP before Slimer "eats [his] body into a butterball coma".
  • Foreseeing My Death : In "Future Tense," once Ray is able to convince the rest of the Ghostbusters their new TV can see the future, they plug it in to see what it forecasts next. Unfortunately, the next prediction shows them fighting a water elemental on the firehouse roof in a lightning storm, showing "The End" on screen before dissolving into static. Luckily for them, the water elemental that had been growing like a "supernatural fungus" in their new TV the whole time was Not So Omniscient After All , and the prediction becomes a Self-Defeating Prophecy . Peter: What happened? Winston: Yeah, what's it mean, "The End?" Ray: I think we just witnessed...our own deaths! <Slimer begins to sob, crying into Peter's chest> Peter: <pats Slimer comfortingly> Well the good news is we can see the future but the bad news is...it's gonna be real short!
  • Foul Medicine : In "Ghost World", Egon catches a cold, and his mother tries to cure him by feeding him an old remedy from her husband's side of the family. The remedy is a blend of chicken soup , orange juice, tea, prune juice , and garlic. When Egon drinks it, he jokes that he's lucky to have survived it, and when Peter, Ray, Winston, and Slimer catch his cold , she tries to make more of it for them.
  • Four Is Death : The four ghost cowboys in "Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble : Ray: sanguine, Peter: choleric, Egon: melancholic, Winston: phlegmatic
  • Funny Photo Phrase : In "Three Men and an Egon", the Ghostbusters have a group photo and Winston asks them to say, "Ghostbusters!". However, no one does — Peter and Ray remain silent, and Egon, who had turned into a baby , just blows a raspberry .
  • Fur Is Clothing : The Slimer! short "Cruisin' for a Brusin'" had a gag where Bruiser barked so loud that Fred's fur came off to reveal boxer shorts.
  • The episode "Slimer Come Home" featured a massive poltergeist who was absorbing the energy of many smaller ghosts to increase its power, while "Robo-Buster" pitted the boys against a colossal ghost that had been created by the dissipated energies of dozens of smaller ghosts broken up by Robo-Buster's modified proton beams.
  • In "The Slob", the Sleaze and his brother the Glob were able to merge into a more powerful ghost called the Slob.
  • Geek Physiques : Averted by the two geekiest Ghostbusters. Ray is, at worst, only a bit overweight, while Egon is quite fit.
  • Genius Loci : In "Egon's Dragon", Egon's ancestor Zedekiah tried to use magic to restore water back to his well in the 1700's, only to summon the spirit of the well, which took the form of a dragon (the term "Genius Loci" is referenced directly). In Zedekiah's case, it was the size of a horse, and was put back to sleep after it started stealing his neighbor's livestock as presents for him. When Egon accidentally awakens it in the current day, it's grown to the size of a house, and is bringing Egon Rolls Royces and cruise ships. Egon ends up a little reluctant to bust the dragon, because he knows it's just trying to impress its "Daddy".
  • Genre Savvy : The Ghostbusters, natch, but not always enough to avoid close calls. In "No One Comes to Lupusville," when told they don't know if proton packs will work on vampires, Winston wants to leave. "I've seen enough movies to know you don't face vampires without knowing what you're doing, and we don't." The promise of a hefty payment causes him to ignore his better judgment.
  • In "It's About Time" the Ghostbusters accidentally travel back to 1959, tearing a hole in the time fabric and allowing ghosts to invade The '50s .
  • The Rollerghoster was a group of ghostly circus animals who took 10 people hostage and can animate an amusement ride. It consists of an elephant, a horse, a bear, a snake, a monkey, and a gorilla.
  • Another episode had Simon Quegg's cruelty manifest as a powerful horse spectre and buggy bonded to him.
  • Ghost horses also feature in "Ghost Fight at the OK Corral".
  • Ghost Pirate : The boys had to deal with a crew of these who invaded New York to recover their buried treasure after it was discovered and put on display in a city museum.
  • Overlapping with Something We Forgot : In "Killerwatt", Janine is left to run a pedal powered generator when the power goes off. Fast forward—monster defeated, power back on, heroes are celebrating, but "Wait—we forgot to tell Janine to stop, she must still be pedaling the generator.. nah she'd have figured out she can stop by now right?" Gilligan Cut to Janine STILL pedaling.
  • In "Beneath These Streets" Peter: "Yeah, I'm not going on a wild goose chase at this hour. Mama Venkman didn't raise no fools!" (cut to the Ghostbusters searching in the sewers) Winston: (to Peter) "Say, Fool!"
  • Glad I Thought of It : The Slimer! short "The Dirty Half-Dozen" has Goolem take credit for Zugg's idea when he suggests that they lure Slimer into a trap by holding the Ghostbusters prisoner.
  • Glamour Failure : Dixie has some ghost-like traits in "Til Death Do Us Part", but she looks human.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound : Used in the Slimer! short "Slimer's Silly Symphony", where Slimer at one point asks his friend Chilly Cooper if she can sing. When she shows her ability to sing, her singing causes several glass objects around her to shatter.
  • Godzilla Threshold : Comes up quite often, involving threats that far outclassed the Ghostbusters' equipment. Usually this required releasing larger entities like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man or Explosive Overclocking of their equipment.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen : In "Surely You Joust", the Ghostbusters disguise themselves in order to take Orlox by surprise by taking armor from some ghost knights while they're bathing in a river.
  • Grail in the Garbage : In one episode, Ray finds himself in possession of the shears belonging to the Three Fates, finding them on the ground just as he needs to cut something. He keeps them, forcing Clotho to chase him all over New York to try to (discreetly) get them back, because she's the one who dropped them in the first place. As far as he can tell, they're just a pair of scissors, but they're really awesome scissors.
  • "If I Were A Witch Man", being possessed by a witch-like ghost.
  • Another time was in "Egon on the Rampage", when his soul was sucked out due to a machine malfunction, and a demon escaped and took his body for a ride, turning him into a purple Hulk expy.
  • The demon Watt possessed Peter in "Mrs. Rogers' Neighborhood" in an attempt to open the Containment Unit.
  • Everyone including Janine and Slimer (don't ask) except Egon gets possessed in "Ghostworld".
  • Gratuitous Spanish : In "Something's Going Around", Slimer answers the phone with "Ghostbusters, se habla Espanol?" Later on, Peter exclaims "¡Que pasa!" when Slimer gets up in his face and makes it swell— A reaction to ectoplasmic energy caused by eating some strange chips given to them by a ghostly doctor.
  • Great Big Book of Everything : Tobin's Spirit Guide, Egon's go-to resource for learning more about the Monster of the Week .
  • There is the infrequent reference (such as in "Chicken, He Clucked," "Hanging by a Thread" or "The Devil to Pay") to a Satan or "Lord of evil"-type character.
  • Gozer could also be considered an example since the show featured several instances of the Ghostbusters mentioning him and the possibility for him returning.
  • Greed : Mr. Tummel in “You Can’t Take It With You” is a miserly old man who is so greedy he plotted to send all his money into the ghost world so that he could take it with him after death. This causes ghosts to flood into the real world, which doesn’t concern him as long as he gets to keep his fortune.
  • "When Halloween Was Forever": A pair of ghosts free Samhain, the Spirit of Halloween, whose goal is to create a permanent Halloween night.
  • "Halloween 2½": Samhain is freed from the Containment Unit and tries to again achieve his goal, while also seeking revenge against the Ghostbusters.
  • The Slimer! short "Sweet Revenge": Slimer plans to go trick-or-treating with his friend Fred the Dog, having to watch out for his nemesis Professor Dweeb attempting to capture him as usual as well as Goolem and Zugg seeking revenge against the spud for sending them to the South Pole.
  • "The Halloween Door": Seeking to end Halloween forever, a Moral Guardian steals Ghostbuster tech to use for his machine. Doing so, however, breaks an ancient, ghostly contract—allowing hordes of supernatural terrors to invade New York City. The only one not to feature Samhain, a choice on JMS's part owing to the previously mentioned Author Tract .
  • Hammy Villain, Serious Hero : Downplayed for the Boogieman . He's certainly hammy (with lines like "What's that? FEAR! Delicious, delicious fear!" ), but out of his enemies the Ghostbusters, only one of them (Egon) is stoic (the others are a Deadpan Snarker , a Genki Guy , and a normal guy). That said, Egon is the one who bumps heads with him the most due to him having met the Boogieman as a kid.
  • Haunted Headquarters : The Ghostbusters share their home with thousands of entities they've caught. Although the ghosts are isolated in their basement containment unit, there's always the threat of a jailbreak that can turn the firehouse into Spook Central.
  • Haunted House : Several, with Heck House as the great-granddaddy of them all. Egon: That place chews up paranormal investigators like Slimer goes through jelly beans.
  • Basically all the ghosts in "Killer-Watt" are possessed appliances and power tools.
  • He Who Fights Monsters : Invoked in "The Halloween Door" after Dr. Crowley turns on his anti-Halloween machine and finds to his horror that Fairweather was a demon all along, manipulating him to break the Halloween contract. Fairweather: You forgot The First Rule of Fanatics: When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy!
  • Headless Horseman : "The Headless Motorcyclist" featured a descendant of Ichabod Crane cursed by a headless apparition on a motorcycle who chases her.
  • Heel–Face Turn : Slimer and Stay-Puft (Although in the latter's case, whether he was good or evil could be Depending on the Writer ). Robo-Buster also counts once Egon reworked its proton guns so they fired the same types of beams as the Ghostbusters' weapons and it helped our heroes clean up the mess its creator had caused.
  • Hell on Earth : Heavily implied to be the result of breaking the Halloween contract in "The Halloween Door." While it could qualify as a Ghost Invasion the invaders are explicitly stated to be demons, not ghosts.
  • There have been a few of episodes where the boys themselves very nearly have to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world. Fortunately, they always seem to get a reprieve.
  • Hidden Depths : Given the way he behaves, you'd almost forget that Peter has a doctorate. He actually comes up with several good plans against ghosts, such as capturing Nexa (a primordial god). He's also a softie at heart, which could lead one to consider that he actively employs a Jerkass facade.
  • Historical In-Joke : An Amelia Earheart-alike is stranded in another dimension.
  • Hollywood Density : The ending of "You Can't Take It With You" has not just paper money falling from the sky on the Ghostbusters but also gold bars. In reality, gold is very heavy. Falling gold bars would make dents in the ground and would be heavy to lift.
  • Egon also has a tendency to do this to himself whenever he gets too complacent about his own genius. Lampshaded by himself in at least one episode. Egon : Sometimes I think the universe just waits for me to get cocky.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming : Peter comes to Slimer's defense in "When Halloween Was Forever": Peter : Leave him alone! Nobody picks on the spud but me!
  • Ignored Expert : Ray's aunt invites him and the other Ghostbusters to her house for a seance by a sketchy "spiritualist", who is actually a con artist. Despite her nephew and his friends' extensive knowledge of dealing with spirits, she chooses to trust the con artist's methods, waving off the Ghostbusters' warnings. It went as well as one would think.
  • Imagine Spot : Peter conjures up a whole music video in "Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?"
  • Implied Death Threat : From Egon of all people, played for laughs in "Who are you Calling Two-Dimensional?" after Peter mocks his latest backfired experiment. Peter : "Incalculable value to science," eh Egon? Egon : Peter. Do you know how to set your proton pack on explosive overload? Peter : No. Egon : I DO . Peter : ...... Now that I think about it, it was a good effort, Egon. A really, really good effort. Heh, science would be proud.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You : The team's mantra: "If you're not afraid, then it can't hurt you".
  • Incredible Shrinking Man : In "Short Stuff", the Ghostbusters get shrunk by one of the Ghostmaster's bounty hunters. They then spend the remainder of the episode trying to evade the bounty hunter while Janine and Slimer look up a spell to return the Ghostbusters to normal size.
  • Informed Species : In "Stay Tooned", the Ghostbusters confront a slapstick cartoon character named Sammy K. Ferret. In spite of the Species Surname , Sammy looks more like a fox than a ferret.
  • Ink-Suit Actor : Walt Fleischman from "Who Are You Calling Two-Dimensional?” is a caricature of his voice actor Don Messick .
  • Insane Troll Logic : Venkman, at times. One notable example is in "Citizen Ghost", where Egon catches Peter mindlessly answering "Check" to each of Egon's queries of how every part the Containment Unit is by asking how the transwarp drive is. When told that there isn't a transwarp drive, Peter reasons that if there isn't a transwarp drive, then the Containment Unit can't malfunction and is therefore in top condition. Egon replies that he's going to avoid talking to Peter for at least a week. "Hey, don't make fun. This is how I got through college."
  • In the Blood : Winston is a possible example. In a previous life, he was an African shaman who battled supernatural monsters. He's doing it again in 20th century New York, only now he uses proton packs and ghost traps instead of magic spells.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot : Kinda, sorta, as an unreformed Scrooge turns London into his version of Pottersville.
  • It's Personal : Egon says this word for word when Peter asked him why he took on the job of taking on the Boogieman. He states the Boogieman was the reason why Egon immersed himself in the supernatural.
  • I Want My Mommy! : In the episode "Look Homeward, Ray", Alan Favish can be heard yelling, "Mommy" while being chased by the Winged Puma of Morrisville.
  • Jekyll & Hyde : Slimer undergoes this in "The Two Faces of Slimer", where an ectoplasmic leak from the Containment Unit causes him to transform into a larger, uglier, and more vicious ghost (dubbed "Big Green" by the Ghostbusters) whenever he goes to sleep.
  • This is particularly evident in his relationship with Slimer. Peter would normally yell at or threaten Slimer if he was being annoyed. However, Peter was not one to tolerate anyone harming Slimer, as seen in "Citizen Ghost." ("You zapped my little buddy!")
  • Jerkass Has a Point : On the other hand, as mean as Peter can be towards Slimer, the fact is that Slimer eats every scrap of food he sees without a second thought, up to the point of stealing it out of someone's hands, as well as the fact he gets slime on everything he touches, does make Slimer a rather annoying pet. Despite the fact Slimer is intelligent enough to speak and understand things, he never seems to try to improve his behavior even when acknowledging he crossed the line.
  • Jewish Mother : Egon's mom. Not explicitly stated, but the stereotype is there, right down to feeding him a special mix of chicken soup, tea and a bunch of other stuff, when he falls ill with a cold. When the other boys fall sick in the same episode, just as she's about to leave, she decides to stick around until they're back to full health. Also does the, "my son the suchandsuch" thing frequently.
  • Joker Jury : "Jailbusters" has the ghostbusters kidnapped into the Ghost World and facing a trial for their "crimes" against the ghost kind.
  • We have a mysterious woman who's just standing there with her back to the camera while the Ghostbusters survive a monstrous living train. Arriving at the stop, the figure just continues to stand there. When the Ghostbusters approach her, offering their help, she turns around, revealing a skeletal face, laughs at them insane, grows to giant size, then explodes.
  • Egon finds a stone that basically explains the plot of the episode... and after they've walked away and left, the camera zooms in at the stone... a face appears on it and it begins laughing evily. Cue commercial break.
  • Then they spot normal looking humans shackled to a skeletal boat, who tirelessly row. A well dressed skeleton with a cane and binoculars repeatedly comments on seeing dirt again and again. The rowers beg how all they've seen for centuries is dirt. The captain says not to row so fast, after all, they've got all eternity. At this point, the Ghostbusters pretend they didn't even see it.
  • A much earlier episode had 3 ghosts running around claiming that THEY were the Ghostbusters, hoping to discredit the business- which also justified the title in-universe.
  • Kangaroo Court : In "Jailbusters," the guys are kidnapped to the Ghostworld and put on trial for crimes against ghostkind. Ray: I'd say we have two chances for a fair trial: zilch and none.
  • Kill and Replace : In the "Citizen Ghost" flashback , the doppelganger ghost take the form of the Ghostbusters, and also try to take their spot by killing off the originals.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot : When Egon uses a homemade dream-reader to show Ray, Winston, and Slimer a blissfully unaware Peter's fantasy, we see a brief shot of a city skyline on the monitor before the "camera" turns to show their reactions to what we can't see. Ray: Hey, isn't that Peter in a Batman suit? Winston: And that's Kim Basinger! Slimer: Ooooh! Ewwww, mushy... Egon: <shakes his head to dis-enthrall himself> I...ahem...think we've seen enough. <unplugs the machine> Peter: <still asleep, hugging a pillow> Oh, come on Kim, don't leave! We're both Scorpios!
  • Knight Templar / Well-Intentioned Extremist : The titular antagonist in "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream" and Jeremy in "Ragnarok and Roll". Robo-Buster was this too, but his way of dealing with ghosts was unknowingly creating something worse .
  • Knight of Cerebus : While the show was usually light-hearted in nature, there were many episodes featuring a ghost that was truly sinister, serious, and far more lethal than most threats the boys in gray faced. Notable examples include the Boogieman, who scared the living daylights out of children For the Evulz , and the Grundel, who's M.O. was corrupting kids to transform them into members of his own kind. One example that really stands out, though, is Mee-Krah from the episode "Standing Room Only". The episode in question was from one of the Lighter and Softer later seasons, but Mee-Krah was an Eldritch Abomination that sought to devour every ghost it could find and had caused an alarming swath of destruction before the Ghostbusters succeeded in destroying it.
  • Known by the Postal Address : The 'Busters are called to investigate a haunted house, which Winston says is likely to be the real thing, unlike previous false alarms, because the address is 1313, 13th Street.
  • Lampshade Hanging : Winston and Ray get up to a bit of this in "Ain't NASA-Sarily So", where they meet a spaceship crew that are blatant stand-ins for the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series : Winston: (upon meeting the crew of Space Station Galileo) "Do these people look familiar to you?" Ray: "I was just about to ask you that!"
  • Large Ham : Quite a lot of the ghost villains speak loudly and energetically, but the one that stands out the most is the Master of Shadows from "Slimer, Is That You?"
  • Laser-Guided Karma : When Ray's Aunt Lois hired Phony Psychic Dr. Bassingame to hold a seance in her house, he angered the very real Domovoi spirits that lived in it. The Domovoi ran amuck and the Ghostbusters had to trap them before they wrecked the whole house. The Ghostbusters forced Dr. Bassingame to pay for the repairs to Lois's house by threatening to unleash the Domovoi on his house instead. One of the Domovoi who escaped the Ghostbusters also hitched a ride on Bassingame's car as he left.
  • Last of His Kind : "Surely You Joust" had the Ghostbusters help out a ghostly dragon who states that she is the last of her kind. An evil wizard named Orlox intends to use her heart to create a magic potion enabling him to conquer the Realm of Fantasy, but the Ghostbusters help the dragon defeat him.
