History WesternAnimation / BeetleJuice

17th Aug '17 10:39:58 AM Angeldeb82
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Based on [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the hit movie of the same name]], the animated series was produced by {{Nelvana}} and aired for several years on Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/FoxKids. Its original run lasted from September 1989 to May 1992, with a total of 109 storylines in 94 episodes - which, in RecycledTheSeries terms, is equivalent to about 10 years. It bore only a [[InNameOnly passing resemblance]] to the movie: Barbara and Adam Maitland, the straitlaced protagonists of the movie, and Juno the Caseworker were eliminated entirely. With Beetlejuice as the main character, this ends up making the entire series something of a VillainEpisode.

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Based on [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the hit movie of the same name]], the animated series was produced by {{Nelvana}} Creator/{{Nelvana}} and aired for several years on Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/FoxKids. Its original run lasted from September 1989 to May 1992, with a total of 109 storylines in 94 episodes - which, in RecycledTheSeries terms, is equivalent to about 10 years. It bore only a [[InNameOnly passing resemblance]] to the movie: Barbara and Adam Maitland, the straitlaced protagonists of the movie, and Juno the Caseworker were eliminated entirely. With Beetlejuice as the main character, this ends up making the entire series something of a VillainEpisode.



* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Boring Parents:]] BJ's folks are so dull, their picture is in the Neitherworld Dictionary under "boring". ''Literally''.

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* [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Boring Parents:]] Parents]]: BJ's folks are so dull, their picture is in the Neitherworld Dictionary under "boring". ''Literally''.



* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is a ghost with InexplicablyAwesome RealityWarper powers and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} disposition, while Lydia is a quirky but relatively normal living human teenager. Yet the two are all but inseparable.

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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is a ghost with InexplicablyAwesome RealityWarper powers and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} disposition, while Lydia is a quirky but relatively normal living human teenager. Yet the two are all but inseparable.



* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In the Myth/RobinHood parody "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," BJ steals from the corrupt Sheriff of [[JustForPun Rotting-Ham]]. The original plan is to give the money to the poor, but he instead keeps it for himself, until he is the wealthiest person in the village. The sheriff, now destitute, becomes a vigilante to steal from BJ and give to the poor.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In the Myth/RobinHood parody "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," BJ steals from the corrupt Sheriff of [[JustForPun Rotting-Ham]]. The original plan is to give the money to the poor, but he instead keeps it for himself, until he is the wealthiest person in the village. The sheriff, now destitute, becomes a vigilante to steal from BJ and give to the poor.



* MultipleChoicePast: The show's main form of DisContinuity. Beetlejuice either started living in the Neitherworld after his death or he lived in the Neitherworld his entire life and always was a ghost.

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* MultipleChoicePast: The show's main form of DisContinuity.{{Discontinuity}}. Beetlejuice either started living in the Neitherworld after his death or he lived in the Neitherworld his entire life and always was a ghost.



* OnceAnEpisode: A short animated clip directed by Creator/TimBurton, usually framed as a ShowWithinAShow. It's sometimes relevant to the plot of the episode.

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* OnceAnEpisode: OncePerEpisode: A short animated clip directed by Creator/TimBurton, usually framed as a ShowWithinAShow. It's sometimes relevant to the plot of the episode.



* PunnyName: Many of the side characters, especially those who only appear once, have these. Examples include Clarence Sale, the Sheriff of Rottingham, Ima Loony, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate M.D.]] [[FunWithAcronyms B.A.D. G.A.L.]], and three of the four aunts from "Relatively Pesty" - [[SupremeChef Auntie Pasto]], [[NeatFreak Auntie Septic]], and [[JerkAss Auntie Social]]. Some of the more clever puns probably went over kids' heads, serving as extra helpings of ParentalBonus.

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* PunnyName: Many of the side characters, especially those who only appear once, have these. Examples include Clarence Sale, the Sheriff of Rottingham, Ima Loony, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate M.D.]] [[FunWithAcronyms B.A.D. G.A.L.]], and three of the four aunts from "Relatively Pesty" - [[SupremeChef Auntie Pasto]], [[NeatFreak Auntie Septic]], and [[JerkAss [[{{Jerkass}} Auntie Social]]. Some of the more clever puns probably went over kids' heads, serving as extra helpings of ParentalBonus.



