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Beetlejuice
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Beetlejuice (right) and Lydia
Format Animated series
Created by David Geffen
Tim Burton
Starring Stephen Ouimette
Alyson Court
Elizabeth Hanna
Roger Dunn
Harvey Atkin
Tara Strong
Len Carlson
Paulina Gillis
Keith Knight
Ron Rubin
Colin Fox
Keith Hampshire
Joseph Sherman
David Goldberg
Stuart Stone
Robert Cait
Dan Hennessey
Peggy Mahon
Susan Roman
Richard Binsley
Don Francks
Michael Stark
Charles Kerr
Allan Stewart Coates
John Stocker
Hadley Kay
Country of origin  Canada
 United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 109
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1989-1991), FOX (1991).
Original run September 9, 1989 – December 6, 1991

Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series loosely based on the film of the same name; it aired from September 9, 1989 to December 6, 1991. The television series was produced by Ellipse (France) and Nelvana (Canada) for The Geffen Film Company, with distribution handled by Warner Bros. Television, and starred Stephen Ouimette as Beetlejuice and Alyson Court as Lydia Deetz. The music and score for the series was composed by Ray Parker, Jr., Danny Elfman, and Tom Szczesniak.

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Plot

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Differences between the animated series and live-action film

The premise of the animated series was greatly changed from the film, to the point where one only superficially resembled the other. In the film, Beetlejuice was the antagonist who ended up nearly marrying a disgusted Lydia; in the series, they are best friends, and Lydia, something of a social misfit in the living world, frequently visits him in the afterlife during her free time. The Maitlands, the most significant characters in the film, are nowhere to be found in the series. And unlike the mind-numbing bureaucracy that is in the movie, the afterlife was converted into "the Neitherworld," a bizarre and humorous parody of the living world, with the fact of it being the afterlife only rarely mentioned, and the living world was referred to once or twice as "the Outerworld" (or as "the Otherworld").

Another difference is in the series, the town where the Deetzes lived is called "Peaceful Pines," instead of "Winter River" as it is called in the movie. However, in the episode "Critter Sitters," Lydia rides through the bridge the Maitland crashed off, and lives in the same exact house (the remodeled version after the Deetzes moved in). Besides the absence of Adam & Barbara Maitland, other significant characters absent from the series include Otho, Delia's interior designer, and Juno, the afterlife caseworker. Furthermore, there is no mention of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased or the model of the town Adam built.

However, Beetlejuice uses two of his lines from the film so often they have become catch phrases. One is "It's showtime", often yelled triumphantly. The other is "Save that guy for later" (in the film, referring to a piece of phlegm he'd hocked into his jacket pocket; in the series, usually to a bug, which he'd frequently eat. This was done off-screen, with an echoing crunch, usually grossing out Lydia or whoever happened to be at hand).

Episode formula

Episodes generally centered on the ghostly con-man Beetlejuice, his best (and only true) friend Lydia, and their adventures together in both the Neitherworld and the "real world", a fictional New England town called Peaceful Pines ("Winter River" in the film).

Beetlejuice's core character, that of a ghostly con artist, remained fundamentally the same as in the original movie, but was considerably softened, from maliciousness to pranksterism; nor, in the series, did he display the rampant lechery he did in the film, only occasionally embracing (or being embraced by) Lydia as between good friends.

Lydia's character is portrayed as an upbeat goth girl who likes "weird" things from spiders to sloppy horror movies. As in the film, Lydia could summon Beetlejuice out of the Neitherworld (or go there herself) by calling his name three times, sometimes as part of a set chant:

"Though I know I should be wary,
Still I venture someplace scary;
Ghostly haunting I turn loose ...
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!"

Occasionally, there are other effects from that chant, such as Lydia's room changing to a gothic castle. On a few occasions, other people and ghosts went to the Neitherworld or the living world, either when Lydia takes them with her by chanting Beetlejuice's name, or presumably through a door that connects Lydia's and Beetlejuice's homes.

In only a very few episodes is Lydia not present, those being wholly escapades of Beetlejuice in the Neitherworld.

Humor

The series' humor relied heavily on sight gags, wordplay, and allusiveness. The show was what has been called "bi-modal", meaning that it could be viewed on one level by small children and on a completely different and much more sophisticated level by adults, which made it appealing to a wide range of age groups. Many episodes, especially towards the end of the run, were manifest parodies of famous films, books, and TV shows. The humor was kept clean in that it didn't involve sex, drugs, or alcohol (in one episode, set in an old western town, Beetlejuice makes the metafictional remark that the town doesn't have a saloon because of the time slot, which also breaks the fourth wall).

Throughout the series, Beetlejuice would often try to scam residents of the Neitherworld—and, sometimes, the "real world" as well (Lydia's parents were occasional unwitting victims of his pranks) -- by various means, from "baby-sitting" (in which he literally sits on the grotesque Neitherworld babies) to trying to beat them in an auto race. It was also revealed that Beetlejuice is afraid of—and vulnerable to—one thing above all: Sandworms. That was hinted at in a single line of dialog in the movie but was much expanded on in the series. Sandworms are huge purple and green snake-like creatures with two pairs of eyes and stegosaurus-like spines on their backs. Beetlejuice also has a major aversion to anything nice or (worse) sweet, although according to one novelization, Lydia's Scream Date, he has a safe full of bars of orange chocolate.

Series run

The series was a breakout hit for ABC in its initial season, and later became one of the first animated series to air on FOX's weekday afternoon children's lineup. This led to a situation whereby Beetlejuice was being seen Monday through Friday on FOX while still remaining on ABC's Saturday morning schedule, making it one of the few shows in American television history to be aired concurrently on two different broadcast networks. Beetlejuice has aired in re-runs on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and will air on Warner Bros. and AOL's new broadband internet channel Toontopia TV. The series currently airs on Teletoon Retro in Canada.