  • At the end of " Ghostworld ", all the characters who'd been possessed have been exorcised, Egon (who'd had a cold) has recovered, and the ghosts and their demon leader have been caught... however, the final scene reveals that the rest of the Ghostbusters ( and Slimer, somehow ) have caught Egon's cold.
  • " Something's Going Around " ends with the Ghostbusters' supernatural ailments cured and the ghosts caught. Unfortunately however, Janine has to stay at the firehouse while her apartment is being renovated and the Ghostbusters and Slimer are made to wait in line outside the bathroom while she takes a bath.
  • The main theme tends to play whenever the Ghostbusters are doing something particularly impressive.
  • Slimer has his own theme, which mainly plays when he does something stupid.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything : The Ghostbusters' proton beams don't faze Cthulhu at all, but they eventually get the idea to focus their beams on a nearby metal rollercoaster track. The sheer amount of electricity surging through the metal framework is enough to hold Cthulhu in place, attracting the lightning bolts to send him back to his infernal prison, although it's specifically mentioned that they only imprisoned the monster, rather than destroying him.
  • Like a Surgeon : In the episode "Three Men and an Egon",' after Egon gets turned into a baby, the other Ghostbusters treat his subsequent diaper change like they're doing surgery.
  • Janine (at least initially) had a realistically varied wardrobe, and would make an attempt to dress properly for the occasion (saving her tank top/mini skirt combo for regular days at the office, perhaps in an attempt to impress Egon, and dressing more conservatively when she has to say, visit the boys in the hospital or have dinner with her family).
  • Winston managed to devise a plan based on this by having Janine fall victim to the sleep, where she dreamed herself as a Ghostbuster, assisting Winston to capture the Sandman and awaken everyone in the city.
  • Louis Cypher : "The Devil To Pay" played with this, where the Ghostbusters encountered a demonic game show host named Dib Devlin, who tries to get their souls. It is clarified that Dib is actually a minor demon and not the Devil per se.
  • The Boo York Peoplebusters have their own containment unit. It's actually quite pleasant inside, simulating sunny green fields, shady trees, and singing birds.
  • Since everything in Boo York is reversed, it could imply that the interior of the Ghostbusters' containment unit is similarly pleasant for the ghosts they catch. (It is implied in one episode that a ghost who hates noise would be happy in there; convincing it to surrender is a problem, because even the sound of talking makes it angry.)
  • Madness Mantra : Winston after he realises he signed a contract with a demon that might forfeit his soul in "The Devil to Pay". Winston : (horrified, and in a Creepy Monotone ) I have sold my soul to the devil. I have sold my soul to the devil. I have sold my soul to the devil. Ray : Actually, Winston, Dib is a minor demon, not the devil per se. Winston : ... I have sold my soul to a minor demon. I have sold my soul to a minor demon...
  • Manchild : Ray is a more realistic version of this trope, in that he's fully mature but also possesses a childlike idealism and enthusiasm for life. This actually helps the Ghostbusters lure the Boogieman once they figure out a way to trap the monster.
  • Kath Soucie was the second voice for Janine and did a number of supporting voices, as well.
  • Married to the Job : Much like firefighters, the Ghostbusters are on-call 24/7, so it can be tough to maintain outside relationships. Janine: Ghostbusters are heartbreakers, kid. Don't get too close to 'em.
  • Meaningful Name : Ray gave Slimer his name "just to annoy Peter."
  • Speaking of which, the Extreme Ghostbusters toys sort of subverted some of this by being closer to the animation. Two major ghost toys were in actual episodes and Slimer got two toys- one rather large, another as a pack-in accessory. Garrett was never made as the toy line ended due to poor sales before a second series was made.
  • We did not finally see new tie-in toys until many years later when Mattel released them in a series based on 1970s Mego toys. The 4 Ghostbusters are based on their animation models, a proper Janine figure in suit with proton pack was made, and an actual Samhain figure was produced, along with a proper scale Slimer.
  • This led to their undoing, as the overwhelming negative energy of the flip side prevented the Ghostbuster's weapons from functioning outside the unit, but when they found a way out and the Peoplebusters gave chase...
  • "The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic" practically waves on the audience's face that Peter's mom died and he regrets not having spent more time with her when he still had the chance. This leads to a tearjerker ending where Peter returns to Mrs. Faversham's place to visit the old lady, as she is completely alone in the world, just as Peter's mother was before she died.
  • Missing Reflection : In "No One Comes to Lupisville", Egon notices that their "hosts" don't have reflections.
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer : In "Poultrygeist", when a woman named Maude turns into a "were-chicken", her husband believes it ate her. Later, she lays an egg, which hatches into another were-chicken, which bites Egon and he turns into a third were-chicken, causing Peter to think Egon was eaten.
  • Monster in the Ice : In "Cold Cash and Hot Water", Jim Venkman finds one of these in Alaska; it turns out to be Hob Anagarak, a very powerful demon encased in a block of black ice . The black ice can't be melted except with the use of special magic spells.
  • Monster of the Week : While some antagonists would return for another go at the Ghostbusters or at least an occasional cameo in the Containment Unit among the other imprisoned ghosts, the majority of episodes had the Ghostbusters facing a different supernatural threat that is never seen again after they defeat it.
  • Monster Town : "No One Comes to Lupusville" features a town that has been conquered by vampires. When the Ghostbusters free the original inhabitants from the jail, they turn out to be werewolves. A Mêlée à Trois rapidly commences between the Ghostbusters, the werewolves, and two factions of vampires (the rulers of the town and a benevolent group that has been trying to live in peaceful isolation) .
  • He is also voiced by Hanna-Barbera mainstay, Don Messick.
  • Mr. Fanservice : A few episodes portray Peter as rather buff.
  • Ms. Fanservice : It wasn't all the time, but there are several instances of Janine in skimpy outfits or playing with her shoes, and in "Janine Melnitz" Ghostbuster" there's even a scene of her in the shower. In another episode, Janine shows up to work in only a bikini due to a heat wave hitting the city.
  • Mundane Solution : When attempting to break into a skyscraper from the roof, Ray suggests rappeling off the side and crash through the window. He, Egon, and Winston barely manage to get in safely. Peter, however, surprised the others when he suddenly entered through the safety of the stairwell. He simply picked the rooftop door lock.
  • Mundane Utility : Slimer's ectoplasm makes great hair gel, though Peter wasn't all that happy about getting the treatment.
  • Mystical White Hair : When Ray gets pulled into a ghost dimension temporarily then flung back into the Earth realm, his hair turned white and stood on end. It reverts by next episode.
  • In "Buster the Ghost," as in the first movie, the guys' TV commercial ends with them saying, "We're ready to believe you."
  • "I Am the City" recalls a memorable moment from the first movie (though uses Peter instead of Ray): Marduk: Are you going to stop me?! Are you gods?! Peter: Uh— Winston: (covers Peter's mouth) Yo, don't you say a word.
  • The episode "Partners in Slime" featured an appearance by the mood slime from the second movie, albeit colored yellow instead of pink. However, the slime turned pink like it was in the film at the end of the episode.
  • Naked People Are Funny : In "Sea Fright", Captain Jack Higgins' crew steal the clothes off a cowboy. He's only seen from the waist up, but a woman ends up shrieking at the sight of his state of undress.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond : Peter Venkman pulls this off in the episode "Jailbusters". Peter Venkman : The name is Venkman. Peter Venkman.
  • Nature Tinkling : Brought up in "Camping It Up", when Slimer tells Winston that he has to go and Winston informs him that there are no bathrooms in the great outdoors and that he'll have to relieve himself behind a tree.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles : When a ghost kidnaps Egon and the others go out to look for him, it's a difficult prospect. Ray: See anything suspicious? Peter: Suspicious? In Lower Manhattan? At nearly midnight? Naaaah! note  By "lower Manhattan", they hopefully mean the lower middle of Manhattan like Greenwich Village, Soho, etc., and not the Financial District or Battery Park, which are absolutely vacant and uninteresting at night.
  • Never My Fault : Dr. Crowley in "The Halloween Door" winds up accidentally releasing a horde of demons upon Earth because of his idiotic self-righteous bid to rid society of Halloween. When it is resolved, not only does the bastard refuse to take responsibility for what he caused, he uses the event as an excuse to "redouble his efforts and try again" .
  • The Ghostbusters trapping the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future Christmas , effectively changing history and turning Christmas into a hate day.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain : An old miser on his deathbed uses a machine to transport all his wealth to the spirit realm in order to take it with him once he dies, not caring that in doing so, he's releasing hundreds of ghosts on the world. The Ghostbusters use his greed against him to make him overload his equipment in an attempt to transport his entire building to the spirit world because "there might not be any hotels there". He succeeds in transporting the building, but it also caused the spirit gate to pull back all the ghosts released before shutting. Oh, and because of the huge volume of the building, all the money the miser transported wound up being brought back to Earth again.
  • Nice Kitty... : When the shapeshifting Monster of the Week in "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin" transforms into a giant cockroach, Peter slowly backs away from it, saying that he loves cockroaches and always does nice things to them, like leaving dirty dishes in the sink and never cleaning the counters.
  • Nightmare Face : The giant Eldritch Abomination in the sky in "Ragnarok 'n' Roll" was a horrific disembodied face.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair : Venkman doesn't like having his hair messed up. A Running Gag in the episode "Jailbusters", for example, has him whine "I hate that" whenever anyone tousles his hair.
  • Unlike others in the cast, Maurice LaMarche was purposefully impersonating Harold Ramis. He was actually asked not to during his audition, but LaMarche couldn't think of any other appropriate way to do it. Fortunately, casting liked what they heard and hired him.
  • Dave Coulier's Peter was his Bill Murray impersonation from his act.
  • No-Gear Level : "Play Them Ragtime Boos" where the guys run into a ghost on vacation and have to figure out how to save the day without their weapons.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud* : A giant Al Capone forces Slimer to swerve the car he was driving, slamming it into a lamppost and ejecting Peter from the backseat. He lands hard on the pavement several yards away, and Egon rushes over to check on him. Egon: Peter! Peter, are you alright?! Peter: I'm fine dad...can I borrow the car for the prom tonight? I promise I'll bring it back in one piece this time... <thud>
  • One scene in "The Slob" alone makes it clear that he has the standard four fingers for cartoon characters - even though that's not the case for other human characters.
  • Noodle Incident : In "The Haunting of Heck House" Ray and Winston are the only ones to go upstairs to their rooms and wind up regretting it, discussing it later in the dining room. Ray: ...and it...it tried to grab me. Winston: I don't wanna remember, eat your dinner. Ray: Yeah, I'll eat my dinner, good idea. <picks up a sandwich with green lettuce> It was...it was green , Winston...
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup : In "Standing Room Only," because it never occurs to Peter Venkman to take notes or draw up plans for your invention.
  • Not a Morning Person : Peter. He habitually sleeps in.
  • In "Adventures in Slime and Space" when Slimer gets broken into thousands of tiny Slimers, Ray calculates how long it will take for them to come back and reassemble himself. Ray: Slimer can't keep shattering forever. Past a certain point, he can't get any smaller! All we have to do is wait, and all the little Slimers will come home! Winston: How long? Ray: Oh... about four hundred and twelve years. Peter, Egon, Winston, and Janine: Four hundred and twelve years...!? Ray: Oh whoops, I've misplaced the decimal point. (Peter, Egon, Winston, and Janine sigh in relief) Ray: Four THOUSAND one hundred and twenty years.
  • Not So Above It All : Egon has these moments, often in regards to Peter. "Really, Peter, such trivial things should be beneath you. Besides, it was my turn this time."
  • Number of the Beast : In "The Devil to Pay" Egon: "Not yet. You still have a way out. You and Ray simply have to win his game show." Ray: "According to my data, the odds are only 666,000,000 to 1 AGAINST us." Egon: "See? I told you you had a chance."
  • Odd Friendship : The Ghostbusters and Slimer. Reporter: Isn't it a bit strange for a bunch of Ghostbusters to have a ghost living with them? Peter: Strange, weird, eccentric, sick - that about covers it.
  • Oh, Crap! : Twice over after Cthulhu himself is summoned. First, the Ghostbusters try blasting him and cause only minimal damage, which heals up immediately anyway. When the Ghostbusters try again, Cthulhu looks directly at them. Winston: Uh-oh! I think we made it mad! Egon: RUN FOR IT!
  • Omniglot : In addition to having multiple doctorates, Egon is fluent in Sumerian, Russian, English, Japanese, American Sign Language, and Troll. Winston: Can you read Sumerian? Egon: In my sleep, underwater, and with the lights off. Of course I can read Sumerian!
  • One of the exceptions to Peter's unwillingness to work for free is in "You Can't Take It With You," where after they trick a miser into putting his building into the Netherworld, gold and cash rain down on them. Peter, after an evil grinning look to the other Ghostbusters, reluctantly doesn't take the riches (the cops show up not too long after).
  • Yet another case of Peter willingly making an exception in getting paid is in "The Thing in Miss Faversham's Attic." The old woman doesn't have much money, and Peter assures her that "it'll only cost [her] a smile." He admits later that she reminds him of his mother; his voice has a tinge of sadness and regret.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You : After being freed from the Containment Unit in "The Slob", the Sleaze is revealed to desire revenge against Slimer, to the point that he doesn't want anyone else to capture the spud. The Ghostbusters end up using this to their advantage when they have Professor Dweeb pretend to capture Slimer in order to manipulate the Sleaze and the Glob into separating from their merged Slob form in order to make it easier to trap them.
  • Only Sane Man : Every Ghostbuster has these moments throughout the series, but Winston being The Everyman meant he usually led the pack. Winston : Sometimes I think between the four of us we don't have the brains God gave a doorknob.
  • On One Condition : In The Haunting of Heck House the Ghostbusters stood to inherit millions of dollars as long as they stay in the most haunted house on Earth for a night— without their proton packs. To defeat the house they have to use the wiring inside to turn it into one big ghost trap. Unfortunately the house is SO haunted that spiritual energy takes up most of the structure, so it collapses in on itself and they're forced to leave it or be crushed inside. Sadly , the lawyer sees this before time runs out, and is forced by the will to deny them the cash since there was no self-preservation escape clause provided in the will; they HAD to stay in the house even if doing so killed them.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot : Peter is usually the prime suspect, like in "Ragnarok N' Roll". Cindy: When we broke up, Jeremy tookit pretty hard. He went a little... well... Peter: Nuts? Bonkers? Monkeys? Loopy? Loony? Crackers? Egon: I think we get the idea. Go ahead. Pay no attention to him. We never do.
  • Origins Episode : "Citizen Ghost" consists mainly of flashbacks that take place shortly after the events of the movie and explain why the Ghostbusters wore multi-colored jumpsuits, why the Containment Unit is larger and a different design, and how Slimer came to be their ally.
  • Orphaned Punchline : In Rollerghoster, Egon tells a joke over a plate of spaghetti. Egon: So then he says, "Where's my hydrogen cyanate?" Imagine his surprise when it turned out to be cadmium chloride! <Ray and Egon laugh, but Peter and Winston don't> Peter: We've gotta get this boy on the David Letterman show.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder "Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?" featured a banshee named Shanna O'Callahan posing as a rock musician who intended to utilize her fame to ensure that her voice causes destruction and chaos on a vast scale.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different : The episode "Poultryergeist" features werechickens, who infect human beings through their bites. Egon turned into one when he became infected.
  • Paranormal Investigation : Well they have to figure out what they're busting before they whip out the proton packs.
  • Phony Psychic : Dr. Bassingame is a thoroughly sleazy example of this trope, a fake medium who claimed he could talk to spirits. His meddling with the supernatural often caused disaster, and the Ghostbusters had to clean up his messes.
  • Pity the Kidnapper : In "The Ransom of Greenspud", three ghosts kidnap Slimer and try to use him as leverage to get the Ghostbusters to free their boss Spiderlegs from the Containment Unit. Until the Ghostbusters come to Slimer's rescue and capture the ghosts holding him hostage, Slimer drives the three ghosts crazy with his demands for food.
  • In "Nothing to Sneeze At", all of the Ghostbusters catch the flu, leaving Slimer in charge.
  • Downplayed in "Ghost World"— for most of the episode, it's just Egon who's sick (with a cold), but at the end, Venkman, Ray, Winston, and even Slimer, have caught his cold.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown : A few episodes introduced these to deprive the Ghostbusters of their equipment to force them to think their way out.
  • Poltergeist : There are alot of poltergeists in episodes like "Slimer, Come Home" and "Cry Uncle".
  • Portrait Painting Peephole : A portrait of a woman with moving eyes is seen at one point in the episode "Boo Dunnit".
  • Postmodernism : "Take Two" is about the actual Ghostbusters (1984) movie being based on the Ghostbusters in this series, when they fought Gozer.
  • Post-Modern Magik : Part of the premise, and especially apparent when the Ghostbusters have to get creative against a supernatural enemy (such as charging up a roller coaster rail to briefly turn Cthulhu into a lightning rod).
  • Sleep Cute : Slimer cuddles up the sleeping Winston and goes to sleep himself, with the others going, "Aw..."
  • Slimer has two potty emergencies in "Camping It Up". The first happens when the Ghostbusters start driving to the campsite, which has the Ghostbusters chide him for not going before they left. The second happens a little while after they've set up camp and has Winston inform Slimer that he'll have to go behind a tree.
  • Slimer has to go to the bathroom when the Ghostbusters return from their vacation in "Guess What's Coming To Dinner", his suffering exacerbated when the Ghostbusters find that the lock to the front door of the Firehouse has been changed by a family of ghosts moving in.
  • Powder Gag : In "Three Men and an Egon" , Egon is aging backwards , and once he becomes a baby, the rest have to change his diaper . When Slimer tries to powder him, he gets powder everywhere, and everyone (except baby Egon himself) starts coughing and sneezing, with Slimer even sneezing so hard, he launches himself into the trash.
