Archive for May, 2007

Who You Gonna Call: Ghostbusters or Ghost Busters?

Posted in movies, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , on May 24, 2007 by Paxton

Ghostbusters!Imagine you are a kid, at home, after a long day of school in 1986. You are sitting mindlessly watching the TV enjoying your favorite cartoons when the announcer says to stay tuned for the Ghostbusters. What? Hellz Yeah, Ghostbusters cartoons? Bring It! You are sitting there with your pouch of Capri-Sun ready to watch Slimer and the Ghostbusters kick some spectral butt. The show comes on and something looks off……..I didn’t realize the Ghostbusters hung out with …….is that a……..gorilla?! WTF?! This is what happened to me when I was about 12 years old. I was greeted with a Ghostbusters cartoon that was foreign to me. Was this just simple greed by a company looking to ride the wave of ghostbustin’ popularity, or was there more to it? This cartoon even used the actual name GhostBusters. What was this cartoon’s story? Well, after much research, I finally found out.

Filmation GhostBusters DVDThe Ghostbusters are pop culture icons. Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston. Ghostbusters GroupThe phenomenally successful movie that spawned this group has entertained people of all ages. However, surprisingly enough, Columbia did not have the rights to the name “ghostbusters” before or during the filming of their titular 1984 blockbuster. Who owned the rights to the name, Ghostbusters? It was a production company called Filmation. After Ghostbusters hit it big in 1984, imitators began coming out of the woodwork. Companies were trying to ride the coattails of the hit movie with toys, games and cartoons with a similar theme. As stated earlier, if turned on your tv in 1986 you may have caught a show involving two friends and their gorilla using crazy equipment to capture ghosts. This cartoon was called Filmation’s GhostBusters. This series was created by Filmation, the aforementioned rights holders to the name Ghostbusters. Why did they have the rights and how did this cartoon come about? It all starts in 1975.

GhostBusters Live ActionIn 1975 and 1976, Filmation filmed a live action tv series called The Ghost Busters. It starred Forrest Tucker as Jake Kong, Larry Storch as Eddie Spencer and Bob Burns as Tracey the Gorilla (For the younger crowd, in the wacky ’70s-’80s a gorilla or monkey was a viable co-star, see BJ & The Bear or Any Which Way But Loose). The three were bumbling detectives that would stumble their way through cases to ultimately defeat various scary monsters (vampires, werewolves, witches and, of course, ghosts). They used a motley collection of electrical equipment to defeat the monsters including a light emitting camera-like device to send them back to the underworld. It was a moderate success but faded quickly as it ran for only one year.

Fast forward to 1984. Columbia has finished filming their Ghostbusters movie. They realize that they will have to call it Ghostbusters as the term is used throughout the script and the final showdown scene in New York has a large crowd of people chanting the name. They have to bite the bullet and pay Filmation royalty rights to use the name. It’s a bitter pill, but Columbia swallows it. The movie becomes a huge hit and the studio wants to follow up on the film’s success with a cartoon show.

Filmation LogoDuring the ’80s and ’90s, the Filmation studio was an immensely popular Saturday morning cartoon producer. They created the cartoons He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Fat Albert, She-Ra, Star Trek The Animated Series, The Batman/Superman Hour and many, many more. With this pedigree, and the fact that they owned the name Ghost Busters, they naturally thought that they would get first crack at producing the animated Ghostbusters show. After much negotiation, Columbia backed down and said that they were going to focus on a live action Ghostbusters sequel and not do a cartoon series. Rebuffed, Filmation decided to capitalize on the Ghostbuster name by creating their own cartoon but based it on their original tv series. The cartoon’s premise had the sons of the original tv characters inheriting the business and continuing the fight against supernatural evil. For the first five episodes (technically a mini-movie), Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker reprised their roles and voiced their characters for the first time in 10 years in order to pass the torch to their sons. Bob Burns, the actor behind Tracey the Gorilla, would continue to voice Tracey in the new cartoon. The concept was set and the show debuted in February 1986.

Filmation GhostBusters DVDColumbia, having gone through some changes in management since the negotiations with Filmation, were a little perturbed that another studio would get a cartoon bearing the name of their cash-cow movie franchise on the air before them. Especially the studio that owned the name Ghost Busters. This lead to Columbia partnering with cut-rate studio DIC Animation to get their Real Ghostbusters cartoon on the air. Filmation had to add “The Original” to their cartoon to make it stand out from Columbia’s cartoon. Needless to say, this still causes confusion amongst Ghostbusters fans who have no idea about the 1975 tv show.

