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31 Days of Monsters: #11, Mummy Zombie!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  It’s day eleven and in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve. 

Today’s monster, like Moriarty yesterday, sort of has that Scooby Doo-esque vibe to him.   This Pharaoh Zombie character design is pretty cool, especially in a Stargate sort of way…





The design reminds me a whole heck of a lot of a pair of Vans shoes I saw recently that featured the Iron Maiden mascot Eddie re-imagined as a pharaoh/Sphinx god…




This monster hails from episode 69, "The Long Long Log Etc. Goodbye", and is actually the final form of a possessed (by King Todd) thief named Blackie who morphs into this ancient Egyptian mummy monster.  I only got a chance to skim the episode, but if nothing else, picking up these monster cels has really lit a fire under me to go back and watch through the entire Real Ghostbusters series.  There really were a lot of cool concepts being thrown around on the show…







Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.  Tell ‘em Shawn Robare of Branded sent ya!

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31 Days of Monsters: #10, The game is a(severed)foot!




Welcome to day 10 of my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.


Today’s monster comes from one of my favorite episodes of the Real Ghostbusters, "Elementary My Dear Watson".  It features the odd appearance of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson, as well as their evil arch enemy Moriarty (as well as his creepy hound.)  These characters are exactly ghosts, but physical manifestations based on the energy of a million of people’s collective subconsciouses.   The episode has a very Time After Time vibe to it (even though in that flick it’s H.G. Wells in the Holmes role, and Jack the Ripper as Moriarty)  I came across a couple of Moriarty cels, the first of which is a bit unrecognizable.

Of all monster imagery I tend to respond to three general archetypes, the lumbering Frankenstein’s monster, the various incarnations of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the utter simplicity of the reanimated skeleton.    I love the skeleton fights in the Harryhausen flicks, the cheap scare in the House on Haunted Hill, and the weird obsessive nature of the titular antique in the Peter Cushing Amicus vehicle the Skull.  The human skull in general has reached a point of iconography so common that it’s almost losing meaning as a form of shorthand.  Also, much like the nude form, it’s always more potent when loosely draped with something, be it sinew or muscle tissue, or in the least defined eyes instead of deep black pools of nothing.  This skeleton is the initial incarnation of the evil Moriarty, and though it’s not his final form, with its eerie halo of noxious ectoplasm, it makes for a very striking image.  It’s also the beginning of a very similar (thought vastly truncated) "coming together" sequence as seen in the first two Hellraiser films.








This is my first exposure to a cel that has any for of airbrushing instead of flat painting.  For some reason the airbrushed paint didn’t fare so well over time.  The separate layer with the green was basically flaking off the cel.  The paint is almost a fine powder that was being held in place by the skeleton cel on top of it…










Anyway, on to a more defined look for the master criminal.  Whereas the trio of monster/ghosts yesterday seemed to be of the Muppet variety, the character design on Moriarty and his Hound (of the Baskervilles persuasion I’m assuming) seem more in line with something you’d see on an episode of Scooby Doo







There’s something about a pale-skinned gaunt guy in a riding coat and top hat that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.  I think it’s because I equate this getup with the character design of the hitchhikers in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, which was one of the attractions that my parents tended to avoid whenever we’d hit up Disney World (my parents were creatures of habit and would avoid stuff like Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyer Island, and the Toontown Fair every trip…)  I think because I visited it the least, by the time I first rode the Haunted Mansion it pretty much blew my mind.  Mixed with my love of Halloween and all things horror, it’s probably my favorite ride at Disney, though I do so lament the long closed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…





There are still 21 monsters left to showcase, so make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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31 Days of Monsters: #9, A trio of cartoon-y monsters!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!   In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.   These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.  

