Trivia / Beetlejuice

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    The Movie 
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #88
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Although most of it was made up, a few of the lines from the exorcism scene were taken from an actual seance invocation printed in a spiritualist magazine from 1901.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Why Michael Keaton took the role and, nearly 30 years later, is still ready for the sequel whenever it escapes Development Hell; he's stated on numerous occasions that it's his favorite role.
  • Creator Backlash: Alec Baldwin apparently was not happy with his performance.
  • Dawson Casting: Lydia... maybe. Her age is never stated, but Winona Ryder was 17 when the movie was filmed, and Barbara refers to Lydia as a "little girl." So it's possible the character is supposed to be about 12-14.
  • Deleted Scene: There was originally a scene where Lydia was developing photos of Adam and Barbara in Delia's bed sheets and tries to show them to her dad. [1]
    • There was suppose to be another encounter with the sandworm when Adam and Barbara were hiding fro the Deetzs. [2]
    • There was also and alternative version of the scene where Adam tries to leave the house and it didn't include him on Saturn. [3]
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: In the original script, the film was imagined to be more of a graphic horror rather than a comedy, and instead of marrying Lydia, Betelgeuse was originally going to rape her.
  • Referenced by...: Creature Features Haunted is very similar, a ghost trying to get rid of the living family "haunting" his house.
  • Saved from Development Hell:
    • Michael Keaton loved playing the character and begged Tim Burton for decades to do another film just so he could play him again. In 2015, it was revealed that a (non-tropical) sequel will, in fact, be made; Keaton and Winona Ryder are both confirmed to be attached to the project. Burton confirms that the sequel will be made once a good enough script has been completed.
    • However, as of July 2016, Keaton reveals that "that ship may have sailed." On the other hand, it's confirmed that a Broadway musical version is definitely in the works.
  • Star-Making Role: This is the film that jump-started Winona Ryder's career.
  • Throw It In!: 90% of Michael Keaton's lines are ad-libbed.
  • Vaporware: The scrapped sequel Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. Allegedly, Burton deliberately came up with a ridiculous premise in order to stop the sequel from being made. Kevin Smith was offered the chance to do a rewrite of the script before being attached to the also-unmade Superman Lives. His response to the execs boiled down to "Didn't we say all we needed to say with the first Beetlejuice? Must we go tropical?" However, the script does exist and can be found online.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As stated above, the film was originally envisioned as a straightforward horror film before Tim Burton and Michael Keaton got involved.
    • Originally, the movie was to have Lydia be a minor character and was to be your typical movie teenager. She was also supposed to have a nine-year-old sister named Cathy who befriended the Maitlands. Somewhere along the planning process, Tim Burton decided to take character traits from both and make Lydia a Composite Character.
    • Likewise, Betelgeuse himself was a lot more sinister. Oh, and he had something along the lines of a Good Twin named Swallowtail.
      • Though it was with a different name, that plot point was eventually used in the Animated Adaptation.
    • Also, originally, Burton wanted Sammy Davis Jr.. to play the role of Betelgeuse.
    • Wes Craven was the first choice to direct before Tim Burton got involved.
    • Originally it was going to be mentioned that Beetlejuice committed suicide when he hanged himself over a woman when he was drunk - and that he botched the job and ended up suffocating painfully instead of a quick snapped neck. There wasn't time for it.
    • When Betelgeuse appeared in snake form, he originally was suppose to be snakelike in appearance. It's been implied that they make it look more like the character so that the audience didn't think it was some random monster from the afterlife. [4]
    • Lydia was going to die and continue hanging out in the house with the Maitlands. The studio rejected it as carrying Unfortunate Implications, telling goth teens they should die.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yep. It covers both the film and the cartoon.
  • Working Title: During a dispute with the Warner Bros. people over the title, Burton jokingly suggested they call it Scared Sheetless - and was shocked when they considered it!

    The Animated Series 
  • Absentee Actor: Despite being the co-star, there are five episodes in which Lydia doesn't appear.
  • Actor Allusion: Beetlejuice shows quite a few times that he is well-versed in the works of William Shakespeare (heck, they're actually good friends in the show's canon!). His voice actor, Stephen Ouimette, is a trained Shakespearean actor.
  • Genius Bonus: In "Forget-Me-Nuts," the heroes accompany Dr. Zigmund Void into BJ's brain. The words "Bukowski Was Here" are scrawled on one of the cranium walls; Charles Bukowski was a writer who was known, among other things, for his newspaper column "Notes of a Dirty Old Man."
    • In "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," Alan Airedale sings a continuous ballad either describing BJ's antics or telling him what to do next. The ballad's tune is a slightly up-tempo rendition of "Greensleeves," composed by Henry VIII.
    • In the final episode "Not So Peaceful Pines", BJ develops a literal split personality, and his Bad Side goes on a pranking rampage in Lydia's town. Lydia and BJ's Good Side once again seek help from Freud Expy Zigmund Void, and we get this little gem:
    Zigmund Void: Aha! It's worse than I thought! We are dealing with an Eat-A-Bus (Oedipus) Complex!
    (cuts to a shot of a school bus with a MASSIVE bite taken out of it)
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Originally played straight, but now completely averted. All 109 episodes were released on a 12-disc set by Shout! Factory on May 28, 2013. They can be bought here.
  • Milestone Celebration: "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted," in which BJ's enemies team up to destroy him, was done for the 100th episode of the series.
  • Off-Model: The end scene of "Beetlejuice's Parents" shows Lydia in her red poncho without the black leotard underneath.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The script for "Brides of Funkenstein" was written by a teenage fan.
  • Recycled: The Series
  • Screwed by the Network: Subverted in real life, as both ABC and Fox Kids aired this show simultaneously in the 1991-92 season (FOX aired it on weekdays and ABC aired it on weekends), making it the first Saturday morning cartoon to do so. The show's end in 1992 is normal, as most cartoons based on popular movies don't last very long (The Real Ghostbusters, The Mask: The Animated Series, and Ace Ventura: The Animated Series are the only exceptions). On the show, some of the episodes were thin metaphors about Executive Meddling and Moral Guardians trying to make Beetlejuice's life (aka the show) Lighter and Softer for audiences.
    • Fox's first run of the show was very scattered, running all new episodes for the first month, then throwing in repeats up until November when it went into all repeats until February 1992. New episodes plus repeats aired through February sweeps, then the final four new episodes aired the first week of May.
  • Similarly Named Works: The episode "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" shares its title with a 2010 British dark comedy film, although the plots are completely different.
  • Talking to Himself: Tara Strong (under her maiden name) voiced both Bertha and Claire, who had lines together in several episodes.
    • Stephen Ouimette often did this, as he voiced not only Beetlejuice but also the various parts of Beetlejuice when they would separate and act as individual characters.
  • Voices in One Room: Largely averted, according to an interview with Stephen Ouimette. He and Alyson Court would record their lines together, just the two of them, and the rest of the cast would be recorded and added afterward. This makes sense, as BJ and Lydia have more scenes together than any other characters and also have the closest relationship in the show.

     Other Media 
  • Name's the Same: Astaroth, the final boss of the Beetlejuice game for Game Boy, shares his name with the Great Duke of Hell in demonology.
    • One of the storylines in the comic books is called "Scuzz-O," but it has nothing to do with Scuzzo the Monster Clown from the cartoon.