Category Archives: Halloween 2010

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 12: Oh no, It’s Count Von Blookenvooten!

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.

Dipping into yet another really cool episode, today’s shade-like monster is non other than Count Von Blookenvooten, from episode 127, “My Left Fang”!

What I really dug about this episode was the Benny Hill-esque humor and chase sequences, it’s what this cartoon does well when it’s at its best.  Basically, the guys are called to a weird down in Transylvania where for once they’re not trying to capture spooks, but find some missing ones.  The weird inhabitants of this village are worried because all their ghosts have been disappearing.  Turns out that one of the town’s ex-residents, is back from the spirit world, the vampire Count Von Blookenvooten.   Along with his cross-dressing igor, and his very German manly maid, the Count is feeding on the ectoplasm of local spirits in order to regain his corporeal form.  Thing is, he only needs one more ghost, and Slimer might just be that victim!

 

Adding to the zaniness, there’s a sequence involving a support group for spooks that have lost their ectoplasmic goop!  How weird!

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 11: The Ghostbusters need to get Back to the Future!

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.

Today’s ghost was sort of inconsequential in the episode that he appeared (# 111A, “It’s About Time”), but he’s still rather imposing, especially when you consider that he’s about 30 feet tall…

Though he doesn’t appear for long, he does have the distinction of being caught with a rather archaic set up.  The guys end up getting zapped back in time 30 years to the late 50s (well 30 years at the time this episode was released that is.)  With none of their equipment except a single trap, they align themselves with the firefighters that originally lived and worked out of what would eventually become the Ghostbusters’ firehouse to battle a city full of spooks that they mistaken brought back through time with them.  Using fire-hoses instead of proton packs they end up keeping this big red guy at bay until they can power the trap with the fire-truck’s generator.

   

Considering the quality of the Real Ghostbusters DVDs, the above cel might be the clearest anyone has seen this guy since the episode originally aired on television!

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 10: Zombie Thug

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.

When I originally picked up today’s monster I thought that he was some sort of brutish zombie.  Turns out that he’s really just an imposing looking strong man lackey for the really creepy bony slug I discussed on last year’s countdown (from episode 108A, “Trading Faces”.)

Honestly, this guy really isn’t in the episode long enough to give any sort of impression but big and dumb.  I still like his sewn-shut zombie mouth grimace though.  If there’s one thing I can about this cel and episode is that it’s an example of how much the quality of the episode can change, even within a single sequence.  This guy’s design shifts more times than I ever thought possible.  He appears close to the end of the Real Ghostbusters run, so maybe quality control was the last thing on their minds…

 

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 9: Designated Hitter from Hell!

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.

For a little bit of wackiness on a Saturday, I thought it would be fun to focus on one of the weirder episodes of the Real Ghostbusters.  Today’s monster is the designated hitter playing for the side of evil in episode 21, Night Game…

Did you ever notice that when you’d watch a cartoon in syndication it seemed like you saw the same episode over and over again?  Night Game was that episode of the Real Ghostbusters for me.  As a kid I hated the whole baseball theme of the one, but as an adult I think I can appreciate more of what the writer was trying to.  The story revolves around the ongoing battle of good vs. evil, where in intervals, the spirits from both sides rise up and physically fight it out on the same patch of land.  That area just happens to be a baseball diamond for a farm league team that Winston is quite fond of and it just so happens that he noticed some weird phenomena on the eve of the coming battle.

He tries to get the rest of the gang to go out and investigate, but they back out, so Winston goes solo to try and discover what’s going on.  In doing so he gets drafted onto the side of good in a battle that takes the form of a baseball game because of the current environment with the sides fighting for the right to claim one soul for their side.  Little does Winston know that, that soul is his own…

 

Getting back to this evil spook, I really dug this cel because of the colors, but also because I love a monster with a good amount of drool hanging from his sharp choppers.  I also think that’s one heck of a formidable bat he’s swinging too.  And don’t get an thoughts about trying to walk this guy with an intentional beaning, because he’ll totally eat that ball and spit it right back out at you!

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 8: The Grundel!

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.

To kick off the second official week of the countdown I thought I’d share one of my favorite villains from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, episode 90 “The Grundel”!

Though he might not be terrible scary upon first inspection, this creep has got some dastardly evil up his trench coat sleeves.  Grundels are like an infection, kidnappers of all that’s good about youth, both literally and metaphorically.  They feed on the angst and anger of young children, seducing them with the freedom to do whatever they want in exchange for their souls…

After possessing a child, they’ll stick close like a shadow and compel them to do bad things, tightening their grasp until the child starts to physically change into a Grundel themselves.  At this point the child will be asked to turn another child, like an infection spreading evil through the population!

