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I often forget about the video game, which Dan Aykroyd once said "This is the 3rd film".
So, I'm guessing since the trailer has Paul Rudd's character saying there hasn't been a ghost sighting in 30 years, that would make the video game non-canon now?
Well, Ghostbusters II took place into 1989 while Ghostbusters Afterlife presumably takes place in 2020 and Ghostbusters the Video Game takes place in 1991. So really, Paul Rudd is a bit off by the math or he figures 30 is a good average.
There is also a rumor that his character is actually a former rookie for the Ghostbusters before they disbanded, which is why he knows all of this stuff regarding Ghostbusters.
So we were playing as a mute Paul Rudd the whole time? Huh.
When I saw the words “Mute” and “Paul Rudd” I immediately thought of the Netflix movie Mute which had Paul Rudd.
I wasn't just talking about the cartoon, though. As I said, everybody does that to Egon (if anything The Real Ghostbusters' Egon might be the closest to giving him a stronger personality than other adaptations), and the only source that really gets it right are... well... the ones where Ramis is playing him.
It's all different Egons, tho. Like, literally. There was a massive crossover.
I don't know if you can really get it right when you're the originator, it's not as though you can get it wrong. The thing about Flanderization is that the more you see of a character their more dominant traits become more obvious, not necessarily because it consumes the character.
Truth is, it's been a LONG time since I've really watched the old cartoons so I can't really speak to how the characters were portrayed episode to episode. But there are some things like the smoking, drinking, Peter's sleeziness and Ray's implied ghost fetish that wouldn't work as long term character traits, never mind in kid-friendly content.
Here's hoping Winston gets his due.
For all the Flanderization of the cartoon I do like that they gave Winston significant character expansion, putting back in the backstory of him being ex-military (and the best shot of the four as a result).
Not to mention the game said he got his Doctorate. So yeah if he shows I hope they mention all that.
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