Everybody’s favorite “ghost with the most” is back once again. That’s right! Beetlejuice is back again thanks to Shout! Factory and Warner Brothers Home Video. This time, fans of the modern classic cartoon have gotten a special treat as Halloween gets closer, with the new compilation DVD, Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular. This compilation is another great trip back in time for those that grew up watching this cartoon and for their own kids. Its writing and animation were unlike anything else on TV in the show’s original broadcast. And the same applies today. That writing and animation help make it a good fit for any family Halloween party this year. And for those that are true fans, it’s a good bridge for fans that are waiting to see if Shout! Factory and WHV will release any of the show’s other seasons, the first season and the complete series already having been released this year. Suffice it to say that whether one is a kid or a kid at heart, Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular is great fun whether for that upcoming Halloween party or just to watch.
Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular is a great trip down memory lane for those audiences that grew up with the modern classic cartoon series, Beetlejuice. It pulls eight episodes from the show’s original four-season run for a frightful yet fun time for both the kids that grew up with the series and today’s kids. Audiences will love watching Beetlejuice go toe-to-toe with a Boris Karloff style character named Boris to Death in “Ghost to Ghost.” Beetlejuice isn’t the only one that gets the spotlight in this collection of episodes. BJ’s neighbor Jacques wants to become Mr. Neitherworld in “Raging Skull.” But he doesn’t stand a chance without the help of Beetlejuice. Any parent will appreciate the pop culture references both in the episode’s title and within the episode itself. If this isn’t convincing enough, then maybe the inclusion of one of the series’ best episodes, “Laugh of the Party” will help convince fans to check out this compilation. Lydia holds her own Halloween party in this episode as competition to her hated nemesis, Claire Brewster. Being a Halloween party, Beetlejuice is actually able to come as himself. There’s just one problem. He brings some “party animals” to *ahem* liven up the party (ba-dump-bump-bump).These are just a few examples of what makes Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular so enjoyable for the show’s original audiences and their own kids. There are five more episodes included loaded with family friendly jokes and more that remain unlike anything else on TV today for kids.
The scripts crafted for Beetlejuice made the show unlike anything else on TV in the series’ original run. They continue to make the show unlike anything on television today for young viewers. It’s even unlike the movie on which the series is based. This is really a good thing. It serves as a tribute to the series’ longevity. It isn’t nearly as dark and creepy as its live action horror/comedy brother. It’s been toned down to make it kid friendly. And there is nothing wrong with this at all. Just as the writing made this series more kid friendly, so did the animation. To be more specific, the use of colors helped make it more kid friendly. As subtle as it is, both the Neitherworld scenes and those scenes in Lydia’s home were animated using relatively bright colors. This was a subtle element. But it was an extremely important element at the same time. It made the Neitherworld less scary to young viewers and more like just some funny fantasy world. In the case of Lydia’s home, it helped to offset Lydia’s Goth personality and made her more relatable to viewers.
Keeping in account everything noted, Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular is a fun time both for today’s young viewers and for those that grew up with the series in its original run on TV. It’s especially valuable for the show’s fans because the release of the entire series box set earlier this year was done strictly through Amazon as opposed to the release of the show’s first season. So until or unless Shout! Factory and WHV release the series’ remaining three seasons, fans have in this compilation at least a taste of the entire series to enjoy. It’s available now in stores and online. Fans can order the single-disc compilation now online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/node/218183. More information on this and other releases from Shout! Factory is available online now at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.