Home video release

Warner Bros. released most of the first season of the show on 6 video-cassettes by December 21, 1993.

On September 16, 2008, 3 episodes ("A-ha", "Skeletons in the Closet", and "Spooky Boo-Tique") were released serving as bonus features on the Beetlejuice 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition DVD.[1] As of 2009, this is the only DVD release of the series and no plans for a full DVD release of the series have been announced.

Characters

Main characters

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice - the main and title character of the show. Beetlejuice (often addressed as just "Beej" or "BJ" by Lydia) is able to change shape, transform objects, teleport, and perform other feats of magic, although his powers can be reduced by various circumstances, such as encounters with Sandworms or when his head becomes separated from his body. At times he must pause to think of exactly how to use his powers to escape a precarious situation unscathed. His name derives from the star Betelgeuse, which is the armpit of the constellation Orion.

Whenever Beetlejuice utters aloud a figure of speech, he or his surroundings change to act on the pun (for example, if he says he's tired, he'll transform into a tire; if he says he's flat broke, he transforms into a flat disc that falls to the ground and shatters; on one occasion, in reference to his own power, he declares "This literal translation stuff slays me!" and giant letters reading "Literal Translation Stuff" then fall from the sky to crush him). Almost all of his transformations maintain the black-and-white striped pattern he wears on his suit, although sometimes the stripes are coloured depending on the transformation.

Though many Neitherworld denizens have some magic, it is Beetlejuice's greatly superior power (no real cause for it is ever given) that affords him the title—albeit mostly self-asserted—of "The Ghost With The Most." Because of that power, almost everyone in the Neitherworld is fair game for his pranks, though no more so than he himself, since he is not immune to careless use of his power; for example, he was once tricked by his enemies into saying "I'm coming apart at the seams!" which caused him to break into several pieces, with which his enemies then stole and scattered to different places in the Neitherworld, rendering him nearly helpless until—with Lydia's help—he reassembled himself. Sometimes Beetlejuice will mix up one of his transformations (when Lydia told him to turn into a stake to fight off Count Mein, he turned into a flank steak).

At times, various of his body parts (including his feet and his entire torso) manifested minds of their own, independent of Beetlejuice's control. Beetlejuice's main pastime is pulling various pranks on the other denizens of the Neitherworld such as Jacques, Ginger, The Monster Across the Street, Poopsie, the Mayor and in the Living World it is Lydia's rival Claire Brewster, Lydia's parents or sometimes Lydia herself. In the episode "Scary Fools Day", Beetlejuice and Lydia had a Scare War with each of them playing pranks on each other throughout the episode. Lydia only succeeded in scaring Beetlejuice once with the prank that his mother was coming to stay with him for a month, but Beetlejuice successfully pranked Lydia at least four times using his much more effective powers. These pranks included popping out of her desk drawer as a jack-in-the-box, pretending to shred her school essay, disguising himself as Claire Brewster who would be staying with her for six months while her parents were on a six month holiday and using a sock puppet and a lamp to create the illusion of a Sandworm. Beetlejuice's pranks on many seem to cause them great embarrassment or damage, but for Lydia however, his pranks don't seem to cause her any harm which shows his care for her. Lydia in fact, seems to be the only person who has any control over Beetlejuice. He even said in one episode he'd do anything for her, and she in turn reciprocates his feelings.

Beetlejuice is also constantly coming up with get-rich-quick con schemes to get money, as he dreads having to get a job. His favourite foods are insects of various types, especially beetles, and worms. In one episode however, he gets a job as a scarecrow on a beetle farm. When he finally gets his chance to eat the beetles one is cheering his name in admiration and Beetlejuice, overcome with guilt finds he can't eat them. Acts like this prove that Beetlejuice has more of a heart than he likes to think. Beetlejuice also loves causing mayhem in the Neitherworld and being filthy.

The things he hates include Sandworms, cleanliness, and anything "cute". He expresses his likes and dislikes via variations on a single catchphrase, as in "Nerd humour...you know I love it!" or "Sandtraps...you know I hate 'em!"

Beetlejuice's origins are rather fuzzy. On one hand, he frequently claims to be dead, a ghost (having died centuries before—though his references are often hundreds of years apart), which implies a prior life in the "real world". Yet some episodes show his parents residing in the Neitherworld, and it is apparently there that he was born to and raised by them: there are, for example, photos of him in the Neitherworld as a baby—showing him with his stock ghostly complexion and bizarre snake-like tongue—and tales of his youth already manifesting his trademark personality. One possible explanation may relate to his saying something about his parents "making him feel like a kid again" and being unsure how to fix it without his growing up all over again; another is that continuity was not a key importance in the series. More likely, the creators probably changed it to avoid scaring off viewers; in the original opening, he is shown leaving his grave and as a corpse. Later airings featured new animation of him producing stripes on his clothes.

Lydia Deetz

Lydia Deetz - a goth girl in her preteens at the start of the series, (she was in the seventh grade) and early teens later in the series, (at one point she expressly states that she is 14). Lydia is established as being a creative, bright, sharp, yet eccentric young girl, but otherwise Lydia's unique outlook on life makes her stand out from most of the other school-girls, which leaves her feeling out of place and alone in the real world, finding it difficult to fit in well with most of her classmates—leading her to frequently visit and seek out reassurence with her closest best friend, Beetlejuice, in the Neitherworld, where she is accepted and loved for who she is as a person.

