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Sep 172012
 

Although Beetlejuice was more like a villain in the movie, the cartoon series Beetlejuice (1989-1992) was different. He’s a hilarious good guy, who has misadventures in the Netherworld with the lovely Lydia Deetz.

The Neitherworld has many ghouls and monsters. The main reoccurring ghouls are Beetlejuice’s neighbors. They are Jacques LaLean the French skeleton, Ginger the tap dancing spider, and a hairy cowboy known simply as the Monster from Across the Street.

Though his name is never revealed, he does have a striking resemblance to Gossamer from Looney Tunes.

What really makes this show hilarious is when Beetlejuice says a metaphor and gets taken literally. For instance, when Beetlejuice says, “Wild goose chase”, he gets chased away by a flock of geese. Or when he points out a heart attack, he’s confronted by a group of hearts that sing happily, which can be scary to a ghoul.

Sometimes when Beetlejuice says a metaphor, he turns himself into its literal meaning as if he could not resist. For example, when Beetlejuice says he feels like a couch potato, he turns into a giant potato, or when he says that he’s all ears, extra ears grow out all over his face, including an ear of corn. I just love Beetlejuice’s fast paced gags.

In many episodes, there’s a silly Neitherworld commercial using a different type of animation. I’m not sure if its CGI, or what.

Another major difference this show has from the movie is that the ghosts of Adam and Barbara Maitland are not featured, even though they did decide to live with Lydia and her parents.

This series is definitely a classic. In fact, I also have some figurines from this cartoon series. These two came with Burger King kids meals from back in the day.

Aug 272012
 

“It’s showtime!” The horror comedy Beetlejuice takes on a whole different look at the afterlife. Married couple Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) Maitland drown in a car accident and end up as ghosts, who are confined to their house. All they have to go by is a handbook called Handbook of the Recently Deceased. A lot of help that is, since it reads like stereo instructions.

Soon after, a family called the Deetzes moves into the house. Adam and Barbara try to scare them away, but it doesn’t work because nobody can see or hear them. Then all of sudden, Adam and Barbara hear about Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) the bio-exorcist on a mysterious TV commercial. Could it be a coincidence, or a trap?

Here’s an interesting twist. The Deetzes’ daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder), a gothic girl, can see Adam and Barbara and follow the handbook.

Adam and Barbara soon find themselves in a waiting room filled with other deceased people. It’s easy to tell how they died based on their appearances, but Adam and Barbara still look the same after they had drowned. That used to confuse me.

Adam and Barbara soon find help with Juno (Sylvia Sydney) a caseworker and she warns them that Beetlejuice is a troublemaker and cannot to be trusted. How bad could he be?

Well, Beetlejuice turns out to be a comedic pervert with amazing powers, but fears the sand worms. I don’t blame him. They’re as dangerous as the graboids from the Tremors films.

Nevertheless, the Deetzes don’t get scared away. Interior Designer and paranormal expert Otho (Glenn Shadix) decides to hold a séance to summon Adam and Barbara, but it doesn’t go as planned. Lydia summons Beetlejuice to save them. I could tell that Beetlejuice has feelings for her. I’m sure that’s why he agrees to the task, if Lydia agrees to marry him.

This was a good movie with neat effects, humor, and Harry Belafonte music. I still have the Beetlejuice action figures with detachable heads and expressions. Does anyone remember these?