History Trivia / TheRealGhostbusters

10th Sep '17 1:30:03 PM nombretomado
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** An early four minute [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN5V2c1nN6s demo reel]] featured an entirely different character design for Peter Venkman (one that came closer to the more blue collar looks of live action Venkman BillMurray than the chiseled pretty boy design they ultimately went with), the Ghostbusters wearing their beige movie jumpsuits instead of the multi-color coded jumpsuits they wore in the finished series, and Slimer still appeared to be an antagonist rather than a team pet and mascot. Clips from it appeared in some ABC promos ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXMzgR2waCo&t=3m10s one for the show]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ubnARStpgQ&t=10m21s one for their Saturday lineup that season as part of their "Together" image campaign that year]]) before the show debuted.

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** An early four minute [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN5V2c1nN6s demo reel]] featured an entirely different character design for Peter Venkman (one that came closer to the more blue collar looks of live action Venkman BillMurray Creator/BillMurray than the chiseled pretty boy design they ultimately went with), the Ghostbusters wearing their beige movie jumpsuits instead of the multi-color coded jumpsuits they wore in the finished series, and Slimer still appeared to be an antagonist rather than a team pet and mascot. Clips from it appeared in some ABC promos ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXMzgR2waCo&t=3m10s one for the show]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ubnARStpgQ&t=10m21s one for their Saturday lineup that season as part of their "Together" image campaign that year]]) before the show debuted.
10th Aug '17 12:37:15 AM Rejcga16
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** Ghost was also less human and more monster like due to the network though kids can't handle death. Demons were also cut to not expose them to demonic theme and to avoid offending anybody's religious sensibilities.
13th Jul '17 3:33:09 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Despite its runaway success, Creator/{{ABC}} decided they needed to "fix" the show and hired a consulting firm named Q5 to take a look at it. According to Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, the head writer at the time, Q5 didn't do any audience research or focus testing but demanded changes based on what they themselves believed would made a cartoon successful. Janine was changed to be more feminine and meek, and received round glasses because it was claimed her pointy ones could scare children. More changes were forced upon the writing staff starting with Season 3. The Junior Ghostbusters, a group of [[KidAppealCharacter recurring child characters]], were added. More focus was placed on Slimer, who spun off into his own (doomed) cartoon in Season 4. The consultants also wanted fixed roles for the four main characters with Egon as "The Brain", Ray as "The Hands", Peter as "The Mouth" and Winston as "The Driver" (the [[UnfortunateImplications racist implications]] of which the Straczynski and the writing team rightly called Q5 out for). This was enough to make Straczynski leave his position after Season 3 (though he wrote some later scripts for the show as a free-lance writer).

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Despite its runaway success, Creator/{{ABC}} decided they needed to "fix" the show and hired a consulting firm named Q5 to take a look at it. According to Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, the head writer at the time, Q5 didn't do any audience research or focus testing but demanded changes based on what they themselves believed would made a cartoon successful. Janine was changed to be more feminine and meek, and received round glasses because it was claimed her pointy ones could scare children. More changes were forced upon the writing staff starting with Season 3. The Junior Ghostbusters, a group of [[KidAppealCharacter recurring child characters]], were added. More focus was placed on Slimer, who spun off into his own (doomed) cartoon in Season 4. The consultants also wanted fixed roles for the four main characters with Egon as "The Brain", Ray as "The Hands", Peter as "The Mouth" and Winston as "The Driver" (the [[UnfortunateImplications racist implications]] of which the Straczynski and the writing team rightly called Q5 out for). This was enough to make Straczynski leave his position after Season 3 (though he wrote some later scripts for the show as a free-lance writer).
21st Jun '17 7:48:54 PM Rejcga16
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** The recasting of Peter's voice actor to Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier in Season 3 was that [[Creator/BillMurray (the real life actor)]] complained to the studio that the character sounded too much like Garfield.

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** The recasting of Peter's voice actor to from Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier in Season 3 was that [[Creator/BillMurray (the real life actor)]] complained to the studio that the character sounded too much like Garfield.
21st Jun '17 6:12:25 PM Rejcga16
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*** In Early Storyboard for the promo pilot, Winston Zedmore had facial hair. It was later removed to keep his design simple.

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*** In Early Storyboard early storyboards for the promo pilot, Winston Zedmore had facial hair. It was later removed to keep his design simple.
21st Jun '17 6:07:11 PM Rejcga16
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*** In Early Storyboard for the promo pilot, Winston Zedmore had facial hair. It was later removed to keep his design simple.
20th Jun '17 1:33:52 PM fruitstripegum
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* OutOfOrder: Comparing the syndicated episode premiere dates and the DVD ordering, one can see a multitude of differences. Due to its stand-alone nature, this would've hardly been noticeable for the series, except for two major examples:
** "Cold Cash and Hot Water" premiered before both "Venkman's Ghost Repellers" and "The Spirit of Aunt Lois" - despite those two formally introducing Peter's dad and Doctor Basingame, respectively. ("Cold Cash and Hot Water" even references Basingame's bogus seance at Aunt Lois' house.)
** "Slimer, Is That You?" and "Transylvanian Homesick Blues" features a weird example. The former was produced as part of the syndicated package and the latter for ABC. However, the two were somehow flipped, with "Slimer, Is That You?" premiering September 26, 1987 on ABC and "Transylvanian Homesick Blues" December 11, 1987 in syndication (the last premiere episode in the syndication run, no less.) It's largely noticeable due to the different voices for Peter and Janine (though the latter maintained her original design in both episodes).
** Many viewers were likely confused when they first saw the Syndicated episodes that had Peter and Janine with their original voices, and the latter with her original look (they began the same time as the 2nd ABC season), unaware that they had been in the can for a year, and some of them were released on VHS by Creator/MagicWindow, the children's division of Creator/RCAColumbiaPicturesHomeVideo, before they were broadcast.
16th Jun '17 12:45:01 PM Rejcga16
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** The recasting of Peter's voice actor to Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier in Season 3 was that [[Creator/BillMurray (the real life actor)]] didn't think he sound like hem.

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** The recasting of Peter's voice actor to Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier in Season 3 was that [[Creator/BillMurray (the real life actor)]] didn't think he sound complained to the studio that the character sounded too much like hem.Garfield.
16th Jun '17 10:20:37 AM Rejcga16
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** The recasting of Peter's voice actor to Lorenzo Music to Dave Coulier in Season 3 was that [[Creator/BillMurray (the real life actor)]] didn't think he sound like hem.
4th May '17 8:13:28 AM dsneybuf
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* MissingEpisode: Every episode was included in the now out-of-print Time-Life DVD set. However, when the rights reverted back to Sony and they released 10 single-disc volumes to promote [[Film/Ghostbusters2016 the 2016 film]], only 111 out of the 173 episodes (counting the ''Slimer'' episodes) were included. Five of the remaining episodes ''did'' become available only for digital download. Every pre-''Slimer'' episode was also recently made available on Netflix.

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* MissingEpisode: Every episode was included in the now out-of-print Time-Life DVD set. However, when the rights reverted back to Sony and they released 10 single-disc volumes to promote [[Film/Ghostbusters2016 the 2016 film]], only 111 out of the 173 episodes (counting the ''Slimer'' episodes) were included. Five of the remaining episodes ''did'' become available only for digital download. Every pre-''Slimer'' episode was also recently made available on Netflix.
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