Lydia is an amateur, but nonetheless, talented photographer, entomologist, seamstress, and sketch artist with an innate affinity and love for all things gross, scary, weird and macabre, and who celebrates all that is 'strange and unusual'. Despite her love of all things 'strange and unusual', Lydia is also a positive, well-mannered, friendly and patient girl, (being best friends with Beetlejuice is a testament towards Lydia's saint-like patience.) And aside from also being emotionally mature for her age (given what her best friend and her parents are like), Lydia can be accredited as being very responsible for a girl in her age group. Lydia is also shown to be a naturalist, shown to feel very strongly about environmental issues, (in Spooky Tree Lydia cut school and chained herself to a tree in protest of the workmen who were about to chop it down). She has also shown that she is extremely gifted with anything mechanical, and understands a lot about cars (she knew what to do to build Doomie, while Beetlejuice did not know very much, such as what a carburetor is).

In the series, Lydia attends "Miss Shannon's School for Girls" and is in seventh grade. Lydia is Beetlejuice's best friend; in the events of the pilot episode, Critter Sitters, both she and Beetlejuice have already known each other for a year, as they are celebrating their first anniversary of friendship. Beetlejuice frequently addresses her as "Lyds" or "Babes" rather than "Lydia" though he does use her full name from time to time, like when he is scared, amused, or worried about her. For example:in "Worm Welcome" when Beetlejuice found out that "Worm Your Way" deodorant, causes baby Sandworms to go crazy, he was scared Lydia would be eaten by the baby Sandworm thus in turn, makes himself shout her name. Lydia knows how to summon Beetlejuice to her presence, or make her own way to his: by calling his name aloud three times. (Occasionally she is shown making use of a longer, more elaborate ritual to bring him out of the Neitherworld or send herself into it, but that seems not to be a necessity.) Unlike Beetlejuice himself, Lydia is almost universally loved by the Neitherworld cast of the show.

In the pilot episode, Critter Sitters, she is shown summoning him through the longer ritual; as part of the ritual, the colour of her clothing changes, possibly merely by her choice. (Her invariable Neitherworld costume—unless she is in disguise—is a full-length red spiderweb-patterned poncho worn over a black, form-fitting body suit.) She is not the only person capable of summoning Beetlejuice—apparently the calling of his name would work for anyone (in one episode, Claire Brewster summons him accidentally)--but Lydia is the only person he will heed (because she is his friend, not because she summons him). Having found herself a kindred spirit in Beetlejuice, Lydia looks up to Beetlejuice in certain ways; admiring his outrageous sense of humour, as she would constantly be seen laughing at his jokes or gags. In one episode Beetlejuice lent Lydia his funny bone so she could be funny as part of a school show. But without his funny bone, Beetlejuice became much more serious and normal, this change in him even disappoints Jacques and Ginger. When Beetlejuice gets his funny bone back however, he becomes his ab-normal self again much to Lydia's delight as she hugs him. In some respects Lydia sometimes has been seen virtually parenting Beetlejuice. It is frequently made clear that Beetlejuice's dedication to her is a source of Lydia's own self-confidence.

Meanwhile, any who might conceivably threaten their relationship (such as Prince Vince) are the objects of Beetlejuice's profound jealousy and resentment. In one episode, we learn that Beetlejuice actually has a working shrine to Lydia in his mind. Lydia never shows any romantic interest in anyone else except Prince Vince, and that quickly turns into a straight-out friendship. She's hugged Beetlejuice a few times (if in a sisterly manner), and frequently goes on dates with him (such as to movies)--always, of course, in the Neitherworld. Also, when she was inside Beetlejuice's head, she gave a donation towards the maintenance of his shrine to her. Her main hobbies, aside from photographing every sort of strange thing, hanging out with Beetlejuice, drawing, includes watching horror movies and customising dolls into famous horror movie characters and monsters, reading literary classics such the collective works of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King and others.

