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New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Takes Inspiration from Classic 80s Cartoon

New ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Takes Inspiration from Classic 80s Cartoon

Watching the latest Ghostbusters movie might give some kids from the 1980s a little bit of a cartoon flashback. Why do we say that? Because it happened to be a cartoon connected to the franchise that inspired the new movie. That’s according to one of the movie’s cast members.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will hit theaters on March 29, 2024. Actor Kumail Nanjiani will be a part of the cast, too. He expanded on the movie’s influences from a cartoon called The Real Ghostbusters which affected the script. Nanjiani talked about his time on the movie in a tweet from 2023.

“Ghostbusters was my first favorite movie. I remember the first time I watched it. It felt like someone had made a movie just for me,” Nanjiani wrote in part. “Also I am a huge fan of The Real Ghostbusters (the animated series) and that show was a point of reference for this movie. The filmmakers wanted to make a long episode of the animated series. So if you love that show as I do, be excited.”

‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Leads To Long-Running Cartoon

The Real Ghostbusters ran on TV in original episodes from 1986 to 1991. Among those providing voiceover work for this cartoon included Dave Coulier from Full House, Arsenio Hall, and legendary voiceover actor Frank Welker. Episodes were based on the adventures of the ghost removal service.

Meanwhile, the new Ghostbusters movie coming out has this as a plot outline. According to IMDb, it says, “When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.” This links the new cast with old cast members Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson.

When a press conference on the new movie was held, Aykroyd, Murray, and Hudson showed up. Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler in the original movie, died in 2014. The movie reportedly will take these Ghostbusters team members back into New York City.

Besides Nanjiani, other cast members for the new movie include Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Patton Oswalt.

Original Move Hit Theaters In 1984

Ghostbusters originally came out in 1984 as late director Ivan Reitman was behind it. The movie was one of the box office hits that year, leading to more movies and the cartoon show. The movie offered several interesting one-liners, including “I’ve been slimed.”

Aykroyd talked about the new movie in an interview with Newsweek. He said, “When we marry the old lore and some of the traditions with these four spectacular new performances, you get a blend-in service of a really neat New York story that gives us faith in carrying on with the Ghostbusters concept.”

For years, Aykroyd has been a believer in the paranormal. He has even turned this into a role as host of a show on The History Channel. It’s called The UnBelievable with Dan Aykroyd.

But young fans can try to go and find episodes of the cartoon show. They will get an insight into the basic storyline of the Ghostbusters franchise. With the supporting cast and original stars together, it should give Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire a nice boost at the box office.