Category Archives: Halloween 2010

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 2: Mr. Winchester Wolf!

For all of those joining me for the first time, welcome to the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown here at Branded in the 80s!  I had a blast last year, so again I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon. All of these monsters come straight from my vintage animation cel collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary (sort of cartoon-y) to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.

Today’s monster is only a monster in the most technical sense as he was a supernatural villain in the cartoon.  In reality he’s more literally a cartoon character brought to life in a very Cool World-esque episode of the Real Ghostbusters titled “Who’re You Calling Two-Dimensional” (episode #25 to be exact.)

Winchester Wolf is one of the creations of Walt Fleischer, a legendary cartoonist in the universe of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon who mysteriously disappeared at the height of his popularity.  The cartoonist is a combined homage to both Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, though he has much more in common with the work of Fleischer.  In the episode the Ghostbusters are called out to the legendary animation studio (which resembles Disney World minus the rides) to investigate some spooky noises coming out of Fleischer’s old haunt (pardon the pun.)  The guys are then sucked into a vortex and dropped into a “cartoon” world (how meta) of falling anvils, scheming anthropomorphized talking animals, and insane drops from precarious cliffs…

The world is ruled by Winchester Wolf, a disgruntled cartoon character villain with a bone to pick with Walt Fleischer.   He kidnapped the cartoonist and has been torturing him with the same various dastardly cartoon clichés that were inflicted upon him by the cartoonist.  The Ghostbusters end up teaming up with some of Fleischer’s more heroic creations in order to free the cartoonist and to escape the world.

 

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorites on Halloween day!

Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters countdown, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck, and I’m on the Facebook as well.)   If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the banner with King Kong), as well as heading on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 1: the Disgruntled Pooch!

For all of those joining me for the first time, welcome to the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown here at Branded in the 80s!  I had a blast last year, so again I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  All of these monsters come straight from my vintage animation cel 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.

I thought I’d start off this year’s countdown with one of my favorite new acquisitions (animation cel-wise.)  This double crossing pooch comes from episode 80, “It’s a Jungle Out There”…

Basically the episode revolves around an escaped ancient animal spirit that takes the form of a minotaur that has the ability to anthropomorphize animals imbuing them with more human characteristics so that they can rise up against their human oppressors.  This evil stray mutt was actually the first victim of the spirit who coincidentally showed up at the Ghostbuster’s firehouse headquarters at the same time that the gang is watching an episode of Lassie and talking about getting a dog for the place.  Slimer and Janine hear him scratching at the door and the group decide to take him in.

Of course, within moments he’s butting heads with Slimer, stealing his Scooby Doo-sized sandwich, and threatening Peter with physical violence (then again who wouldn’t!)

 

I really dig this cel because it features a “villain” swiping a proton pack, and I also love the sort of 4th-wall-breaking aspect to the pose. Besides, it’s a dog with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.  How often do we see that?

Come back each day this month for another Real Ghostbusters monster, ghost, or creep!

Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters countdown, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck, and I’m on the Facebook as well.) If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the banner with King Kong), as well as heading on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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