"Ghostbusters" was a syndicated animated series based on the live-action
1975 television series, "The Ghost Busters." Also
known as "Original" or "Filmation's" Ghostbusters, this series featured
Jake [Pat Fraley], Eddie [Peter Cullen], and Tracey the safari-hat
wearing gorilla [voiced by Lou Scheimer], a trio of ghost hunters
stationed at the Ghost Command, with their time travelling friend
Futura [Susan Blu], newspaper reporter Jessica Ray[Susan Blu], and
the pink colored bat Belfry. Calls came into the station via Ansa-Bone,
an animated, skull-shaped telephone who is typically impatient and
tired of explaining the Ghostbuster's insubordination. When preparing
for adventure, the Ghostbusters slide across the floor into their
transformation chamber - a bone-lined cabinet that somehow arms
and equips them, resulting in a series of wacky events where they
bounce and flip around before landing inside of the Ghost Buggy.
Armed with "de-materializer" guns (or a host of other strange contraptions)
and their rickety, seemingly 'alive' Ghost Buggy, they patrolled
the city and extinguished ghosts, which were simply transported
back to their dimension once blasted.
by Prime Evil [Alan Oppenheimer] - a leader of the evil ghosts located
in the Hauntquarters of the Fifth Dimension; the usual crew of ghosts
in each episode consisted of his stool pidgeon Brat-A-Rat [Don Francks]
- a squeaky and obnoxious floating rat creature, Scared Stiff [Maurice
LaMarche] - a flimsy robotic skeleton that typically falls to pieces,
Fangster [Alan Oppenheimer] the werewolf, Mysteria [Linda Gary]
- a sorceress, Fib-Face [Frank Welker] and his multiple faces, and
Haunter - who resembles a turn-of-the-century poacher, Long John
Scarechrome [Neil Ross] a pirate themed ghost, Sir Trance-a-Lot
- a ghastly jouster riding his horse Frightmare, Apparitia - another
female specter, and the mummy Airhead.
the end of each episode, a moral or lesson was dictated by one of
the characters (usually Jake, Ansa-Bone, Belfry or Jessica) in typical
Filmation fashion. The drawing style of this animated series very
closely resembles that of "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,"
"Bravestarr," and other such Filmation series at the time.