Like many children growing up in the 1980s, I experienced a torrid love affair with those paranormal investigators from New York, the Ghostbusters. I was, however, a mere six months old when the film hit UK screens, so the antics of Messrs Murray, Aykroyd, Reitman and Hudson were lost on me for a good few years. But my Ghostbusters? They were the Real Ghostbusters, in more ways than one.
Towards the end of 1985, Columbia Pictures and DiC Entertainment, keen to capitalise on the film's success at the box office, produced a four-minute pilot animation for a Ghostbusters cartoon. The name was changed to The Real Ghostbusters as a two-fingered salute to Filmation, who were developing a Ghostbusters cartoon based on their 1975 live-action TV series of the same name. The animation on this pilot was a little rough, but the characters of Ray, Peter, Egon and Winston were all recognisably present and accounted for.