Beetlejuice

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 65

    Not So Peaceful Pines

    Aired 12/6/91

  • S 4 : Ep 64

    Journey To The Centre Of The Neitherworld

    Aired 12/5/91

  • S 4 : Ep 63

    Catmandu Got Your Tongue

    Aired 12/4/91

  • S 4 : Ep 62

    King BJ

    Aired 12/3/91

  • S 4 : Ep 61

    Relatively Pesty

    Aired 12/2/91

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tara Strong

    Claire Brewster / Bertha / Little Miss Warden

  • Harvey Atkin

    Lipscum

  • Alyson Court

    Lydia Deetz

  • Len Carlson

    Additional Voices

  • Paulina Gillis

    Prudence

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  • Based on the Tim Burton film Beetlejuice, this series borrowed several characters and concepts from the movie but took great liberties with them (as was necessary to create a program suitable for children). Beetlejuice is a ghost from "The Neitherworld," the land of the dead - he's a trickster and a swindler, but underneath it all he has a big heart. His best friend Lydia is a very kind-hearted twelve-year-old living girl into goth. Together they made the perfect pair: her even-tempered and levelheaded, and him manic and hot under the collar. The show was produced by Nelvana. The groundbreaking CGI shorts featured in many of the episodes were produced by the Calibre animation team. The series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.moreless

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  • Quotes (31)

    • *Repeated Line* Lydia: Though I know I should be wary, still I venture someplace scary; ghostly hauntings I turn loose...Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

    • Lydia: You haven't changed since the day we met. Beetlejuice: Hey...I like this suit.

    • Delia: Now, Lydia, every day can't be Halloween. Lydia: It is for me.

    • (Charles, half asleep, sees a skeleton floating towards him and suddenly disappears) Charles: Delia's cooking.

    • Skeletons: (sing-song) Beetlejuice is lying!

    • Beetlejuice: Where's the problem? Delia: Under the sink, trying to fix the leak.

    • Lydia: Maybe if you admitted you couldn't do it without them? Beetlejuice: I never admitted anything in my life...or even after!

    • Clare/Beetlejuice: Now here's something you don't see every day! (Turns into a giant green boil, and explodes slime all over the audience. Clare comes to covered in slime, back to normal.) Clare: Ohhhh, what happened? I.....(looks at herself, covered head to toe in slime.) AHHHHHHH!! (passes out)

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    Notes (10)

    • When Lydia is releasing the skunk into the wild and says "Goodbye little Stinky," her mouth doesn't move to the words.

    • A DOS computer game based on the cartoon series, especially this episode, called "Skeletons In the Closet" was released in 1990 by Riedel Software Productions, Inc.

    • This is the final first-run episode to air on ABC Saturday Mornings. Reruns continued to air until September 5, 1992.

    • The voice of the leader of The Shadow Gang sounds exactly the same as the "C.O.P.S." character "Big Boss", which aired around the same time as this series.

    • In Bartholomew Batt's hideout, his monitor bears a striking resemblance to Batman's symbol (it should be noted that the creator of Beetlejuice, Tim Burton, produced and directed Batman and Batman Returns).

    • The title of this episode is also the title of a Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck cartoon by the same name, but not the same plot.

    • Most of this episode takes place in real time as the submersible that Lydia and the crew are in is counting down the time the crew has to stay shrunk (including commercials!)

    • In an ironic twist of fate, "Beetlejuice," did indeed, get canceled; 12 episodes later after this episode aired.

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    Trivia (77)

    • Featured CGI portion: A commercial for "Scream Puffs"

    • On the one year anniversary that Beetlejuice and Lydia met, Lydia gives BJ a pair of pants (actually two panting mouths in a box!), and BJ gives Lydia a spider brooch.

    • In this, the pilot to the series, we learn that the red, spider-web-patterned shroud that Lydia wears while visiting the Neitherworld spends the rest of its time as an ordinary tablecloth.

    • Featured CGI Portion: An ad for a vacation to "The Geek Islands," the prize to whomever wins the game show.

    • Although Beetlejuice only pulls 5 Ghoul Tools out of the toolbox (the ham-mer, the hack-saw, the monkey wrench, the Jack hammer, and the drill sergeant), we can see in later scenes that there are several more, including a regular hammer, a regular saw, a pair of pliers, a Phillips screwdriver, a tape measure, some shears, and a couple of prong-like objects.

    • Featured CGI Portion: A commercial for "Worm Your Way Deodorant".

    • Featured CGI Portion: A commercial for "Messy Jesse's."

    • Featured CGI Portion: An ad for "The Party Shop."

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    Allusions (38)

    • Another allusion to the movie: Both Beetlejuice and Lydia were singing "Day-O," a song which was used in the movie. Although here, they were each singing it slightly differently, depending on what were they thinking or planning.

    • The show writers obviously didn't want us to forget what movie this cartoon was based on: When Beetlejuice is in the cage in Judge Mental's courtroom, he delivers the line, "Look, I've got a problem, maybe you can help me out...I got these freinds I said I'd meet and it's the kind of thing where you gotta be there in person, you know..." This is a near-direct quote from the live-action version of the character in the film.

    • In the face-making portion of the game show, we see several faces reminiscent of the face-distortions used in the film Beetlejuice by the Maitlands. Also, the snakes coming out of Beetlejuice's head, made famous in the movie, get a name: "Demon Dandruff."

    • To have a "skeleton in your closet" is a turn-of-phrase meaning that you have a secret that you're hiding from everyone.

    • The "jack-hammer" is a parody of Jack Nicholson, and even does a "Here's Johnny!" impersonation through a splintered door (although the line delivered is "Let's get 'im!").

    • Title pun: Quit while you're ahead

    • The Dinner Scene: This scene was inspired by a familiar segment from the Beetlejuice film. The song is an allusion to Harry Bellafonte's "Day-O" along with the dance number.

    • When Beetlejuice turns himself into his form of B-Igor, we can see that this is a reference to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Plus, when Lydia tells him to stop playing the bells, this a reference to Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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