* RhymingWithItself: Alan Airedale's introduction during "[[RobinHood Robbin Juice]] of Sherweird Forest":

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* RhymingWithItself: Alan Airedale's introduction during "[[RobinHood "[[Myth/RobinHood Robbin Juice]] of Sherweird Forest":



** And a one-episode gag - "[[Theatre/{{Brigadoon}} Brinkadoom]]!"

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** And a one-episode gag - "[[Theatre/{{Brigadoon}} Brinkadoom]]!""Theatre/{{Bri|gadoon}}nkadoom!"
9th May '17 7:51:49 PM LadyNorbert
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* BenevolentMonster: The Monster Across the Street is this, except when Beetlejuice ticks him off.

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* BenevolentMonster: BenevolentMonsters: The Monster Across the Street is this, one of these, except when Beetlejuice ticks him off.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lydia's mother Delia borders on this trope. She actually seems to ''like'' the Neitherworld, and her bizarre art is extremely popular there.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lydia's mother Delia borders on this trope. She actually seems to ''like'' the Neitherworld, and her bizarre art is extremely popular there.



* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Thing Thong from "Beauty and the Beetle" uses HulkSpeak because "this is what monsters do". After Lydia helps him gain confidence in himself, she also convinces him to start speaking normally.

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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Thing Thong from "Beauty and the Beetle" uses HulkSpeak because "this is what monsters do". do." After Lydia helps him gain confidence in himself, she also convinces him to start speaking normally.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Monster Across the Street is a... monster who lives across the street from Beetlejuice. He wears a cowboy hat and plays the guitar. In "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," which has an altered reality, he becomes The Monster Down the Street instead.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Monster Across the Street is a... monster who lives across the street from Beetlejuice. He wears a cowboy hat and plays the guitar. In "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," which has an altered reality, he becomes The Monster Down the Street instead.



** He has a slightly less extreme incident later in "To Beetle or Not to Beetle," when Romeo attempts to woo Lydia. After BJ removes her from the scene, Romeo is still trying, so BJ calmly pulls out a chainsaw and cuts off the balcony to which Romeo is clinging.

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** He has a slightly less extreme incident later in "To Beetle or Not to Beetle," when Romeo attempts to woo a rather confused Lydia. After BJ removes her from the scene, Romeo is still trying, so BJ calmly pulls out a chainsaw and cuts off the balcony to which Romeo is clinging.



** In "Stage Fright," after Lydia (accidentally at first) sends Beetlejuice away to keep him from trouble, he screams at Claire to "SAY IT!!" (saying his name 3 times).

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** In "Stage Fright," after Lydia (accidentally at first) sends Beetlejuice away to keep him from causing trouble, he screams at Claire to "SAY IT!!" (saying (meaning to say his name 3 times).to summon him).



** The Season 2 opening begins with Beetlejuice awaken from his tomb, resembling the one on Adam's model of the cemetery.

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** The Season 2 opening begins with Beetlejuice awaken awakening from his tomb, resembling the one on Adam's model of the cemetery.



* OnceAnEpisode: A short animated clip directed by Creator/TimBurton, usually framed as a ShowWithinAShow. It's often relevant to the plot of the episode.

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* OnceAnEpisode: A short animated clip directed by Creator/TimBurton, usually framed as a ShowWithinAShow. It's often sometimes relevant to the plot of the episode.



* OutsideGenreFoe: Most of Beetlejuice's villains tend to be monstrous, ghostly, magical, or simply supernatural in nature. Mr. Monitor, however, comes off as something completely different, being a corporate suit with four TV screens as his heads. And unlike the other villains, his goals usually involve threatening to cancel Beetlejuice and Lydia's show, often breaking the fourth wall in the process.

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* OutsideGenreFoe: Most of Beetlejuice's villains tend to be monstrous, ghostly, magical, or simply supernatural in nature. Mr. Monitor, however, comes off as something completely different, being a corporate suit with four TV screens as his heads. And unlike Unlike the other villains, his goals usually involve threatening to cancel Beetlejuice and Lydia's show, often breaking the fourth wall in the process.



* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Beetlejuice's powers and competency will fluctuate from episode to episode. In one episode, he may be shown to be powerful enough to battle a whole party of witches while in another, a band of pirates with no magical ability will send him running away in a panic. And when he puts his mind to it, he can go all-out in a magical battle against a magical being like Bartholomew Batt but come another episode, he'll get beaten and intimidated by a pair of tax collectors while putting in zero effort to juice them like he would his other enemies.

