Ghostbusters (later known as Filmation's Ghostbusters or The Original Ghostbusters) is an animated series spin-off of the original 1975 live-action television show The Ghost Busters. It originally aired between September 8, 1986 and December 5, 1986.

Plot

Jake Kong Jr. and Eddie Spencer Jr. are the sons of the original Ghost Busters from the live action series of the same name; Tracy the Gorilla worked with their fathers.

Their headquarters, termed Ghost Command, is located in a haunted mansion nestled between a number of tall skyscrapers (which resemble the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City) They are supported by a number of secondary characters including Ansa-Bone, a talking skull phone; Skelevision, a talking skeleton television; Belfrey, a pink talking bat; and Ghost Buggy, their talking ghost car. They occasionally enlist the aid of Futura, a time travelling Ghostbuster from the future, and Jessica Wray, a local TV news reporter.

Together, they have dedicated themselves to ridding the world of the evil ghost wizard Prime Evil and his cast of henchmen. Prime Evil's headquarters, termed Hauntquarters (which resembles the British Houses of Parliament complete with a Big Ben-esque clock tower), is located in The Fifth Dimension. In a typical episode, Prime Evil uses his magical powers to open up a wormhole to enable one or more of his henchmen to complete a particular scheme that serves to help him take over the world.

Famous guest-star ghosts and monsters that appeared on the show include Count Dracula (who is actually a vampire) and the Headless Horseman (who also appeared in an episode of The Real Ghostbusters written by Jean-Marc Lofficier's wife, Randy Lofficier).

Like almost all 1980s Filmation cartoons, each episode closes with a segment describing a particular lesson that can be learned from the events of the episode. Skelevision (sometimes accompanied by Belfrey) is the character most often employed in this role. From time to time, Jake, Eddie Jr or another protagonist would talk with Skelevison about the lesson.

Episodes

  1. I'll Be a Son of a Ghostbuster
  2. Frights of the Roundtable
  3. No Pharaoh at All
  4. The Secret of Mastodon Valley
  5. The Ones Who Saved the Future
  6. Witch's Stew
  7. Mummy Dearest
  8. Wacky Wax Museum
  9. Statue of Liberty
  10. The Ransom of Eddie Spenser
  11. Eddie Takes Charge
  12. The Great Ghost Gorilla
  13. A Friend in Need
  14. No Mo' Snow
  15. Prime Evil's Good Deed
  16. Cyman's Revenge
  17. The Headless Horseman Caper
  18. Banish That Banshee
  19. Rollerghoster
  20. He Went Brataway
  21. The Looking-Glass Warrior
  22. Laser and Future Rock
  23. Runaway Choo Choo
  24. Dynamite Dinosaurs
  25. Ghostbunglers
  26. My Present to the Future
  27. The Beastly Buggy
  28. Belfry Leads the Way
  29. The Battle for Ghost Command
  30. Going Ape
  31. The Haunting of Gizmo
  32. Ghostnappers
  33. Inside Out
  34. The Sleeping Dragon
  35. The Phantom of the Big Apple
  36. Shades of Dracula
  37. Outlaw In-Laws
  38. Our Buddy Fuddy
  39. Train to Doom-De-Doom-Doom
  40. The Princess and the Troll
  41. Second Chance
  42. Tracy Come Back
  43. Doggone Werewolf
  44. That's No Alien
  45. Scareplane
  46. The Ghost of Don Quixote
  47. The White Whale
  48. Country Cousin
  49. Knight of Terror
  50. The Girl Who Cried Vampire
  51. Little Big Bat
  52. Really Roughing It
  53. The Bad Old Days
  54. The Curse of the Diamond of Gloom
  55. The Bind That Ties
  56. Like Father Like Son
  57. The Fourth Ghostbuster
  58. Whither Why
  59. Cold Winter's Night
  60. Father Knows Beast
  61. Back to the Past
  62. Pretend Friends
  63. The Haunted Painting
  64. Maze Caves
  65. The Way You Are

Controversy

When Columbia Pictures started producing the film Ghostbusters in 1984, it neglected the fact that Filmation had already produced a live-action comedy series with that same name in 1975. Columbia agreed to license the name from Filmation for $500,000 plus 1% of the profits (of which there were ostensibly none). Since Columbia did not want to license Filmation the rights to the movie Ghostbusters when they were looking to produce an animated series, Filmation produced an animated version of their live-action TV show. Columbia proceeded to name their cartoon show The Real Ghostbusters to directly distinguish it from the Filmation show.

Filmation had even gone as far as to attempt to work with Columbia Pictures and had completed initial design work for a cartoon to be based on the movie. Columbia changed its mind, deciding not to work with Filmation, and the proposed deal fell through (Columbia worked with DiC instead). Filmation's Lou Scheimer later admitted, "We should have asked for the animation rights for their (Columbia's) Ghostbusters as part of the settlement." This prompted Filmation to create the cartoon based on its former live-action series.

Trivia

  • While The Real Ghostbusters had the catchphrase, "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!", each episode of Filmation's Ghost Busters also used a catchphrase: "Let's Go, Ghost Busters!"

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