The Filmation cartoon and live-action Ghost Busters shows were just released on DVD and can be found on Amazon.

Ghostbuster Video Links:
1. Check out the intro to the Original Ghostbusters cartoon (and its kick ass theme song) here.
2. You can see the intro to the 1975 The Ghost Busters live-action show here.
3. Intro to the Real Ghostbusters cartoon can be seen here.

I personally really enjoyed the show. It was clever and funny and the characters were awesome. The theme song was really cool too. When the GhostBusters would get a call on the Skele-phone they would scream, “Go-Go-GhostBusters!” and slap high fives. Lots of fun. I got the DVDs off Blockbuster Online and I’m still enjoying watching them. Check it out if you get the chance.

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I’m back…

Posted in Coca Cola, personal, reviews, soda with tags , on May 22, 2007 by Paxton

I’m Back!Well, I had to take a forced sabbatical last week. Work is just one giant inconvenience. We are in the middle of this giant project so time is (and will continue to be) scarce until the end of the year. I will do my absolute best to keep things updated here.

Part of the problem was that I had nothing prepared. Normally, on any given day I have 3 or 4 articles in various states of completeness. When time gets tight, I can just finish off an almost completed article and voila, an entry. This past week I have like 10 titles of articles, but nothing else. So I had no time to complete anything. I’ve worked on a few though, and I’m building back up my buffer. Things should be back to normal for a bit. I promise.

Anywho, just dropping you a note to let you know that a real article is coming….probably tomorrow. The bulk is written, I just need to procure images and do some copy editing. I’ve been in a cartoon kick lately, so I’m probably going to have a few articles based on cartoons. And some movie reviews. I haven’t done one of those in a while so I’m going to remedy that situation.

Before I go, I wanted to mention ANOTHER new soda I came across the other day. I had no idea this one was coming out so it was a surprise to find it in my local market. Say hello to my little friend: Coke Vanilla Zero

Coke Vanilla Zero

Steph and I were shopping for our weekly groceries and we passed an end cap of this and I did a double take. Coke had just released Coke Zero Cherry so I was really surprised to see them release another flavor extension so quickly. Well, I grabbed a 20oz bottle and tried it. Not bad. Not bad at all. I really like the vanilla flavoring they use with this. It matches very well with the Coke Zero. I enjoyed the entire bottle. I will definitely drink this again. Very, very good. It reminds me (as it’s supposed to) of a Coke float with vanilla ice-cream. Coke has been bringing it with its flavors lately while my boy, Pepsi, has been screwing the pooch (I’m looking at you, Pepsi Summer Mix).

Well played, Coke. Well played.

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New Doritos…oh, and my birthday

Posted in food, holiday, personal, reviews with tags , on May 10, 2007 by Paxton

Happy Bday
Well, yesterday was my 33rd birthday. Yay! My age finally matches Larry Bird’s number. How cool is that? I say, “Very.” My wife says, “Not so much” (what does she know?).

I had a good birthday. My wife got me a Polar Running Computer which is a running watch that also monitors your heart rate and times your intervals for you. I love it and can’t wait to use it. I also got some work clothes and some really cool gift certificates to my favorite stores. One of my friends and regular readers sent me a package of Garbage Pail Kids. Man, that was an awesome gift. I might turn that into a blog article, so stay tuned. For food, the wife and I grilled filet mignon and ate dinner just the two of us. Lots of fun, lots of wine. Typical Holley birthday. Thank you.

New DoritosBeing lucky because it was my birthday, I finally found the two new Doritos flavors that are fighting to be the newest addition to the ever present Dorito lineup. Click the image to the left to go to the “Fight For the Flavor” website. At this website you can vote to see which of the two flavors to the left are going to be the newest flavor of Doritos chips. The two flavors are Wild White Nacho and Smokin’ Cheddar BBQ. Let me tell you one thing, they are both GOOD. It’s going to be tough seeing one of these go. I probably like both of them better than Cool Ranch, but not as much as regular Nacho. However, if I have to pick a winner, in my own mind Wild White Nacho is the Rocky Balboa to Smokin’ Cheddar BBQ’s Ivan Drago. Wild White Nacho is almost as good as the saintly Nacho Cheese. And that’s saying A LOT. However, rush out and try some on your own, they are worth it.

Hostess Cup CakesYou know what else I found today? Hostess Apple Spice cupcakes. I thought they only sold these around Christmas time. Holy crap-in-a-hat these are divine. These things are like little apple-spice tears from heaven. Fluffs of clouds that have been lightly spiced with apples and frosting. It doesn’t get much better than this. If you can find these…GET THEM. So. F’n. Good.

