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YMMV: Beetlejuice
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    The Movie 
  • Awesome Music: Aside from Danny Elfman's title theme, the use of Harry Belafonte, including "Day-O", which is also a Funny Moment.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Only once does anyone actually say "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!" — and the scene goes by so quickly it's easy to miss it.
  • Designated Protagonist Syndrome: The Maitlands, which may be why they were left out of the cartoon.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: This happens to the house at one point thanks to the Deetzes.
  • Die for Our Ship: A large number of the fandom actually supports Betelgeuse/Lydia. This has a lot to do with people watching the TV series when they were kids, which portrayed The B Man as having strong feelings for Lydia bordering on romantic. It's slightly worrying - quite apart from Beetlejuice having been dead at least a century, Lydia is disgusted by him in the movie. But more notably she's only 12-14 in the series, where in the movie she was 15-17.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Sylvia Sidney plays a smoking ghost with a hole in her throat which emits smoke. Sidney died from throat cancer in New York City - at the age of 88.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The original concept of Beetlejuice being a shape-shifting reptilian demon. One of the insults used against Ghost of True Capitalist is that he's a reptilian shape-shifter.
    • Just like in this film, Michael Keaton had to wear similar eye makeup in the Batman films. The hilarious part comes in Batman Returns when Batman unmasks in front of Catwoman...
    • Betelgeuse wore a wedding outfit that's similar to The Joker's costume. Ohoho...
  • I Am Not Shazam: Due to the two being homonyms, people make the mistake of thinking the character is named Beetlejuice as well, rather than Betelgeuse.
    • His name is officially "Beetlejuice" in the animated series - hence Lydia calling him "BJ."
    • The Maitlands have difficulty summoning him at first, as Adam thinks it's pronounced "Bay-tell-gice."
      • Additionally, despite the poster, the film credits make it clear that the title is Beetle Juice, not Beetlejuice.
  • Memetic Molester: Betelgeuse, who is very pedophilic compared to the tv show.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'm the ghost with the most, babe."
    • "Go ahead, make my millennium".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Snake form Betelgeuse takes.
  • Squick: Betelgeuse trying to marry Lydia. Unlike the tv show, where they at least show some affections towards each other to an extent, the latter is clearly disgusted with the former, being a potential pedophile.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Delia's sculptures.
    • Much of the film itself, to an extent.
  • Wangst. Lydia's suicide note is a little over-the-top.
    "I am...alone. (Scraps, starts over) I am... utterly... alone. By the time... you read this... I will be gone... having jumped (scratches out jumped) having... plummeted... off the Winter River Bridge."
    • Lydia's whole role in the film is a deliberate invocation of this. The Maitlands (and even Betelgeuse himself) essentially talk her out of this attitude, and by the end she's a changed girl.

    The Animated Series 
  • Die for Our Ship: Again, Beelejuice/Lydia.
    • Word of God states that yes, Beetlejuice's attachment to Lydia was definitely more than friendly and was deliberately played up by the writers.
    • Wait, who is supposed to die here? ...Oh...
    • In the debut episode of the cartoon, Lydia was going to kiss B.J., until she saw the bugs in his teeth.
    • Depending on your preferred level of Squick, this COULD be either The Jailbait Wait (low squick) OR Wife Husbandry (high squick). It's only six years 'til Lydia becomes an adult, after all, and Beej has all of eternity to wait.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Claire Brewster loses election as class president in the episode "Running Scared," she immediately demands a recount.
  • In Name Only: Due to the different premise, Lydia and Beetlejuice are friends now, and the Maitlands and Juno are nonexistent. Lydia is also several years younger than the movie version.
  • The Scrappy: Claire Brewster for being an Alpha Bitch and always insulting Lydia and her friends.
    • Not many fans care for Beetlejuice's sickeningly sweet brother Donnie, either.
  • Squick: You think Beetlejuice's crush on Lydia was creepy? At least BJ is relatively human - in one episode of the cartoon, "Pest O' The West", Lydia gets the unwanted attentions of an anthropomorphic bull ghost who wants to marry her. Beetlejuice even sees what Lydia's future will be like if he doesn't go back to rescue her... Yikes.
    • If it wasn't bad enough, in his nightmare, there's little baby heifers running about all over the place. Ew...
  • The Woobie: Percy the Cat in "Bewitched, Bothered, & Beetlejuiced".


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