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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…

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Return of the 31 Days of Monsters: A Quick look back at the first half of the 2010 Countdown!

We’re roughly halfway through the countdown this year, so I thought I’d take a second to pause today and take a look back at the first fifteen monsters and cels…

     

     

     

     

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

Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 15: The Answer Lies with Kishar!

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 did anyone guess what episode yesterday’s monster was from? Today we have his brother in arms Kishar!

These two guys hail from episode 122, Very Beast Friends.  Immortal giant monsters who love to hate each other and have been battling for millennia, Ansar and Kishar are searching for a way to finally destroy each other once and for all.  When they get the idea to inhabit the bodies of two mortal human beings, Ray and Peter get sucked into the fight.  When ever the two guys get testy with each other they literally transform into 40-foot monsters from hell, scratching and clawing it out to the death and it’s up to Winston, Egon and Slimer to calm them down long enough to find a solution…

   

I really dug the concept behind this episode, and it was a nice way to work in some Godzilla-esque beasties.  Along with Monster Egon from last year’s countdown, I now have an almost complete set of “Ghostbuster Monsters”.  Did Winston ever fully wolf out in an episode?  I know there’s one with Janine getting possessed, though I haven’t tracked down a cel yet…

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 14: The Ansar Mystery…

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 today’s beasty is actually the first of a two-part duo.  I’m going to play the mysterious host and just say that this guy’s name is Ansar…

He might look familiar, but a bit hard to place.   Let me give you a hint, look for a clue in his hair…

Come back tomorrow for the reveal of this guy’s backstory, as well as his other half when I reveal another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel!

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 13: Karro Zans…

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 ghosty is none other than Karro Zans, a tricker from the other side that is looking to bring over a horde of spirits in the mortal world…

He pops up in episode 123, Ghostworld, in which he cleverly disguises himself as Carl Sans, the owner/operator of the newest theme park in upstate New York called simply enough, Ghostworld.  In order to get his spectral friends from the “other side” to the mortal realm he has to find enough vessels, bodies of humans so they can be possessed and used as transportation.  To do this he tricks the Ghostbusters into coming to the park, possesses them, and then uses their bodies as goodwill ambassadors to lure the unsuspecting public into the park.   Dastardly!

   

Though he’s not terribly fiendish looking in the cel I procured, he is one heck of a scary monster (as seen in the below screenshot to the left.)  Ghostworld is another example of an episode with some decent to great animation, though the episode does have its ups and downs.

   

There were a couple of other cool aspects to this episode.  For one, we’re introduced to Egon’s mother.  Also, the theme park actually has some pretty great stuff in it, like a ferry boat constructed of a giant insect that’s pretty darn cool.  One of the rides even manages to predict the overall concept behind one of my favorite Disney theme park attractions as well, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.   The zapper guns (above) even look strikingly similar to the ones eventually built for the Disney ride

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 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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