For day nine of the countdown I’ve got another trio of monster/ghosts that illustrates the level of cartoon-y-ness this series reaches.  On the one hand there are a lot of very freaky monster designs (coming later this month), yet on the other it’s not strange to find a group like this one that feels a little more at home with the Muppets than in the netherworld…





Of course even with these three the spectrum of creepiness is sort of represented.  While the big light purple guy up front looks like a mutant Kermit, the red on the right is pretty weird.  Just look at those weird tube worm-looking deals on his head.  Are those eyes at the end of those?  Ew.





Personally, my favorite of the three is the unassuming light blue guy in the background.  Turns out this was a series of cels, and you can get a bit of a clearer idea of what he looks like by removing the cel with the purple monster in the front.  Unfortunately he’s still obscured a bit by the red guy as they’re on the same cel, but you get the basic gist of his design.   I like his way-too-thin skeletal hips, and his humpbacked stance…




These guys hail from one of the later series episodes, #100, Something’s Going Round to be more precise.  The red eye-tentacle/worm guy is Dr. McCatheter, a devious ghost who masqueraded as a health expert doctor trying to convince the Ghostbusters that they’re allergic to ghosts. 



Though it’s kind of fun watching the guys morph into all sorts of old shapes and colors (even plaid), it definitely falls on the more cartoon-y side of the scale in terms of the tone of the series.  The story isn’t very tight and it ends up feeling a lot like your basic 80s cartoons.










Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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31 Days of Monsters: #8, Spengler Monster!




Welcome to the second week of my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.   These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve. 

Opening up this 2nd week (as far as the count of days goes) is one of the Ghostbusters themselves, Egon Spengler.  This cel is from episode 45, "Egon on the Rampage".  Basically, Egon gets possessed by a demon from another dimension and hulks out going on a, a, well,  rampage like the title suggests, scooping up damsels in distress and the like…





I thought this cel was kind of interesting because of the mixture of character homages mixed into the design.  There’s a little bit of the Hulk in there, with the increased size and tattered jumpsuit still clinging to him (not to mention the unnatural coloring), but there’s also a little bit of the Wolfman to that design too with his hairy forearms and fangs.  On top of this Egon’s already bouffant hair is taken to a drastic height that borders on a Bride of Frankenstein level. 



Also, in some of the other cels from this same episode I noticed he sort of has a King Kong aspect to him, the unruly beast that really does have a heart of gold and just want to be left alone…





Again, there are what I’m pretty sure are Japanese Katakana kana notating where the artwork needs to remain clear.   Not sure of the translation just yet, but the syllable translations of the kana to English are "chi" (the kana that looks like a fancy seven) and "ki" (the kana that looks like a "t" with a double cross.)  This whole process is like the reverse of a typical illustrative shorthand when inking line art where the artist makes "x" tic marks in areas that need to be filling in with solid blacks.


Again, I hope everyone has been digging this countdown, and if so make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.   I know I’ve been enjoying the heck out of what others are putting together this year…

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31 Days of Monsters: #7, the Devil!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.


Today brings probably the ultimate baddy, though it might depend on which side of the fence you sit on, spirituality-wise that is.  What more can I say then, the Devil (insert DUH DUH DUNNNNN reveal music here…)




Actually, it’s not exactly the Devil per-se, but a dybbuk.  According to the show (he appears in episode 71, The Devil to Pay), a dybbuk is just a minor demon, but according to Jewish folklore it’s a demon denied access to Gehenna for committing a serious transgression in life that spends the after life maliciously possessing humans. 



The character on the show is named Dyb Devlin the host of a hot (couldn’t resist the pun) new game show called Race the Devil.  He figures he can get a promotion (according to the episode’s writer Dennys J. McCoy in the special features on the DVD) to a highler level by taking the Ghostbuster’s souls, but I’m betting the initial idea was that he was just trying to gain access to Hell.  At the same time I think the writers also wanted this to be the one and only Devil as this episode fits the Devil’s archetypical "purchasing your soul" story structure.  This is the kind of concept and brave writing (for a children’s show) that I think makes the Real Ghostbusters series stand apart from a lot of other 80s cartoons (though we did see something very similar in the Wizard of Stone Mountain episode of He-Man.)