   

This episode has some great animation in it as well as some references to Alice in Wonderland that are fun…

   

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 7: Mayan Dragon Demon!

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.

Today’s creep is one of my wife’s favorites from this year’s batch of monsters, a Mayan demon dragon from episode 131, The Treasure of Sierra Tamale…

In this episode Peter’s father makes a surprise visit to the gang, eyes wide with the lust for treasure hunting in Mexico.  He tries to convince the gang to follow him, but only Ray gets bitten by the adventure bug, and the two don their jungle gear in search of a Mayan temple full of loot.  Of course when they get there, they’re confronted by a slew of dragon demons, and of course the rest of the gang has to come and bail them out.

   

All in all, though the episode is pretty run of the mill in terms of story, there are some really cool Mayan-influenced backgrounds, and the design on this dragon demon is pretty cool.  I’m more used to typical fantasy and Asian interpretations of dragons, so it was cool to see something a little different.

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 6: I dream of Genie…

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.

Today’s ghoulish entry in the countdown is sort of a mystery to me.  He’s one of a couple of spooks that I didn’t locate in an episode in time for the list this year, so I’m not sure where he appeared and under what circumstances…

I can say that the main reason that picked him up was because the artwork in the cel really appealed to me.  There’s just something clean and simple about the line work, and the pale green that aesthetically hits me in just the right spot.  This guy sort of looks Asian to me, like a Yurei (a Japanese ghost), or maybe some sort of Middle Eastern genie…

Anyway, come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 5: Geraldo, eat your heart out!

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.

Today’s specter is none other than the ghost of Al Capone, from episode 107, Live! From Al Capone’s Tomb, which first aired in syndication back in 1989…

This episode was a parody of the spectacular failure and so-bad-it-was-hilarious 1986 Geraldo Rivera special, the Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault, where the “investigative” journalist opened up what he believed to be a treasure trove of secret Al Capone mobster-y goodness.  Instead all he found was a stop sign and a couple empty bottles of gin.  Oh and he discovered a heaping helping of humiliation.

In this Real Ghostbusters episode, Peter decides to book the guys for a special television event to watch Al Capone rise from his grave live before the broadcast audience (which he supossedly does once every 10 years.)  They’d then capture him as a publicity/advertising stunt for the Ghostbsuters, though the “Al Capone” they intended to catch was really just Louis in a costume.  Not taking their yuk yuks lightly, the actual spirit of Capone gets pissed and zaps all four Ghostbusters to the spectral realm so that he can dish out some payback with a baseball bat (ala DeNiro’s scenes in the Untouchables.)

Honestly, this episode is probably in the running for some of the worst animation of the series, but I still kind of dig the idea of a 30-foot tall Capone ghost wreaking havoc on the guys.  I really dig the cel because I also got most of Ecto-2 in the frame as well.  One interesting thing that I noticed is that the guy/gal who painted the cel didn’t follow the pencils very closely when it came to shadowing the figure.   Granted, it’s less than a second of actual screen time, but I always love a well rendered cel, in particular one that is well shadowed.  Bummer.

 

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 4: Pimpin’, I mean, Collectin’ Ain’t Easy!

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.

Today’s monster comes from one of my favorite episodes, #99 The Brooklyn Triangle.  This guy is an ancient imprisoned cleric known as the Collector.  Trapped in an alternate universe where all lost objects are held, the Collector has been looking for the key to his prison for millennia.

Aside from a heartwarming story that introduces the audience to Winston’s Dad, what I really love about this episode and this cel is the exquisite animation that seriously borders on the work Rankin/Bass did with the Hobbit and Last Unicorn cartoons.  For a series that has its animation ups and downs, this is hands down one of the best animated episodes.  I also love the character design on the Collector, which is sort of s hodge podge that reflects his hording nature.  He sort of gives of a weird pimp vibe, as well…

 

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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 3: Creepy Pink Lips!

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.

Today’s monster is a pretty ugly spud (no ofense to Slimer!)  He’s actually a spirtually possesed toy come to life, and one of the henchmen of the trapped ruler of Toyland (a cartoon dimension full of toys.)  He was a capitol U-ugly samurai toy, so I’m not sure where the bat-like features and huge pink lips came into the design process.  Anyway, the episode is number 126, Busters in Toyland.  When I first saw this cel and his creepy big pink lips, I just had to have him…

This particular scene is straight after he eats a metric ton of food, so even though he naturally has crazy lips, they usually aren;t quite as engorged and creepy…

 

You can see in the screenshot to the left what the ghost originally looked like (he’s on the far right), as well as the original toy…

Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite 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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