July 19, 2014

THE GHOST BUSTERS



THE GHOST BUSTERS
(CBS, September 6-December 13, 1975)

Filmation Associates



MAIN CAST:
Larry Storch – Eddie Spencer
Forrest Tucker – Jake Kong
Bob Burns – Tracy
Lou Scheimer - Zero



            Who ya gonna call? Sorry, that’s the OTHER guys.

The Ghost Busters and their dematerializer.

The Ghost Busters was a live-action series created by Marc Richards about a troupe of bumbling paranormal investigators. The show reunited F-Troop co-stars Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker as Eddie Spencer and Jake Kong (whose first name was revealed outside of the series). Their primary weapon was a dematerializer, which would send any supernatural entity they encountered back to the afterlife. 

Yes, the gorilla drives the car.

They were teamed up with Bob Burns as Tracy the gorilla. The Tracy suit was Burns’ own creation as it had always been his ambition to be a gorilla man like the kind seen in jungle movies. The original suit, dubbed Korgar, was made in 1963 by his wife Kathy with help from Don Post, Sr. A young Rick Baker, now a world-famous make-up artist, made a friendlier head for the suit when he was in his 20s when Burns began doing commercials. Tracy was also the primary driver for their car, a 1929 Whippet. Originally a taxi in Argentina, it was kept running by employees of Filmation who happened to like working on cars.




Each show would feature the Ghost Busters stopping at a convenience store to pick up a tape recording hidden within an ordinary object by their boss Zero (executive producer Lou Scheimer) outlining their next job. Borrowing a gag from the original Mission:Impossible TV series, the tape would self-destruct after the instructions were given. However, they would never get rid of it in time and it would always explode in Tracy’s face. 13 of those sequences were filmed all at once to make full use of the location, Lechler’s Grocery and Hardware Store in Piru, California, and save on the budget. They would then head to the same castle set where they would engage the offending spirits after a series of chases and pratfalls. Many of the spooks were figures from popular culture or famous literature. The entire series was shot over the course of nine weeks.

CBS Saturday morning line-up ad for the 1975-76 season.

The series only lasted a single season of 15 episodes when it was decided by Filmation to put the money for a second season into the higher-rated Shazam/Isis Hour. Regardless, it managed to secure a loyal legion of fans that call themselves “Go-ers” after the catchphrase “Let’s go, Ghost Busters!” CBS also loved the show and continued to run it in reruns for an additional year.
 
The second, and better-known, Ghostbusters.

In 1983, Columbia Pictures was making a movie called Ghostbusters conceived and co-written by Dan Aykroyd. Upon discovering the existence of the Filmation show in the middle of production, Columbia rushed to secure the rights to the name for their movie. Filmation licensed out the use of the name. When the movie succeeded the following year and Columbia was considering an animated spin-off, Filmation attempted to take on the job, going so far as to produce initial design work for it. Columbia passed and Scheimer went on to develop an animated sequel to The Ghost Busters. 


The next generation: Prime Evil, Scared Stiff, Futura, Jake, Tracy, Belfry, Eddie, Jessica and Madam Why.

GhostBusters debuted in 1986, the same year as Columbia’s DiC-produced series The Real Ghostbusters, featuring Eddie Jr. (Peter Cullen) and Jake Jr. (Pat Fraley), the sons of the originals, working with Tracy (Scheimer) and other friends against the sinister Prime Evil (Alan Oppenheimer) and his horde of ghosts. The cartoon ran for a single syndicated season of 65 episodes, spawning a toy line and a four-issue comic series by First Comics.


EPISODE GUIDE:
“The Maltese Monkey” (9/6/75) – The Ghost Busters have to stop the Fat Man and Rabbit from summoning the ghost of gangster Big Al Caesar before they steal the stuff dreams are made of.

“Dr. Whatshisname” (9/13/75) – Dr. Frankenstein is back and wants Eddie’s brain to transplant into his monster.

“The Canterville Ghost” (9/20/75) – The Ghost Busters have to remove the cowardly ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville while the master criminal Mr. C seeks the priceless diamond he wears.

“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” (9/27/75) – Seeking to remove the werewolf’s curse from Harry Albert, fortuneteller Sophia looks to steal the amulet Eddie recently found.

“The Flying Dutchman” (10/4/75) – The captain of the Flying Dutchman is looking for a new crew, and one of the Ghost Busters is perfect for the job.

“The Dummy’s Revenge” (10/11/75) – The Ghost Busters are targeted by the Phantom of Vaudeville and his dummy after they’re mistaken for three vaudevillians who wronged them.

“A Worthless Gauze” (10/18/75) – Looking for the secret of immortality pits the Ghost Busters against Egyptian Queen Forah and her mummy.

“Which Witch is Which?” (10/25/75) – A witch comes for Eddie for revenge against his ancestor, a spell-dissolver who brought ruin to witches in Salem.

“They Went Thataway” (11/1/75) – The Ghost Busters disguise themselves as cowboys in order to infiltrate the new gang Billy the Kid and Belle Star are rounding up.

“The Vampire’s Apprentice” (11/8/75) – The Ghost Busters take on Count and Countess Dracula.

“Jekyll & Hyde: Together, for the First Time!” (11/15/75) – Dr. Jekyll’s ghost seeks to use Eddie in order to rid himself of Mr. Hyde.

“Only Ghosts Have Wings” (11/22/75) – The Red Baron and Sparky return to engage their enemies, whom the Ghost Busters happen to resemble.

“The Vikings Have Landed” (11/29/75) – Erik the Red and Brunhilda challenge Lothar the Hun for the claim of their discovery of America.

“Merlin the Magician” (12/6/75) – The Ghost Busters must defend Merlin from his nemesis Morgan le Fey.

“The Abominable Snowman” (12/13/75) – Dr. Centigrade wants to put a warm-blooded heart into the Abominable Snowman and chooses Eddie’s.

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