Post by Devil of the Ghostbusters on Apr 12, 2018 14:35:16 GMT -5
Robert Maxwell Barbieri of Bobbys 80s a major collector of all things Ghostbusters (Plus many other things!) has shared with the public recently received vintage Early Concept Presentation Boards of what appears to be a Animated Filmation Ghostbusters based on the Live Action Series. The Boards have a date of 1982.
Post by Devil of the Ghostbusters on Apr 23, 2018 18:56:50 GMT -5
Robert got one more concept piece yesterday. Ghost command concept board. Year was not on back of it (might be any time from 1982 to 1985). He notes that this one is on a thinner poster board that the other concepts. Also, the logo is a paper cut out glued onto the board.
That 1982 date is interesting. I can only assume that Lou Scheimer wanted to get an animated series off the ground, but for whatever reason couldn't.
Let me make one guess: Filmation was working on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe at the time. I certainly don't blame the powers that be: An action-adventure series, full of sword and sorcery, sounded like a bigger draw than another ghost comedy (cf. Groovie Goolies, Scooby-Doo, and Goober and the Ghost Chasers). Their instincts were right.
Thus Ghost Busters Part II was shelved until 1984. The 1982 copyright suggests to me Filmation's effort to renew and hold on to the rights to a work named Ghost Busters. When Lou couldn't get the rights to the Aykroyd/Ramis property, he took the '82 concept and retooled it into Filmation's Ghostbusters (note the one-word name).
That being said, this artwork could simply be an "ashcan copy" of sorts--a way to say, "Hey, look, we're developing something here!"
Post by nixfgbfan on Sept 14, 2018 17:03:45 GMT -5
...So, Ghost Command was already a part of the Ghost Busters story. One can only assume that they'd have upgraded from the cramped office space in their first episode.
The artwork indicates a more conventional "ghost of the week" runaround than what FGB became, maybe a little more "open" than the "go to the haunted castle" restrictions of the live-action series.
I can only assume that He-Man, and Alan Oppenheimer's turn as Skeletor, resulted in the creation of Prime Evil and his Usual Gang of Idiots. He-Man probably also inspired FGB's time- and space-faring adventures; She-Ra inspired Jessica and Futura.
At a stretch, I'd wager that the talking appliances would be a part of this show--they're pretty much an extension of the live-action show's gags.
The Ghostbusters movie, of course, inspired FGB's uniforms and PROBABLY the expanded arsenal.