Really what made the movie great was the destruction the Ghostbusters caused. The Segwick Hotel was hilarious. The scene were Peter gets slimed. Oh, even at 9 years old I got a lot of the humor. Mainly because my parents let me watch the Blues Brothers and Animal House when I was young.When The REAL Ghostbusters cartoon first came out, I was legit like...3? 4? The arch-villain line-up TERRIFIED me. Heck to this day, the Boogieman still gives me an uneasy feeling. Plus his dimension totally has this trippy M.C. Esher vibe I am convinced was inspired by Steve Ditko's Dr. Strange comics. I remember my mom and dad constantly arguing over whether or not I should be allowed to watch it because it gave me nightmares so much. Yet I LOVED it nonetheless. I was like a little Lidia from Beetlejuice, obsessed with the strange and unusual. I myself am strange and unusual. If it was macabre, I was all over it. Another real stand-out for me was the haunted house episode...as in literally a ghost house. One incredible thing about TRG that you can't really say for a lot of the other cartoons of the era is...it sincerely stands up to adult viewing. I STILL think it's great, whereas shows like G.I. Joe, Tranformers, and Masters of the Universe are a TASK to get through so much as a single episode. Now admittedly though, that's the earlier seasons before the Slimer dominating era. Those got way more kiddie.
Even funnier, when I actually soon saw the movie after the show (yes, I saw the show first...I know, I know) I was still so young that I didn't REALIZE it was a comedy. I thought it was stark serious. It DID scare me! ESPECIALLY THE SCENE! You guys know the one, it's the only one that actually is played straight horror, when Dana comes home and is talking to her mother on the phone...relaxes in her recliner...and boom. HANDS POP OUT and DRAG HER to the fridge! I SCREAMED! I get now why I didn't see it as a comedy then. The humor is that sort of dry, sarcastic, witty banter sort that kids really can't 100% understand yet. Also it's surprisingly raunchy, Venkman is a total horndog. That will totally go over kids heads. It was like this strange revelation when, in my teens, I re-watched it after a long time and realize..."What? It's a comedy? Whoa!" I still think though my absolute FAVORITE performance in the original film is Rick Moranis. Which that is saying a lot as EVERYONE is incredible and brought their A game. I'm thinking that if there's ONE FILM he'd come out of retirement for a cameo in, it's Ghostbusters Afterlife. I'm REALLY hoping.
Another thing about the film: Is it just me or does it have the more memorable background extras ever? Rob Zombie looking guy in the background of the news report, priest blessing them, and MOST ESPECIALLY crazy bald guy standing on something high with marshmallow on his head in all white doing some lunatic dance at the very end! I always wanted to go to a huge GB even and cosplay as him and see if ANYONE got it. I can see them all so clearly in my head.
Well I mean it's GOT TO BE Ivo as the new big bad in the new film, right? And considering Jason Reitman is much more on the up about the outside the film stuff because, well, he was also the perfect age for it and his dad MADE the source material, I'd almost be surprised if some TRG ghosts DON'T make an appearance. I mean the gunner seat in Ecto 1 is a clear nod to the Kenner toy.
It's funny you mention the blue ghost that comes out of the subway as that's the one I was TOTALLY thinking of in particular. I don't think it's ever been made, has it? Not by Mattel or Diamond or Kenner, but may be wrong. The Zombie Taxi is such a unique one as it's the only one that appears tangible, but even more interestingly is that when it enters the Taxi through the tailpipe it's clearly intangible. I have a theory on that. The vapor that enters the Taxi is a traditional looking Ghostbusters ghost...but there was a REAL Taxi driver in there which the ghost possessed to LOOK like an undead corpse.
Man...I could talk GB all day. Saber, what did you think of Extreme Ghostbusters?