  • Among others, Cthulhu and the antagonist of "Ragnarok and Roll" were stated to be so far off the scale nothing the Ghostbusters have can so much as scratch them.
  • The Power of Rock : The Ghostbusters used this & specially tuned instruments to defeat Malachi, a ghostly jazz trumpet player and his band. Winston : "Egon, are you sure this is gonna work? Malachi's music is pretty powerful." Egon : "We'll match his rhythms with something even more primal and powerful: Rock & Roll."
  • Powering Villain Realization : In both encounters with the Boogeyman, the demon's nature on feeding on the fear of his victims is turned against him. In his first episode, the Carter kids decide that they aren't going to be afraid of him anymore, casting out such insults as his head is too big and he looks stupid. This allows the Ghostbusters to get past him and temporarily seal him in his own dimension. In his second appearance, a near fatal fall off of the World Trade Center has Egon in a state of primal fear, though he refuses to admit it. This allows the Boogeyman to free himself from his dimension, as Egon was one of the Boogeyman's former victims. But when the Boogeyman decides to go after the Junior Ghostbusters, Egon goes into Papa Wolf mode, his anger and outrage overpowering his fear. He is thus able to free himself and his fellow Ghostbusters from the restraints that the Boogeyman had put them in, and whip up a plan to convert the Boogeyman from demon to ghost so that they could trap him in the Containment Unit once and for all.
  • Punny Name : What was the scientific name of the creature that changed Janine's appearance? Makeoveris Lotsabucks.
  • Rage Against the Author : A partial example occurs with cartoonist Walt Fleischman, who becomes trapped in his cartoon world when it becomes real. Walt is kidnapped by his villains, who plan to make him suffer all the slapstick abuse he put them through (Quite literally - they've counted precisely how many times he's dropped them down trap doors, hit them with pies, and so on, and are shown keeping track of how many times they've now returned the favor, and how many more they need to do). It's only a partial example because, when the Ghostbusters enter the cartoon world to save Fleischman, his heroes are more than happy to help them save dear old "Uncle Walt".
  • Readings Are Off the Scale : Invoked in various forms by Egon when the Monster of the Week is particularly powerful, usually followed by the PKE meter sparking, smoking, and/or exploding.
  • Egon's pink shirt, and the salmon-pink trim on his blue overalls. Also, his love of opera. He's practically fanboying in "A Fright at the Opera."
  • Peter wore a pair of pink bunny slippers while suffering from a ghost allergy, though he may have borrowed them from Janine given that he was sleeping in her apartment. He's also a huge fan of stuffed animals (including a stuffed Stay-Puft that he still sleeps with).
  • Reed Richards Is Useless : Averted since they do use their super-science equipment to make money. There was even "Ghost Busted", the episode where the guys became crime-fighters during a severe drought in ghost work, and made more money than they did busting ghosts. That same episode also demonstrated one of the reasons the trope exists; the guys did so well, they effectively made NYC crime free , running themselves out of business. Thank goodness for the Reset Button .
  • Refugee from TV Land : During one episode, a comic book superhero was brought into the cartoon world and thought the Ghostbusters were supervillains.
  • Retool : After the first network season, aspects of the show were changed to try to make the show more appealing, such as more Slimer scenes, making Janine more motherly, and... making the ghosts something other than ghosts. note  The cast and crew are very vocal about their displeasure of this, as they felt it was trying to fix what wasn't broken.
  • Reverse Polarity : This stock fictional science technique was used quite often.
  • Ridiculously Alive Undead : Slimer is a ghost, yet in "Ghostworld", he somehow catches a cold off Egon. It's also shown that Slimer can use the bathroom when he suffers from bathroom emergencies in "Camping It Up" and "Guess What's Coming to Dinner", and in "The Boogeyman is Back", he sleeps and later claims to be thirsty. He claims to be thirsty again in "Three Men and an Egon".
  • Ridiculously Long-lived Family Name : Two of Egon's ancestors (one seen in "Egon's Dragon" and the other seen in "If I Were a Witch Man") still have his last name, Spengler, despite being around in the medieval age.
  • In "A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn", Ray is right when he says that plants respond to music, however, he thinks it's because they have feelings. Actually, the plants are just responding to the soundwaves and it's not an emotional response.
  • In "Poultrygeist", Peter thinks the farmer just imagined the were-chicken because he watches "too many horror films". While the were-chicken is real, the farmer really does watch horror films.
  • Right Out of My Clothes : Used in "Flip Side", where Egon, Ray, and Winston at one point run into a pair of ghosts moonbathing while fleeing the Peoplebusters. The two ghosts are so frightened by the sight of humans that they leap into the air in fright, leaving their bathing suits behind.
  • Rogues Gallery : Downplayed. Villains like the Boogeyman, the Grundle, and Samhain returned for a second round with the Ghostbusters, even if they didn't exactly form a rogues gallery. Many C-list ghosts also reappeared, to prevent the animators from having to create new ones from scratch every episode. Even the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got a reapperance.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase : The retooled intro for Slimer And the Real Ghostbusters featured a number of enemies from earlier seasons, such as Samhain, being zapped by the Ghostbusters.
  • Slimer kissing Janine on the lips, much to her disgust. Prominently features in the first opening to the show and reappears in “Killerwatt” and “Something’s going around”.
  • Peter trying to use the fact that he defeated Gozer as a pickup line. It never works.
  • “Jailbusters” has Venkman getting annoyed by people messing with his hair.
  • The Sandman : A sinister Sandman appeared in an episode, who wanted to put the entire world to sleep, creating a city populated by slumbering people and dreams run amok.
  • Say My Name : It's not the technology that gives away the decade the show was made so much as the characters' habit of saying each other's name just about every time they address each other.
  • Screw the Rules, They Broke Them First! : Defied in Night Game , where the forces of Good face the forces of Evil in a baseball game; Team Evil is clearly cheating, but Team Good is still beholden to the rules. Peter and Ray try to cheat on their behalf by blasting Evil's pitcher, but Egon stops them, because the Umpire told them there were no neutrals in this fight, so whether they knew it or not, they were on Team Good's bench. If they cheated, Good loses.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here : In "Adventures in Slime and Space," Peter, Winston, Janine, and even the mayor of New York all contemplate moving to Pittsburgh as millions of tiny Slimer clones leave goop all over New York City.
  • In "The Boogieman Cometh", the Ghostbusters defeat the Boogieman by using a Ghost Bomb to seal him within his own realm. The Boogieman eventually breaks free in "The Boogieman Is Back" by feeding on Egon's fear after Egon was shaken from nearly falling to his death during a mission.
  • "When Halloween Was Forever" introduced Samhain, pumpkin-headed personification of Halloween, who was trapped in some ancient ruins from Ireland until he was set free by a pair of goblins. Those same goblins later free Samhain from the Containment Unit in "Halloween II 1/2".
  • Janine obtains a magic lamp in "Janine's Genie", the titular genie actually playing Janine for a sap so that he can use her to free the other ghosts imprisoned in the dimension he hails from.
  • "Knock, Knock" had the Doomsday Door, which loosed legions of ghosts and demons on New York City because of some construction workers ignoring the door's warning of "Do not open until Doomsday".
  • The titular creature in "The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic", who was summoned decades ago by Mrs. Faversham's father and bound to the attic in an attempt to keep the entity from causing any harm.
  • "Apocalypse - - What, Now?" had the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who were sealed inside a book called the Codex of Saint Theopilus until Peter accidentally bought the book at an auction and Janine opened the book after bringing it with her on her lunch break by mistake.
  • The episode "Hard Knight's Day" has Sir Breuse sans Pitie, who was imprisoned within a tapestry by Merlin.
  • "Cold Cash and Hot Water" had Peter Venkman's father and Dr. Bassingame free Hob Anagarak, an ancient demon who was imprisoned in a block of magic black ice.
  • "Moaning Stones" featured The Undying One, a bone demon who was sealed away by the three Moaning Stones of Tangalla and was freed when the stones were united and struck.
  • The antagonist of "It's a Jungle Out There" was an animal demon named Rall, who was imprisoned in a statue of himself.
  • In "The Joke's On Ray", Ray Stantz inherits a joke shop from his uncle Gaylord, which had a trunk containing a pair of mischievous imps among its inventory.
  • "If I Were a Witch Man" had the Ghostbusters summoned by a town called Lewiston to defeat Kestrel, a ghostly witch who was imprisoned in a crystal ball three centuries ago by an ancestor of Egon.
  • "Busters in Toyland" had a greedy demon named Lothgar, who was imprisoned in an enchanted clock and attempted to trick Louis Tully's nephew Lawrence into taking his place.
  • The Containment Unit Mk2 itself qualifies as an example. Over the course of the series its storing away millions of angry ghosts and demons. If it explodes and they escape, the end result won't be pretty . To its credit, it's a significant improvement over the original Mk1, in that it cannot get overcrowded and overflow, but it is still a machine that requires constant repair and maintenance .
  • "The Boogieman Cometh" was followed by "The Boogieman is Back".
  • "When Halloween Was Forever" was followed by "Halloween II 1/2" and "The Halloween Door".
  • In "Ain't NASA-Sarily So", the Ghostbusters traveled to a space station to deal with a ghost. However, in "Spacebusters" (which came a few seasons later), Winston mentions that he's always wanted to go into space.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong : In "It's About Time" the Ghostbusters thwart a Ghost Invasion in 1959 and return to find that their firehouse, once slated for demolition to make way for a new expressway, has been declared a national monument to the firefighters that repelled the invasion and can't be touched .
  • The Shadow Knows : In the episode "Mrs. Rogers' Neighborhood", Peter gets possessed by a ghost/demon. His shadow when under its effect resembles the creature's shape (which by the way looked like a cross of a T. rex and a mole rat).
  • Peter's father is a Con Man , and while Peter himself isn't usually a con man, he has scammed people in the past.
  • Egon's uncle Cyrus is a scientist like him, and apparently there have been other scientists in the family tree. Egon also has an ancestor named Zedekiah who had experience with the supernatural ( accidentally creating a dragon ) while Egon himself is a ghost hunter .)
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend : Janine takes Egon to meet her parents, and later, on a tour of her old neighborhood, but when Venkman teases him about his "da-ate", he insists it wasn't a date. Despite letting Janine cling to his arm both times...
  • Sherlock Can Read : A very literal example in "Elementary, My Dear Winston", when Sherlock's spirit starts referring to the team by name without being introduced... because their names are printed on their jumpsuits.
  • "Janine, You've Changed" is packed with it for Egon and Janine. This crops up a little earlier as well (carrying forward what was in the original movie) but that episode stops just short of making them an Official Couple . It was even the last episode JMS wrote for the show, and you have to wonder if he was trying to give longtime fans some payoff...
  • The tease even went on to Extreme Ghostbusters as Egon and Janine (as well as Slimer) are the only original members of the group remaining to help with the new blood. Extreme Ghostbusters had several moments that blatantly imply and Egon and Janine are in a relationship, but are remaining private about it.
  • On the other hand Ray Parker Jr. played a major role in the music for the first two seasons of the cartoon show. He wrote the songs that played in the chase scenes (the duo Tahiti performed then). He did the whining guitar solos for the background music. He even sung and reorchestrated the theme song for the intro and outro, playing the guitar along with the band.
  • In the episode "Ragnarok and Roll", there's a scene where the villain of the episode says 'magic words' to gain power. These words are "Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatuluk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. Khazad-dûm!" The first sentence contains the words inscribed on the One Ring as read in the tongue of Mordor from The Lord of the Rings . "Khazad-dûm" is the Dwarven name for the Mines of Moria.
  • One throwaway line mentions a guy named Samsa who's been possessed by a cockroach .
  • In "The Grundel," the Ghostbusters whistle the Inspector Gadget theme.
  • As noted in Too Dumb to Live below, the Doomsday Door in "Knock, Knock" warns the city workers "Do not open until doomsday!", a probable reference to the Outer Limits episode " Don't Open Till Doomsday ".
  • The episode "Dairy Farm" has the boys and Ray's cousin Samantha barricading themselves in a farmhouse to escape a horde of zombies. The episodes original title was " Dairy Farm of the Living Dead ".
  • The Bogeyman looks a LOT like The Joker if he were a mutated monster.
  • One of the show's funniest shout outs is in the second episode dealing with the Old Ones . Some cultists are trying to summon up one of the Old Ones with a special chant. What's the chant? Bricum bracka firecracker, shish boom ba! Old Ones, Old Ones, Rah! Rah! Rah!
  • And then there's the episode "Ain't NASA-Sarily So", which has a host of shout-outs to Star Trek , including - but not limited to - a Scottish chief engineer, an African-American communications officer, and Dr. Venkman mentioning that the crew of Space Station Galileo have been "out exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations."
  • In "Revenge of Murray The Mantis", when Egon calculates the amount of psychokinetic energy the titular creature is packing, the parade organizer asks what it means: Peter: It means if Darth Vader were willing to loan us the Death Star we might have a chance. Might .
  • Since the TV version of Ninja Turtles started after this episode and introduced the use of this phrase, it's unlikely to be a reference to that.
  • In "The Headless Motorcyclist," Egon mentions "reversing the polarity of the neutron flow" .
  • In "The Mean Green Teen Machine", Winston's dream depicts him as the bald captain of the Starship Exercise .
  • In "The Collect Call of Cathulhu", Winston tells Peter "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it", a common line from the Super Chicken segment of George of the Jungle .
  • In "Knock, Knock", in what doubles as a bit of a Creator In-Joke , Japanese animation company Ajia-Do 's name can be seen on a manhole cover during the initial rampage of the subway graffiti.
  • Poso, the ghost gangster from "Partners in Slime", is named after Mario Puzo , the writer of The Godfather . Poso does want to become the "Ghostfather".
  • "Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?" has a couple of shout outs. The title is one to ''Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe". And in the episode itself, when discussing the fact that Horace doesn't realize he's deceased, Egon says they had a smiliar issue with a heavyset apparition on 34th Street.
  • This even went as far as justifying meeting the "ghost" of Sherlock Holmes , which Rule of Cool alone would have allowed to slide, by citing the occult concept of the egrigore, a spirit created by faith in it .
  • In adition to that the containment device and the process for unloading traps works exactly the same way it does in the movies, right down to the same buttons and lights.
  • Showdown at High Noon : In"Ghostfight at the O.K. Corral", the Ghostbusters have a classic face-off against four ghost Cowboys in the middle of an old west town. Only difference is it's a shootout with proton streams and ethereal beams instead of bullets.
  • Siren Song : The drownies—pale, waterlogged corpses of humans who drowned and then recovered and now reside in the Zee. They're explicitly described as siren-like in the way their eerie singing causes Zailors a strong urge to jump from their ships to join their number.
  • This is a Call-Back to the original movie , where it's obvious that he's only humoring the Ghostbusters during his job interview: Winston: If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.
  • Slime, Snails, and Mutant Tails : Like many late 80s cartoons, The Real Ghostbusters used repulsive slimy creatures to appeal to kids.
  • Small Name, Big Ego : Prof. Dweeb thinks he's a better scientist than the Ghostbusters, but he's actually a bumbling fool who always fails in his plans to capture Slimer.
  • Somber Backstory Revelation : "The Boogieman Cometh"; while Egon isn't a Jerk, per se, he is The Stoic and typically more interested in the scientific aspect of everything, rather than any emotional ties. Until he hears the tale of two young children who explain that they're being terrorized nightly by the Boogeyman. After some prompting, Egon reveals to his fellow Ghostbusters that as a child, he himself was terrorized by the Boogeyman, which spurred his interest in the supernatural to begin with.
  • In the episode "Killerwatt", Janine pedals a bike generator to power the containment unit. Later on, the ghost is defeated and the Ghostbusters are in an impromptu parade. They wonder if Janine is still pedaling, then dismiss the idea as ridiculous; Gilligan Cut to Janine still pedaling.
  • Also in the episode "Deadcon", the Staypuft Marshmallow Man was released to attend a ghost convention held (without permission) in a hotel which was currently having a costume party. Later, the 'busters exhausted every trap they had to capture all the ghosts. They then realize that they had forgotten one BIG thing... Gilligan Cut to the Staypuft Marshmallow Man still at the hotel, who even won an award for "best costume".
  • Sore Loser : Dib the demon tricks Ray and Winston into signing a contract where they are soul-bound to play in his hellish game show where losing means death. When the guys actually win, Dib gets angry and tries to kill them anyway. The Ghostbusters managed to escape, and Peter threatens physical harm on Dib if he doesn't keep his word of giving them an all-expense paid trip to Tahiti.
  • "Janine, You've Changed": Don't try to change yourself to impress your crush, or else a demon will possess you .
  • "The Boogeyman is Back": Admit when you're scared, or the Boogeyman will emerge, wreak havoc on your city, kidnap you, and try to kill three children.
  • Spared by the Adaptation : Pops Venkman, who was introduced as a Posthumous Character in the novelization of the original Ghostbusters film.
  • Spin-Off : Slimer! In addition to his increased role here, Slimer received his own show in 1988. The series had 15 minute episodes (later edited into a two shorts format for reruns) and boasted a more cartoony atmosphere aimed at a younger audience. The Ghostbusters and Janine regularly appeared, but Slimer had his own cast of characters to interact with (some of them are shown in the Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters intro and Professor Dweeb appeared in three episodes here). It lasted one season.
  • Spoofs "R" Us : The first episode is called "Ghosts R Us", after a rival ghostbusting franchise formed by three ghosts.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad : Slimer in the later seasons. See Spotlight-Stealing Title , below.
  • Just to hammer it home, for the new intro that accompanied the new title, Slimer shouts at the end, "And me! And me!"
  • Stingy Jack : The recurring ghost villain Samhain.
