History WesternAnimation / Beetlejuice

18th May '16 11:23:38 PM LadyNorbert
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** Also seen in "Poe Pourri," when BJ has a string of nightmares after reading Poe's stories.

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** Also seen in "Poe Pourri," when BJ has a string of nightmares BadDreams after reading Poe's stories.stories.
** Lydia has a bizarre nightmare in "How Green Was My Gallery," in which she wears a pink dress and plays the piano.



* BlandNameProduct: Seen in a few episodes; for instance, in "Ghost to Ghost," Delia tries to sell Tackyware[[note]]Tupperware[[/note]].

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* BlandNameProduct: Seen in a few episodes; for instance, in "Ghost to Ghost," Delia tries to sell Tackyware[[note]]Tupperware[[/note]].Tackyware[[note]](Tupperware)[[/note]].
* BlatantLies: When Beetlejuice writes a salacious autobiography in "Ghost Writer in the Sky," he includes lots of these about his friends and neighbors to make the book more interesting. (He also ''completely omits'' Lydia's existence, although he explains that it's because he couldn't bring himself to say anything negative about her, even if it was a lie.)


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* InstantBookDeal: In "Ghost Writer in the Sky," Beetlejuice gets this. Jealous of an author who has great success writing "tell-all" books, he decides to pen his own (very inaccurate) auto{{biography}}, and it's a huge hit.


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* TalkingInYourSleep: Lydia inadvertently summons Beetlejuice during her weird cutesy nightmare in "How Green Was My Gallery" by saying his name in her sleep.
18th May '16 11:40:08 AM MarkLungo
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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 FoxKids. Its original run lasted from September 1989 to May 1992, with a total of 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}} and aired for several years on Creator/{{ABC}} and FoxKids.Creator/FoxKids. Its original run lasted from September 1989 to May 1992, with a total of 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.



* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In a 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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* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor[=/=]HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: In a RobinHood 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.
18th May '16 11:35:50 AM LadyNorbert
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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, and three of the four aunts from "Relatively Pesty" - Auntie Pasto, Auntie Septic, and Auntie Social. Some of the more clever puns probably went over kids' heads, serving as extra helpings of ParentalBonus.
13th May '16 10:41:21 AM LadyNorbert
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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: The main characters were altered quite a bit from their original movie personas, in order to make the show suitably kid-friendly. Beetlejuice is still a ghostly con artist, but he's no longer a lech. Lydia still likes spooky, Gothic, and/or freaky things, but she's no longer suicidal, and Beetlejuice is her best friend; she didn't like him much at all in the movie. Delia is still an oblivious flake, but instead of being a social-climbing urban yuppie on the cutting edge of fashion, she's a blissful, preppy, suburban homemaker who now seems to be Lydia's biological parent (or at least is treated as such; the comic book spinoff makes the stepmother role much clearer). The only character from the movie who didn't change much was Lydia's father Charles, largely because he wasn't given too much of a personality in the first place.



* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Beetlejuice is still a ghostly con artist, but he's no longer a lech. Lydia still likes spooky, Gothic, and/or freaky things, but she's no longer suicidal, and Beetlejuice is her best friend; she didn't like him much at all in the movie. Delia is still an oblivious flake, but instead of being a social-climbing urban yuppie on the cutting edge of fashion, she's a blissful, preppy, suburban homemaker who now seems to be Lydia's biological parent (or at least is treated as such; the comic book spinoff makes the stepmother role much clearer). The only character that was in the movie that didn't change much was Lydia's father, largely because he wasn't given too much of a personality in the first place.



* CallBack: The spider brooch BJ gives Lydia in "Critter Sitters," in season one, reappears in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" - three seasons later.

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* CallBack: A number of later episodes reference earlier ones.
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The spider brooch BJ gives Lydia in "Critter Sitters," in season one, reappears in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" - three seasons later.



* CoolOldLady: Lydia's grandma (Charles's mother), who gets along famously with Beetlejuice in his "Grandpa Beetleman" disguise; they take a bunch of other seniors from a nearby facility on a crazy day trip.



* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Basically the whole premise. Beetlejuice is... [[InexplicablyAwesome somewhat more powerful]] than many of the specters that show themselves, 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 that show themselves, 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.



* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Lydia is this (no pun intended) for Beetlejuice. Several episodes make it clear that he dislikes periods of separation; he'll go to great lengths to involve himself in her family vacations, school functions, and other events that would otherwise keep them apart.



* ParentalBonus: The Shakespeare and Poe episodes, among others.

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* ParentalBonus: The Every episode contains at least a little of this; the Shakespeare and Poe episodes, among others.others, are full of it.
24th Apr '16 11:04:31 PM LadyNorbert
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[[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCRRA8U/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Ks1Iwb0GM5RGW The entire series--ABC and Fox episodes--was released on DVD in a 12-disc set on May 28, 2013.]]

