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.