  • St. Patrick's Day Episode : "The Scaring of the Green" takes place around St. Patrick's Day and focuses on leprechauns, a stolen pot of gold, a curse, and a Bog Hound.
  • Stylistic Suck : Crops up in "Take Two." What the producer claims is the inside of the Containment Unit looks like a set reused from a previous sci-fi movie.
  • Suddenly Shouting : From Egon of all people: Peter: Any more suggestions? Egon: Yes... CHAAAAAAAAAAARGE!!!!
  • Superman Substitute : The titular superhero of the episode "Captain Steel Saves the Day" is a rather obvious pastiche of Superman, with his codename a blatant allusion to Supes' nickname the Man of Steel, his costume being colored blue, red and yellow and having a cape, having most of the same powers, a secret identity by the name of Curt Clint being a play on Superman's secret identity as Clark Kent (along with similar means of using only glasses as a disguise ) and his archenemy Dr. Destructo being a clear analogue to Lex Luthor, right down to wearing armor that bears a resemblance to what Luthor wore in the comics at the time.
  • Supernatural Hotspot Town : Depicted in the episode "Nobody Comes to Lupusville", where the Ghostbusters investigate the titular town in the countryside. It turns out to be in the middle of a Fur Against Fang conflict, with the original werewolf inhabitants having been imprisoned by vampires. The episode ends with vampires and werewolves biting each other, creating hybrids and forcing the Ghostbusters to quarantine the town by bursting a dam, as vampires Cannot Cross Running Water .
  • Surprise Jump : Ray falls victim to this trope in "Look Homeward, Ray".
  • Taken for Granite : After the ghostly wizard Orlox is captured in "Surely You Joust", his two minions turn to stone.
  • The show's title is a pretty obvious shot at Filmation's Ghostbusters . Also, in the episode "Spirit of Aunt Lois", the fraud medium is dressed almost exactly like Jake Kong, the leader of the "other" 'busters.
  • There were many Take Thats against other popular animated shows of the period: for example, in one episode the Ghostbusters' HQ was visited by a family of ghosts that looked like grotesque versions of The Simpsons . Another episode featured a group of Totally Radical reptilian humanoids , and another one where TV characters came to life had, among the others, a dumb brute from planet Petunia .
  • In Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie , a banshee planned to use her concert broadcast all across the continent (even New Jersey) to wreck everything on a larger scale. Egon comments that if that happens, it could be the end of America as they know it, then adds they could afford to lose New Jersey.
  • Theatre Phantom : In "A Fright at the Opera," the New York Metropolitan Opera House does have a Phantom, but he never appears until the end of the episode. The guys only met him in passing, just as he was about to vacate the opera house: The appearance of the ghostly Valkyries was too much, even for him!
  • Theme Music Power-Up : The main theme often plays during an episode's climax and the Ghostbusters are about to save the day.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know : Played for Laughs when Egon attempts to study Slimer's physiology for science. The radiation scanner he uses reveals only that Slimer has just gorged himself on uncooked corn kernels, which promptly explode and flood the lab to overflowing with popcorn. When Janine asks what happened, Ray (atop a pile of popcorn) replies, "We discovered that there are some things Man was not meant to know!"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich : This happens in the opening sequence; Winston is about to eat, but the siren goes off, and he leaves, leaving the sandwich on the table. (It isn't truly wasted, however; Slimer gobbles it up.)
  • This Is a Work of Fiction : The cartoon disclaims any resemblance to persons "living, dead, or undead ".
  • Three Shorts : The Slimer! spin-off had either two (7 and 14 minutes each) or three shorts (7 minutes each), with an episode of The Real Ghostbusters sandwiched in between the hour-long block. In season 5, the hour-long block would sometimes feature a 14-minute episode (there were twelve of them total), a full-length one, and a Slimer! cartoon.
  • The first episode, "Ghosts Я Us", was something of an establishment as to why they're called The Real Ghostbusters , when a rival ghost busting group tries to put them out of business.
  • Title Reading Gag : In Seasons 3-7, after reading the title in the opening sequence, Slimer would say, "And me! And me!".
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore : The Neconomicon and The Nameless Book both appear. Peter: I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's just a book! Ray: And an atomic bomb is just a couple of rocks slammed together.
  • Too Dumb to Live : The city workers digging for a new subway tunnel in "Knock Knock"; they stumble across a Door of Doom that warns them not to open it until the end of the world. They open it anyway, because they refuse to let a talking door tell them what to do , and release Hell on Earth . Doomsday Door: Do Not Open Until Doomsday!
  • A massive water elemental demon swallows our heroes whole and it looks like the end... until he makes a disgusted face and spits Peter out. Needless to say, Peter was insulted. Peter: He spit me out... HE SPIT ME OUT! COME BACK HERE YOU OVERGROWN BATHTUB TOY!
  • "Chicken, He Clucked": A man with an unusual hatred of chickens summons a demon to get him to rid all the chickens on the planet. The demon was baffled at such a request since this is the first time someone didn't ask for something extravagant, so he instead gives him the power to make anything vanish. The man uses his newfound power to transport all the chickens in the world off the planet and into another dimension. The demon started to get constant ridicule from his fellow demon employees for making a deal over something so stupid. He decided that a soul wasn't worth this hassle and was reduced to asking the Ghostbusters for help to cancel the contract before his reputation is shot forever.
  • Trapped in TV Land : A few episodes featured this, including "Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?" "Stay Tooned" inverted the trope: Sammy K. Ferret, a cartoon character, is freed from his show and enters the real world. His Toon Physics prove extremely dangerous, and even mutate the population of New York (including Ray, Winston, and Egon) into "toon" animals.
  • Trivial Tragedy : The episode "Captain Steel Saves the Day" opens with Ray bawling in despair. His friends naturally think that something catastrophic has happened, like the return of Gozer or the destruction of the ghost storage, but Ray says "it's worse than that", explaining that his favorite comic book has been cancelled.
  • Uncle Pennybags : Stay Puft Marshmallows president Marty Tillis from the episode "Sticky Business", who got to borrow the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters for a commercial by offering to pay them the money they needed for the children at the hospital and even offered to let the children watch the commercial being filmed.
  • Unexpected Inheritance : One episode involved Ray inheriting a castle in Scotland from a distant relative he barely knew. The castle is haunted.
  • Unfinished Business : Some of the ghosts weren't evil, and the Ghostbusters could get rid of them just by helping them accomplish their goals.
  • Unknown Rival : Professor Dweeb thinks he's the most brilliant scientist in town and that the Ghostbusters are feeble-minded. He wants to one day outdo them at their own game. They never even met him until "The Slob" and when they do, they consider him an annoyance more than anything else.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom : In "The Ghostbusters in Paris", a janitor in the Eiffel Tower winds up accidentally breaking a device which kept a multitude of ghosts locked in the tower. Because of that, Paris gets flooded with ghosts.
  • Utility Magic : When Al Capone pulls the busters into his ghost world their proton packs refuse to work. An opposing mobster explains that "their place works on science, this place works on magic. The two don't mix, but we can fix that." Utility Magic is so commonplace in their reality magical objects are mass produced. Mobster: Here, try these. Egon: What are they? Mobster: Magic Crystals. Egon: Get outta here! Mobster: Read the label! Egon: "Magic Crystals. Manufactured by Magic Crystals Inc. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back..."
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes : On one memorable occasion, a vampire who had taken to eating synthetic blood and posed no threat to humans hired the Ghostbusters to help him deal with an overzealous vampire hunter.
  • Vengeful Vending Machine : In "Transcendental Tourists", Slimer tries to get a milk carton from a vending machine. Much to his frustration, the vending machine refuses to work, so he resorts to using his ghostly powers to phase through the machine and consume a carton of milk from the inside.
  • Viewers Are Morons : Done in-universe when Corrupt Corporate Executive Paul Smart displays Robo-Buster's apparently superior ghostbusting abilities by seemingly destroying ghosts rather than just capturing them the way the Ghostbusters do. Egon protests that Smart's claims are impossible, because ectoplasmic physics don't work that way, but no one at the press conference where Smart is showing off Robo-Buster understands what he's talking about, and they don't believe him.
  • Villainous Breakdown : Several of the ghost villains would do this before the Ghostbusters busted them. Notable examples include the Master of Shadows shocked and confused at the revelation that Slimer and Egon had switched minds in "Slimer, Is That You?" and Sammy K. Ferret going into a Laughing Mad fit and insisting that he is still funny in "Stay Tooned".
  • Originally, Maurice LaMarche performed as Egon by speaking in a deeper voice, that made him sound more like Harold Ramis. The pitch in his voice was raised higher afterwards.
  • Originally, Frank Welker performed as Slimer by speaking in unintelligible gibberish, not unlike his voicework in Germlins . When the show changed after the first ABC season and Syndicated episodes, Slimer began speaking full sentences intelligently.
  • Wacky Frat Boy Hijinx : One episode had the team sent to bust the ghosts of an unruly frat seeking revenge for being expelled. The Ghostbusters eventually convince them that they've talked the dean into graduating them, all they need to do is pose for some graduation pictures on a set of bleachers they've planted traps beneath.
  • Waking Non Sequitur : At the end of "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream", Egon wakes up and attempts to continue an imaginary conversation with Albert Einstein , but stops when he notices people are staring at him.
  • Weaksauce Weakness : The aforementioned ghost in "The Headless Motorcyclist" was practically unstoppable, relentlessly chasing his targets and trying to bomb them with flaming cyclist helmets. However, when the Ghostbusters trick him into driving onto a bridge over a river by camouflaging it with a hologram of a normal street, the ghost is instantly paralyzed . Capture went without a hitch.
  • "The Ghostbusters in Paris" revealed that the Eiffel Tower was actually a Steampunk ecto-containment grid.
  • On a slightly lesser scale, the statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center in "Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster".
  • When Mrs. Faversham (a woman that reminds him of his mother) explains she doesn't have much money to pay them, Peter says the only payment they require is a smile.
  • Averted in "Xmas Marks the Spot", when Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to pay the Ghostbusting bill, Peter actually threatens to release the ghosts again. Sure, its Scrooge , but he's still an elderly man plus they didn't know it was him and it was Christmas . The Ghostbusters not knowing it was him actually worked in his favor, if we consider what they did once they learned.
  • In "The Boogieman Cometh," two kids terrified of the Boogieman want to hire the guys and offer up their piggybank. Peter shakes it and only hears loose change, but he says it qualifies for their new rate.
  • Basically anything that could potentially lead to the end of the world, the Ghostbusters will resolve regardless of payment, such as in "Ragnarok n' Roll" and "You Can't Take It With You". Peter: Well hey, we can do a freebie every now and then. Let's get up there!
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist : The Sandman, in "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream," is one. His race is responsible for helping people around the world sleep, but he's so fed up with humanity's warring and fighting that he decides that putting everyone in a five-hundred-year slumber is the only way to bring peace to the planet. Of course, his methods make sleeping people's dreams come to life , but initially, those dream-creatures, for the most part, weren't trying to hurt anyone; it was only after the Ghostbusters annoyed the Sandman that he turned the beasts into nightmarish monsters.
  • The Ghostmaster vows to get even with the Ghostbusters at the end of "Short Stuff" after they capture all of the ghosts he sent to catch them. Ghostmaster : You win this time, but you haven't seen the last of me! I'll be back! I'll be back!
  • The Slimer! short "The Dirty Half-Dozen" ends with Goolem and Zugg being sent back to the South Pole, with both ghosts promising that they'll get even with Slimer the next time they return to New York.
  • At the end of "Slimer Streak", the Player states that the Ghostbusters have won this time, but he'll be back to play another game with them. Unlike the Ghostmaster, Goolem, and Zugg, the Player never appeared again in spite of promising his revenge.
  • Interestingly enough, the Marvel UK comics based on the show featured Dana as The Unseen — she would never actually appear, but Peter would sometimes mention her, and he would occasionally be seen preparing for a date with her. (The Norwegian translation of the comic featured a surprisingly witty lettercolumn where Peter answered the kids' letters, and the kids would sometimes ask why Dana Barett never appeared in the comic. Peter's answer varied — "She's too beautiful to appear in the comic," "Because my personal life can't interest anyone," "I asked but I think she's too shy.")
  • However, there was a comic adaptation of Ghostbusters II which used The Real Ghostbusters designs, which meant that the cartoon design for Dana was created specifically for that. Like the other stars of the movie, she did not look like her actress .
  • Lita, an odd girl in "No One Comes to Lupusville" who took a liking to Egon, informed them of the truth about the town they're in. She helps them out in exchange that they get her out of town. In the end, the Ghostbusters flee from the town to escape the ensuing chaotic fight between the vampires and werewolves. Lita was then revealed to have stowed away, sitting on the back of Ecto-1, but was never seen again after the episode.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human? : One episode deals with an enormous multitude of ghosts coming to find the Ghostbusters not to harm them but to find refuge against a creature that eats ghosts and destroys everything around itself. Eventually, the Ghostbusters think of a plan to defeat it but need to lead it somewhere, which they do by emptying their storage tanks and throwing hundreds of ghosts who only wanted to be kept safe at it to be eaten. Nobody gives sacrificing all these ghosts a second thought, but then again the Ghostbusters series as a whole rarely hits upon showing ghosts much compassion.
  • What the Hell, Hero? : Delivered upon release from containment by the Three Ghosts of Christmas.
  • "Citizen Ghost", which details how Slimer came to live at the firehouse.
  • "The Haunting of Heck House", where Peter Venkman tells a class visiting the Firehouse on a field trip about how he, Egon, Ray, and Winston had to spend the night in Heck House.
  • Who You Gonna Call? : Well, OBVIOUSLY, the show is about paranormal investigators.
  • Peter can stare down murderous ghosts, spirits and phantoms without fear, but he will Freak Out at the sight of a cockroach.
  • Egon can stare down Cthulhu and other powerful beings without wincing but the Boogeyman is enough to almost shut him down out of pure fear. While it's true that Egon was tormented by the Boogeyman as a child, there is a serious difference between it and Cthulhu. Egon handled himself very well in facing his childhood fears in "The Boogieman Cometh." He was freezing up in "The Bogeyman is Back," but he was coming off a nearly deadly fall off the World Trade Center. His fear grew because he wouldn't accept it, which Bogey later exploited.
  • A Wizard Did It : When Egon explains the legend of Hob Anagarik in "Cold Cash and Hot Water". Egon: When the humans came, Hob attacked them. They defeated Hob, sealed him in a block of black ice, and sank him to the sea bottom. With the fire demon gone, the heat went out of the land, the snow started, and the north became cold. Ray: The Ice Age. Egon: Essentially, yes. Winston: Where'd the humans get that block of ice if the land was hot? Egon: Magic, of course. Winston: Oh... of course...
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds : One of the more character-driven episodes "Ragnarok and Roll" deals with Jeremy, a man angry at the world over breaking up with his girlfriend, Cindy, and vowing to bring about the end of the world . He nearly succeeded as he brought Ragnarok into full swing and the Ghostbusters were unable to stop him. Had Cindy and Jeremy's companion, Dy Tillio, not talked sense into him, the Ghostbusters were ready to detonate their proton packs in an attempt to stop Jeremy and the end of the world.
  • World of Snark : The driving force behind lots of the show's dialogue is that everyone's got a sharp tongue.
  • Writer Revolt : "Janine, You've Changed," in which J. Michael Straczynski gave an In-Universe explanation for Janine's Fanservice Pack , which was mandated by the network. It didn't have any lasting effect on her appearance, but an effort was made, at least.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy : In "The Boogieman Cometh," a ghostly gangster tries using supernatural shape-shifting to scare the willies out of the Ghostbusters and make them run away. Would've worked if it had been anyone but these four guys. Other ghosts tend to try the same kind of thing with the same results.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol : In "Xmas Marks The Spot", the Ghostbusters go back in time somehow and accidentally bust the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, preventing Scrooge from ever learning his lesson and thus ruining Christmas in the present day. The team tries to play the role of the spirits for Scrooge themselves while Egon tries to rescue the real ones from the containment unit.
  • You Can See That, Right? : Peter has seen plenty of bizarre occurrences, so it takes quite a bit to astound him. However, in "Elementary My Dear Winston" when a real Sherlock Holmes recruits Winston as a temporary Watson, magically dresses him in an appropriate outfit, generates a car out of thin air, and drives away with him through the firehouse wall, it defies belief. Peter: Did we see that, or has my brain finally snapped like a twig?!
  • You Don't Look Like You : Mild case, but obviously, the animated Ghostbusters don't resemble their motion picture counterparts. This is because the producers wanted to avoid rights fees. Also the more famous the actor, the less his character resembles him. An episode about someone making a biopic about the Ghostbusters used real footage from the movie to lampshade this.
  • You Have to Believe Me! : In "Future Tense" Ray has quite a bit of trouble convincing the rest of the Ghostbusters that their new TV predicts the future, mostly because it only does so in the wee hours when they're trying to sleep (and they think he's watched so much of it he's rotted his brain). Egon: You have to cut back on the TV time, Ray; you're starting to lose touch with reality. Ray: But it was real! I saw it, we were all there! Peter: And you were the scarecrow, and you were the tin man. Winston: Face it Ray, you fell asleep in front of the tube and had a bad dream. Slimer: Poor Ray...
  • Your Favorite : Janine brings Egon some mushroom soup when he's in hospital. Could possibly also be considered Through His Stomach .
  • Cartoonist Walt Fleischman not only unwittingly brings his cartoon characters to life, he becomes trapped in their world. His villains kidnap him, and when the Ghostbusters enter the world to save him they recruit his heroes to help them.