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[[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCRRA8U/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Ks1Iwb0GM5RGW The entire series--ABC series (both ABC and Fox episodes--was episodes) was released on DVD in a 12-disc set on May 28, 2013.]]



* BlandNameProduct: Seen in a few episodes; for instance, in "Ghost to Ghost," Delia tries to sell Tackyware[[note]]Tupperware[[/note]].



** Claire, Bertha, and Prudence.[[note]]Or, as BJ prefers to call the latter two, "Burp and Prune".[[/note]]

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** Claire, Bertha, and Prudence.[[note]]Or, as BJ prefers to call the latter two, "Burp and Prune".[[/note]]


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** The earlier episodes seem to imply that the crystal ball-shaped lamp on Lydia's bedroom table is relevant to the incantation. It's also shown in the pilot that her spiderweb poncho is actually the gray tablecloth which covers the same table; she seems to use magic, which she's never able to do in any other episode, to change it to its signature red color.
** While they're consistently described as being Beetlejuice's neighbors (and one later episode shows that they've actually been his friends since high school), the early episodes appear to suggest that Jacques and Ginger actually live in various parts of BJ's Roadhouse.


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* IconicOutfit: Beetlejuice almost always wears the same black and white striped suit and purple shirt with black tie, even though in the movie he only wore that for the pre-wedding climax. Lydia is best remembered for her red spiderweb-patterned poncho and black leotard.
20th Apr '16 8:53:03 PM LadyNorbert
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** Lydia gets a turn of her own in "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted."



* ManChild: Beetlejuice was possibly in his late 30s at his time of death, and he's been dead for several hundred years. Mentally, though, he's about ten years old.

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* ManChild: Beetlejuice was possibly in his late 30s at his time of death, and he's been dead for several hundred years. Mentally, though, he sometimes acts like he's about ten years old.



** In a few different episodes, Beetlejuice grabs an insect and stuffs it into his jacket, remarking, "Save that guy for later."

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** In a few different episodes, Beetlejuice grabs an insect and stuffs it into his jacket, remarking, "Save that guy for later."



* NarniaTime: The Neitherworld appears to run on a very different timetable than the Outerworld. Lydia is often with Beetlejuice for hours or even longer (such as in "Ship of Ghouls," when they go on a cruise for several ''days''), and yet she's never shown to miss any school or have her absence noticed by anyone.



* SecurityCling: Lydia does this to Beetlejuice on occasion; she has a tendency to clutch his arm while watching scary movies. In a few episodes, she outright runs/jumps to where he can put his arms around her.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Lydia serves as this during "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted" (see VillainTeamUp, below). Beetlejuice's enemies were correct in thinking they could trick him into accidentally making himself fall apart. What they didn't count on was him calling on his MoralityChain for help.



* StalkerShrine: A humorously innocent variation on the trope. Beetlejuice's adoration of Lydia extends so far that he's built her a shrine...inside his ''head.''

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* StalkerShrine: A humorously innocent variation on the trope. Beetlejuice's adoration of Lydia extends so far that he's built her a shrine... inside his ''head.''



* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Beetlejuice's Mr. Beetleman disguise dabbles in a variety of different professions, including plumber, party caterer, and travel agent.

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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Beetlejuice's Mr. Beetleman disguise dabbles in a variety of different professions, including plumber, party caterer, and travel agent.agent, and exterminator, among others.



* VillainTeamUp: In the episode "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted", several antagonists from past episodes team up to get revenge on Beetlejuice by tricking him into making himself fall apart, at which point his powers won't work and he's easy prey.
** They form the Society of Neitherworld Outlaws, Thugs, Rogues and Goons. Or, [[FunWithAcronyms S.N.O.T.R.a.G!]]

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* VillainTeamUp: In the episode "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted", several antagonists from past episodes team up to get revenge on Beetlejuice by tricking him into making himself fall apart, at which point his powers won't work and he's easy prey.
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prey. They form the Society of Neitherworld Outlaws, Thugs, Rogues and Goons. Or, [[FunWithAcronyms S.N.O.T.R.a.G!]]
20th Apr '16 7:32:54 PM LadyNorbert
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* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: [[CoolCar The Dragster of Doom]].



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



* EmotionallyTongueTied: In "Oh Brother," Lydia urges BJ to tell his brother Donny that he loves him. BJ does actually attempt it (only because ''she'' asked), but he just can't get the word out. He has to settle for "I don't hate you like I used to," which is enough for Donny.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first several episodes, the pilot in particular, are quite different from the rest of the series in a number of small ways. Even the animation style is slightly different.
** 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. This door is eventually dropped, with Lydia's incantation bringing her directly into the Neitherworld wherever Beetlejuice happens to be.
** Beetlejuice's chronic terror of sandworms remains throughout the series, but it's never showcased to the same extent as in the early episodes.
* EmotionallyTongueTied: Beetlejuice, as a general rule. In "Oh Brother," Lydia urges BJ him to tell his brother Donny that he loves him. BJ does actually attempt it (only because ''she'' asked), but he just can't get the word out. He has to settle for "I don't hate you like I used to," which is enough for Donny.



