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Things You May Have Missed in Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Zaxby's Restaurant

 By Paul Rudoff on Mar. 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters: Afterlife , Tags:
Things You May Have Missed in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

As a result of doing 1,550 Blu-ray framegrabs from Ghostbusters: Afterlife for the Spook Central VIPs, with some extra movie framegrabs and behind-the-scenes images for the Spook Central Facebook page, I became intimately familiar with the movie on a shot-by-shot and frame-by-frame basis. This familiarity has lead me to discover things about the movie that you may have missed from a normal viewing, and thus I am writing a series of articles to present these discoveries to you.

It should be noted that, for the most part, these "Things You May Have Missed in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" articles will not discuss the myriad of references and Easter eggs in the movie, most of which are illustrated in the "We Got One! Easter Eggs Revealed" featurette on the Blu-ray release. Also, it probably doesn't need to be said at this point, but just in case some of you still have not seen the film, let's just say SPOILER WARNING if you read any further. Finally, all images can be clicked on for the original Blu-ray framegrab. Now that all of that is out of the way, let's get to it...

Sony had a lot of tie-in food-related promotions all set up for Ghostbusters: Afterlife in the United States... then the pandemic happened. As a result of the numerous delays on the release of the film, various companies either abandoned their plans, or released their products at a time when the movie was not in theaters, but was originally planned to be. The Twinkies never happened, even though Hostess gave stores Ghostbusters-branded display pieces and created a tie-in "Ghostify Your Selfie" website that they never advertised on which you can turn a photo of yourself into Muncher. (UPDATE 3/31/2022 - The Twinkies will be released in July 2022 as "Tropical Blast Twinkies" without the Ghostbusters branding.) The cereal from General Mills came and went without any fanfare months before the film's eventual November 2021 release. I couldn't even find it in any stores near me. Campfire's Stay Puft Marshmallows fared a little better, but they're gone now. Baskin-Robbin's "slime" topping was released generically in the Summer of 2021, without the Ghostbusters branding, even though their products appear in the film. (There was an Australian Baskin-Robbins promotion that came out in time with the movie.)

One restaurant chain who did follow through on their promotional efforts was Zaxby's. Zaxby's doesn't have any restaurants here in New York, so I couldn't partake in their offerings. Based upon what I read online, it seems that it was strictly limited to a "Cherry-Grape Blaster!" soda option in the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine...

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...and some the Mini-Pufts appearing in a small series of ads for the restaurant.

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Okay, so it sounds like I didn't miss out on anything. No Kid's Meal toys or anything important. However, just like Baskin-Robbins, Zaxby's appears in the film, and you may have missed it. At 21:03, you can spy a Zaxby's cup sitting on the table in Gary Grooberson's (Paul Rudd) research room.

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Okay, it's not as exciting as a big dance scene in a fast food restaurant, which would have thrilled Paul Rudd to no end. The Zaxby's appearance is much more subtle, but at least it's there.

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Join me next time as I look at more Things You May Have Missed in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

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