Day 9 of the Halloween Countdown: Punk rock Receptionists rule!

By Shawn Robare

A bunch of Real Ghostbusters animation cel posts wouldn’t be complete without one red-haired, sassy, bespectacled receptionist extraordinaire named Janine Melnitz!

In film and in TV Janine Melnitz gets credit for being one of my first real crushes (in good company with Faye Grant from V, Mitzi Mozzarella from the Showbiz Pizza Rock-Afire Explosion Band, Jacqueline Bisset circa 1983 in the flick Class, and of course Adrienne Barbeau.)  One aspect of the character that I always found interesting was that she was pretty different style-wise in the cartoon than in the first movie, but by the time the second movie rolled around, the writers and designers (or at least Annie Potts) decided to co-opt the look from the cartoon.   I did think it was kind of a cop-out that she dropped her interest in Egon in the 2nd film for of all people Louis Tulley.

Anyway, back to the cel, as you can see above this cel is a prime example of the damage that can be done over time by storing them directly on top of the pencil under drawings.  The under drawing adhered to the paint and was destroyed, forever merged with the cel.  Granted, I don’t think studios ever thought of the post-photographed cels as any sort of asset and I’m sure stuff them into boxes and packed ’em in un-climate controlled storage facilities to gather dust until the day when some unsuspecting citizen bought them in a blind storage auction.  Being a huge fan of 80s cartoons, and considering these cels as pieces of art in and of themselves, I think it’s a downright shame that they’re mistreated and I’m sure a good portion of them are lost to time because they’ve either deteriorated or become one huge merged stack of cel, paint and paper.

Oh well, at least I’ve managed to find a few and give them a good home.  More or less rounding out the main cast of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon is one of my least favorite characters, Slimer, the ugly green spud himself.

Though I didn’t mind him as a humorous villain in the live action flicks, his presence in the cartoon added an unwelcome air of Scooby Doo-ness.   Now don’t get me wrong, I love Scooby Doo, but I never thought the Ghostbusters needed a pet-like mascot, and besides the odd relationship between Lydia and Beetlejuice in the BJ cartoon, I wasn’t very find of twisting around the hero/villain roles for cartoon adaptations of movies.  It doesn’t help that as the series went on it morphed into an almost all-Slimer show which was nowhere near the quality of the proceeding seasons.

  • R.

    i always liked slimer. and, don’t hate me, but i tended to prefer his spin-off show (remember that one?) to the ghostbusters’ show…

  • Paxton Holley

    LOL…I was totally going to ask about Janine in my comment yesterday but I couldn’t remember the character’s name. I kept wanting to call her Annie, but that was the actress who played her. Didn’t you show us a Slimer before…wait, scratch that, I think you showed us an Orko. My bad, in my mind, they are kind of the same character, although I prefer Orko.

  • Jay

    Shawn, I’m not going to beat a dead horse, but I too loved Janine Melnitz lol! In case any of your readers happen to by Janine Melnitz freaks they may want to read my RATED R love poem to Janine BEWARE, it’s obscene. here:

  • Jim

    The Real Ghostbusters rare designs Rare early The Real Ghostbusters art from 1986-87: Over 30 black-and-white copies of animation model sheets by DiC Entertainment animation artists. Characters, props and backgrounds are seen in these model sheets.