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Ghostbusters II - How Much Is That Casper In The Window? (It's $3.99)

 By Paul Rudoff on Jul. 10, 2021 at 8:08 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 2
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It's a well-known fact that Columbia Pictures faced the ire of Harvey Comics over the resemblance of the No Ghost logo ghost to Fatso, a character from Harvey's Casper, the Friendly Ghost series. The matter was eventually dropped when the courts ruled that the logo ghost was a generic depiction of a ghost. In an ironic twist, both Casper and the Ghostbusters exist in each other's universes. Read on to find out more...

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During the "We're Back" montage, the guys are seen wearing Santa hats while coming out of the Record Explosion store at 2 Broadway. Several "Children's Videos" VHS tapes and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console, accessories, and games can be seen in the store windows. Six years ago, I identified most of the NES stuff, and gave a cursory mention of a few of the Public Domain tapes. Thanks to Matthew Jordan, I can now give a more complete look at what Record Explosion was selling in late 1988.

I have assigned numbers from 1 through 31 to each item.

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Many of the Public Domain VHS were released by United American Video Corporation, mostly through their "FunTime Kid Video", "Kids Great Kids", and "Great American Cartoons" labels. They feature theatrical shorts from the 1930s through 1950s. Two of the tapes contain Casper, the Friendly Ghost film shorts. This means that Casper, as filmed entertainment, exists in the Ghostbusters universe. Conversely, thanks to Dan Aykroyd's cameo as Ray Stantz in the live-action 1995 Casper theatrical film, the Ghostbusters exist as real people in the Casper universe.

All of the video game information listed below is for the United States releases. Click on an item name to view the cover artwork. Credits for the IDs and photos can be found at the end.

1. Educational Favorites: Learning Your Letters (Trans-Atlantic Video)
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE of the "red apple" cover seen in the movie. Later released with a cover photo of a girl writing on a blackboard with the rest of the case in blue.

2. Daffy Duck and Friends (Great American Cartoons) (UPC: 084296020041, Item: 2004A)
This 35-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Yankee Doodle Daffy", "Daffy - the Commando", "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper" (Bugs Bunny), and "Fifth Column Mouse".
• This entire videotape can be streamed for free on YouTube. (quality is very poor)

3. Our Gang featuring Follies of 1938, Vol. 1 (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030330, Item: 3033, copyright 1987) (Buy at Amazon)

4. The Adventures of Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1 (UPC: 084296020126, Item: PV-2012, copyright 1987)
Contains the following four Max & Dave Fleisher shorts: "Volcano", "Underground World", "Mechanical Monsters", and "Terror on the Midway".
• All 17 Fleisher Superman shorts are available on a DVD set produced by Warner Brothers, which is (or should be) higher quality than all other public domain releases, even the highly-regarded Bosko Video "Diamond Anniversary Edition".

5. Educational Favorites: Learning Your Numbers (Trans-Atlantic Video) (UPC: 011891500142, copyright 1987)

6. Little Audrey Starring in Tarts and Flowers / Goofy, Goofy Gander - Plus 2 Other Cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: unknown, copyright 1987)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Tarts and Flowers", "Goofy, Goofy Gander", "All's Well", and "Somewhere in Dreamland".
• This entire videotape can be streamed for free on DailyMotion.

7. Little Lulu Starring in [Bargain Center Attack / A Bout With a Trout - Plus 2 Other Cartoons] (FunTime Kid Video)
NOTE: The cover drawing matches, but the tape in the movie is on a yellow background, while this one is on a green background. Either the tape was also released in the yellow packaging, or the yellow tape is a different Little Lulu tape from FunTime Kid Video. Because I don't know what the situation is, I'm putting the title in brackets since we don't know, for sure, what kind of Little Lulu tape from FunTime Kid Video it is.

8. Donald Duck Starring in Spirit of 43 - Plus 3 Other Cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030385, copyright 1987)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Spirit of 43", "Susie the Little Blue Coupe", "Hooked Bear", and "The Old Shell Game".

9. Cinderella - Plus 2 Other Cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030392, copyright 1987)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "A Coach for Cinderella", "Play Safe", and "Poor Cinderella" (Color-Tinted).

10. Casper the Friendly Ghost and Friends in Color (Kids Great Kids) (UPC: 084296030118)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "A Haunting We Will Go", "There's Good Boo Tonight", "Little Lambkins", and "Two For The Zoo".

11. Raggedy Ann Starring in The Enchanted Square - Plus 2 Other Cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030255, copyright 1987)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "The Enchanted Square", "The Bored Cuckoo", and "The Mite Makes Right".

12. Bugs Bunny and Friends (Great American Cartoons) (UPC: 084296020027, Item: 2002A) (Buy at Amazon)
This 35-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Wacky Wabbit", "Wackiki Wabbit", "A Tale of Two Kittens", and "Case of the Missing Hare".

13. The Best of Popeye the Sailor, Vol. 3 (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030705, copyright 1988)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "I Don't Scare", "Greek Mythology", "Big Bad Sinbad", and "Cooking with Gags".

