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Extreme Ghostbusters
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Created by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Developed by Adelaide
Starring Maurice LaMarche
Pat Musick
Rino Romano
Tara Strong
Alfonso Ribeiro
Jason Marsden
Billy West
Season Run 40
Original channel Syndicated(BKN)
Original run September 1, 1997 –
December 8, 1997

Extreme Ghostbusters is an animated television series and a follow-up to the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. It is a part of the Ghostbusters Animated Timeline Canon. The series originally aired in the fall of 1997, and features a team of younger university-level Ghostbusters who are led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. The series only ran 40 episodes, but brought many new fans to the Ghostbusters Franchise.

PlotEdit

Years after the events of The Real Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler was the only Ghostbuster who still lived at the Firehouse. After seeing the paranormal events spike after years of no activity, Egon was forced to recruit a new team of Ghostbusters from his class at the college. The new Extreme Ghostbusters team were: Eduardo Rivera, Garrett Miller, Kylie Griffin, and Roland Jackson. Egon trained them on how the equipment worked and how to use it to battle the new ghosts that plagued New York. This new crew battled seemingly more powerful ghosts. Janine also returned as the secretary and Slimer remained at the firehouse as Egon's pet.

Season Guide & Episode GuideEdit

Main CharactersEdit

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The four core Extreme Ghostbusters members

  • Garrett Miller (voiced by Jason Marsden) was sports nut of the group and possessed great athletic abilities. He was born disabled and was in a wheelchair.
  • Kylie Griffin (voiced by Tara Strong) was a great knowledge in the paranormal and is an expert on the occult. Unlike the other Ghostbusters, she uses a custom proton pistol and carries the ghost trap on her back.
  • Slimer (voiced by Billy West) was the a pet like and often speaks in unintelligible gibberish.

For the full list of characters go Here .

EquipmentEdit

VehiclesEdit

LocationsEdit

Recurring ThemesEdit

One notable recurring theme is that whenever a ghost has done something, when they are trapped or destroyed, everything they did is undone. Here are some examples:

  • The demon Gu Mo steals people's bones, but after he is trapped, his victims have their bones back.
  • Lotan destroys all technology in his presence. After he is destroyed, all technology he damaged works again.
  • The Vampire Clowns ate a lot of people and transformed Eduardo into one of them. After all of them were captured, Eduardo returned to normal and all of their devoured victims reappeared.

Another recurring theme is the romantic interest that a number of the main characters have for each other.

Such as Eduardo and fellow ghostbuster Kylie's ongoing love-hate relationship, where throughout the series they constantly have bickering sometimes heated arguments with each other but have also been shown to be the most concerned for each other. For example Eduardo is often the most distressed when something happens to Kylie, often being the one who saves her from life threatening situations and their occasional subconscious flirtations with each other.

Another example is Janine's near obsessive affection for Egon, with Janine often making advances on him in vain as Egon is often completely oblivious to Janine's feelings for him and even to his own feelings for her.

DevelopmentEdit

In early drafts for the show, Garrett's name was Lucas and Eduardo had a dream of entering the Olympics. In addition to Slimer serving as the comic relief, there was originally going to be a new pet ghost of the Ghostbusters named Gnat, possibly a new friend or rival of Slimer. Gnat was probably removed from the final version of the show because it was decided that one ghost serving as comic relief was enough. Though not much else is known about what the Extreme Ghostbusters show was originally planned to be, it is possible that there were many other characters and elements that didn't make the final cut.[1]

Home Movie ReleasesEdit

VHSEdit

In 1998, three VHS volumes of the show were released by Columbia TriStar Home Video, all of which are now out of print. The episodes included on the VHS volumes were:

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Comcast On-DemandEdit

Comcast customers with On-Demand can view the show. It is located under Kabillions, the kid's section. Oddly, it listed under the name "Ghostbusters Dark." [2] As of July 26, 2012, the show is currently not airing on Kabillions.

MerchandiseEdit

Video GamesEdit

Tie-InsEdit

The previous series "The Real Ghostbusters" did feature many tie-ins from the films. Extreme Ghostbusters did not.

In the Real Ghostbusters, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made numerous appearances. During the third season, Walter PEck, the Environmental Protection Agency antagonist from the original film, reappeared. The uniforms and Containment Unit were redesigned, and Slimer was changed from a bad ghost to a resident, events which are explained in the episode "Citizen Ghost" that flashbacks to what happened to the Ghostbusters right after the events of the first movie. Gozer is also mentioned repeatedly throughout the series, usually in comparison to a ghost they are currently battling. In "Partners in Slime" The Psychomagnotheric Slime from the second Ghostbusters movie was used as Egon notes he collected it last year right after the events dealing with Vigo the Carpathian.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Spook Central- Extreme Ghostbusters (THE ORIGINAL VERSION)
  2. http://protoncharging.com/2009/07/23/comcast-now-showing-extreme-ghostbusters/

External linksEdit

GalleryEdit

Images provided by Paul Rudoff with permission from Nora Salisbury of The Ghostbusters Fan Forum, co-run with the late Doreen Mulman

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