Supporting characters

The Neitherworld

  • Jacques LaLean - A Francophone skeleton bodybuilder (a humorous reference to the fitness guru Jack LaLanne) and neighbor of Beetlejuice. A running gag in the series entails Jacques getting broken into multiple pieces, often thanks to Beetlejuice who will then proceed to call a number of random dogs upon him. In spite of such antics, Jacques actually likes Beetlejuice, and in one episode it is revealed that Beetlejuice likes Jacques despite his vehement pretensions to the contrary. He pursues a dream of becoming a great bodybuilder, a mostly comedic endeavor as he has no muscles, nor a body to devote fitness to, a fact he is very aware of, but regardless, does not take into consideration.
  • Ginger - A mediocre tap-dancing spider (another humorous allusion, this to Ginger Rogers). Another of Beetlejuice's neighbors, her act is often ruined by pranks of Beetlejuice. She dreams of someday being a famous tap dancer, and can be very sensitive to cruel pranks. Although she is one of the innocent creatures in the Neitherworld, she has admitted that she stole a few dance steps from other living and dead dancers.
  • Prince Vince - The ruler of the Neitherworld. He bears a striking resemblance to Tim Burton's "Vincent", the star character in one of Burton's early animation shorts (see Vincent); both, in turn, bear a resemblance to Johnny Depp, which may have been an in-joke, since Winona Ryder--who played Lydia in the film—was Depp's longtime girlfriend. Pessimistic and depressed (the weather turns gloomy and rainy in response to his mood), Prince Vince begins to perk up when he meets Lydia and they begin dating, but the relationship cools to a friendship when he asks her to be his Princess and she politely declines, being barely a teenager. His name could be based on Vincent Price, which again could be an in joke as both Johnny Depp and Vincent Price co-starred in Edward Scissorhands.
  • The Monster Across the Street - A tall, hairy monster from the West, who bears a slight resemblance to Gossamer from the Warner Brothers animation studio. He is another neighbor of Beetlejuice. It's no secret that he can't stand Beetlejuice (Although it is acknowledged by many that he doesn't really care for anyone), yet refers to Lydia politely as "Miss Lydia", often removing his hat in her presence. He speaks with an exaggerated western drawl. He resides in a house (suitably across the street from Beetlejuice's roadhouse) that looks like the skull of a giant-sized buffalo. He also has a little nephew called "The Little Monster from Around the Corner," as seen in Goody Two Shoes.
  • Poopsie - The Monster's beloved and talented pet dog, one of Beetlejuice's favorite prank victims.
  • Scuzzo the Clown - Beetlejuice's cackling rival in prank-playing and whatever other endeavor Beetlejuice might be pursuing in a given episode. He is considered a comedy genius in the Neitherworld's version of France, though this was only revealed years after his first appearance and thus should not be taken as evidence that he was created as a direct parody of Jerry Lewis (but the later reference is clearly an oblique sarcasm).
  • Fuzzo the Clown - Scuzzo's (physically much larger) brother. Fuzzo cannot talk, but communicates through a series of meeping, beeping, squeeking and honking sounds that only his (physically smaller) brother, Scuzzo, can interpret. Fuzzo's role in the series is that of a dim-witted goon for his smarter brother Scuzzo.
  • Dragster of Doom (nicknamed "Doomie") - Beetlejuice and Lydia's sentient car. Doomie is normally an affable and friendly creature, but due to the abnormal brain Beetlejuice gave him during his construction (ala Frankenstein's monster), Doomie transforms into a vicious "four-wheeled werewolf" type of monster in response to anger, fear, or the danger of his 'passengers', somewhat like a vehicular Jekyll and Hyde (correspondingly, even in his more sedate form he displays subtly dog-like traits such as panting, implying that he fills a pet-like role for Lydia and Beetlejuice). A recurring gag is for Doomie to turn into his "Werewolf stage" to chase Dogs around the Neitherworld, (a flip-switch to dogs chasing cars). In later episodes, he is known to "speak", which is given as the sound of an engine turning over in ignition. It is at these times, Lydia usually plays translator for him, as we understand a more complex, benevolent, and hopelessly romantic side to Doomie, such as when he began courting Mayor Maynot's convertible, Pinky. Beetlejuice makes a point of claiming his ownership over Doomie, and oftentimes demands his loyalty whenever Doomie should contradict him or is needed to aide in Beetlejuice's endeavors. However Beetlejuice can be greatly apathetic to any plight of Doomie's, necessitating Lydia's persuasion to help him.
  • Pinky - Originally, she was Mayor Maynot's convertible, whom Doomie fell in love with. After revealing that she had a problem in her engine, the Mayor decided to get rid of her and bought a new car. She tracked down Doomie, and with the help of Lydia and Beetlejuice, they took her to the auto factory where they built Doomie, and brought her to life. Since she was abandoned by the Mayor, Lydia and Beetlejuice kept her.
  • Road Hawg - A motorcycle with a mean, nasty and vicious attitude, built by Beetlejuice, when this one got tired of Doomie being nice towards others. He was made of nasty parts, which Beetlejuice got in the Deserted Auto Factory, to which he added two electrical eels. His fuel tank is similar to the head of a wild boar. Along with Beetlejuice, he formed a gang, but soon gets tired of BJ's attitude and challenges him for the place as leader of the gang in a race. Along with Lydia and Doomie, Beetlejuice is able to win the race, but when Road Hawg tried to get revenge on him, B.J. removes his spark plug, turning him into a red tricycle.
  • Captain Kidder - A pirate/headhunter who tells jokes which are not applauded. His name is a pun on to the word 'kid'--which means to tell a joke—and the notorious pirate Captain Kidd.
  • Flubbo - A slug-like bespectacled ghost with multiple arms, who's possibly one of the few creatures in the Neitherworld that can compete against Beetlejuice when it comes to grossness.
  • Judge Mental - A skeletal judge. His name is a play on the word judgmental. He despises Beetlejuice, and has banished him to Sandworm Land countless times.
  • Mayor Maynot - The mayor of the Neitherworld, completely redesigned in the second season from a stereotypical old-time mayor to more of a modern-day mayor. The mayor hates Beetlejuice and would love nothing more than to feed him to the sandworms. Though at first glance he looks like a mummy it was revealed in some episodes that he is actually an Invisible Man. His name is a play on "may or may not". Some episodes also depicted him as a green monster (possibly his original form until he became an invisible man).
