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31 Days of Monsters: #21, The 1st demon, Hob Anagarak!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  We’re closing out the third week and it’s really been a blast so far.  For those of you who are just coming to this Halloween blogging event here at Branded in the 80s, 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 a favorite amongst fans of the Real Ghostbusters.  Its name is Hob Anagarak and he hails from episode 52, "Cold Cash and Hot Water".  According to Inuit legend, this beast is the 1st demon sent to watch over a pre-human fledgling Earth.  Eventually he was magically frozen in an obelisk-esque block of lack ice and was lost in the frozen tundra of Alaska.  Peter Venkman’s father ends up finding him, and all Carl Denham-like (from King Kong), he brings the frozen monster to New York and then stupidly sets him free…





All I know for certain is that after taking a look at those massive
claws, those glowing yellow eyes, and that incredibly long purple
tongue jutting out of that mouth full of razor shard teeth and I was a
bit frightened.  Add to this the fiery red glare emanating off of him,
and it just makes for a creepy image.  I wish I could get a better look at this guy…




Even in the episode this guy ends up blending into the background, so these cels are probably some of the clearest images available of the demon.  I found a slightly different view of this crazy beast.  Just look at those tusk fangs!   Sheesh.  This guy is freaky.




Also, for any of you Real Ghostbusters fans out there that haven’t picked up any of the new DVDs, I’ve decided to give away a copy of the Volume 1 Steelbook edition of the show!  There are only 10 days left to enter the contest, so get cracking.



This 5-disc set contains the first 25 episodes of the series (including the 1st thirteen episode Saturday Morning run) as well as some fun special features.  So what do you have to do to win this beauty?  All you have to do is send me an e-mail (or click on the Creature From the Black Lagoon monster in the sidebar) and make sure to include the following:

-Please put "The Real Ghostbusters Contest" in the subject line.
-List your favorite monster/ghost/creature from the series.
-Include your name.

The deadline for entries is October 31st at Midnight eastern standard time.  I’ll be drawing a winner at random from the e-mails, and will respond to the winner via e-mail on November 1st.  Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the 31 Days of Monsters countdown and the contest, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck)!

If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the orange 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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31 Days of Monsters: #20, Dracula or a Man-Bat!




It’s beginning to feel a lot like…Day 20…here at 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.


So, how do you follow up a really big purple and green spider monster?  Why with something that would eat said spider monster as a snack, namely this freakishly creepy bat monster of course!





Whereas I have a huge phobia of spiders, I was never really all that bothered by bats.   In my eyes they fall more into the cool section of the animal kingdom what with their natural use of sonar, their keen fashion sense (read, neat looking wings) and their hanging front one foot sleeping arrangements.   I know a lot of folks get easily freaked out by bats, most likely because of the fear of rabies, but I think they get a bad rep most of the time.  This guy here though, he might deserve it…





As far as bat monsters go, I’m really fond of the whole man-bat sort of creatures, particularly with examples like the Man-Bat on the Batman: the Animated Series and the scenes with Gary Oldman as the monster bat in Coppola’s version of Dracula.   There’s also a great, though quick, shot of Dracula as a man-bat in the Monster Squad that I’ve always loved.  There is a bit of an identification dilemma with this guy though.  In this episode of the Real Ghostbusters (epi. 91, "Translyvanian Homesick Blues") there is a character, a vampire, named Count Volstock who morphs into a creature like this.  But there are also holographic (but none the less scary) man-bats that are huge and take this form as well…



I couldn’t find either of these exact cels, so I’m not sure if this is Volstock or the man-bats.  Also, I would have loved it of I’d managed to find a cel where the eyes of the bat were translucent red (for the neat backlit effect in the screencap above.)  Maybe one day.  Also, I really dug that the character designers worked a little bit of Christopher Lee into old Volstock.  Just a nice touch…

If you’re enjoying these daily Real Ghostbusters monster posts, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment and tell a friend about the 31 Days of Monsters.  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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31 Days of Monsters: #19, Eww, just ew…




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  I can’t believe it’s already day 19.  Well, as I’ve been saying, 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.


So what’s more frightening than a 8 legged brown hairy spider crawling on the wall next to you while you watch TV?  How about a half ton purple and green spider with 10 appendages (two of which end in tiny pinching crab claws)…





I hate spiders.  I mean I REALLY hate spiders.  Hates them so.  I think the day I run across a brown recluse I’m going to stroke out on the spot.  To make matters worse, we’ve been getting these super creepy red spiders in the apartment lately that have slick hard bodies (my wife loved me enough to describe the crunching sound it makes when you kill one with a tissue), and honestly that was one of my worst nightmares.  Red spiders means that I’ll almost always be able to pick them out when they’re slinking around as we have beige carpeting and white walls.  At least some of the lighter brown ones blend in.  Out of sight, out of mind you know.   Anyway, I always hate having to sit through giant spider scenes in flicks like Return of the King or the MistArachnophobia and Kingdom of the Spiders, for some reason, I can handle.





