Keeping Tabs: Maybe a GHOSTBUSTERS Animated Film Wouldn’t be That Bad
Last week, we learned an eternal truth: Ghostbusters 3 refuses to die, and now, according to Bloody Disgusting (who cited an unnamed source), Sony could be exploring the possibility of an animated Ghostbusters film.
Naturally, this has shaken the cage and angered some Ghostbusters fans who want their beloved franchise to be left to rest in peace. These are the same people who have cheered the whirling buzz of Bill Murray’s paper shredder and applauded his role as guardian of the sanctity of the Ghostbusters’ legacy. I know this, because I am one of these people, but this time, it’s different.
First, I think we have to all accept that someday, something is going to come out of this mess and live before our eyes. It could be a shitty sequel with Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd passing the torch to a younger generation or it could be a straight-up reboot and re-cast. Something that should strike all Ghostbusters fans as the ultimate sacrilege.
So, with that in mind, wouldn’t this be better? An animated film gives Murray a chance to re-join the flock and it gives us a little more Peter Venkman, assuming Murray is amenable to such a project, and… Garfield, so, I think he might be, and Garfield 2, so shut your mouth.
Also, a such a project stems the rush to bring in new recruits, which means we might avoid the inevitable sight of Jonah Hill walking onto the screen carrying a proton pack.
Some will bark that this is still a travesty, or some other bombastic word. They’ll argue that the great history of the Ghostbusters is still being milked for nickels and dimes, and that will — to some degree — always be the case, but the expansion of the brand happened long ago and those off-shoots are part of the history too. Ghostbusters isn’t just the live action films, hell my first exposure to the franchise was via The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, and if you were born in the 80s, I bet it was yours too, so a cartoon movie would hardly be unheard of.
There are a few things, though, that they would have to do to make this palatable for die hard fans, assuming that this is real and not another one of the countless trial balloons that crashes down into the ocean, never to be heard from again.
1. This has to have Murray. He is the thread that holds it all together.
2. It can be accessible, but it shouldn’t be watered down to the point where it feels like this is a film for everyone other than Ghostbusters’ fans.
3. Push the boundaries technologically and in terms of what big budget animated films are. I want this to look like Beowulf and The Polar Express. Use heavy motion capture and really make this feel as close to live action as is possible.
We should have gotten Ghostbusters 3 in 1991. Make Ray, Egon, Pete, and Winston look like they did then. And make it feel like that movie would have. In television, animation has been co-opted by more mature shows. The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, etc. Cartoons aren’t just for kids and this should certainly not be. Look at the best of what Tim Burton has done in animation and the tone of the the first Shrek film and then go further.
I want a PG-13 CGI film for Ghostbusters 3, and I want the filmmakers to really take advantage of the freedom that would come with that kind of goal. Take the Ghostbusters to hell, do whatever gonzo thing Dan Aykroyd has been dreaming about as he sips vodka from a crystal skull and make it for us, the fans.
If they do this and they do it right (and I doubt that they can and I doubt that they will) then I have little doubt that this could actually feel like something made in good faith and not just in search of a good dollar.