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A television show goes through many changes from original conception to final product, and Extreme Ghostbusters is no different. On this page you'll find various bits of media that show how some things were different in these "original" pre-release stages.

When the series was first conceived by Richard Raynis and Jeff Kline (both are credited as developers, but I don't know which one came up with the idea to make a new Ghostbusters animated series), they needed a name for the show. It didn't have to be the final name, just something they could refer to it by while they were working out the details for the show. Apparently, the very temporary placeholder name they used during early pre-production was SUPER GHOSTBUSTERS. A full-page ad appeared in The Hollywood Reporter: Animation Special Issue, dated January 23, 1996, for Columbia TriStar Television's current and upcoming children's programming and animation, which proclaimed that Super Ghostbusters was "coming soon". This was a full year and eight months before the show premiered on TV. The generic "title and logo" appears below; the full advertisement appears in this blog post.


The logo seen below was originally used on the Bohbot website. Bohbot was the television distributor for the series. This logo shows rivets in the red logo, which were removed in the final version. Even the word "Extreme" is stylized is a manner not seen anywhere else. This rivet logo would actually appear in the series itself; seen on the firehouse in the episodes Home Is Where The Horror Is and Moby Ghost. Al alternate version of the rivet logo can be found on the official Ghostbusters Facebook page. (Sony would bring the rivet logo back to life as the official logo of the theatrical Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) motion picture.)


An early version of the series opening, which can be found amongst the previews at the beginning of the original VHS release of "Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book" (1997), shows a ghost trap that used three arms as a cover instead of the three-piece dome cover seen in the final version. Below is a video of this early series opening, along with two screen caps showing the three-armed ghost trap (click to enlarge them).

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Bohbot, the television distributor for the series, had a website that featured a story synopsis that was vastly different from what viewers would see in the aired series. The wheelchair-bound character named Garrett was originally named Lucas, and there was a mischievous new goblin named Gnat who would not be seen at all in the final show. Below is the full story synopsis that I saved from the Bohbot website back in 1997.
Ten years after clearing out every malcontent ghost and goblin in New York City, the Ghostbusters have disbanded. The ECTO-1 is gathering dust , the old Firehouse headquarters is quiet, and all the guys have left town -- except Egon, now huddled in front of a computer screen, battling program bugs instead of spooks.

But now after a decade of quiet, the supernatural is rearing its ugly ectoplasmic head again, and Manhattan is overrun with ghosts bent on mayhem and malevolent fun. New York needs the Ghostbusters. But the Ghostbusters are gone...or are they.

It's up to the Ghostbusters' plucky secretary Janine -- now teaching history at a local college -- to recruit a new team to fill the Ghostbusters' Ecto-Visors and Slime-Repellent Boots. Short on time and more than a little desperate, Janine turns to four of her teenaged students: Kylie, a girl genius with a head full of incantations and occult knowledge; Eduardo, a hip, cynical slacker with a dream of running in the Olympics and a serious crush on Kylie; Lucas, a wheelchair-bound young athlete with a hair-trigger temper; and Roland, a clumsy but good-hearted "gentle-giant" who's a whiz with machinery.

Along with the Ghostbusters' old pal Slimer and a mischievous new goblin called Gnat, Janine and the kids set up shop in the firehouse, where they arm themselves with PKE meters, nuclear powered Proton Pack blasters, and everything else they'll need (refurbished with the help of Egon) to treat a new generation of ghosts to a Proton Pack roast!

The Ghostbusters are back, with the latest technology and a hip new attitude. But the latest crop of phantoms, ghouls, and boogiemen is tougher than ever, so our heros have to be, too!

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