Tag Archives: 80s Animation

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 25: When Giant Mantids Attack!

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.

First of all, yes, the plural of mantis is indeed mantids, I looked it up (though mantises and mantes are also acceptable.)  Anyway, today Giant Bugs Attack!  Actually, giant bugs attack and are repelled by a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that some might remember from a little movie called Ghostbusters (which according to the cartoon is really just an unfortunately cast bio pic…)

This big green menace hails from episode 65, The Revenge of Murray the Mantis, and he might not be what you first suspected.  While preparing the celebrated cartoon character Murray the Mantis as a giant parade balloon (ala the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), there’s an unexpected twist.  The balloon is being inflated in what used to be the cities corner’s building which just happens to be dripping with death energy.  This essence du death is sucked up into the pumps and inserted into the giant cartoon blimp.  Lucky for the city, the Ghostbusters have agreed to ride along in the parade though, because halfway through this mantis-shaped blimp gets a mind of its own.  After a blast from Peter’s proton pack the balloon pops, but brings to life a 40ft tall angry mantis monster!

   

Figuring the only way to beat a huge hulking monster is with another huge hulking monster, the guys set the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man free to battle the giant mantis Godzilla-style.  It just so happens that I shared a cel of good ‘ol Stay Puft from this episode on last year’s countdown…

   

When I pickled up this cel, I also saw another cool Mantis cel that I figured was related, but it turns out it isn’t.  In fact it’s really just a thow-away scene as a cold opening to the last official Real Ghostbusters episode, #134, 20,000 Leagues Under the Street.  I figured this would be a great place to share him…

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 24: Vampire Gargoyle!

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.

Like yesterday’s creep, today’s is from episode 86, Loathe Thy Neighbor.  Though it’s only in about one and a half minutes of the episode, it’s a pretty freaky looking vampire/gargoyle…

Unfortunately, the only available cel I could get my hands on was one with his eyes closed.  Even so this is still one freaky looking monster!  It reminds me a bit of the gargoyles in the Tales From the Darkside movie, and a little bit like Man-Bat from the Batman comics…

This guy, though vengeful and kind of mean, was not the monster the Ghostbusters were hired to catch in the House they were exorcizing.  Instead he was probably a family pet that Winston ends up vaporizing.  C’est la vie.

   

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…

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 23: The Vacuum Cleaner…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.

So continuing the trend of one super goofy entry on the Monster Countdown (last year it was Mr. Ham), there was one cel that I just couldn’t pass on picking up.  Today I present the vacuum cleaner…FROM HELL!

Has anyone ever seen a cleaning apparatus that was so evil?  If my dog runs away from our Hoover like her life depended on it, how would she react to this monstrosity?  Probably a lot like Slimer here…

   

This dusting agent of doom comes from episode 86, Loathe thy Neighbor, which is sort of a take-off on the Addams Family and the Munsters with maybe a little bit of the ‘Burbs thrown in for good measure.  Basically, a family living in nowheresville New York hires the Ghostbusters to bust a haunt in their house so that they can get ready for a family reunion party.  This family, the Morbids, would do quite well living next to that creepy house on 1313 Mockingbird Lane though.  The father is a loose sketch of Gomez Addams and the mother could understudy Morticia.  The kids are equal parts cousin Marilynn and the weird hunchback uncle from the ‘Burbs.  If I’m not mistaken, I believe there is also a weird reference to Better Off Dead in the episode.  Anyone want to guess what it is?

Tomorrow’s monster is also from this episode so stay toon-ed!

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 22: You Tell ‘em I’m Coming…and HELL’s Coming with Me!

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 posse of vengeful do-gooding ghosts is none other than Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Virgil Earp!

They hail from episode 60, Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral. Wyatt and Virgil’s brother Morgan is also present, just not in the above cel.   Basically, after a goofy financier turns the ghost town of Tombstone into an amusement park on the 100th anniversary of the O.K. Corral gunfight, the ghosts of Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Mr. “I’ll be your huckleberry” Holiday come back to clean out the town of undesirables.  The Ghostbusters are called in and eventually they realize that they’ve taken the place of the McLaury’s, Clanton’s, and a Claiborne in a reenactment of the original gunfight.

Though in just looking at the one cel these gunfighters might not seem all that imposing (especially using their fingers at guns), they probably some of the more imposing and scary ghosts in the entire series.  Just knowing that these men put a lot of guys into their graves, and the simple clean way they’re rendered onscreen with their glowing lifeless eyes, it totally gives me the willies.  Actually, what’s kind of cool is that throughout most of the episode the Earp brothers and Holiday are walking around the town invisible with only their actual boots appearing in the scenes.  Sounds silly, but it’s kind of creepy…

    

There’s also a lot of great imagery and animation in this episode, one of the better ones in the series in my opinion.

   

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 21: Beware the rock demon Thons!

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 denizen of the Netherworld is none other than a Thon, one of the rock demons who guard the prison of Tholey’s Keep…

Hailing from episode 73, Egon’s Ghost, this guy is imposing, though not as quite as its master.  In the episode Egon is zapped by a monster turned into a spirit.  In an attempt to save him, the guys accidentally fully transport Egon to the Netherworld where he’s captured and imprisoned by Tholey, a pretty gnarly looking demon.  Peter, Ray and Winston have to travel to the other side in order to rescue Egon and bring him back home.

   

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 20: Victor, the creepy baby-eyed ghost…

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.

