Real Ghostbusters - X-Mas Marks the Spot

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  • TheBechtloff
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    Holy crap that was written by J. Michael Straczynski. Wow I had no idea he worked on that cartoon.
  • Vedli
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    I know right? No wonder that show was awesome.
  • SRanger1071  - Weird question
    Why does the Nostalgia Critic's skull pop up in your recent videos?
  • DylanS
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    I think it's some kind of in-joke...that I wonder if maybe Phelous is having too much fun with.
  • LikaLaruku
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    That skull has been in every video Phelous has put out since the anniversary special, especially the Halloweenie episodes.
  • eujoyuen
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    Because he dies so you don't have to.
  • ParaChomp
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    Because he's dead (and a rivalry that Phelous made up).
  • Tal
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    Bustin' used to make me feel good. But I got desensitized and had to bust more and more. Eventually a proton pack just wouldn't cut it.

    So, I hope that ghost zone wasn't that important to you.
  • SRanger1071  - AAAHHH
    Dear God, Fred Jones is one of the Ghost Busters? Is there ANY cartoon that man hasn't been cast in?
  • Dragon_Nexus
    He was also the voice of Santa at the end of the episode too.

    T-the cartoon...not the review.
  • starfall42
    Yep, JMS was the story editor for the first three seasons (pre-"Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters").

    And yes, Frank Welker was Ray.. and Fred, and really has been in just about everything. IMDB shows 682 credits for him.
  • Malvolio21
    Speaking of great voice actors...

    LOVED the Peter Venkman / Garfield in-joke.
  • EpicFish
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    Yup. As CR pointed out in his first Familiar Faces video, JMS was the guy that wrote the episode, "Jeanine, You Changed".
  • Mashere
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    682!? Man. IMDB's credits for him come up majorly short. Don't believe me? Check this page.
    http:// www.behindthevoiceactors. com/Frank-Welker/
  • Welshy
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    He was Slimer too :) And usually did a number of the Ghosts. If the Ghost made an animal sound, it was him. Murray the Mantis is probably the best example as he did both Murray and Stay Puff. LOVE that episode :)
  • Haon
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    And Stripe. And Megatron. The guy does pretty much every cartoon ever!
  • LikaLaruku
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    Man do I ever love Real Ghostbusters, even with all it's logic fails & plotholes. I've been rewatching it on Youtube for 2 weeks now.
  • LikaLaruku
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    I remember there was also a totally unrelated cartoon with a gorilla in it running at the same time under just plain old Ghostbusters.

    I also remember that in the latter seasons Peter gets a voice upgrade (sounds more like Murray, less like Garfield), Janine gets a design & voice downgrade (sounds like Timmy Turner or Phil & Lil), & Slimer gets exponentially more annoying; basically becomes the Scooby Doo of the group.
  • Phelous
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    UPGRADE!?!?!? UPGRADE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    Nonononononononononononon onononononononononononono nonononononononononononon ononononononono NO!
    Lorenzo Music captured perfectly the character and dry wit of Venkmen. Dave Coulier did NOT.
  • KungFuMan
    I actually agree with the raving man above me. Venkman and a lot of the other characters ended up with a downgrade as the show progressed. Didn't Janine end up oddly Russian-sounding later on?

    And the other Ghostbusters cartoon is why this one's called "The Real Ghostbusters"...though both are pretty good.
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    Agreed. Lorenzo Music is a god among voice actors.
  • LikaLaruku
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    I like both of Peter's voices. I just can't NOT hear Garfield with the original. The replacement also falls right between sounding a tad like Garfield while sounding much closer to Murray.
  • ladydiskette
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    I definitely remember this Christmas special, what sealed it for me was that in this take of "A Christmas Carol" the presented a AU in which what would have happened if Ebernezer Scrooge wasn't visited or had any moral effect from being visited by the Three Spirits.


    Yeah, I noticed that out of all the Christmas Carol adaptations when it came to the size of the roast bird, the Crachet family in "A Muppet Christmas Carol" pretty much were blessed with a normal size Christmas goose. Sure it wasn't no huge-ass turkey, but at least it was big enough for them to share compared to the baby birds they were usually depicted with cooking.

    Good video Phelous.
  • trepiechick
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    Hearing Garfield's original voice makes me miss the Garfield Christmas special and Garfield in general. No matter how many times we watched it, it always made us laugh.
  • EpicFish
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    Me too! The Garfield Christmas special was one of my favorites as a kid.
  • CyborgPrince
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    I watched this series years ago, but I don't remember this episode. Do they ever explain how they managed to time travel? Is it something they did often? I like how at one moment, all the Ghostbusters have a herpy-derp moment. I wanted to scream 'DUH!!' at the computer screen.
  • trlkly
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    Yip. http://youtu.be/ Zi2QhG6Widk?t=5m48s (Take out the space.)

    It's the entire point of the episode, so it's kinda a spoiler if you want to try and watch it.

    SPOILERS START HERE!

    The whole thing was done by the Ghosts to teach Venkman the true meaning of Christmas. You don't really think ghosts that powerful could be that easily contained, now do you?
  • Lothos  - As a Ghostbusters myself
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    I assure you Phelous, we do in fact carry the proton packs EVERYWHERE.
  • Cinnamon Scudworth
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    I think this is the funniest one you've ever done, personally.
  • Axel Osbourne
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    Ok, did we just get a panty-shot from Marley's Ghost? WTF 80s?
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    Oh, good it's not just me who saw that... ~_~

    [shares brain bleach with you]

    Anyone else need some?
  • Guild Navigator
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    Now this is a Phelous review I can put all my political weight behind in the next election.