  • Armhold Musclehugger - A bodybuilder ghost, parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is "Mr. Neitherworld" and the fitness king. Being a bodybuilder, he does not like to talk about emotion or other things that involve them. After losing his title of Mr. Neitherworld, he started to work as a bodyguard. He is Jacques' prime arch-rival.
  • Chester Slime - A lawyer who bribes the mayor.
  • Germs Pondscum - A secret agent with "a license to prank," based heavily on James Bond (in particular, Sean Connery's rendition). Using Beetlejuice as his scape goat, he usually pranks everyone that he sees.
  • Mr. Monitor - Co-president of the Nutwork which airs broadcasts of Beetlejuice's adventures; his head consists of four TV screens. Much like the X-men villain Mojo, Monitor lives for ratings and will go into an extreme panic if they drop even a smidge. Over-bearing to his employees and sniviling to his superiors, he has no qualms about destroying Beetlejuice if it will increase his ratings. However Beetlejuice's show is the favorite of the Head of the network, so Monitor's antics have a way of coming back to haunt him.
  • The Monstress Across the Street - The Monster's girlfriend.
  • The Little Monster from Across the Corner - He's the The Monster Across the Street's nephew.
  • Poopette - The Monstress' dog.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Juice - Nat and Bea ("gnat" and "bee," two types of insects), Beetlejuice's parents. Unlike Beetlejuice, they are very neat, clean, and upstanding, always insisting when he visits that Beetlejuice bathe, clean his room, and/or get a job. Beetlejuice avoids them for these reasons and considers them painfully dull, despite their nagging stemming from their love of him and desire for him to be responsible and happy. While they don't seem to have magic powers like Beetlejuice, they are capable of spinning their heads around like he can. Nat seems to be fashioned after the Frankenstein monster (even works at a neckbolt factory), while Bea is fashioned like a stereotypical old woman.
  • Uncle Sid - Beetlejuice's uncle, who thinks Lydia is his nephew's girlfriend. He loves telling horrible jokes. He is married to his wife Irma. Lydia's living human uncle, Clyde, resembles Sid and tells bad jokes as well.
  • Donny Juice - Beetlejuice's little brother. Save the fierce family resemblance, Donny is perhaps the very antithesis of his older brother, and everyone in the Netherworld (even the entirety of the Juice family) very much prefer him to Beetlejuice. Donny is clean, tidy, and generous, but rather insecure. His main problem is that he is a little too kind (in the vein of Mr. Rogers, Pat Boone, or Ned Flanders), which he is aware tends to 'drive people crazy'. No explanation is offered for why his name breaks the bug-oriented naming pattern in the Juice family, although he is almost certainly a parody of Donny Osmond.
  • Bartholomew Batt - An old cartoon character, a parody of Mickey Mouse, who desperately tries to make a come back to TV, after he became obsolete, because he was black and white, unlike the other cartoons.
  • Little Miss Warden - Warden of the sickeningly sweet Neitherneitherland, she is a parody of Shirley Temple and, to a smaller extent, Tinker Bell. Betraying how naturally cute and adorable she is in response to her surroundings, she can be strict and cruel without remorse, and pulls no punches when it comes to demanding that everything and everyone conform to the stereotypically adorable standard she sets for not just her prisoners, but all who drop in on her camp, evidenced by her imprisoning Lydia (After blatantly deeming her name un-cute) when she had tried to find out just what had happened to Beetlejuice in his court-mandated "rehabilitation" into Snugglejuice. Her partner in arms is Billy Club.
  • Jesse Germs - A skeletal outlaw whose name is based on Jesse James and whose manner (and speech) parodies Clint Eastwood.
  • I.M. Smallhead - He's the mayor's assistant, who has a shrunken head; in one episode he receives an award from "The Society of People Who Hate Hats". He was based on Harry the Haunted Hunter, who appeared in the movie.
  • Lip Scum - An annoying character, he is basically a giant mouth with eyes, arms, and legs. He is the only creature in the Netherworld everyone considers even MORE annoying than Beetlejuice.
  • Dr. Zigmund Void - A large-headed psychiatrist based on Sigmund Freud.
  • Bully the Crud - A Neitherworld-based bull-like outlaw, based on Billy the Kid, who appears in the episode "Pest o' the West." He develops a crush on Lydia and tries to force her to marry him.
  • Hankerchief Boogerheim: The owner of the Boogerheim Museum of Post-Mortem Art. His name is a parody to Solomon R. Guggenheim, the founder of the Guggenheim Museums.
  • Barry MeNot - A Neitherworld TV personality who appears in various "commercials" that sometimes pop up to emphasize a particular plot point in a humorous aside. Unlike the rest of the show, Barry MeNot's vignettes are computer-generated animation. He almost never interacts with the rest of the characters. (The name puns "bury me not".)
  • Goody Two Shoes - A fairy from the Nietherworld's Bureau of Sweetness and Prissiness, and perhaps the only being more powerful than Beetlejuice, as all of Beetlejuice's tricks proved useless on her. She is able to transform anyone into a sweet and clean version of him or herself. She is somewhat like Little Miss Warden except that Miss Warden does her job to reform while Goody does her job as kind of a sport, and hates it when folks get along.
  • Napoleon Bonesapart and Marie Marionette - A headless skeleton and a headless zombie based on the French general Napoleon Bonapart, and Queen Marie Antoinette. Marie Marionette made an appearance as a guest in the episode "You're History"
  • The Scuzzimottos - A couple of slug-like creatures, who compete against everyone in the 24-hour gross contest. They were beaten by Beetlejuice and Lydia, when Beetlejuice was able to witstand their grossest face.
  • Barf Birfman - A Neitherworld TV personality, who usually presents every kind of talk-shows and other TV contests.
  • The Sappy Face Ghouls - A group of scouts who Beetlejuice formed, to sell cookies to the people of Peaceful Pines, and out-rate the Happy Face Girls.
  • Carry-On - The captain of a ferry-boat who makes the cross of River Schticks. He's an obvious pun on Charon the ferryman who took the souls of the dead into the Underworld through the Styx River, in the Greek mythology.

