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2nd Aug '17 5:55:40 PM MaxWest2
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* FightDracula: The Ghostbusters take on the infamous vampire in "Shades of Dracula".
20th Jun '17 1:51:23 PM MarkLungo
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Fast forward to 1984. Creator/ColumbiaPictures wanted to make a movie about a team of "paranormal investigators and eliminators," which they wanted to call, surprise surprise, ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''. The characters, setting and unique aspects of the storyline were completely unrelated to the Flimation series, but well-into production, Columbia learned that Filmation already held a trademark of the name. After some negotiation, Columbia was able to license the name. With the movie going on to become a massive blockbuster, they decided to cash-in with [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters an animated series]]. At the time, Filmation had become an animation powerhouse thanks to their successful ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' cartoons. They were very close to striking a deal to work with Columbia on the project, but when that didn't pan out, they thought they could cash-in with their own show.

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Fast forward to 1984. Creator/ColumbiaPictures wanted to make a movie about a team of "paranormal investigators and eliminators," which they wanted to call, surprise surprise, ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''. The characters, setting and unique aspects of the storyline were completely unrelated to the Flimation series, but well-into well into production, Columbia learned that Filmation already held a trademark of on the name. After some negotiation, Columbia was able to license the name. With the movie going on to become a massive blockbuster, they decided to cash-in with [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters an animated series]]. At the time, Filmation had become an animation powerhouse thanks to their successful ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' cartoons. They were very close to striking a deal to work with Columbia on the project, but when that didn't pan out, they thought they could cash-in cash in with their own show.



The new series followed the premise of its forebearer and had the same style of humor, but there were significant alterations: the setting had changed--the Ghostbusters now worked out of "Ghost Command" in which they kept some ghosts as pets, had technology that verged on the blatantly magical such as a talking car that could fly through space and ''travel through time'', and even a backdoor to some sort of alternate dimension, which they went into in every episode to "[[TransformationSequence get into uniform]]." The biggest change, though, was that they now had a nemesis, a sort of ghost-robot thing named Prime Evil, who operated out of "Hauntquarters"--an elongated house situated at the end of time or something--and commanded a legion of paranormal baddies. The mysterious "Zero" from the 1975 series was never mentioned; instead usually the [=GBs=] would either be contacted by someone (usually their reporter friend Jessica Wray) or else just realize something is up and take initiative.

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The new series followed the premise of its forebearer and had the same style of humor, but there were significant alterations: the setting had changed--the Ghostbusters now worked out of "Ghost Command" in which they kept some ghosts as pets, had technology that verged on the [[{{Magitek}} blatantly magical magical]] such as a talking car that could fly through space and ''travel through time'', and even a backdoor to some sort of alternate dimension, which they went into in every episode to "[[TransformationSequence get into uniform]]." The biggest change, though, was that they now had a nemesis, a sort of ghost-robot thing named Prime Evil, who operated out of "Hauntquarters"--an elongated house situated at the end of time or something--and commanded a legion of paranormal baddies. The mysterious "Zero" from the 1975 series was never mentioned; instead usually the [=GBs=] would either be contacted by someone (usually their reporter friend Jessica Wray) or else just realize something is up and take initiative.
20th Jun '17 1:25:30 PM fruitstripegum
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Ghostbusters to most of the kids (and quite a few fellow adults) on the show. If their parents say "there's no such thing as ghosts," they know instinctively that there are grownups who ''know'' that ghosts exist and will take them seriously. Interestingly, the Filmation and Columbia Pictures franchises share this in common: in the '84 movie, the police turn a possessed Louis over to the Ghostbusters.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Ghostbusters to most of the kids (and quite a few fellow adults) on the show. If their parents say "there's no such thing as ghosts," they know instinctively that there are grownups who ''know'' that ghosts exist and will take them seriously. Interestingly, the Filmation and Columbia Pictures franchises share this in common: in the '84 movie, the police turn a possessed Louis over to the Ghostbusters.
7th Jun '17 2:44:48 PM fruitstripegum
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* BeYourself: The Aesop of the episode "The Way You Are" - Eddie's wish of being a smart and strong hero is granted, but upon learning that his friends are worried sick about him, he decides that he'd rather be himself than some unknown hero.
8th May '17 6:58:40 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:Let's go, Ghostbusters!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Let's [[caption-width-right:350:''"Let's go, Ghostbusters!]]
Ghostbusters!"'']]




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* WhoYouGonnaCall: Oddly enough, the original, 1975 series ''isn't'' the TropeCodifier. Our heroes received messages from their boss, Mr. Zero, in a parody of ''Series/MissionImpossible''.