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  • TV Network: Syndicated
  • Premiere Date: Sep 13, 1986
  • Genre: Kids family
  • Executive producers: Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck, Bernie Brillstein

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The Real Ghostbusters is an Emmy-Nominated American animated television series based on the hit 1984 film Ghostbusters . The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television (now Sony Pictures Television), DiC Entertainment and Coca-Cola. The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Dr. Ray Stantz, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer. During the six year run it was retooled with the Slimer! show that was sandwiched around The Real Ghostbusters and titled Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters. In 1997, the franchise was revived with Extreme Ghostbusters . A group of new Ghostbusters joined Egon, Janine and Slimer, who helped to bridge both cartoons.

  • 2 Development
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The series origin is told in the episode "Citizen Ghost" which is a flashback episode. Peter reveals that the suits were replaced with new ones that were in new colors. Gozer was taken out but the old suits had ecto-plasmic residue and Peter was suppose to destroy them. Also in that episode Slimer is revealed that he stuck around the firehouse and while Peter didn't like him, the others after a few days grew to like him, as he was harmless and valuable to research. Ray names him to spite Peter, Slimer. At the end of the episode the ghostbusters are in serious trouble with Ghost versions of themselves that wanted them out of business. Slimer wore them out as they fired at him wasting they ecto energy. Because of that, the ghostbusters caught the ghosts. Slimer earned his spot as a pet and friend of the ghostbusters.