The Real World

  • Charles Deetz - Lydia's father, a nervous man who likes quiet activity and calm. One of his favourite hobbies is ornithology, which he seems to be very fond of, and he also likes baseball. He is often the victim of Beetlejuice's continuous pranks and mischieves. Despite this, Beetlejuice is sort of oddly fond of him, probably because he's one of the few people who is always falling on his pranks.
  • Delia Deetz - In the film, she was Lydia's stepmother, but the cartoon appears to present her as Lydia's actual biological mother; Lydia refers to her as "Mother" or "Mom", instead of using her first name as in the film. Her relationship with Lydia is somehow a close relationship, although sometimes, both of them do not agree in some issues. Due to her eccentric/airheaded/yuppie nature, Delia is not easily frightened, unlike her husband. Being a surrealistic artist, she mistakenly thinks that the frightening things she experiences are part of something else. Her weird art is often rejected by living people, but is very popular in the Neitherworld. Delia wants Lydia to give up scary stuff and focus on cute stuff.
  • Percy - Lydia's pet cat, an animal so high-strung that he makes Charles look relaxed. Considering the amount of torment that Beetlejuice puts Percy through, this isn't really surprising. Although Percy is most times a victim of Beetlejuice's pranks, he sometimes manages to take revenge on him, in more than one way.
  • Aunt Zippora & Uncle Danforth - Delia's rich, snobby sister and henpecked brother-in-law. Although Zippora criticises Delia and Lydia, Danforth is quite friendly, and agrees with Lydia in many points.
  • Aunt May & Uncle Clyde - Charles' farmer ventriloquist brother and mild-mannered sister-in-law. Their invariable punch line is a joint drawn-out declaration "We like it; we like it juuust fine!"
  • Claire Brewster - Lydia's rival, a filthy rich and spoiled rotten brat. She has tanned skin, blonde hair, and speaks with a valley girl accent. The girls could not be more different and are frequently on opposite sides of the same situation. Although Lydia simply dislikes Claire, Beetlejuice actively despises and hates her because of how she insults, condescends to, and otherwise mistreats Lydia, leading him to prank and punish Claire with the most horrible and disgusting ways he can find. Most times she subjected to Beetlejuice's magic as payback for something she's done to Lydia or when she's insulted him when he's disguised as Betty. Claire just wants Lydia to be normal.
  • Bertha & Prudence - The only friends that Lydia has who are in her age group,(though there are other characters that have been friendly with Lydia who were around the same age.) Bertha (nicknamed "Burp" by Beetlejuice) is tall and skinny with a noticeable overbite, while Prudence (nicknamed "Prune" by Beetlejuice) is quite tiny with large glasses. They are usually portrayed as nerdy and helpless, but they share some of Lydia's interest in the bizarre, in one episode they join her (and a disguised Beetlejuice) in a rock band called "the Brides of Funkenstein", while in another they survive in the wild and become (temporarily) a pair of female Tarzans.
  • Miss Shannon - Lydia's teacher and headmistress, first (or possibly last) name unknown. She tends to appreciate order and old fashioned habits, although she sometimes displays a more irreverent attitude towards her students.

Beetlejuice's disguises

Often, when Beetlejuice acts as part of Lydia's life in the living world, he puts on one of these personas. Betty, Mr. Beetleman, and cousin B.J. have appeared multiple times; the others were either one-time disguises or used seldomly like Cousin BJ.

  • Betty Juice - Beetlejuice uses this disguise to go to Lydia's school and/or to be with her human friends. In simple terms, he changes into the same uniform as Lydia's school and styles his hair into a tacky ponytail with a black and white striped headband with a bat on it, he also speaks with a female (if barely so) voice.
  • Mr. Beetleman (Form 1) - Used when he involves himself in some business affair, often with the Deetzes. He pretends to be a jack-of-all-trades and is seen in white and black overalls.
  • Mr. Beetleman (Form 2) - This form is similar to a carnival barker. BJ sports a thin mustache and is usually dressed in a red and white seersucker shirt, a straw boater, and cape.
  • Mr. Beetleman (Form 3) - This form has BJ wearing a coonskin hat, Hawaiian shirt, striped shorts, and sandals.
  • Mr. Beetleman (Form 4) - This form has BJ wearing a ringmaster's outfit, and was used by Beetlejuice when he helped Lydia in the school play and when he fixed her Halloween Party.
  • Mr. Beetleman (Form 5) - This form has BJ wearing a purple chaffeur's outifit, and was used by Beetlejuice, when he took Lydia and her mother to a colony of artists in the Neitherworld, so Delia could present her art.
  • Cousin B.J. - Only used twice in the show: when Beetlejuice wanted to be involved in Lydia's family reunion, and when he took advantage of Charles's desire for male bonding. He takes on the form of a little kid, and wears a white and black T-shirt. Charles thinks he's a relative of Delia while Delia thinks he's a relative of Charles.
  • Grandpa Beetleman - BJ took this form, a balding old man, when he volunteered to show Charles Deetz's mother around. In this form, Beetlejuice wears typical senior-citizen clothing.
  • Professor Beetleburg - Beetlejuice once used this disguise—that of a teacher—to take Lydia's class on a field trip.
  • Beatrice - In the second-season finale episode, "Bothered, Bewitched and Beetlejuiced," Beetlejuice and Lydia disguised themselves as witches to rescue her cat, Percy, from a witches' party in the Neitherworld.
  • Odious - Beetlejuice disguised himself as a dog to pull a prank on Poopsie, only to be impounded and later rescued by Lydia and taken to her world to remove the collar that was stunting his ability to transform back. Delia noticed him and immediately decided to keep him, much to Charles' dismay (he's allergic to dogs). Beetlejuice was eventually rescued by a disguised Jacques, recruited and brought to the real world by Lydia.
  • B-Gore - When they were making Doomie, their car, BJ took on the form of a balding hunchback, a parody of the mad-science lackey Igor from Frankenstein. He later used this form to also build his motorcycle, Road Hawg.
  • Super Slob - A superhero costume he turned into by ripping his suit off (Superman style) to save Doomie.
  • Grimdiana Bones - Beetlejuice took on the aspect of Indiana Jones to save Lydia from Thing Thong, a creature that only steals the most beautiful things in the world. (A running gag in the episode is that every time he said, or wrote, his name, a giant boulder would appear and run him over, a reference to the opening scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.)
  • Surelock Homely - Beetlejuice took on the aspect of Sherlock Holmes when working with Lydia (whom he calls "Lydson") in a search for Doomie, whom he believed had been stolen by some mysterious person.
  • Beetallio - Beetlejuice disguised himself as an Italian barber to help Lydia capture all the monsters that had appeared in her Halloween party.
  • General Splattin - (after General Patton) Beetlejuice used this disguise to make Doomie move out from a ditch, so he could win the Neitherworld Groan Prix, instead of Scuzzo and Fuzzo the Clowns; it recurs in other episodes, including Doomie's Romance and Goody Two-Shoes.
  • B.J. Cheshire Cat - Beetlejuice disguised himself as a cat with black and white stripes, mirroring the Cheshire Cat so he could scare Poopsie away. He later used this form to work in a beetle farm. He also briefly used this disguise in the episodes Skeletons in a Closet and Queasy Rider.
  • Beautyjuice - Beetlejuice used this disguise to win the prize money in a beauty contest. This plan failed when he spun his head, which tossed off his wig, instantly disqualifying him. Later in the episode, Beetlejuice used the following disguises to cut through a long line of beauty contestants: an old woman, a young woman with a baby, a chef carrying a pot of hot soup and a bomb disarmer.
  • Mr. Goodstench - Beetlejuice put on this uniform as a mechanic to repair Doomie.
  • Sheckyjuice - (after (Shecky Greene) Beetlejuice uses this disguise as a comedian to tell jokes.
  • UltraBeetleman - Beetlejuice uses this disguise as a superhero in an effort to become popular.
  • Denmother MacCree - Beetlejuice used this disguise, a green scout mistress dress, to create the Sappy Face Ghouls, in an attempt to earn money by selling more cookies than Lydia's Happy Face Girls. He later used this disguise to take Lydia and the rest of the Happy Face Girls to the Neitherworld's amusement park, Grislyland.