Once again, if you’re enjoying these daily Real Ghostbusters monster posts, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment and tell a friend about the 31 Days of Monsters.  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…

31 Days of Monsters: #18, Inside-out Rat thing!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  We’re up to Day 18.  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 we’ve got an ugly little bugger.  It’s looks like a rat that was turned inside out.   I guess I’ll call him Pinky.





When I received this one in the mail I was surprised to find that it was a heavily corrected cel.   So much so that there was a copy of the original line work on a second layer that was colored correctly.  It took a bit of work to separate the two layers as the pink paint on the back of the top layer had adhered to the layer beneath, but after I worked them apart I was treated to an alternate color scheme.  The much more muted and realistic red-brown is kind of creepy.  I wonder if that was the reason it was changed to a day-glo pink, or if it was just a mistake…




This guy hails from episode #50, "Lost & Foundry".  He was spooking up a metal processing plant and he ends up having his ions dispersed into a batch of molten metal.  Of course he ends up getting processed into items that end up in the Ghostbuster’s firehouse and he eventually forms into a gigantic metal specter/creature.  In the episode he moves pretty quickly so there aren’t a lot of great shots where you really get a chance to see him in detail, which is another nice aspect of collecting cels like this.







Once again, if you’re enjoying these daily Real Ghostbusters monster posts, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment and tell a friend about the 31 Days of Monsters.  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…

31 Days of Monsters: #17, Just a Thug (a Mutant Thug)!




Well, it’s day 13 of my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown and I haven’t been slowing down at all (which is nice considering how grueling this posting schedule was in years past.)  Like I’ve mentioned about two hundred thousand times so far, 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 pretty straight forward, the Mutant Ghost Thug. Complete with tipped forward bowler, wife-beater shirt, and hitched up waders, this guy looks like he could knock your head off just as soon as look at you (with all four of his beady yellow eyes…)




In the episode, #104 "Partners in Slime", this guy is an example of the muscle utilized by a mob boss ghost named Poso.  What kind of struck me while watching it was how off the mark the series was starting to get around this time.  At this point ghosts are trying to take down the Ghostbusters left and right, and there’s no rhyme or reason to the styling of the characters.  Why a mob boss?  Why not I guess, as it doesn’t do anything for the story.  Also, when I first saw this cel, I expected the voice to come out of this guy would be really imposing.  In reality he ended up in the very whiney annoying kind of range.  I still love his design though…



He’s just a pretty imposing yet simple figure.  The one aspect that I really dig is the pencil under-drawing, which is just rendered so well.  I’m not sure if this was a favorite of the animator, or if he was just in the zone that day, but the line work looks so fluid and perfect.  It doesn’t feel rushed like so many of these drawings tend to (knowing the time crunch these studios were under to turn around 65 hand-drawn and painted episodes in under a year.)  This is one I’m going to consider framing when I get the time.




Also, for any of you Real Ghostbusters fans out there that haven’t picked up any of the new DVDs, I’ve decided to give away a copy of the Volume 1 Steelbook edition of the show!



This 5-disc set contains the first 25 episodes of the series (including the 1st thirteen episode Saturday Morning run) as well as some fun special features.  So what do you have to do to win this beauty?  All you have to do is send me an e-mail (or click on the Creature From the Black Lagoon monster in the sidebar) and make sure to include the following:

-Please put "The Real Ghostbusters Contest" in the subject line.
-List your favorite monster/ghost/creature from the series.
-Include your name.

The deadline for entries is October 31st at Midnight eastern standard time.  I’ll be drawing a winner at random from the e-mails, and will respond to the winner via e-mail on November 1st.  Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the 31 Days of Monsters countdown and the contest, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck)!


Once again, if you’re enjoying these daily Real Ghostbusters monster posts, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment and tell a friend about the 31 Days of Monsters.   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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31 Days of Monsters: #16, Mr. Sandman, leave my dreams be!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown, day 16!  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 more infamous in the Real Ghostbusters cannon, the Sandman…





For me, it’s not the visuals that make this character so frightening; it’s a mixture of his power (being able to put you to sleep and making your nightmares a walking reality for others) and his super eerie voice.   Click here, or on his ugly mug below to hear him go on a diatribe…





The idea that my unconscious fears would both be revealed to others while I slept, and find their way into reality is just bone chilling to me.  We all have our secret secrets, and there’s a reason we keep them hidden so deep that only your subconscious dwells on them.  That’s one of the things I hate about nightmares, it’s not confronting these demons as much as this weird feeling that while I’m fighting them in my sleep others can see them.   If my friends and family worm their way into m dreams it’s like they’re really there and when I wake those people will have a memory of my dream.   It’s like a shared experience, at least for me in my own head and it makes it hard to look some of these people in the eye afterward.  The Sandman has domain over this realm and the idea that he could pry open your mind and makes this dark stuff slither out is just plain scary.





Luckily for me this is only a cartoon.  It’s only a cartoon, It’s only a cartoon…


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: A Halfway Countdown Recap and a Contest!




Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  This is just a quick post to recap the first half of this year’s countdown (including the #0 cel I posted towards the end of September.)  I can’t wait to get to the next 16 monsters!


   


   


   


   

Also, for any of you Real Ghostbusters fans out there that haven’t picked up any of the new DVDs, I’ve decided to give away a copy of the Volume 1 Steelbook edition of the show!



This 5-disc set contains the first 25 episodes of the series (including the 1st thirteen episode Saturday Morning run) as well as some fun special features.  So what do you have to do to win this beauty?  All you have to do is send me an e-mail (or click on the Creature From the Black Lagoon monster in the sidebar) and make sure to include the following:

-Please put "The Real Ghostbusters Contest" in the subject line.
-List your favorite monster/ghost/creature from the series.
-Include your name.

The deadline for entries is October 31st at Midnight eastern standard time.  I’ll be drawing a winner at random from the e-mails, and will respond to the winner via e-mail on November 1st.  Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the 31 Days of Monsters countdown and the contest, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck)!


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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31 Days of Monsters: #15, Minotaur!




We’re all the way up to the halfway point of the 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 is a Minotaur/animal Spirit from episode #80, "It’s a Jungle Out There".  This guy ends up making a bunch of animals throughout New York super intelligent…





Minotaurs are already sort of imposing and scary, but this guy takes the cake in that department.  Just look at all those extra tusks & horns (not to mention that sharp set of choppers he’s sporting!)  What’s kind of weird is that while watching the episode I was really getting freaked out by the clopping of his hooves.  Don’t know why exactly, but it just got to me.




I think to offset the creepy factor of this monster, the writers decided to add a bit of levity in the episode by introducing Egon’s patented rocket roller skates. 



Also, to get a flavor of what some of the super intelligent animal imagery was like, check out these cels (from last year’s countdown.)  I had assumed that the ape, deer, and hippo were standing in front of the fall out from an explosion, but it turns out it was just the exhaust from the Ecto-1′s tail pipe.





Once again, if you’re enjoying these daily Real Ghostbusters monster posts, make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment and tell a friend about the 31 Days of Monsters.  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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31 Days of Monsters: #13, Sewer Rats Redux!




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 set of sewer rat monsters is sort of a repeat from last year’s countdown.   These were actually the cels that got me excited enough to try and compile a whole month’s worth of Real Ghostbusters monsters for this years countdown, so I figured they deserved to be on the list.  Also, I didn’t have a whole lot to say last year…





Looking back at these, I have to wonder if huge sharp teeth were the writer/character designer’s ace in the hole in terms of bringing really creepy imagery into the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.   In preparation for this month’s countdown I watched a bunch of episodes and quickly scanned through the rest to try and get an overview of what the various monsters, ghosts, and creepazoids looked like as I hadn’t sat down and watched this show in years. 

The more I watched the more I realized that even though there are a lot of scary aspects to the show, a lot of the imagery was more on the tame side of things. I mean it is a cartoon aimed at kids after all, but there are some interesting ghostly concepts that were in the movies that didn’t make it into the show.  Take for instance the initial library ghost.   Whereas her spectral visage was pretty intimidating in and of itself, her transformation into a wailing banshee with sunken eyes and whipping hair was terrifying for the few seconds it appeared on screen.  This sort of thing probably didn’t work for the network censors.


But time and again, while scanning through the episodes, I kept noticing that on the creatures that the writers really wanted to come across as terrifying there would almost always be a mouthful of gnarly sharp teeth.  I mean, I’m assuming that as long as these teeth weren’t used to actually visually render a background character limb from limb, then it was probably kosher to stick them on a creature.  Teeth in an of themselves aren’t really weapons per-se, we’ve all got ‘em (to one extent or another.)  Anyway, these overgrown subway/sewer rats use this idea in spades…





Here’s a bit I wrote last year about the pencils…


"As for interesting aspects to this first cel, I really dig the pencil under drawing that I scored with it.  I’m not sure if the under drawing is hinting at the next drawing (which I suspect), or referencing the previous drawing and cel, but I love the alternate view of the creatures with their sharp-toothed mouths all agape.  The creatures sure seem a heck of a lot more fierce that way to boot."


Again, I love getting a glimpse into the process like this.








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…

31 Days of Monsters: #12, Road Warrior Troll!




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 I present one of my favorite monsters from the series, the King Troll from from the 5th, first season episode, "Troll Bridge"…





Besides the fact that this is one of the episodes that I remember watching back in the 80s, it’s also one of the few cels that I’ve managed to pick up that feature the Ecto-1…





As for the King Troll, I really dig the character design.   He’s imposing and weirdly satyr-like with his legs resembling a goat’s…





Also, the writers/design artists on the series took inspiration for a weird source when it came to the trolls in this episode.  They drew from Road Warrior imagery, a sort of rag-tag group that’s scrounged pots and pans as armor and they’ve constructed vehicles that look a lot like the stuff in that George Miller film.  You can see the design of the two main villains from Road Warrior in the King Troll as well…








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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