* HeroWorship: Lydia's reaction to meeting Edgar Allan Poe in "Poe Pourri."

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* HeroWorship: Lydia's reaction to meeting Edgar Allan Poe in "Poe Pourri."Pourri," as well as her initial response to Boris Todeoff in "Ghost to Ghost;" she's a member of the former's fan club, and cites the latter as her childhood idol.



* InTheNameOfTheMoon: As seen in the page quote, Lydia has a magical incantation she recites to summon Beetlejuice and change her own clothing. Usually, however, she skips the long version and just says his name three times. She uses the full incantation multiple times throughout the series; presumably, this full incantation is unnecessary, and just serves to remind us that Lydia has a flair for the dramatic.

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* InTheNameOfTheMoon: As seen in the page quote, Lydia has a magical incantation she recites to summon Beetlejuice and change her own clothing. Usually, however, she skips the long version and just says his name three times. She uses the full incantation multiple times throughout the series; presumably, this full incantation is really unnecessary, and just serves to remind us that Lydia has a flair for the dramatic.
9th Apr '16 12:12:41 PM LadyNorbert
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* AlienSky: The Neitherworld, as seen in a few episodes, has two suns and multiple moons.
* AllJustADream: Subverted in "The Wizard of Ooze," a ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody. After apparently clicking her heels (repeating "Ripple dissolve to scene 326" instead of "There's no place like home") and returning home, Lydia wakes up and realizes what a sappy dream she had. Beetlejuice then appears to tease her about it. The subversion comes when Lydia asks how Beetlejuice could know what she dreamed about, and why everything was still in black and white. It then turns out that ''Beetlejuice'' was the one who was dreaming. He's mortified to have dreamt about a lot of the "cute" stuff that occurred in the Neitherworld's version of Oz.

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* AlienSky: The Neitherworld, as seen in a few episodes, has two multiple suns and multiple moons.
moons. (How many of each seems to vary from one episode to another.)
* AllJustADream: Subverted in "The Wizard of Ooze," a ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody. After apparently clicking her heels (repeating "Ripple dissolve to scene 326" instead of "There's no place like home") and returning home, Lydia wakes up and realizes what a sappy dream she she's had. Beetlejuice then appears to tease and teases her about it. The subversion comes when Lydia asks how Beetlejuice could know what she dreamed about, and why everything was is still in black and white. It then turns out that ''Beetlejuice'' was is the one who was dreaming. He's mortified to have dreamt about a lot of the "cute" stuff that occurred in the Neitherworld's version of Oz.



** Lydia recruits Dr. Zigmund Void to help restore BJ's memories in "Forget Me Nuts." She calls on him a second time in "Not-So-Peaceful Pines," referencing his earlier assistance.



* 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 moustache, 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 moustache, mustache, among other things.


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* NotWhatItLooksLike: In "Bewitched, Bothered, and Beetlejuiced," Lydia and Beej infiltrate a witches' Halloween ball to rescue her cat Percy; they dress up as witches and Beej calls himself 'Beatrice.' A warlock in attendance becomes smitten with 'Beatrice' and they dance together quite a bit. When Lydia finds him in the warlock's embrace, a flustered Beetlejuice immediately tells her, "It's not what you think." As she points out, "It's not what he thinks either!"
4th Apr '16 10:40:44 AM LadyNorbert
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* AlienSky: The Neitherworld, as seen in a few episodes, has two suns and multiple moons.



** "Splitting Image" has Beetlejuice accidentally cloning himself. The two Beetlejuices start competing for Lydia's attention, which ends up making her miserable. When they realize this, the two Beetlejuices merge back into one.

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** "Splitting "Spitting Image" has Beetlejuice accidentally cloning himself. The two Beetlejuices start competing for Lydia's attention, which ends up making her miserable. When they realize this, the two Beetlejuices merge back into one.
19th Mar '16 9:37:35 AM LadyNorbert
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* GratuitousFrench: Jacques peppers his speech with French words and phrases, and speaks with a French accent. Justified in that he was, presumably, a Frenchman in life.


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* {{Principality}}: The Neitherworld is implied to be this, since its ruler is Prince Vince; there's never a mention of anyone ranking higher than him, and when he proposes to Lydia in "Prince of the Neitherworld," he specifically asks her to be his princess, saying they'll rule the Neitherworld together.
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