Voice cast

Episodes

Merchandise

Much as with the original 1988 film, various merchandise was released for the Beetlejuice animated series in 1990. This included trading cards by Dart, a sticker album and sticker/activity book by Panini, a jigsaw puzzle by Golden, a party centerpiece by Party Creations, a PC game by Hi-Tech Expressions, and six PVC figures available with Burger King Kids' Meals. Kenner, the company behind the Beetlejuice movie action figures, had begun developing figures for the animated series, but the project did not come to fruition (at least one prototype for that ill-fated collection has been showcased online).[2]

References

  1. ^ DVD Times - Beetlejuice R1 AE in September
  2. ^ Bickmore, Alex STA: Beetlejuice: Jacque Hardcopy Head ToyArchive.com (June 1, 2004). A Beetlejuice cartoon shirt was released into stores such as Hot Topic for sale in 2008

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Quotes

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Beetlejuice is an animated television series loosely based on the Beetlejuice film, and ran from 1989 to 1991.

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Beetlejuice

  • Showtime!
  • I can't belive it! He [Doomie] didn't cheat! Oh, where did I go right?!
  • I had enough of that Lil Miss Warden so I really have to get away from her.
  • (asking the audience to give him their money) Come on, it's for a good cause: ME!
  • What a stupid day I have.
  • So long, suckers!
  • Whoa! So that's why cowboys have bow legs.
  • Hmm... uh, listen, Lyds. I gotta go. I, uh, have to feed my fish... to my piranha! Ha! Squeeze ya later.
  • So, c'mon, kid. Get on the ball.
  • Look, I've got a problem, maybe you could help me out. I've got these friends I said I'd meet and it's the kind'a thing where *a gotta be there in person…
  • Yo, Shakey. Whatta ya think'a these?!
  • Check this out... a mid-summer night scream.
  • Ooo, that Clare. She really gets my dandruf up.
  • She's gotta be outta my mind by now.
  • Oh, what's so important about keepin' a - uh - what'd you call it again?
  • Okay, okay, okay - I promise. No more pranks.
  • Hey, they can't keep us apart.
  • Hey, now, wait a minute! This skunk really bugs me.
  • Ah, ah, ah -- don't forget what your mom said.
  • Rule number one for pullin' pranks without gettin' caught is... be invisible!
  • What? How come you always think I have somethin' up my sleeve?
  • Ooo, the magic B-word. Say it again. C'mon, c'mon, c'mon... I dare ya!
  • Well, looks like ol' Spooky won't have to worry 'bout that pollution stuff gettin' to 'im. He's gonna be grocery bags!
  • Hey! What am I, garbage?!
  • SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRM!!!!!
  • Now all I need are some cute little suckers to sell my cookies to some big dumb suckers!
  • When I get my hands on that cricket, IT'S SNACK TIME!!
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! (when asked if he ever changes his underwear)
  • HEY, BRAINLESS! OVER HERE! (to his body while his head is separate from it)
  • We're gonna take our cause to the people! And not just for the people. We'll take it to the downtrodden! The vegetable! The mineral! The disgustin'! The failed science experiments! Four-legged creepies! The birds! The bees! The trees! The knees!
  • Not yet?! We're already halfway through this story, and you still haven't introduced the bad guy!! (when playing Captain Ahab in Moby Dick)
  • I know! Couldn't they find a better picture [for my wanted poster]? I'm smiling!
  • (to Lydia) Babes, his music stinks worse than I do! (smells himself) Well, not quite.