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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Beetlejuice's powers and competency will fluctuate from episode to episode. In one episode, he may be shown to be powerful enough to battle a whole party of witches while in another, a band of pirates with no magical ability will send him running away in a panic. And when he puts his mind to it, he can go all-out in a magical battle against a magical being like Bartholomew Batt - but come another episode, he'll get beaten and intimidated by a pair of tax collectors while putting in zero effort to juice them like he would his other enemies.



* TextileWorkIsFeminine: One of Lydia's hobbies is clothing design and manufacture, which crops up repeatedly throughout the series. She briefly opens a store of her own creations in "Spooky Boo-tique," and serves as the costume designer for her school's production of ''Romeo and Juliet'' in "Stage Fright." In "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," she's shown wearing a dress she made for the school dance.
* ThreeShorts: Some episodes were made up of two eleven-minute shorts, while most were full-length twenty-two minute stories. The episode with "Uncle B.J.'s Roadhouse" was the first and only episode to screen three shorts. The other shorts that episode contained were "Scarecrow" and "The Son Dad Never Had."

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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: One of Lydia's hobbies is clothing design and manufacture, which crops up repeatedly throughout the series. She briefly opens a store of her own creations in "Spooky Boo-tique," and serves as the costume designer for her school's production of ''Romeo and Juliet'' ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'' in "Stage Fright." In "It's a Wonderful Afterlife," she's shown wearing a dress she made for the school dance.
* ThreeShorts: Some episodes were made up of two eleven-minute shorts, while most were full-length twenty-two minute stories. The episode with "Uncle B.J.'s Roadhouse" was the first and only episode to screen three shorts. The other shorts included in that episode contained were "Scarecrow" and "The Son Dad Never Had."
17th Apr '17 11:22:22 AM Tightwire
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Since it was a children's show, despite many characters being technically dead, very rarely was the concept of actual mortality brought up. Beetlejuice's antics became more greed- and prank-based, and instead of a complete {{Jerkass}}, he was shifted into more of a [[{{Badbutt}} family-friendly]], moderately well-meaning JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The DirtyOldMan aspect of Beetlejuice's personality was cut almost completely, and most of their adventures took place in Beetlejuice's ghostly home dimension - the Neitherworld. Rather than the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Afterlife from the movies, Neitherworld was inhabited mostly by outrageous monsters with ironic quirks, including a skeleton who wants to be a bodybuilder.

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Since it was a children's show, despite many characters being technically dead, very rarely was the concept of actual mortality brought up. Beetlejuice's antics became more greed- and prank-based, and instead of a complete {{Jerkass}}, he was shifted into more of a [[{{Badbutt}} family-friendly]], moderately well-meaning JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The DirtyOldMan aspect of Beetlejuice's personality was cut almost completely, and most of their adventures took place in Beetlejuice's ghostly home dimension - the Neitherworld. Rather than the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Afterlife from the movies, Neitherworld was inhabited mostly by outrageous monsters with ironic quirks, including a skeleton who wants to be a bodybuilder.
bodybuilder. Obviously the most ironic thing about the show is that if you were old enough to have seen the movie, you wouldn't be in the age group that the cartoon was aimed at.
11th Apr '17 1:29:28 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* BenevolentMonster: The Monster Across the Street is this, except when Beetlejuice ticks him off.



* KarmaHoudini: In the StatusQuoIsGod sense of things, Beetlejuice is this. No matter what sort of karmic retribution he may receive for his actions in one episode, they're usually confined to that specific episode, and his neighbors and friends have forgiven him by the next one.

