Saturday Morning Cartoons: BEETLEJUICE

After Tim Burton’s successful 1988 release of Beetlejuice, the ’80s incessant cartoon adaptations saw the film as ripe for a kid show variation. With Burton in the producer’s chair, ABC would air the loosely based Saturday morning program from 1988 to 1991, and would later become the first cartoon to simultaneous air on two networks when it began running on FOX’s weekly afternoon lineup in 1991.

In his more lovable and tame cartoon form, ghostly miscreant Beetlejuice and his best gothic teenage friend, Lydia set-out on adventures through Beetlejuice’s Neitherword and Lydia’s regretful new home of Peaceful Pines. Both portrayed in a more friendly and misunderstood way than that of their film counterparts, Lydia’s ghost-filled exploits would start with the Beetlejuice summoning chant: “Though I know I should be wary, still I venture someplace scary; ghostly hauntings I turn loose…Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!”

Eventually, the slapstick comedy cartoon would end its run and make room for more movie spin-offs, but not before cementing itself in successful Saturday morning cartoon history. You know you had a good-run when most of your audience tried to summon a Beetlejuice of their own; never successfully, though.

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