"Take Two" explained in a way, the differences between the cartoon and the film. The film according to the episode was made based on events in the cartoon. Inside jokes about the film are all over the episode.

Development [ ]

A short pilot episode was produced, but never aired in full. Scenes of the pilot can be seen in TV promos that aired prior to the beginning of the series. As with most pilots, the short episode has several striking differences from the finished product. For the most part, the differences come down to a greater faithfulness to the movie: Peter Venkman's design bears a greater resemblance to Bill Murray, the Ghostbusters still use their original uniforms, and Slimer appears as a gluttonous bad guy as he does in the movie. Certain scenes from the pilot would be edited and used in the show's intro, most notably the encounter at the end with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Other scenes from the pilot, including a shot of Ray waking up from bed with a Mr. Staypuft doll, the team sliding down the fire pole in silhouette, and a skeletonized Red Baron laughing as he flies across the sky, would be used in the special intro used for the Real Ghostbusters halloween special, "The Halloween Door".

Maurice LaMarche, the voice of Egon Spengler, described that even though the auditioners did not want him to impersonate Harold Ramis, he did so and got the part. LaMarche mentioned that, supposedly, Bill Murray asked why Lorenzo Music's voice sounded like Garfield and not like himself, and this may have weighed in the replacing of Music, with Dave Coulier replacing him after 78 episodes. This is ironic considering that Bill Murray took over the role of Garfield for the live-action movies.{Doubly ironic is that Lorenzo Music voiced Garfield cat in a cartoon series!} Ernie Hudson was the only actor from the film who auditioned to reprise his role, Winston Zeddemore, for the animated series, but he lost to Arsenio Hall.

The Other Ghost Busters [ ]

"The Real" was added to the title over a dispute with Filmations Ghostbusters properties. After the success of the film, a TV series based on the Ghostbusters began production. At the same time The Real Ghostbusters was being created, Filmation was making a cartoon known as Filmations Ghostbusters , which was a revamp of Filmation's 1970s show/concept, Filmations The Ghost Busters. Despite rumors to the contrary, Columbia was allowed to use the name Ghostbusters for its cartoon, but added "The Real" to snub Filmation. In the episode "The Spirit of Aunt Lois", Dr. Bassingham, a charlatan spiritualist wore an outfit similar to that of Jake Kong. With character designs by Jim McDermott, the animated characters were dramatically redesigned from the way the same characters looked in the movie due to likeness-rights issues.

  • In one episode Boo_York -three of the ghostbusters-with the exception of Winston Zeddemore-find themselves in a parrell universe where New York City is a literal ghost town and they' being chased by their ghost "peoplebusters!"
  • In another "Twilight Zone" like episode The_Cabinet_of_Calamari ghostbuster Stanz is trapped in a magic Magican cabinent -while the other ghostbusters try to capture the ghost of Harry_Houdini -who allways ' escapes their traps!
  • In another epsiode Chicken,_He_Clucked the Ghostbusters must help a demon against a insane man who banished chickens from the earth!
  • "The animated cartoon series ran for six seasons and a subseason for 147 epsiodes from September 13, 1986 to September 18, 1991.
  • Ghostbuster Ramond Stanz and Slimer the Ghost were voiced by Frank Welker
  • Ghostbuster Peter Vankman were voiced by Lorenzo Music who voiced Garfield Cat in Garfield and Friends
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Ghostbusters Is Real!

Seriously. Just ask Dan Aykroyd and his father, Peter, whose real-life family history with the supernatural inspired Ghostbusters. The two talk to Benjamin Sarlin about the science behind the paranormal.

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Peter Aykroyd, father of the famed comic actor Dan, isn’t afraid of ghosts.

Even when the long-deceased spirits of Ming Dynasty Chinese, ancient Egyptian princes, and the family’s 18th-century patriarch, Samuel Aykroyd I, called out to him as a young boy in Ontario, Peter says he felt no fear.

And why should he have? Ever since he was 8 years old, purported communication with the dead was a regular occurrence, part of a long series of séances conducted by his grandfather, Dr. Samuel A. Aykroyd, a dentist with a side career as a psychic investigator, and the family medium, Walter Ashurst, who would channel the spirits’ voices through his body.

Once while sitting in a family farmhouse Dan had planned to tear down, he says he felt a massive jolt of electricity and witnessed pops and sparks all around him. “It was just like I had been struck by lightning,” he recalled.

“Even extraordinary things in life, experienced enough, become commonplace,” Peter, now 87, told me as we sat together with Dan in Manhattan’s Essex House. “If you see a ghost 10 times—”

“—it’s like the family pet,” the younger Aykroyd interrupted, completing his father’s sentence.

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Dr. Aykroyd’s research into the paranormal continued with his son, who sought to create the first device capable of capturing ghostly voices only to be told by the ghosts themselves that such a contraption was impossible to build. Peter participated in the family’s rituals, and Dan continued the legacy by creating Ghostbusters , a movie rich in the details and vocabulary of the family’s paranormal trade and filled with gadgets and gizmos of the type his ancestors tried to invent. The tale of the Aykroyds’ four-generation obsession with the occult, as well as the psychic investigators who inspired them, is detailed in Peter’s newly released book, A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters.

It’s a subject dear to Dan, who grew up listening to tales of his great-grandfather’s experiments and reading journals from the American Society for Psychical Research, the premier organization for supernatural studies since 1885. The academic approach employed by his ancestors and by figures such as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and “ghost hunter” Hans Holzer led him to develop the core concept for Ghostbusters : a group of bookish researchers fighting ghosts using modern science.

“It was around the time I had just finished Saturday Night Live , and I read an article on quantum physics and parapsychology in the ASPR and said, ‘Why not marry the actual scientific discipline of psychic research to an old-style comedy?’” he said.

Dan, a wholehearted believer in the world of spirits, found a perfect writing partner in Harold Ramis, who believed in nothing of the sort but had a detailed if skeptical knowledge of the occult. Ramis’ interest in early civilizations also helped round out the main plot of the 1984 film, in which an ancient Sumerian cult tries to summon an evil god.

“Even though he wasn’t a believer, we were definitely speaking the same language as Ghostbusters ,” Aykroyd said. “He knows all about parapsychology, he had all the references, all the terms, all without me giving them to him.”

Peter said he was “elated” with early drafts of the script, especially the opening scene, in which a ghost wreaks havoc in the New York Public Library.

“It was a pure poltergeist phenomenon and absolutely true to form” he said. “Let’s face it, he was writing this thing from conviction. There was truth in that, even though it seemed fantastic.”

He did, however, have problems with the film’s now iconic ending, which featured the King Kong-size Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rampaging about a block away from where our interview took place.

“I thought it wouldn’t play,” he said, “but that was a mistake on my part.”

“I knew it would work,” Dan said, breaking a satisfied grin.

Powered by Aykroyd and Ramis’ high-concept premise, memorable performances by romantic leads Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, and astounding special effects, the film became the most successful comedy in history and spawned a cult of worshippers who still shadow Aykroyd to this day. He and Peter recalled how at a recent reading, they were confronted with fans in full Ghostbusters regalia, including uniforms and proton packs. Some fans have even been known to trick out their cars to mimic the Ghostbusters ’ famous ride, a converted Cadillac nicknamed Ecto-1. The original cast is at work on a third movie and has already lent their voices to a videogame released this year, ensuring that future generations will be introduced to Aykroyd and Ramis’ spooky world as well.

But it should be easy enough for the Aykroyds to relate to the movie’s worshippers, given their enthusiasm for all things ghostly. Both Dan and Peter are true believers, all too happy to discuss the many technical details and historical figures associated with the world beyond, many of which are described in A History of Ghosts . Dan himself is no stranger to purported paranormal activity: Once while sitting in a family farmhouse he had planned to tear down, he says he felt a massive jolt of electricity and witnessed pops and sparks all around him.

“It was just like I had been struck by lightning,” he recalled. He later identified the occurrence in psychic literature as supernatural “arcing.” Whatever the cause, it was enough to convince him to renovate the farmhouse rather than knock it down.

Like Dr. Aykroyd before them, the pair hopes one day to see documented proof of the Holy Grail of ghost-hunting: materialization, a phenomena described by spiritualists in which ghostly forms composed of ectoplasm—the slimy substance made famous by Ghostbusters —emerge from mediums.

“He so wanted to have that happen,” Peter said of his grandfather, who never experienced such an event. He blamed negative energy from skeptical séance-goers and a lack of proper materials to focus their medium’s powers for the failure to bring about a physical ghost. Dan said he thinks further research on materializations and apparitions is needed to complete his great-grandfather’s legacy.

“I would like to see more hard physicists come in and start to analyze what’s going on,” the younger Aykroyd said. “Are oxygen and nitrogen and hydrogen molecules coalescing to produce these visions in front of people? I’d love it if some research were done on materialization, which is the most exciting part of this, where full-formed limbs come out of a medium’s mouth and even a full-formed body. It would be nice to get some DNA and see if it’s the DNA of the person exuding this mass of ectoplasm or the DNA of another being.”

Listening to Dan excitedly rattle off a flurry of technical jargon and individual case studies, it’s impossible not to think of his Ghostbusters character, Ray Stantz, who giddily delivers dense lines about whether the “ionization rate is constant for all ectoplasmic entities” and congratulates Louis Tully (played by Rick Moranis) for surviving the “the biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909.”

While noting that Stantz is a scientist and he is an entertainer, Aykroyd acknowledges that the two share “a passionate fascination and enthusiasm for the activities of beings and entities that are beyond our plane of existence.”

He added: “And what red-blooded North American boy wouldn’t embrace a good ghost story, right?”

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Animated series expands on the beloved '80s comedy.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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The Ghostbusters work well as a team, and regularl

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Parents need to know that The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series spun off the mega-popular 1984 movie Ghostbusters (the "Real" was added to avoid confusion with an unrelated cartoon of the same name). The core characters remain the same, though the cartoon is skewed toward younger kids…

Positive Messages

Ridding the world of malicious ghosts is a positive thing, sure, but it's also clear the crew is doing this job mainly for money (there are frequent references to being paid).

Positive Role Models

The Ghostbusters work well as a team, and regularly head into dangerous situations to try and help others. Ray acts as a protective caretaker toward the goopy green ghost Slimer, who works for the good guys in this series (unlike in the original film).

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish violence, often involving laser-type weapons meant to contain ghosts.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

The guys' secretary Janine pines over Egon, just like in the original Ghostbusters movie, but there's really nothing naughty or suggestive about it.

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Parents need to know that The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series spun off the mega-popular 1984 movie Ghostbusters (the "Real" was added to avoid confusion with an unrelated cartoon of the same name). The core characters remain the same, though the cartoon is skewed toward younger kids and as such, drops the swearing, the smoking, and the sexual innuendo. While the Ghostbusters do spend their days vanquishing evil, the monsters and phantoms they encounter are often quite silly (some of them even make wisecracks) and not too scary.

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What's the story.

Are annoying ghosts getting all up in your grill? Grab your credit card and give a call to the Ghostbusters -- a supernatural clean-up crew made up of brainiac Egon, wise guy Peter, sweet Ray, and level-headed newcomer Winston -- and they'll be over in a jiffy, "Proton Packs" in hand, ready to vaporize any and all paranormal pests. The team lives and works out of an old fire station, and they are assisted by their sassy secretary, Janine, as well as their nerdy accountant, Louis. They also have a live-in mascot of sorts: Slimer, the popular green ghost character from the original movie.

Is It Any Good?

If you're judging this show strictly on its own merits -- and not as a guilty pleasure for fans of the original movie who are feeling nostalgic -- it's merely OK, and definitely dated. But for true Ghostbuster devotees, it can be fun to see how the show expands on (and in some ways, rewrites) the mythology of the original movies. The cartoon ran for a somewhat astonishing seven seasons, which gave The Real Ghostbusters plenty of time to explore the day-to-day operations of the Ghostbusters' business and the characters' backstories. Some familiar adversaries from the past appear, like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and meddling EPA agent Walter Peck, along with countless new creepy-crawlies. The troublemaking ghost Slimer (who was a bad guy in the film) gets a personality makeover and serves as a pet and mascot, helping the guys hunt and contain his spooky brethren. He has, however, retained his never-ending hunger for junk food.

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Families can talk about how the characters on The Real Ghostbusters show the value of teamwork , intelligence, and curiosity . Why are these important character strengths ?

How are females portrayed on The Real Ghostbusters ? The secretary, Janine, is frequently compelled to borrow a jumpsuit and fill in as a Ghostbuster when the guys need to be bailed out of one scrape or another. Is she seen as a member of the gang, or as more of a mom type?

  • Premiere date : September 13, 1986
  • Cast : Arsenio Hall , Frank Welker , Lorenzo Music , Maurice LaMarche , Laura Summer
  • Network : Netflix
  • Genre : Kids' Animation
  • Character Strengths : Curiosity , Teamwork
  • TV rating : TV-Y7
  • Last updated : October 27, 2023

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The Real Ghostbusters spans 140 episodes, which has on average one new ghost per episode. This page lists all the characters and ghosts. If your looking for characters for Extreme Ghostbusters , go here . Slimer! characters can be found on the main page of its series.

  • 1.1 Dr. Peter Venkman
  • 1.2 Dr. Egon Spengler
  • 1.3 Dr. Ray Stantz
  • 1.4 Winston Zeddemore
  • 1.5 Janine Melnitz
  • 1.6 Louis Tully
  • 2 Minor Characters
  • 3 Villain Ghosts

Main Characters [ ]

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The Four Ghostbusters (Left to Right: Winston , Ray , Peter , and Egon )

Dr. Peter Venkman [ ]

Dr. Peter Venkman (voiced by Lorenzo Music seasons 1-2 and Dave Coulier seasons 3-7) is the group's first-among-equals. While not their official leader, Venkman often makes the decision whether or not they will take a case. He also provides comic relief and is usually nominated for tasks no one else wants to do.

Dr. Egon Spengler [ ]

Dr. Egon Spengler (voiced by Maurice LaMarche ) a scientific genius, is the primary source of expertise the group uses to understand (and many times combat) the ethereal realm. A skilled theorist, in many episodes Egon formulates the solution when all hope seems lost.

Dr. Ray Stantz [ ]

Dr. Ray Stantz (voiced by Frank Welker ) is portrayed as an excitable jack-of-all-trades. He is second only to Egon in sheer intelligence, and leans towards practical applications of science as opposed to Egon's pure research – the engineer to Egon's physicist. He is also a child at heart, cheerful and optimistic (and rather enamored of cartoons and stuffed animals). As the only one of the four who can reliably understand what Egon is talking about, he is usually the one to put his theories into practice.

Winston Zeddemore [ ]

Winston Zeddemore (voiced by Arsenio Hall seasons 1-3 and Buster Jones seasons 4-7) is the courage and straight-man of the group; his accuracy with the proton gun is his forte. Of all the Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore has the most subtle character development; it is hinted that he is an avid reader and the descendant of a powerful African bloodline. Sometimes his last name is misspelled "Zeddmore"

Janine Melnitz [ ]

Janine Melnitz (voiced by Laura Summer seasons 1-2 and Kath Soucie seasons 3-7) is the secretary of the Ghostbusters and has an interest in Egon.

Louis Tully [ ]

Louis Tully (voiced by Rodger Bumpass seasons 5-6) is the accountant for the Ghostbusters. Was put in the cartoon to follow along with Ghostbusters II movie.

Slimer (voiced by Frank Welker ) is the pet of the Ghostbusters and is the only ghost that will stay still for Egon to test and study. Out of all the four Ghostbusters, Peter is the only Ghostbuster who gets angry and yells at Slimer easily. In the kenner toy line known also as the "Green Ghost".