* WhoYouGonnaCall: Oddly enough, the original, 1975 series ''isn't'' the TropeCodifier. Our heroes received messages from their boss, Mr. Zero, in a parody of ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
8th May '17 6:52:49 AM MarkLungo
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The purple-skinned people of Futura's era.



* HauntedTechnology: Nearly all the equipment in the office was some form of haunted skeleton, although the effect is much closer to ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' than ''{{Poltergeist}}''. The live-action series had this too, with a TV that sprayed water when a nautical-themed show came on and a filing cabinet with a mind of its own.
* HeadlessHorseman: Obviously, the episode "The Headless Horseman Caper." Subverted in that he isn't exactly headless--he does have a head, but Prime Evil thought he'd be scarier if he ''were'', so the Horseman stuck his head into his costume. When the head does pop out, it resembles a green-skinned, orange-haired Edgar Allan Poe.

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* HauntedTechnology: Nearly all the equipment in the office was some form of haunted skeleton, although the effect is much closer to ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' than ''{{Poltergeist}}''.''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. The live-action series had this too, with a TV that sprayed water when a nautical-themed show came on and a filing cabinet with a mind of its own.
* HeadlessHorseman: Obviously, the episode "The Headless Horseman Caper." Subverted in that he isn't exactly headless--he does have a head, but Prime Evil thought he'd be scarier if he ''were'', so the Horseman stuck his head into his costume. When the head does pop out, it resembles a green-skinned, orange-haired Edgar Allan Poe.Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
8th May '17 6:44:56 AM MarkLungo
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!!!''"Let's trope, Ghostbusters!"''

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!!!''"Let's !'''''"Let's trope, Ghostbusters!"''
Ghostbusters!"'''''
8th May '17 6:43:23 AM MarkLungo
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Just to set the record straight, ''these'' guys came first... mostly. (The Bowery Boys's 1946 film ''Spook Busters'' was made under the working title of ''Ghost Busters''.)

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Just to set the record straight, ''these'' guys came first... mostly. (The Bowery Boys's 1946 film ''Spook Busters'' was made under the working title WorkingTitle of ''Ghost Busters''.)
8th May '17 6:42:47 AM MarkLungo
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* DisintegratorRay / BlackBox: Their standard ghost-busting gadget, the Dematerializer. Amusingly, none of them really knew how it worked.

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* DisintegratorRay / BlackBox: DisintegratorRay[=/=]BlackBox: Their standard ghost-busting gadget, the Dematerializer. Amusingly, none of them really knew how it worked.



* TheUnfunny / OnlySaneMan: Kong.

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* TheUnfunny / OnlySaneMan: TheUnfunny[=/=]OnlySaneMan: Kong.



* AmusementPark: The episode "Rollerghoster."

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* AmusementPark: The episode "Rollerghoster.""Rollerghoster".



* OneWingedAngel / BodyHorror: The octopus form of Apparitia (from her Shapeshifting powers), as [[http://cartoon-watching.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/filmations-ghostbusters-rollerghoster.html mentioned here]]. Not to mention that ToonPhysics obviously comes into play here, for RuleOfFunny purposes.

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* OneWingedAngel / BodyHorror: OneWingedAngel[=/=]BodyHorror: The octopus form of Apparitia (from her Shapeshifting powers), as [[http://cartoon-watching.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/filmations-ghostbusters-rollerghoster.html mentioned here]]. Not to mention that ToonPhysics obviously comes into play here, for RuleOfFunny purposes.



* {{Revival}}: Of the 1975 series.

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* {{Revival}}: Of the 1975 series.series, more or less.
8th May '17 6:39:04 AM MarkLungo
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Like its forebearer, ''Ghostbusters'' animated only lasted one season. This time, the cause for failure was more clear: kids tuned in thinking that this was the show with those four guys with the Proton Packs, and it wasn't (that was ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''). That, and ''Ghostbusters'' runs on a "random" style of humor, which isn't to everyone's tastes. Some people also didn't like how Aesop-heavy the cartoon was.[[note]]Never mind, of course, that [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon it would never have gone past sixty-five episodes anyway]], as that was the standard for Filmation.[[/note]]

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Like its forebearer, ''Ghostbusters'' animated only lasted one season. This time, the cause for failure was more clear: kids tuned in thinking that this was the show with those four guys with the Proton Packs, and it wasn't (that was ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''). That, and ''Ghostbusters'' runs on a "random" style of humor, which isn't to everyone's tastes. Some people also didn't like how Aesop-heavy the cartoon was.[[note]]Never mind, of course, that [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon it would never have gone past sixty-five episodes anyway]], as that was the standard for Filmation.[[/note]]
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