Is it weird that I was super excited about the color of today’s monster/deity?  When putting the list together one of the thoughts in the back of my mind was color, and trying to make sure that I represented the spectrum with these creatures and ghosts.  So we’ve got that orange thing covered.  I’ll be honest though, I’m not all that excited about the coat matching the face in terms of color scheme, but what-are-ya-gonna-do?   I am digging the blue hair though…


As far as the imagery goes, call him Satan, ol’ Scratch, Beelzebub, the Source of All Evil, Lucifer, Baphomet, Belial, Mephistopheles, Randall Flagg, Apollyon Satan, Clute, Diablo, Ol’ Gooseberry, or that drunk guy my mom married when I was six, the Devil is pretty much the end all be all of bad guys (well, except for maybe the Nothing from the Neverending Story.)   He’s kind of low on the list because of all his various incarnations (visually), this is one of the tamer versions.  My personal favorite on the way creepy meter is from the Christopher Lee-starring Hammer flick the Devil Rides Out, where he appears momentarily on a stump with the full on goats head and all.  C-R-E-E-P-Y, creepy.





I’m just warming up, so make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.   If you’re interested in reading up on some of the Halloween seasons past, you can check out my All Hallows Eve archive.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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31 Days of Monsters: #6, Tenctonese+Bart Simpson+Spongebob+a Block of Cheddar=Creepy!




Welcome to day six of my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown! All through October I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve. 

Today’s monster is, well, to be honest, I’m not sure what he is.  For the most part the episodes that I remember from the show are those first which aired on Saturday morning during the fall of 1986.  I do remember watching the show for years beyond, but with my insane cartoon watching schedule I think I missed out on a lot of episodes.  I’m dying to relive the entire series but my copy of the complete series just came this past Thursday and I haven’t had a chance to get to this one yet.  I want to say he’s the son in a family of monsters (aliens?) that seek out the Ghostbusters for help, but I’m not positive…

Anyway, this guy is one heck of a cheddar head, who’s one part Spongebob Squarepants, one part Timer (from those crazy PSAs during the 80s), one part Bart Simpson, and one part freaky Alien Nation-esque Newcomer (Tenctonese for the detail oriented researchers out there) weirdo…





I saw what I believe were a couple of other cels that I think are from the same episode that feature a much more sinister female version of this guy and another odd yellow fiend that looked a lot like Homer Simpson mated with a banana.  Like I said, it’s certainly got me burning to watch through the series again.   Unfortunately this cel didn’t have an accompanying pencil under-drawing, so this is a solo in the picture department today.  Aside from this poor sap’s unfortunate head, what really drew me to it was his very disturbing, skull-like teeth.  Creepy!


Hope you’re all enjoying these monsters, I know I’m enjoying posting about them.  If you do, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.  If you’re so inclined, you can also dig into my Halloween Blogging archives and read through the last few All Hallows Eve seasons…

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31 Days of Monsters: #5, Some of the ghosts that kicked off the animated series!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve. 

Today’s trio of ghosts are some of my favorite, not necessarily for their design or concept, but because they’re the protagonists in the very first episode (2nd produced) of the Real Ghostbusters, "Ghosts R Us", that aired in the initial Saturday morning run of the show during the fall of 1986.  This family of ghosts is based on a familial conceit that probably dates back to the Stone Age, though for me it recalls the Looney Tunes shorts with the three bears and Bugs Bunny playing the part of Goldilocks.  You’ve got the seriously hot-headed father, the slightly distant mother, and the doofus overgrown baby…





If I remember correctly, these three want to put the Ghostbusters out of business by opening up a rival outfit that both causes disturbances and is always on the scene first to stop it.   Though I’m not a huge fan of the visual character design, I do kind of dig the faux-50s costuming, in particular the soda jerk getup the father is wearing.   It’s a weird but nice touch, and it’s yet another example of the 50s era nostalgia that was wildly rampant all throughout the late 70s to the end of the 80s.

