Trivia: Beetlejuice

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    The Movie 
  • AFIS 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 it's his favorite role.
  • Creator Backlash: Alec Baldwin apparently was not happy with his performance.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Dawson Casting: Lydia...maybe. Her age is never stated but Winona Ryder was 17 when the movie was filmed and the character is referred to as a little girl So it's possible the character is suppose to be about 12-14.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: In the original script, the film was imagined to be more like a graphic horror film rather than a comedy, and instead of marrying Lydia, Betelgeuse was originally going to rape her.
  • Name's the Same: Funnily enough, there is a red giant star named Betelgeuse, and yes, it's pronounced the same way.
  • Throw It In: 90% of Michael Keaton's lines are ad-libbed.
  • Vaporware: The scrapped sequel Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. Apparently, Burton deliberately came up with a ridiculous premise in order to stop the sequel from being made. Kevin Smith was offerred 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?"
    • Saved from Development Hell: Rumors stated that this was not, in fact, the case. Michael Keaton loved playing the character begged Tim Burton for decades to do another film just so he could play him again. In 2015, it was confirmed that a (non-tropical) sequel would, in fact, be made.
  • What Could Have Been: As stated above the film was originally envisioned as a straight forward 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 would also have a nine-year-old sister named Cathy who befriends 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 adaption.
    • Also, originally, Tim 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 hung 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.
    • During a dispute with the Warner Bros. people over the title, Tim Burton jokingly suggested they call it Scared Sheetless. And was shocked when they considered it!

    The Animated Series 
  • Actor Allusion: In the cartoon, Beetlejuice showed 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!), and his voice actor, Stephen Ouimette, is a trained Shakespearean actor.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Hard to believe that the voice of Lydia would later be the voice of Claire Redfield
    • Lydia is also Loonette the clown on The Big Comfy Couch (a semi-obscure children's show about a clown girl and her doll, Molly).
    • Beetlejuice is both Pompadour and The Ferocious Beast!
    • Tara Charendoff ("Charendoff" was Tara Strong's last name before she got married) as Claire Brewster and Bertha.
      • This is what happens with an entirely Canadian voice cast.
    • Tabitha St. Germain (credited as Paulina Gillis) as Prudence.
    • In Italy, Lydia is Mulan, Leshawna, and Huck Finn.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Although several episodes were distributed on VHS, only three have ever been released on DVD, and there is still no confirmed plan to release the series.
    • There is now. All 94 episodes have been released on a 12-disc set by Shout! Factory on May 28, 2013. They can be bought here.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The script for "Brides of Funkenstein".
  • 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.