Minor Characters [ ]

  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (voiced by Frank Welker except by John Stocker for episode "Sticky Business") is mostly a friend of the Ghostbusters. The Ghostbusters often refer to him as "The Big Guy".
  • Jim Venkman (voiced by Lorenzo Music except by Dave Coulier for episode "The Treasure of Sierra Tamale")
  • Mrs. Spengler
  • Aunt Lois (voiced by Marilyn Lightstone)
  • Dr. Bassingame (voiced by Maurice LaMarche )
  • Mayor Lenny (voiced by Hal Smith and by Frank Welker )
  • Lieutenant Frump (voiced by Maurice LaMarche )
  • Professor Dweeb (voiced by Jeff Altman )
  • Junior Ghostbusters Donald (voiced by Danny McMurphy )
  • Junior Ghostbusters Catherine (voiced by April Hong )
  • Junior Ghostbusters Jason (voiced by Katie Leigh )
  • Walter Peck (voiced by Maurice LaMarche )
  • Robo-Buster (voiced by Frank Welker ) was made by Paul Smart to replace the ghostbusters.
  • Edward Zeddemore (voiced by Roscoe Lee Browne ) is the father to Winston Zeddemore.
  • Jeremy (voiced by Frank Welker )
  • DyTyllio (voiced by Maurice LaMarche )
  • Cynthia Crawford (voiced by Julie Bennett )

Villain Ghosts [ ]

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Here's Where You Can Stream The Real Ghostbusters Cartoon Online

Egon in The Real Ghostbusters

When Dan Akroyd first cooked up the idea behind "Ghostbusters" in the early 1980s, he couldn't have anticipated it would transform into the pop culture behemoth that it is today. The "Saturday Night Live" alum merely wanted to make a movie about his family's long-held interest in spiritualism and the paranormal (via Vanity Fair ). But "Ghostbusters" received critical acclaim and became the then-highest grossing comedy of all time, and a franchise was born.

"Ghostbusters II" followed in 1989 and led to the releases of 2016's "Ghostbusters" and 2021's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." But the first true successor to the film was "The Real Ghostbusters." The animated series ran from 1986 to 1991 for seven seasons and continued following the adventures of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and their secretary Janine Melnitz. While "The Real Ghostbusters" captured the spirit (pun intended) of the original movie, it dialed back the smoking and salty language to appeal to younger audiences and introduced a new cast of voice actors . Here's where nostalgic "Real Ghostbusters" fans can watch the series online.

Amazon Prime is the best option for streaming The Real Ghostbusters

While all of the "Ghostbusters" properties are available to watch online, they're divvied up across various streamers. The first two movies are on Hulu, and fans with the Starz add-on can watch "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" on Hulu as well. The 2016 reboot and "The Real Ghostbusters," however, can be found on Amazon Prime for members with a subscription. Last July, Amazon increased the price of its Prime subscription to $15 per month (up from $13 per month), or $139 per year (up from $119). The yearly service includes a month-long free trial (via NBC ).

"The Real Ghostbusters" is a great series to introduce younger audiences to the slime-fighting foursome. Prime users with kiddos might already appreciate the streamer for its inclusion of "SpongeBob Squarepants," "Adventure Time," and other animated gems.

For those without Amazon Prime subscriptions, "The Real Ghostbusters" is streaming for free on Crackle and fuboTV. Alternatively, fans can pony up $1.99 per episode to revisit the series on YouTube and Apple TV.

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Hasbro’s The Real Ghostbusters Fright Features Kenner Classics announced as limited-time Target exclusive

  • January 8, 2024

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With Hasbro’s new assortment of Ghostbusters action figures and collectibles beginning to arrive on store shelves , we’ve just received an update regarding the returning Kenner Classics , as the fan-favorite The Real Ghostbusters Fright Features have been confirmed as a limited-time Target exclusive.

Today’s update comes from Hasbro Global Brand Marketing Manager Emily Bader, who posted to the Ghostbusters Reddit page , writing:

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“Hi everyone! Emily from Hasbro here. Wanted to quickly send out an update to the community that the new Hasbro Fright Features figures are exclusively available in Target stores (so not listed online) until the beginning of April, at which point they will also be available at other retailers and online. As always, thank you for your continued support!”

While fans can certainly have varying opinions on store exclusives, this should further help those hoping to narrow their search. We should also add that Hasbro’s accompanying Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire assortment, from the 5″ toyline with Ecto-Stretch Tech to the Zap & Blast Proton Blaster , are not retailer-exclusive and can already be found online, available through multiple sites, including Amazon and Entertainment Earth .

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Rounding back to Emily’s Reddit post, the exclusivity window isn’t to last long, closing at the beginning of April, with Fright Features then being made available at other retailers and online platforms. This eventual broader release will ensure that fans who may not have access to a Target store or merely prefer online shopping can still add these figures to their collections. Stay tuned to Ghostbusters News for updates and announcements straight from Hasbro. Also, if you haven’t already, subscribe to our YouTube channel for in-hand unboxing and review videos.

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After the huge success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ghostbusters 5 is on the way, but which characters are returning and where is the sequel set?

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  • The Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire release date has been moved to March 22nd, 2024, after initially being delayed by the Hollywood strikes.
  • The talented cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife will return for the sequel, along with original cast members like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
  • The sequel will continue the Spengler family's story and bring the series back to familiar locations while maintaining the beloved Ghostbusters tone.

Following the success of the soft reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife , the sequel was fast-tracked by Sony — and the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire news is coming in quickly. The Ghostbusters series started in 1984, and the classic fantasy comedy movie became a huge success thanks to its unique high concept, a hit theme song, and stellar chemistry between its comedic leads. However, following the beloved original film, the Ghostbusters series fell from grace, as Ghostbusters II was generally considered a disappointment when it was released and Ghostbusters III received a mixed-to-negative reception in 2016.

2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife saved the franchise and was considered a significant return to form for the Ghostbusters series. The movie was full of energy, excitement, and fantasy, and it was surprisingly emotional too, as it brought back original characters including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The refreshing take was mostly thanks to writer-director Jason Reitman, who was previously known for emotionally resonant indie films, and he injected some of that energy into the blockbuster Ghostbusters franchise. The 2021 movie's success ensured a sequel of its own, and the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire news is hugely revealing.

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After a year full of delays due to the Hollywood strikes, the latest news regarding the much-anticipated legacy sequel is that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has bumped its release date up and will arrive sooner than originally announced. Initially slated to arrive on March 29th, 2024, the movie will now premiere a week earlier on March 22nd . Though the film is a sure-fire hit, the move is likely to take advantage of the spring break box office surge. Sony joins Warner Bros. in shifting several of its big releases around, and Godzilla X Kong is also arriving sooner than expected.

Due to the fact that Sony has pushed back releases on seven movies because of Hollywood strikes, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was set to release on March 29th, 2024. However, it has now been moved forward to March 22nd, 2024 , a week earlier. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire isn't the only film affected by the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, as Sony has also pushed back Gran Turismo , Madame Web , Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, and more.

The WGA strike was resolved on September 27th, 2023, and the SAG/AFTRA strike was resolved on November 9th, 2023.

Continuing the success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , a large portion of the cast of the film will be back in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire . The new de-facto star of the franchise, Paul Rudd, is returning as Gary Grooberson along with Finn Wolfhard as Trevor. They'll be joined by Carrie Coon as Callie and McKenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler. Comedian Patton Oswalt also joins the cast in an as-yet-unnamed role. Along with the mass return of Afterlife's new cast, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire isn't skimping on the nostalgia either, as many of the recognizable cast members from the classic Ghostbusters films will also be back, including:

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Along with the trailer and official title, the plot for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire has finally been released, and it sees the team facing their biggest challenge yet. New York City is suddenly plunged into a new ice age as a supernatural artifact unleashes the " death chill " which has the power to literally frighten people to a frigid death. It is going to take Ghostbusters from every generation to stop the new supernatural threat, as the Big Apple is besieged by a spooky mid-summer freeze.

With the release of the official Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire trailer in November 2023, audiences have gotten their first real glimpse at the newest entry in the classic franchise. Besides revealing the plot and teasing some of the more exciting action moments, the trailer also confirms that the classic Ghostbusters characters aren't merely making cameo appearances . Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz is seen giving sage advice to his young ghost-hunting counterparts, and from Aykroyd's enthusiasm about the future of the franchise, it is clear he wants to play a big part.

The trailer includes Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" which is yet another nostalgic nod to the decade that spawned the original movie. Additionally, the trailer also introduces new characters such as the one played by Patton Oswalt, and even drops a few hints about a potential new villain. Most importantly, the trailer will help generate interest in the movie as its March 2024 release date nears, which could help Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire stay competitive in the crowded early summer movie season.

Extraterrestrial life in Miami? No, police say viral video shows human being | Fact check

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The claim: Video shows aliens at Miami mall

A Jan. 6 Instagram video ( direct link , archive link ) shows an aerial view of numerous police vehicles with their emergency lights flashing parked outside a Miami shopping center.

"We got it y'all," says a man who appears in the video, pointing to a shadowy figure moving across the screen. "Y'all see it? I know you all see it."

The video's on-screen caption reads, "Footage of aliens in miami."

The Instagram post was liked more than 2,000 times in three days. Similar videos of the incident have been shared thousands of times across social media platforms.

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Our rating: False

The video shows a person walking, not extraterrestrial life, a Miami police spokesperson said. The significant police presence was for juveniles who reportedly set off fireworks on Jan. 1 at Bayside Marketplace in Miami.

No aliens at Miami mall, police say

Rafael Horta , a Miami police spokesperson, said the claim that the video shows aliens at the shopping center is false.

"It's actually just a person walking with a shadow," Horta said in a Jan. 5 Instagram video posted by the Miami Police Department. "So I can confirm to you all here today right now that there are no aliens in Miami in Bayside Marketplace – at the moment."

Police went to the mall Jan. 1 in response to a group of about 50 juveniles who had been shooting fireworks at people, Horta said. Officers had trouble containing the group and called for citywide reinforcements, resulting in a significant police presence, he said.

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Michael Vega , another police spokesperson, told CBS News Miami there were no aliens, airport closures or power outages connected to the events at the shopping center

The Miami Herald reported four teens were arrested as a result of the incident, which involved fireworks, riots and fights.

The Instagram user who shared the video did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PolitiFact also debunked the claim.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Miami Police Department, Jan. 5, Instagram video
  • CBS News Miami, Jan. 5, Rumors of 'shadow aliens' at Bayside Marketplace go viral after large fight among teens creates chaos
  • Miami Herald, Jan. 6, Miami cops arrest teens after fireworks, riots, fights erupted at Bayside Marketplace

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Venom 3 & 9 Other Exciting Movies Hitting Theaters in 2024

W ith the 2023 blockbuster season winding to a close, audiences are beginning to look ahead and see what awaits them on the silver screen in 2024. Studios are full steam ahead with surprising franchise revitalizations and sequels, such as the massive Dune: Part Two . But that isn't the only established brand on the horizon.

Warner Bros. Discovery is bringing back The Lord of the Rings in a new format, while Sony is returning the Karate Kid franchise to the big screen. And there's, of course, no shortage of superheroes. Studios have teamed visionary and creative directors with high-profile franchises for fresh takes on well-known stories. It all adds up to plenty of exciting movies in 2024.

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Director Gil Kenan

Cast Dan Aykroyd, Paul Rudd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Emily Alyn Lind, Carrie Coon

Main Genre Adventure

Genres Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy

Writers Jason Reitman, Gil Kenan

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Star Talks Animated Series Influence on Sequel

Following the success of Ghostbusters: Afterlife , director Jason Reitman handed the reins over to co-writer Gil Kenan for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , hitting theaters in March 2024. Afterlife reintroduced the Ghostbusters and said goodbye to franchise architect and star Harold Ramis. Frozen Empire now aims to take the series into new territory -- something exciting in an era heavy with sequels.

The movie follows the cast of Afterlife as they team up with the original Ghostbusters to take down a cold new enemy menacing New York City. Frozen Empire also has a much different look than the previous film. It features a more serious tone, and a superhero-esque story rare for a sequel to a 1980s comedy. Those changes show that the creatives aren't afraid to push the property into fresh directions, rather than just rely on 40 years of popularity.

The Lord of the Rings Returns in Animated Form

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The untold story behind Helm's Deep, hundreds of years before the fateful war, telling the life and bloodsoaked times of its founder, Helm Hammerhand, the King of Rohan.

Release Date 2024-12-13

Director Kenji Kamiyama

Cast Shaun Dooley, Miranda Otto, Brian Cox

Runtime 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Main Genre Animation

Genres Animation, Action, Adventure

Writers Phoebe Gittins, Will Matthews, Jeffrey Addiss

Production Company Middle-earth Enterprises, New Line Cinema, Sola Digital Arts

When The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim premieres in theaters on December 2024, it will have been roughly a decade since the last theatrical release based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Set hundreds of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, the film follows Helm Hammerhand (voiced by Succession star Brian Cox) as he defends the kingdom of Rohan from attackers. The franchise also needs some defending; the previous movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies , was considered the most disappointing entry in Peter Jackson's six-film series.

The War of the Rohirrim seeks to reinvigorate the franchise for moviegoers. Philippa Boyens, Jackson's co-writer on the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy, is a consultant on the film. That move signifies that Warner Bros. Discovery is making a concerted effort to get the film right. Not only that, but the studio is turning one of its most treasured properties into an animated film after years of live-action. That's a huge risk, and a change that ought to get viewers' attention.

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Release Date 2024-05-24

Director George Miller

Cast Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Webber, Angus Sampson

Genres Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Writers Nick Lathouris, George Miller

After Mad Max: Fury Road , series creator and director George Miller set out to make a spin-off focusing on a key character from that film: Imperator Furiosa. He's finally accomplishing that goal with Furiosa , out in May 2024. Charlize Theron's Furiosa was a war captain for the apocalyptic ruler Immortan Joe when she came into conflict with Max. The character immediately struck a chord with audiences and now they'll get a chance to learn more about her in this prequel.

The title role has been recast, with The New Mutants star Anya Taylor-Joy stepping in for Theron. Furiosa will also be the first film in the Mad Max franchise not to feature Max, as it is set before he and Furiosa cross paths during the events of Fury Road . Miller is known for high-octane action sequences that blend seamlessly with the unfolding story, and with a star like Taylor-Joy at the top of the call-sheet, Furiosa is meant to be seen in movie theatres -- even if it's missing Mad Max.

A Quiet Place Explores Its First Terrifying Day

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Director Michael Sarnoski

Cast Lupita Nyong'o, Djimon Hounsou, Alex Wolff, Denis O'Hare

Main Genre Drama

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Writers Jeff Nichols, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

How One Scene in A Quiet Place II Inspired a Spin-off Prequel

The Office star John Krasinski shocked audiences with his feature directing debut A Quiet Place in 2018 . The horror film was a smash hit with audiences and critics alike, despite having few lines of dialogue. Paramount wasted no time turning the movie into a franchise. A Quiet Place Part II hit theaters in 2021, and a third movie entitled A Quiet Place: Day One has a June 2024 release date. It's likewise taking audiences back in time.