Anyhow, I’ll probably have a more traditional article for you next week. I’ve been somewhat lazy because work has been kicking my butt and it’s been my birthday (which, in my mind, lasts a week). So, I’ll work on that article and get back with you early next week. Sound good?

Good.

PEACE!!!!!

Gettin’ ready for Summer with Pepsi Summer Mix

Posted in Pepsi, pop culture, reviews, soda with tags , , on May 4, 2007 by Paxton

Sodapalooza

Pepsi Summer MixI told you in the Diet Coke Plus article here that Coke and Pepsi are going to be releasing many new and remixed flavors for the coming summer. I’m anxiously awaiting the Mountain Dew: Halo 3 edition. However another flavor remix has just arrived and I found it today at Wally World (Wal-Mart, for those in “the biz”).

Check the picture to the left and you can see that, yes, Pepsi Summer Mix has arrived. If you click the picture you can visit the official website. What is it? Well, the label says it’s a mix of tropical fruit flavors and Pepsi. Which tropical fruit flavors? No clue. Pepsi declines to mention that little nugget of info. How’s the taste? Not bad, but not great. Imagine drinking a bottle of Pepsi while eating a mouthful of regular Starburst candies. THAT is what this soda tastes like. Soda mixed with candy. It should be called Pepsi Starburst Mix. Or Pepsi: The Candy Edition. Not something I would label as tropical fruit, nor do I think I’ll drink it again. Pepsi Tropical ChillIt’s hard for me to remember, but I think this Summer Mix tastes extremely similar to another Pepsi flavor called Pepsi Blue.

Did you know that in the early ’90s Pepsi released another Pepsi version with tropical flavors? Look to the right, Pepsi Tropical Chill was released to test markets in the US to see if it would sell. It was accompanied with its brothers Pepsi Strawberry Burst and Pepsi Raging Razzberry (yes, Pepsi misspelled raspberry, not me). The three flavors were bundled into one promotional package and were collectively called The Wild Bunch. Peep the group pic below.

Pepsi Wild Bunch

These three “wild and crazy guys” were also available in 6packs and 12packs for a limited time in certain test market supermarkets. I guess they didn’t sell well because they never made it out of the testing stage. Too bad (or not since Strawberry Pepsi seems too similar to Wild Cherry Pepsi and Raspberry Pepsi just sounds like ass-berry Pepsi).

I heard there might be a diet version of Summer Mix coming, but I don’t think I’ll hold my breath.

Thanks to X-Entertainment and Steve Tanner for the pics in this article.

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Harry Potter Book 7 cover; Fox Cancels Drive

Posted in books, Harry Potter, reviews, TV shows with tags , on May 1, 2007 by Paxton

This article is somewhat of a “good news” – “bad news” thing.

First the good news. I was snooping around the net and found a picture of the cover for
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
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Harry Potter 7

Pretty cool, huh? Everyone else on Earth may have seen this but I haven’t. The book comes out July 21, 2007. I can’t wait. Unfortunately, I tend to read the books too fast so I’ll probably re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in June-July and not tackle Book 7 until late summer or fall. I gotta make it last, my friends. Savor the flavor, if you will, because this is the last one. I’ll be incredibly interested to see the type of books Rowling releases after Harry Potter is over. Realistically, she doesn’t have to work EVER again, but I hope she does some other, different books. She’s a good writer.

Drive

Now, the bad news. For me, at least. It seems that Fox has decided, after 4 episodes, to cancel the new Tim Minear show, Drive. In it’s place, they are putting on another reality show called The Real Wedding Crashers. It’s an un-funny Candid Camera re-tread that everyone on Earth can do without. Wow, Fox, thanks, I was noticing that the networks seemed a little thin in the reality show department. Good call. This is oddly familiar for some of us as Fox canceled Firefly (also starring Nathan Fillion and co-written by Tim Minear) after only 11 episodes. So Drive will now join Angel, Firefly, Arrested Development and Heist as tv shows that were canceled before they should have been (at least I think so). Oh, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Damn, networks need to man up and stop canceling good shows to re-run other popular shows or put on ANOTHER reality show.

For those that don’t know, Drive was an action show about a secret, illegal street race and the people that are participating in it. I mentioned it in an earlier article about The Cannonball Run. Since the show only aired for four episodes, the show wasn’t really in it’s prime. There was definitely potential, but the character development was just getting started and everyone that watched was just getting interested, much like the aforementioned Studio 60 and Heist.

Well, I guess that leaves more room for my other shows.

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