- Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire draws inspiration from the beloved animated series The Real Ghostbusters, aiming to create a long episode in the same vein.
- The show’s family-friendly and silly tone, with a focus on supernatural figures like Slimer, influenced the upcoming movie.
- Fans can expect a PG-rated, wacky Saturday morning cartoon style of action, continuing the trend set by Ghostbusters: Afterlife and embracing nostalgia rather than returning to the adult tone of the original film.
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire star Kumail Nanjiani says the movie will play like “a long episode of the animated series.” After 2016’s Ghostbusters: Answer the Call failed to reboot the dormant action-comedy franchise, Jason Reitman hopped aboard the IP train and delivered Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a legacy sequel bringing back many of the original movie’s stars alongside a new, young cast of characters. Now Reitman’s well-received follow-up is getting its own sequel, which directly continues the saga kicked off by his 2021 effort.
With the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire release date still months away, cast member Nanjiani has offered up a tease of the movie’s tone, somewhat surprisingly comparing it not to either of the original movies but to the beloved animated show The Real Ghostbusters. In a tweet touting the newly-released trailer, the actor revealed his connection to the franchise, including the animated entry that ran from 1986 to 1991. Check out what he had to say below along with his tweet:
“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.”
The Real Ghostbusters Made The Characters More Family-Friendly (And Sillier)
Being a Saturday morning cartoon show aimed at kids, The Real Ghostbusters naturally removed some of the more adult comedy elements featured in the movies, skewing things toward the innocuous and silly. The show did revolve around the characters of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore (none voiced by the original actors), but it also put more emphasis on supernatural figures, especially Slimer, who was a main character (the show indeed changed its name to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters for seasons 4-7, taking advantage of the slimy ghost’s popularity with children).
The title The Real Ghostbusters was chosen to distinguish the show from a competing Filmation series entitled Ghostbusters (which had nothing to do with the movies).
Nanjiani’s tease that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was inspired by the animated show seems to indicate that the tone will be decidedly PG – not really a surprise coming on the heels of the largely inoffensive Afterlife. It also seems to promise a certain wacky, not-particularly-scary Saturday morning cartoon style of action, which could come as bad news to anyone hoping the sequel would skew things back toward the more adult tone of the original film. Reitman’s second Ghostbusters effort will seemingly be another shameless nostalgia trip like his first, and one that drifts even further away from the semi-anarchic, not-for-kids comedy spirit of the classic original.
Source: Kumail Nanjiani/Twitter
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