Below are some screen-shots from the episode in question.  The first (on the left) is what these ghosts looked like in their normal ghastly form, and then on the right is the Ghosts R Us makeovers.  Also, that second screen-shot features my actual cel/frame of animation which is pretty neat.  Now you can put the cel in the context of the overall scene…




To add to the whole 50s theme, this episode also opens with a loose homage to the I Love Lucy Show where she gets a job in a chocolate factory.  When the GBs arrive at a call it’s at a chocolate factory where all the employees look a bit like Lucy, and there’s a gag where the ghosts are making the machines spit out chocolate pieces like a torrential rain.




If you’ve been enjoying these ghosts and monster animation cels, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.  Tell ‘em Branded in the 80s sent ya!

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31 Days of Monsters: #4, Zombie Pirates are 50% nerd gold!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.   These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.  

Today’s monster evokes one-fourth of the nerd hierarchy of the most important creatures/beings on the planet, the pirate (rounded out by monkeys, ninjas, and zombies.)  Actually he’s also a skeletal, un-dead, zombie-pirate to boot.  Considering I posted a very monkey-like Yeti yesterday, I’m well on my way in working in three-fourths of the nerd-approved gold standard into this countdown.  Now, if I could only find a ninja monster/ghost I’d be set…





When I picked this one up there were a few zombie pirate themed cels to choose from, but there was something about this little guy that really jumped out at me.  Though I love his fiendish throttling of the parrot, but I also dig the slightly sardonic smirk that’s creeping into his expression.  I always dig it when animators find ways to make a skeleton’s grin malleable enough to show some emotion, something the Filmation artists did with expert glee when drawing Skeletor for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon.  This is another example, which is skewed just enough to show how much this guy loves choking that bird, but not so much as to make the jaw bone lose it’s rigid definition.




This is the skeleton of Captain Jack Higgins, the leader of the scurvy crew of zombie pirates in episode #17, Sea Fright, which made it’s debut in 1986.  As you can see from the screen capture below, my cel is missing a couple layers of proton pack blasting energy, as well as the background, but those are both a little tough to come by.  Capt. Jack is a millisecond away from being sucked into a ghost trap, and wants to make sure his parrot comes with.  If nothing else, the above cel is the clearest depiction of this scene because it’s unobstructed…




Also, in the pencil under-drawing below there is a bit of a childhood fascination of mine with the Asian text crammed into the empty spaces between the parrot and Capt. Jack annotating where no color is needed and the cel needs to remain transparent.  There’s a weird regressive wonder at work in my brain when I see other languages in print, particularly the non-romance/Latin based languages like Sanskrit, Cyrillic, or the various Asian characters.  I realize that highlights my un-traveled, slightly isolationist (if only because these written languages take on an almost runic quality to me) attitude towards other cultures, but it’s a fascination I can’t help but wear on my sleeve…





Anyway, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event.   See you guys tomorrow…

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31 Days of Monsters: #3, Bigfoot that looks more like a Yeti!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve. 

Today’s monster is one of the rarest of the Bigfoot family, the Yeti (or abominable snowman if you prefer…)  Well that’s what I thought anyway…




When I picked up this cel I hadn’t seen the episode that this big guy came from.  I’ve since rectified that (my complete Real Ghostbusters set came in the mail on the 1st), and it turns out that this is in fact a Bigfoot, though from another dimension.  I still think he looks more like a Yeti, so I’m sticking to that.

I’m partial to the more simian designs of this east-Asian crypto-zoological marvel, though I do like the various carvings and masks I’ve seen (particularly the demonic looking ones that decorate the Expedition Everest ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.)  Also, as I found out last Halloween, I love their one big on-screen monster movie success, the Peter Cushing Hammer classic the Abominable Snowman.