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* KarmaHoudini: In the StatusQuoIsGod sense of things, Beetlejuice is this. No matter what sort of karmic retribution he may receive for his actions in one episode, they're usually confined to that specific episode, and his neighbors and friends have forgiven him by the next one. (This is explained in one episode, where he is shown to have a License to Drive People Crazy, literally, although it's temporarily revoked, and the plot involves getting it reinstated.)
16th Mar '17 3:02:57 AM TitoMosquito
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** The Season 2 opening begins with Beetlejuice awaken from his tomb, resembling the one on Adam's model of the cemetery.
2nd Mar '17 11:04:51 AM overman2099
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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Beetlejuice's powers and competency will fluctuate from episode to episode. In one episode, he may be shown to be powerful enough to battle a whole party of witches while in another, a band of pirates with no magical ability will send him running away in a panic. And when he puts his mind to it, he can go all-out in a magical battle against a magical being like Bartholomew Batt but come another episode, he'll get beaten and intimidated by a pair of tax collectors while putting in zero effort to juice them like he would his other enemies.
22nd Jan '17 5:05:03 PM CaptainJordan
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* BigNo: Lydia lets it out in "The Birdbrain of Alcatraz", when she finds out that Beetlejuice is sentenced to the Chair and hears that he is getting executed.
** It turns out, that the two-headed Warden is merely spoon feeding Beetlejuice, who has turned into a crying infant, in an effort to stop criminal behavior.
21st Jan '17 8:22:38 AM JustTroper
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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Thing Thong from "Beauty and the Beetle" uses HulkSpeak because "this is what monsters do". After Lydia helps him gain confidence in himself, she also convinces him to start speaking normally.
7th Jan '17 4:43:29 PM LadyNorbert
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* TheLostLenore: Poe shows up trying to find her in "Poe Pourri."
31st Dec '16 10:41:14 AM LadyNorbert
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* {{Dark Skinned Blond}}e: Claire.

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* {{Dark Skinned Blond}}e: Claire. It's implied this is due to excessive tanning, but it counts.



* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is... [[InexplicablyAwesome somewhat more powerful]] than many of the other specters who appear, and is certainly [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} very strange]], while Lydia is a quirky but relatively normal living human teenager. Yet the two are all but inseparable.

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* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is... [[InexplicablyAwesome somewhat more powerful]] than many of the other specters who appear, is a ghost with InexplicablyAwesome RealityWarper powers and is certainly [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} very strange]], something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} disposition, while Lydia is a quirky but relatively normal living human teenager. Yet the two are all but inseparable.



* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: [[CoolCar The Dragster of Doom]].

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* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: [[CoolCar The Dragster of Doom]]. He's even the mode of transport when they visit Brinkadoom.



* TheDreaded: For Beetlejuice, the Poultrygeist would count as this. His magic had [[NoSell no effect on it]] and nothing he threw at the creature slowed it down in the least. After a while, the Poultrygeist pretty much drove BJ out of his mind with fear and paranoia.

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* TheDreaded: For Beetlejuice, the Poultrygeist would could count as this. His magic had has [[NoSell no effect on it]] and nothing he threw throws at the creature slowed slows it down in the least. After a while, the Poultrygeist pretty much drove drives BJ out of his mind with fear and paranoia.



** The pilot shows Lydia's room going through a rather bizarre transformation, bringing her to what looks like the interior of a castle to hang out with Beetlejuice. She's shown in that same location a few other times, and there's a door in one wall which leads out to the Neitherworld. The use of this door is eventually dropped, with Lydia's incantation bringing her directly into the Neitherworld wherever Beetlejuice happens to be.

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** The pilot shows Lydia's room going through a rather bizarre transformation, bringing her to what looks like the interior of a castle to hang out with Beetlejuice. She's shown in that same location a few other times, and there's a door in one wall which leads out to the Neitherworld. The use of this door door, and the entire castle location, is eventually dropped, with dropped early in the series; instead, Lydia's incantation bringing brings her directly into the Neitherworld wherever Beetlejuice happens to be.



* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In a Myth/RobinHood parody, BJ steals from the corrupt Sheriff of [[JustForPun Rotting-Ham]] and gives to the poor, but begins to keep more for himself, until he is the wealthiest person in the village. The sheriff, now destitute, becomes a vigilante to steal from BJ and give to the poor.

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** A number of side characters are also assorted expies; see the ShoutOut page for a full list.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In a the Myth/RobinHood parody, parody "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," BJ steals from the corrupt Sheriff of [[JustForPun Rotting-Ham]] and gives Rotting-Ham]]. The original plan is to give the money to the poor, but begins to keep more he instead keeps it for himself, until he is the wealthiest person in the village. The sheriff, now destitute, becomes a vigilante to steal from BJ and give to the poor.



** He also becomes insanely jealous of ''himself'' in "Spitting Image," when he accidentally gains a clone. They spend the episode arguing about which one Lydia likes better.



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Aside from shapeshifting according to what he says and flying, Beetlejuice sometimes displays other bizarre powers, such as controlling inanimate objects, using his shapeshifting power on other ghosts, and making Claire grow a thick black mustache, among other things.

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Aside from shapeshifting according to what he says and flying, Beetlejuice sometimes displays other bizarre powers, such as controlling inanimate objects, using his shapeshifting power on other ghosts, and making Claire grow a thick black mustache, among other things.
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