The ghosts just keep getting creepier and creepier, but this guy is just icky in a weird scary baby kind of way.  Makes sense, as this is the natural form of Victor, from episode 75, Victor the Happy Ghost, who spends most of his time as a Casper-like baby ghost…

It’s all in those big baby blues…

Of course the guys feel bad after busting Victor in the Natural History Museum, so on the urging of Janine they let him roam free in the firehouse.   All hell breaks loose and naturally Slimer is the only one to realize what’s going on.

 

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 19: Which came first, the Ghostbusters or the Real Ghostbusters?!?

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 junk-pile of a villain comes from one of my favorite 1st season episodes (#10, “Take Two”.)  The gang flies out to California to take on the role of consultants for the official Ghostbusters movie (which just happens to be the actual live action film that the cartoon is based on for all you meta fans out there.)  While the studio is getting the stages ready for filming they let loose a ghost that’s been trapped for decades, which finds a corporal body in a huge prop robot on the lot…

This guy has a major case of the insanes in those big yellow eyes!

One bit of trivia in this episode, when the guys are looking over the casting sheet, cartoon Winston reads out the major players (Akroyd, Murry, and Ramis), neglecting to mention Ernie Hudson, the actor for whom he is the counterpart.  It’s just another in a long line of examples where Hudson gets shunned in marketing and promotion for that first film.  Oh, and as far as the meta reference above, according to the cartoon universe, they came befre the movie, which is sort of a weird chicken and egg paradox…

   

You can get an idea of what the original ghost and robot prop look like above, as well as what the two of them merged typically looks lie in the episode.  The cel (top) and the screencap below have him in a much more menacing, yet foreshorten-d portrait…

 

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 18: The Mystery of Spectral Abe!

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.

So initially when I was first scanning in the monster cels for this year’s countdown, I was pretty darn excited when I took a closer look at today’s gang of spooks.  First of all, we have what can only be described as the ghost of Abe Lincoln (who ad the time of broadcast had been a specter for 6 score and 1 year.)  If a spectral Lincoln wasn’t cool enough, I noticed that there were actually two cels stapled together!  Ectoplasmic Abe was actually a correction on top of the original cel which featured a similar, yet wholly different ghost!

Before tracking down and watching the episode (#62, Deadcon 1), my hope was that I’d discovered a secret ghost that never made it to broadcast air.  I was a little suspicious of this desire though, as the pencil under drawing for the cel actually featured Ecto-Abe.   Since the correction only featured Abe alone on the cel, it didn’t make sense that he was a correction, but instead the originally intended ghost…

My question now is where are the original drawings with the secret ghost shown below (who is on the same layer as the rest of this gang in the cel and there would need to be a drawing to procel the cel.)  I suppose that the drawing I do have is a copy/tracing of the original drawing with the non-Abe ghost, as it’s possible that repainting a series of cels is more time consuming than just painting one new character to supersede the original image.  Either way, the dapper man in blue below is the main ghost at Deadcon 1 int he actual story, and the first to appear in the episode, so he’s not super secret at all.

This episode is a really fun one though, involving a spoof on Donald Trump, with the unveiling of the new Plump Towers convention center in New York.  Hosting both a dentist’s convention as well as another more mysterious event, things start getting creepy and silly pretty fast.  See Deadcon 1 is a gathering of monsters and ghosts bent on taking over the world.  The guys are called in to take care of this posthumous party, but have to find a way to do so without relying on their proton packs (so they don’t zap any dentists or cause any damage to the new building.)  The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man also makes an appearance as he’s invited to be the keynote speaker of the event…

   

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 17: Grape Ape, er, Dragon!

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 dragon-like monster is yet another mystery to me.  Again, though I swear I’ve inched my way through every episode of the Real Ghostbusters over the least year, I missed one featuring this big purple menace.  All I can say for sort-of-certain is that I believe he destroys a bridge in New York.  How very Godzilla of him…

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 16: Invading the Treehouse of Horror!

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 spooks, though not terrible scary are kind of neat in that I’m pretty darn sure they’re some sort of weird reference to the Simpsons.  They’re also linked to a monster I shared on last year’s countdown, that I’ve reposted below…

Hailing from episode 121, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, we have Foul and Peg, the parents of two precocious rag-a-muffins and a dog/tick creature that are all looking for a new place to live.  Apparently, while the Ghostbusters are on a camping trip, a supernatural real estate agent starts showing the firehouse and this nuclear family decides they’ll take the place.  They throw out all the Ghostbusters equipment and remodel the place to look like the Munster’s or Addams’ family estates and of couse, the guys return and hilarity ensures.  Well, kind of.

I was kind of bummed watching this episode because of the obvious missed opportunity.  See, instead of featuring a story about a supernatural real estate agency showing potential properties for ghosts to haunt, the writers took the gag to literally and actually had the monsters move in.  It would have been so much more interesting had it been more of a haunting that the guys were unaware of until the ghosts starting making themselves at home.  Instead we get weird squatters that let loose all the ghosts in the containment unit because they feel that they’re the real squatters.  It just comes of convoluted and werid.  Sigh.

  

Anyway, what I find the most interesting about this episode is the similarity in character design to the Simpsons.   At first I thought that this was just one hell of a coincidence and that the Ghostbusters episode was released before the Simpsons debuted, but after digging a little I noticed that this episode premiered in November of 1990.  Heck by then we’d already had our first glimpse at the Treehouse of Horror episode of the Simpsons, and by then they were practically a full blown phenomena!  There’s no way that these ghosts are just coincidentally linked to the designs of the Simpsons, but why?  I don’t get the homage or the gag.  Just weird.

Oh, and this crazy Bart monster above is named Bob (at least I believe his is, the audio was kind of garbled in the episode…)

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…

Twitter del.icio.us Reddit Slashdot Digg Google StumbleUpon