This monster debuted in episode #89, Camping it Up, where the gang goes on a camping trip only to stumble across some trouble.  This bigfoot somehow managed to find a portal from his alien home-world dimension to Earth via a section of limbo.  The gang has to weather through a night with this monster before helping him get back home.

As for this cel, it’s one of my favorites because the image is both detailed and it takes up so much of the cel’s surface area.   I’ve mentioned before that one of the pitfalls of collecting animation cels is that so many of what you find is visually kind of deficient.   Like the episode of the Simpson’s where Bart wants the Itchy and Scratchy cel that just has an arm in frame, typically cels, even the ones with full character illustrations on them can seem kind of anticlimactic.  This stems from the design of traditional hand-drawn animation process and the multiple layers used to get both depth, and ease of movement.  It’s always more stunning when you can find a piece that has a background sheet included, or in the case of the Yeti above, when it take up enough space that it basically looks like a scene right out of the cartoon.


Part of the detail that I love in this piece is the slobber coming off of the big guy’s mouth and teeth.  It’s another example of the process of visual design that is more or less unique to cel animation and painting in general, the concept of using color to outline and suggest shape.  You’re starting to see this concept used widely in illustration these days, as artists are moving away from traditional pen and ink towards a more digital process or at least digitally coloring (replacing parts of the black line work with colored lines to either give the perception of depth of field or just as a stylistic choice.)  It’s cool how with just some light blue paint used in outline and not filled in gives the shorthand impression of drool.





As far as the pencil under-drawing goes, I liked that the animator marked off the live are of the cel to concentrate on.  I also like the annotations on keeping the color separate on the tongue and gums, and the red ink needed for the veins in the eyes…


Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…



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31 Days of Monsters: #2, Sp-Ham-Man!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.   My wife Carrie and I disagreed of today’s placement order, but I went with her advice to put him on the not-so-scary section of the creep-o-meter.  So may I present, Spam Man!





So about that disagreement.  I have a weirdly obsessive fear/fascination with anthropomorphized food, which I’ve written about in detail before.  There’s something completely unholy about food walking around, talking, dancing and looking up at you with puppy dog eyes (or in the case of Spammy above, utter contempt.)  I know a lot of my fear stems back to the scene in Young Sherlock Holmes with the cute little puff pastries seemingly coming to life and stuffing themselves down Watson’s gullet, but I also have to wonder how much of it derives from the all but complete anonymity of how our meats are provided cut, cleaned, and prepackaged in our grocer’s meat case.   If I was forced to kill animals for my own meat consumption, I can pretty much guarantee that I’ve become a vegan in record time.   Just visiting a working dairy farm was enough to turn my wife off of meat and dairy for a year.   So my fear of food having sentience, eyes, or a mouth that could bite me back reminds me that a lot of the stuff I put in my body was living at one point.  If it were just up to me, Spam Man here would fall way far down on the "poop-in-my-pants" section of the creep-o-meter.




This guy comes from episode 109.B, Kitty-Cornered.  Slimer happens upon a witch’s lost cat that has the power to grant wishes.  He inadvertently brings all the food in the firehouse kitchen to life, which then break free of the fridge and terrorize Luis Tully (the Ghostbuster’s Accountant/friend.)  Seriously, look at that anthropomorhic foodstuff.  It’s haunting my waking thoughts, in particualr that ketchup riding the ear of corn.  HAUNTING I say.




Anyway, back to the actual cel at hand.   Again, when I picked up this beauty it came complete with a pencil under-drawing, and like yesterday’s Stay Puft, the drawing was slightly different than the finished cel which is kind of rare since the pencils are usually kept with the finished cel to act both as a protective layer between it and the other painted cels, and as possible reference later if there is an error.  What’s kind of cool about this though is that the pencil drawing provides a slightly different variation on the figure with his mouth closed and the annotation showing the movement that the character is going to be doing (in this case tapping his foot.)  These little bits of behind the scenes stuff fascinate me endlessly (about as much as I’m horrified by the idea of a walking talking hunk of ham!)





Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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