History WesternAnimation / FilmationsGhostbusters

21st May '16 6:31:54 PM erforce
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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}}''. 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}}''.''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.
27th Feb '16 1:22:07 PM PrimeEvil
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* LethalJokeItem: While the Mummy was in no way ''lethal'', the dust he spewed from his bandages could diffuse the Dematerializer's beam.
19th Feb '16 1:01:47 PM fruitstripegum
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* SpecialGuest: Perhaps the best way to describe this show is ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Supernatural Supernatural]]'' InTheStyleOf the 1960s ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Batman Batman]]'' TV show.

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* SpecialGuest: Perhaps the best way to describe this show is ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Supernatural Supernatural]]'' ''Series/Supernatural'' InTheStyleOf the 1960s ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Batman Batman]]'' ''Series/Batman'' TV show.
2nd Dec '15 1:10:22 PM starofjusticev21
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* DeusExMachina: Seemingly spoofed with Fuddy, Merlin the wizard's sidekick, who Jake can mystically ask for help during the night of the full moon. Fuddy's still an apprentice after 150 years, and Jake never gets what he asks for.

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* DeusExMachina: Seemingly spoofed with Fuddy, Merlin the wizard's sidekick, who Jake can mystically ask for help during the night of the full moon. Fuddy's still an apprentice after 150 years, and Jake never gets what he asks for. Sometimes it turns out to be useful anyway, though.
2nd Dec '15 1:09:55 PM starofjusticev21
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* DeusExMachina: Seemingly spoofed with Fuddy, Merlin the wizard's sidekick, who Jake can mystically ask for help during the night of the full moon. Fuddy's still an apprentice after 150 years, and Jake never gets what he asks for.
23rd Aug '15 8:07:27 PM nombretomado
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** A ''literal'' one in the form of an episode featuring the ghosts of Captain Ahab and MobyDick, who had become friends in the afterlife. Y'know, 'cause Moby-Dick is now...[[DontExplainTheJoke a ''space whale''.]]

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** A ''literal'' one in the form of an episode featuring the ghosts of Captain Ahab and MobyDick, Literature/MobyDick, who had become friends in the afterlife. Y'know, 'cause Moby-Dick is now...[[DontExplainTheJoke a ''space whale''.]]
9th Aug '15 2:27:40 PM Prfnoff
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* FundayPawpetShow: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_-D6BWXnOg&feature=related this clip]] at about 10:05, the opening credits run as Poink explains the series to Yappy. Oddly enough the music is the Ray Parker Jr movie/Real Ghostbusters theme...and it fits in with the animation like a glove.
11th Jun '15 10:54:49 AM PrimeEvil
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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.

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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.
was.[[note]]Never mind, of course, that it would never have gone past sixty-five episodes anyway, as that was the standard for Filmation.[[/note]]
11th Jun '15 10:43:21 AM PrimeEvil
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* DefangedHorrors: All of the ghosts and monsters our heroes faced were made incompetent in some way: Dr. Frankenstein is saddled with an incompetent monster; the Wolfman acts like a big puppy when transformed; the Mummy sprays dust everywhere and is deathly afraid of moths. Not so much "defanged" as "had all of their teeth pulled out."

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* DefangedHorrors: All of the ghosts and monsters our heroes faced were made incompetent severely nerfed in some way: Dr. Frankenstein is saddled with an incompetent monster; the Wolfman acts like a big puppy when transformed; the Mummy sprays dust everywhere and is deathly afraid of moths. Not so much "defanged" as "had all of their teeth pulled out."



* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Dear God''. Sometimes they were genuinely (so bad as to be) funny; sometimes they were groan-inducing. Example: when faced with Count Dracula, Kong muses that they'll need a stake to defeat him. Tracy reaches into the Ghost Kit and produces a ''steak''. Kong says, "No, a ''wooden stake''." Tracy raps against the T-bone--it is, in fact, ''a wooden steak''.

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* HurricaneOfPuns: ''Dear God''. Sometimes they were genuinely (so bad as to be) they were) funny; sometimes they were groan-inducing. Example: when faced with Count Dracula, Kong muses that they'll need a stake to defeat him. Tracy reaches into the Ghost Kit and produces a ''steak''. Kong says, "No, a ''wooden stake''." Tracy raps against the T-bone--it is, in fact, ''a wooden steak''.


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* [[IncrediblyLamePun Spiritual]] [[SpiritualSuccessor Successor]]: To the earlier Tucker/Storch sitcom ''FTroop''.
4th May '15 11:54:55 PM JAGIOAAERTGEDR
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