    Y'know,I think I'd rather live in a parallel dimention where a book called Christmas: Bah,Humbug is the #1 bestseller intead of one where 50 Shades of Gray is. Pretty sure the culture level is higher over there.

    Goddamn,I forgot Janine was hot as Hell in the first season.
  • KillerKlown
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    Phelous don't be mean to Santa, or else he'll turn into Bil Goldberg and get ya!
  • Kailen
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    Continuity error:

    In another episode of The Real Ghostbusters, they established that capturing more than one ghost in the same trap merges the ghosts together. It was something about a gypsy and a "good" ghost dog, and an evil ghost that was attacking a fair/carnival.

    WHY DO I REMEMBER THIS?!
  • MHS325
    Hey Phelous I don't know if you've heard of this movie or ever considered doing a review of a movie called gingerdead man, the concept is pretty much Childs play (killer puts his soul into inanimate object) except it's stupid and instead of a doll it's a gingerbread man. It would be a perfect review
  • Shadowstorm87x
    Somehow I missed that episode back in the day and I really wish I didn't, because that was fantastically creative. And this video once more reminded me that Cartoons today really suck.
  • ladydiskette
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    Something tells me that Phelous doesn't really care for Slimer all that much...


    Nah, must be my imagination.
  • cattz
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    I remember these, but I don't think I ever watched the "extreme" ghostbusters since I was older when it came out, and I was annoyed with the goth girl.

    But yeah, good job phelous.
  • JimB
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    ...A war on Christmas? Oh my god, Fox News was right all along!
  • Temeter
    Thanks, Phelous!

    Finally I remember my favorite episode of the series.

    Also this is one of my favorite reviews - you should definetely do more cartoons.
  • Malidictus
    Huh... I thought the Ghostbusters busting the ghosts of Christmas was a good thing. Guess I'm the only one SICK TO DEATH of remakes of A Christmas Carol, which I don't find to be a particularly good story to begin with.
  • ToonamiTOM
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    I loved Real Ghostbusters as a kid. Plus this very episode was on Fear Net's Sunday morning lineup just a few weeks ago. Man I love that I grew up in the 80's.
  • Janitor25
    Whoa Phelous, now THAT was a trip down memory lane! Can't wait for your full Ghostbusters review...wonder if you also got duped watching tv as a kid ("Up next: Ghostbusters!") only to be suckered into that stupid shitty show with the ape.
    My personal favourite Real Ghostbusters ep: "Night Game"

    Some hilarious stuff, that Bill Murray/Lorenzo Music-Garfield/Venkman loop...and f**k Dave Coulier (who apparently got head from Alanis Morissette in a theatre)

    *ViewMASTER

    Btw, I just had to look up the VA who played scrooge here, turns out it was Peter Renaday aka TMNT's Splinter/Vernon and Grapple from Transformers
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    Actually, given that "A Christmas Carol" was very influential shaping how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian times, which has carried through until today, without "A Christmas Carol", Christmas WOULD be a very different holiday than the one we know today.
  • Mothmouth
    Boy, there's nothing like seeing Frank Welker being with Garfield's voice actor while he was still alive... and then take his place as Garfield in later productions after his death.

    As Fred, that's kind of nice, but as Megatron, that's actually quite sinister.

    Damn... thank... you, Frank Welker. I'm still wondering how you're still going considering how ancient you are.
  • Naku-Chan
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    So yeah, I never watched the ghostbusters animated series, and I recently watched the movie.....why is Egon so BLOND!?!....Is he really BLOND in the movie??? It didnt look like it owo;;; Maybe I don't remember too well T.T
  • Phelous
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    They didn't go with using the actor's likenesses which is why they were all tweaked. It also would help them stand out in the long shots which is the same reason they got different coloured jumpsuits.
  • jds_bitch86  - This made my day :)
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    Phelous reviewing my favourite show as a kid! This brought back a lot of happy memories for me.Although whoever said Dave Coulier was a better Venkman than Lorenzo Music needs to get lost!
    I'd forgotten how dumb Ray was in the show, he was such a doofus! My favourite of the GB toys was my 'Fright' Ray whose hair jumped up and his ears popped out when you squeezed his arm!

    Happy memories!
  • fanime1
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    Wow, I don't remember this episode. Granted, I was so little when I saw the GhostBusters cartoon and movies. I loved them so much, and yet, I haven't since them since then. My little sister doesn't even remember them. I almost forgot about the cartoon until you mentioned them in your reviews. So this review made me so happy. I'm glad they made a great show for a great movie, when usually that doesn't happen. The voice acting was great. The writing was creative. And this review was hilarious. This was a really good episode and I loved your jokes in this. And you seemed more geeky than usual, which I find adorable. :) I loved when you were playing with your action figures. That's always fun. So yeah, thanks for the memories and laughs. :D
  • DisappearingBears
    Phelous keeps throwing in the Nostalgia Critic's skull so that people keep asking about it in the comments.

    Also, Ray's not really dumb--he's actually pretty brilliant, but he's also childish and overeager.
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