The internet is really awesome! Imagine, you could search any information that you are interested at. In fact, you could even learn more from it than going to school. Of course I am not saying that getting yourself glued in front of the computer the whole day rather than go to school is the way to live your life. I highly doubt that your parents would let you do that anyway. Another is that you can even download any movie or anime available online and since its classic Monday, I would like to talk about one classic animated series that we have recently downloaded and watched: The Real Ghostbusters.
It may sound funny but the truth is, I love The Real Ghostbusters. I never fail to watch their episodes which was aired back then at around seven in the evening at ABS-CBN here in the Philippines. Compared to most western animation right now, I find The Real Ghostbusters a lot better. Maybe because American cartoons nowadays are mainly developed with young children as its target market. This means less violence and less profanity and without those adult scenarios that Japanese animes often have. It was also a surprise to us that the series ran for six seasons or seven. Imagine that. It was pretty long and each season had at least around fifteen episodes or so? Making it a grand total of one hundred thirty four episodes!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Real Ghostbusters, it was actually an animated television series which aired around the 80’s. It was based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters which we also had downloaded a copy of. It follows the ghost busting adventures of Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore along with their secretary Janine Melnitz and the friendly ghost Casper Slimer. Armed with their Proton Packs, they chase rogue ghosts throughout the city of New York and other areas across the globe. So far, we already have watched the episodes in the first season and just recently started with the second. Unfortunately, we have not continued watching it since we are currently glued with some other distractions: Kamen Rider W. And that would be for another day.
What I realized while watching the series was that though it was primarily for kids, the character’s humor where directed towards adults. In fact, it was at that time that I was able to appreciate and laugh at the humor of the animated series. Especially Peter’s sarcasm. I remember when I was a kid that I just watch it just because the show was good but other than that, I did not take particular notice of the conversations. Probably because they were more than your typical adult conversations but rather, the show also depicts the American culture which you would not normally understand or appreciate if you’re just like an eight year old. And since working in the contact center industry allowed me to understand more of the American culture, I was able to enjoy the cartoons now more than before.
Though they made Ghostbusters Extreme as a sequel to the original series, I was not able to appreciate it that much. I did not like the animation as compared to the original cartoons and was not impressed with the episodes and the characters. It was a bit depressing that on that particular show, the Ghostbusters were disbanded since there were no more rogue ghosts running around the metropolis. I really prefer the original cast but I might try watching it again sometime in the future but not anytime soon. I was also wondering why they did not bother making a remake of the original series or perhaps produce a new Ghostbusters movie. I mean with the technology that we have right now? That would probably be pretty awesome.