14. Foghorn Leghorn Starring in Crowing Pains - Plus 3 More Color cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030682, copyright 1988)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Crowing Pains", "Sioux Me", "An Elephant Never Forgets", and "A Car-Tune Portrait".
• This entire videotape can be streamed for free on YouTube. (very poor quality, "Crowing Pains" has been cut out)

15. Porky Pig and Friends (Great American Cartoons) (UPC: 084296020010, Item: 2001A) (Buy at Amazon)
This 35-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Corny Concerto" (Porky Pig & Daffy Duck), "Notes to You", "Have You Got Any Castles" and "Flop Goes the Weasel".
• This entire videotape can be streamed for free on DailyMotion.

16. Mighty Mouse Color Cartoons (Kids Great Kids) (UPC: 084296030262, Item: 3026)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Wolf, Wolf", "Leprechaun's Gold", "Stupidstitious Cat", and "Bimbo's Auto".

17. Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad and... Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves (UPC: 084296030262, Item: PV-2014, copyright 1985)
This 40-minute tape contains the following shorts by Max Fleisher: "Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad" and "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves".

18. Mickey Mouse Starring in Mad Doctor / Minnie's Yoo-Hoo - Plus 2 Other Cartoons (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030378, copyright 1987)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Mad Doctor", "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo", "Farm Foolery", and "Small Fry".

19. Casper the Friendly Ghost Starring in Boo Moon - Plus 3 More Color Cartoons, Vol. 2 (FunTime Kid Video) (UPC: 084296030712, copyright 1988)
This 30-minute tape contains the following shorts: "Boo Moon", "Crazy Town", "Dingbat Land", and "The Seapreme Court".

20. The Best of Shirley Temple (Family Classics)

21. Xevious (released for the NES in September 1988 by Bandai) (Buy at Amazon)

22. Adventure Island (released for the NES in September 1988 by Hudson) (Buy at Amazon)

23. Donkey Kong Classics (released for the NES in October 1988 by Nintendo) (Buy at Amazon)
This is a compilation of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior.

24. The Karate Kid (released for the NES in November or December 1987 by LJN) (Buy at Amazon)

25. The Legend of Zelda (released for the NES in August 1987 by Nintendo) (Buy at Amazon)

26. Excitebike (released for the NES in October 1985 by Nintendo) (Buy at Amazon)

27. Super Mario Bros. 2 (released for the NES in October 1988 by Nintendo) (Buy at Amazon)
When Louis and Janine are babysitting Oscar, he says to her, "So, you wanna play Boggle or Super Mario Bros.?" Perhaps he picked up a copy at Record Explosion.

28. Ikari Warriors (released for the NES in May 1987 by SNK) (Buy at Amazon)

29. Curtis Game Caddy (produced by Nuby Manufacturing Co., a Division of Curtis Mfg. Co.) (released in England as the Nuby Game Caddy, distributed by Contemporary Games plc, UPC: 083495000380)

30. NES Advantage (released for the NES in July 1987 by Nintendo) (Buy at Amazon)
This was a controller for the NES that allowed the gamer to use a joystick instead of a D-pad. While the Advantage was designed after the NES controller, it added various features for a more challenging experience. It featured two "turbo" knobs along with a "slow" button and the option to play with one or two players.
• Ray Stantz used this controller to pilot Lady Liberty at the end of Ghostbusters II.

31. Nintendo Entertainment System Action Set (released in November 1988 by Nintendo for $149.99) (Buy at Amazon)
This was a console bundle that included an NES Control Deck with the Zapper light gun (initially available in grey, later replaced with the orange model in later versions of the bundle), two controllers, and the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt double game pak. It was the most popular NES console bundle, resulting in the proliferation of Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt game paks compared to the stand-alone versions of both games.

ID CREDITS: Paul Rudoff (most of the video games; and the Our Gang, Foghorn Leghorn, and all 3 Great American Cartoons VHS), Bc (Donkey Kong Classics), Kevin Striker (Adventure Island and Xevious), Matt Jordan (almost all of the VHS and Ikari Warriors & Curtis/Nuby Game Caddy), and David A Scott Jr. (Little Lulu and Shirley Temple).

PHOTO CREDITS: GameFaqs, Moby Games, Nintendo Wiki, The VCR from Heck on Tumblr, and various eBay auctions.

1 comment

Comment from: [Member]

There are some things that you, dear readers, can help us with:

#1 is Educational Favorites: Learning Your Letters by Trans-Atlantic Video. We need a photo of the "red apple" cover seen in the movie. Later released with a cover photo of a girl writing on a blackboard with the rest of the case in blue.

#7 is definitely a Little Lulu tape from Funtime Kid Video, as it has their header, and uses their drawing of Little Lulu. However, we can't find one on a yellow background. We'd love to get 100% confirmation on what the name of the tape with the yellow background is, and have an image of it. The runtime and list of shorts would be good, too.

#20 is "The Best of Shirley Temple" from Family Classics. We'd love to get a better image and more information about it. A back cover would be nice, to give use the studio, runtime, UPC, and list of shorts contained on the tape.

-- Paul

Jul. 10, 2021 @ 21:55

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