True, ‘Ghostbusters’ is one of the top movies of the 80s and spawned a less successful cinematic sequel, but to those that were kids during that time, there might have been an even more influential version of the spectre-hunting crew: ‘The Real Ghostbusters.’ Debuting on Saturday morning in 1986, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ was an animated continuation of the hit film, depicting further exploits of the characters from the movie as they confronted even more undead threats.
Now comes word that Tom Pollock, Ivan Reitman and Sony Pictures Animation’s Ali Bell and Kristine Belson are once more working an animated ‘Ghostbusters’ property, but rather than bringing the concept to TV, they are planning an animated movie. Reitman, of course, directed the original films and serves as a producer on next year’s reboot.
All that is known is that the movie follows the established formula of: A group of scientists get together to battle some supernatural entities in New York.
What isn’t known is which iteration of Ghostbusters will be featured; the originals, the new all-female squad or new characters entirely.
In the 80s, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ was a huge hit and quickly syndicated so that kids could thrill to these illustrated exploits on weekday afternoons as well as on Saturday mornings. It lasted in first run episodes until 1991 and spawned an avalanche of toys and other licensed products, perhaps most famously, the dearly departed Hi-C ‘Ecto Cooler’ juice box. (Nearly every bit of vintage ‘Ghostbusters’ merchandise is actually from the cartoon. There was very little merch created based on the movie itself.)
The original show featured the voice talents of: Lorenzo Music and later Dave Coulier (Joey from ‘Full House’) as Dr. Peter Venkman, Bill Murray‘s character in the movies; Arsenio Hall then Buster Jones as Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson); Maurice Lamarche as Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis); Frank Welker as Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd); Laura Summer then Kath Souci as Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts); and Rodger Bumpass as Louis Tully (Rick Moranis). The show is perhaps most famous for introducing adorable green slime ghost sidekick, Slimer.
Do you think an animated ‘Ghostbusters’ movie will be a hit at the box office?