I was a massive GHOSTBUSTERS fan as a child and watched the cartoon show religiously; catching my first glimpse of Cthulhu and getting freaked out by the Sandman. One episode was particularly horrifying, though I can’t remember much of the plot. Egon’s soul had been kidnapped by some nasty spooks, and while the rest of the team prepared a rescue, the ghosts bided their time by stretching the soul out like a canvas and using it like a trampoline. As a tot, I was terrified both by the thought of evil spirits stretching and jumping on me, and by the existential horror of somehow having one’s soul abducted in the first place.
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IÂ enjoyed Ghostbusters like any kidÂ my age, but for yearsÂ I could only remember one episode of Ghostbusters clearly:Â the one with the ghost that rides around on the sled, calling out, “Rosebud.”
As an adult, I saw Citizen Kane, and of course I remembered right off the bat.Â I was pissed that the whole mystery of Rosebud’s identity was spoiled for me by a Ghostbusters episode.
(Although, this could be an argument for the benefit of watching more cartoons:Â it can be educational, Mom)