The franchise revolves around the survivors of an alien invasion, in which the invaders have ears so sensitive they can hear the quietest sound from miles away. While the first two films featured brief flashbacks to the early days of the invasion, Day One will be set entirely at the beginning. Not much else is known about the movie except for the talent attached, including Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o. If the quality of the first two is any indicator, this prequel will be a must-watch for horror fans.

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Dune: part two.

Release Date 2024-03-15

Director Denis Villeneuve

Cast Zendaya, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Florence Pugh

Rating PG-13

Runtime 150 minutes

Main Genre Sci-Fi

Genres Drama, Sci-Fi, Action

Writers Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Frank Herbert

Auteur Denis Villeneuve turned Frank Herbert's dense sci-fi novel Dune into a global phenomenon and aims to do it again with Dune: Part Two . Despite the COVID-19 variant running rampant and Warner Bros.' day-and-date release strategy, Dune 's impressive $402 million in box office receipts made it a massive hit. WB and Legendary were quick to get a sequel underway for a March 2024 release.

Dune 's success is similar to how the Lord of the Rings connected with audiences: a well-worn genre story finding its way into the hands of a new generation thanks to an adaptation that defied traditional sci-fi and fantasy storytelling. Dune: Part Two looks to be even bigger and bolder than its predecessor, promising more epic battles, a rousing rebellion story and giant sandworms. Moviegoers will be looking forward to seeing if it measures up to the first film or even surpasses it.

Venom Wraps Up Marvel's Antihero Trilogy

Untitled Venom Sequel

Release Date 2024-00-00

Director Kelly Marcel

Cast Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple

Genres Thriller, Action, Science Fiction, Adventure

Writers Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy

Production Company Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures, Hutch Parker Entertainment

Tom Hardy's Venom concludes his titular film series with Venom 3 , which will likely draw huge crowds. The first Venom connected with audiences and made over $800 million worldwide. 2021's Venom: Let There Be Carnage made less, but critics and audiences alike responded positively to the film. Venom 3 is sure to capitalize on what made the first two so great: the rom-com-like relationship between Eddie Brock and the Symbiote, with both characters played by Hardy.

There are few cases in which fans are more excited about seeing a villain in a superhero movie rather than the superhero themselves, but Hardy and writer Kelly Marcel have crafted a superbly strong interpretation of the classic Spider-Man villain. Marcel is making her directorial debut with Venom 3 , hitting screens in November 2024 . She and Hardy are likely to send Venom out on a high note.

Apes Take Over Earth to Build a New Kingdom

Kingdom of the planet of the apes.

Director Wes Ball

Cast Sara Wiseman, Neil Sandilands, Eka Darville, Kevin Durand, Owen Teague, Freya Allan

Genres Sci-Fi, Action

Writers Patrick Aison, Josh Friedman, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa

Franchise Planet of the Apes

Characters By Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Prequel War For the Planet of the Apes

Cinematographer Gyula Pados

Producer Joe Hartwick Jr., Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Jason Reed

Production Company 20th Century Studios, Chernin Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment, Shinbone Productions

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Director Compares Sequel to a Star Wars Movie

Even after 10 films and nearly 50 years, the Planet of the Apes franchise is still going strong . Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes director Wes Ball has kept the May 2024 film canon to the previous trilogy. Kingdom is set closer to the events of the original Charlton Heston film, as human devolution is shown throughout the teaser trailer.

Kingdom leaning further into ape society gives it a different feel than previous movies, in which the planet still felt like an Earth where humans used to be dominant. The decay of human civilization and the emergence of ape rule gives the 2024 film a larger than life, nearly fairytale aesthetic. The visual effects seen in the teaser also are proof of just how amazing VFX have become decades after the first movie, as a story centered on a talking chimpanzee feels serious and urgent, no longer fantastical.

Joker and Harley Quinn Get the Musical Treatment

Joker: folie a deux.

Release Date 2024-10-04

Director Todd Phillips

Cast Lady Gaga, Joaquin Phoenix

Main Genre Musical

Genres Drama, Musical

Writers Scott Silver, Todd Phillips

Characters By Bill Finger, Bob Kane

Prequel Joker

Producer Todd Phillips

Production Company DC Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warners Bros. Pictures

Joker 2 Promised to Be 'Really Surprising' by Cinematographer

Joker: Folie a Deux is a follow-up to one of the biggest movie surprises of the last decade. No one could have predicted the impact of a Batman-less film centered around his arch-nemesis, from the director of The Hangover and writer of 8 Mile. The whole team -- including actor Joaquin Phoenix in his very first sequel -- returns to take even more risks in storytelling and style.

Joker 2 aims to go in a completely different direction than the first by being a musical with Harley Quinn (played by Lady Gaga) at its center. After a bonafide success like Joker, many filmmakers and studios approach the sequel with a "don't fix what isn't broken" mentality. But when outside the box thinking is what elevated the first film, it's extremely encouraging that they intend to do the same with the sequel in October 2024.

The Karate Kid Franchise Returns to the Big Screen

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Ralph Macchio and Jackie Chan to star in new  Karate Kid  movie

Director Jonathan Entwistle

Cast Jackie Chan, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Main Genre Action

Genres Family, Drama

Writers Rob Lieber

Production Company Columbia Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Overbrook Entertainment.

The Karate Kid nostalgia is at an all-time high thanks to Netflix's Cobra Kai , and Sony has found another interesting way to keep the property fresh. Whereas Cobra Kai exclusively follows storylines related to the original Ralph Macchio films, which starred Ralph Macchio, the Karate Kid coming to theaters in December 2024 combines those films with the storyline of the 2010 remake featuring Jackie Chan.

Not only will it be exciting for audiences to see Macchio and Chan on screen together, but combining the two is a great approach to bringing the latter closer to the main Karate Kid universe. It also means that movie fans will see something different from Cobra Kai -- while also still getting to experience some of the elements that have made the TV show so popular. This project truly is the best of both worlds.

Hugh Jackman Returns as Wolverine in Deadpool 3

Release Date 2024-05-03

Director Shawn Levy

Cast Karan Soni, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Macfadyen

Main Genre Superhero

Genres Superhero, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action

Writers Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese

Franchise Deadpool

Characters By Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

Prequel Deadpool 2, Deadpool

Producer Kevin Feige, Simon Kinberg

Production Company Marvel Studios

Why Deadpool 3 Being Marvel Studios' Sole 2024 Release Is a Good Thing

Deadpool 3 will be the biggest Marvel Studios film to feature characters from the X-Men universe. Ryan Reynolds has brought Hugh Jackman back as fan-favorite Wolverine for the first R-rated Marvel movie. Audiences will see Jackman don a comic-accurate Wolverine costume for the first time when the film is released in July 2024. But there are many other reasons not to miss the film.

While many superhero films lean on nostalgia casting, Jackman's return as Wolverine feels more organic, given Reynolds' friendship with his fellow actor. Yet the first two Deadpool films are a welcome reprieve from traditional superhero fare with their embrace of foul language and colorful violence. There's no reason to believe Deadpool 3 won't be more of the same and potentially even more outlandish. Marvel fans are likely to get several laugh-out-loud or truly shocking moments.

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January 9, 2024

Sony Exhibits at CES® 2024

Showcasing its diverse initiatives and technologies that empower creators to turn their creative sparks into stories

Sony Group ("Sony") will exhibit at CES® 2024, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada from Tuesday, Jan. 9 (PST), under the theme "Powering Creativity with Technology."

Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman and CEO of Sony Group Corporation took the stage at Sony's press conference held on Monday, Jan. 8 ahead of the exhibition's public opening. He opened by stating that as a creative entertainment company, Sony has always placed people at the heart of creativity and has been committed to being a force for good by empowering creators. He was joined by a diverse array of presenters, and together they introduced initiatives to support creators across Sony's music, movies and television production businesses; new solutions for visual production and spatial content creation; fan engagement in communities such as anime, sports and games; and initiatives in entertainment and safety to advance the mobility space. The presentation also showcased the various technologies underpinning these initiatives. He closed the press conference by emphasizing that Sony embraces people's ideas and elevates their stories as it continues to power creativity with technology.

  • Sony's press conference at CES 2024 can be viewed on its official YouTube channel

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Press Conference speakers (In order of appearance)

  • Kenichiro Yoshida (Chairman and CEO, Sony Group Corporation)
  • Jon Platt (Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Publishing)
  • Neal Manowitz (President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc.)
  • Katherine Pope (President, Sony Pictures Television Studios)
  • Toshihiro Mibe (President and Representative Executive Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)
  • Izumi Kawanishi (Representative Director, President and COO, Sony Honda Mobility Inc
  • Jessica Hawk (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft)

Sony Booth Overview

  • Dates: Jan. 9 (Tuesday) to Jan. 12 (Friday), 2024
  • Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # 21800

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Main Exhibits

From creation technology to fan engagement to expanding spaces for Kando, the exhibition will focus on how Sony is empowering creators to do more, explore more, and create more by providing innovative technologies for storytelling, entertainment, and beyond, and enabling new ways to fill the world with emotion. Sony is also working to reduce the environmental impact of its exhibition, by reusing materials from last year and adopting a layout design that reduces the use of large-scale structures. Furthermore, the information panels within the booth are made of "Original Blended Material * ," a paper material developed by Sony.

  • * An environmentally conscious paper material made from bamboo, sugar cane, and post-consumer recycled paper, whose origins are specified.

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Expanding Creativity: Helping Deliver New Opportunities in Production through Innovative Technologies

Sony pictures entertainment (spe)'s new advanced visualization facility: torchlight.

Sony introduces Torchlight, a new groundbreaking advanced visualization space featuring the latest in proprietary technology from Sony Group companies in collaboration with Epic Games' Unreal Engine, the world's most open and advanced real-time 3D tool. Torchlight allows filmmakers to create digital scenes prior to principal photography, in a hands-on virtual environment using Unreal Engine and virtual cameras, including the Virtual Production Tool Set, which seamlessly links virtual environments with on-set production using Sony's digital cinema VENICE camera. In addition, creators will have access to various Sony proprietary technologies including the mobile motion capture system, "mocopi™". These technologies, and more, are incorporated into the workflow at Torchlight and support creators to unleash their creativity in real-time.

  • * For further details, please refer to the press release .

The Future of Content Production - Virtual Production

To further empower creators, Sony is supporting the growth of Virtual Production, a new form of content production, right from its technological development through to providing production solutions. In this field, Sony is combining advancements in its imaging, sensing, and display technologies, and leveraging real-time rendering using game engines. Pixomondo, Sony PCL and SPE are providing end-to-end creative services and stage infrastructure globally to cover the entire production process, from pre-production and on-set filming using Virtual Production, to post-production.

Fan Engagement: Enabling Cutting-Edge Experiences for Fans through Real and Virtual Integration

Playstation®5 products and games.

Sony Interactive Entertainment showcases the latest PlayStation 5 hardware lineup, featuring innovative products like the new PlayStation 5 console in a smaller form factor, PlayStation Portal™ remote player, Pulse Explore™ wireless earbuds, Access™ controller, and the upcoming Pulse Elite™ wireless headset. The Deep Earth Collection of stylish metallic PS5® console covers and DualSense® wireless controllers will also be on display. Attendees can also experience Gran Turismo 7® on both PS5 and PlayStation®VR2 (PS VR2) in immersive racing pods at the booth, as well as preview the brand-new No Return mode in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us™ Part II Remastered, which launches on Jan. 19.

New Fan Engagement Leveraging Technology and Entertainment

Sony is advancing fan engagement initiatives in sports. Together with Manchester City Football Club, Sony is currently conducting a PoC (proof of concept) with the aim of providing new services that create a global online fan community. A beta service will be launched for fans later this year. Closed testing has already started, and fans were intrigued and excited about the project. At the booth, visitors can view new content from the Virtual Etihad Stadium, and engage in experiences to share their passion for the team and players. Sony's sports businesses are exhibiting initiatives with multiple major sports properties across the globe, that bring together Hawk-Eye Innovations' optical tracking, Beyond Sports' data visualization technology and Pulselive's expertise in fan engagement to create never-before-seen fan experiences aimed at diverse audiences, including younger generations.

Next Generation Immersive Music Experiences

Sony Music is developing new opportunities for artists to expand their engagement with fans on gaming platforms and in other entertainment environments using game engine creation and virtual production technologies. Visitors to the booth can sample three applications of its next generation immersive music experiences. The exhibit will showcase how Sony's virtual production capabilities and Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) from Epic Games were used to create the music video for the song "Jericho" from Columbia Records artist Iniko, as well as Journey Through Jericho, a companion Fortnite island based on the video. Visitors to the booth will also be able to experience Nitewave, a new music-focused island for Fortnite built with UEFN. Additionally, they will be able to play AVNU: Where Music Meets, a music destination for Roblox centered around music-related gameplay, challenges and virtual goods collecting featuring music from Sony Music talent including Arista Records artist Paul Russell.

Sony Pictures Virtual Reality

Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) showcases their latest cross-platform, multi-player VR game, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, a world-building expansion of the beloved Ghostbusters universe. The exhibit will include eye-tracking and headset feedback of the PS VR2, the latest generation virtual reality headset for PS5, along with PS VR2 Sense controller adaptive triggers. SPVR expands SPE's use of IP by providing immersive entertainment through the production and distribution of VR games and experiences globally across all consumer channels, including in-home and location-based entertainment.

Immersive Storytelling: Creating Tangible, Visceral Experiences that expand IP in the Real World through Location-based Entertainment

Sensing & interactive technology showcase for location-based entertainment.

In order to provide creators with new avenues for expression and expand the value of content IP, Sony is promoting PoCs for immersive experiences that utilize its sensing and interactive technologies through Group-wide collaboration. In this demonstration, visitors can experience the immersive world of Ghostbusters using Sony's unique haptics technology, marker-less motion capture, and the "mocopi™" mobile motion capture system. In addition, SPE is focusing on location-based entertainment worldwide, including Thailand's Columbia Pictures Aquaverse which was chosen as one of CNN World's Best New Theme Parks. This exhibit introduces a video of these initiatives including the studio's first in-house operated immersive entertainment destination, Wonderverse, opening in the Chicago area this January.

New Creative Spaces: The Future is defined by More Spaces for Kando Moments - Mobility Transformed

Sensing technology for enhancing mobility safety.

"Safety Cocoon" is a concept to advance vehicle safety by detecting 360 degrees around the vehicle in various daily driving situations, allowing drivers to take early action to evade risk. At the booth, visitors can experience Sony's diverse sensing technologies that support the realization of this concept. By pursuing resolution and sensitivity that transcend the human eye, Sony's sensing technology aims to enhance safety by serving as the eyes of mobility, and contributing to delivering new mobility experiences.

  • * The exhibition is also being presented on the online platform " Sony Square ."
  • * Images from Sony at CES® 2024 can be downloaded here .

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