Lydia Deetz

Though I know I should be wary
Still I venture someplace scary
Ghostly haunting I turn loose.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!!!!!!!
  • Deadly Vu!
  • Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! BEEEETLEJUUUUUUICE!!!!
  • Do I have to join the Neitherworld club?
  • Hey, that's not a good idea, BJ.
  • They're wrecking the whole house! Duck!
  • Very educational - I learned about the Greenhouse Effect.
  • They say 'practice makes pukey'!
  • Beetlejuice! I've never seen you look this bad!
  • Come on, you guys. There's no monster in this tree. That's just a story the kids in school made up. This is a great tree. I love this tree.
  • Beetlejuice, Father was half-asleep -- thank goodness.
  • That isn't funny! That tree is alive... and those men are going to kill it!
  • Sorry, B.J., I can't fix Doomie right now, I've got to do my homework.
  • Beetlejuice, you shouldn't annoy poor Little Miss Warden!
  • This is the one... my best ever!
  • The one I enter has to be the best photograph I've ever done.
  • You're telling me. Just hurry up and fix it, please. This photo show means a lot to me.
  • Miss Shannon, can I be excused?
  • Beetlejuice. Have you seen a doctor about this problem of yours?
  • Romeo, don't step on my spiders!
  • Two dollars an hour... see ya.
  • I'm really babysitting now... AND IT'S NOT WORTH TWO DOLLARS AN HOUR!!

Delia Deetz

  • Don't be ridiculous, Charles!
  • Rubbish! Don't be such a stupid baby, just eat your soup and then you will be excused.
  • Why Charles! Whatever is the matter?
  • Really, Charles. I suggest you phone a proper repair man.
  • That's Beetleman, Dear. I'm taking your father for a nice, relaxing walk. Now, don't you bother Mr. Beetleman.
  • Well, pay the man, Charles.
  • You like it!

Charles Deetz

  • What is that thing?
  • Lydia, dinner!
  • Lydia, go to your room, right now!
  • Sweety, I'm home.

Mr. Monitor

  • Monitor Head 2: What do you mean commercials can't be released on the video unless you are the one with the people's voices!
  • Monitor Head 1: I'm not a fat looser like you!
  • Monitor Head 4: It's all about ratings.
  • All Monitor Heads: Get a move on!

Bartholomew Batt

  • Yuk! That's Disgustin'!
  • Did I win or did I lose?
  • Nyah - ha - ha - haa!
  • Oh No you don't! You will not turn me into warewolf!
  • That blonde haired ghoul is gonna cut off my head.

Little Miss Warden

  • That wasn't very cute!
  • Wanna buy some cookies!
  • Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Doomie

  • Beep! Beep! Beep!

Jacques LaLean

  • Hello Moname, ya lookin' for a nice preeetty girl?
  • Ooh La La! Look at that preeeeeetty looking ladeeeee!
  • Sacre Bleu!
  • Are you Beeeeetlejuice?
  • It is 'azar-dous to your 'ealth.

Scuzzo the Clown

  • Hey, kids! Are we gonna have some fun?
  • Okay, boys and girls, are we ready for some jokes?
  • Hey Beetlejuice! Your burgers are so bad, they oughta be spanked!

Lipscum

  • What is your favourite color? Tell me!
  • Huh! Is my name Lipscum spelled backwards Mucspil?
  • What is your name? Answer me!
  • Hey. Beetlejuice spelled backwards is Eciujelteeb!
  • Can I huh? Can I Can I Can I?

Captain Kidder

  • Ba dum-bum!
  • Arrrr! Look who what we've got, Ed.
  • Cross the river bridge, mate.

Prudence

  • What do you mean the library's closed?
  • That's not funny, Claire.
  • Uh, does this mean we'll be closing the play?
  • But, Lydia, I think you should try out for the part of Juliette.
  • Miss Shannon! I don't feel so good.
  • Relax, Bertha. You know why Miss Shannon wants you to do homework.

Claire Brewster

  • Looks like the best girl won, honey.
  • I am going to get that Lydia Deetz.
  • Uh, like, it's about time! You are ten second late. Now, get lost!
  • Shut up! I am not a sore loser.
  • Well, you can find yourself another Julia.
  • Like, aren't I just the most?

Percy

  • Miaow!
  • Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeowwwwwwww!

Miss Shannon

  • All right, girls, our very first science fair today. Guess who's forgotten.
  • Can I help you, Prudence?
  • Now off to your classes, ladies.
  • I want you to keep staging it the rest of the week, just as you did it last night.
  • Okay, girls, we're going to have show and tell.
  • How improper.
  • Bertha, I am not satisfied with you. You did not share with any of your friends.

Judge Mental

  • Beetleguts! You're fired!
  • Would you please stand on that X over there?
  • Oh, all right. You're free to go… as far away as possible!
  • What are you, some kind of sicko? We can get rid of this disgusting creep forever.
  • If you do not follow those rules, I will let you get away from the Neitherworld forever!

Bertha

  • Gross!
  • Miss Shannon! Somebody is bothering me!
  • What's so funny?!?
  • Stop laughing! That's ridiculous!
  • Miss Shannon! Can I wash my hands please?
  • Put a sock in it, you idiot!
  • Is there anything new other than comicbooks?
  • Someone used this ruler to throw your beehive on stage.

Simple English

Beetlejuice is a television show about a teenage girl named Lydia who does not like her school peers and from nowhere a ghost, named Beetlejuice, appears. Beetlejuice was first shown on Nickelodeon until 1995 and then aired on Nick again in October 1999 and December, 1999.


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