Well, everything I've wanted to know at least . From the Producer of the series. The Questions on the movies can be found in the movies section... 1)How did the show come about? Was it the next logical step after the film became such a big success? (1) The first movie was made when there was no idea of doing a second movie. One of the surprises of the first movie was the appeal to kids. In fact at the first preview screening we saw kids there and thought they might find it too scary. When the scary parts (to a kid) were then diffused by a joke and silly laughter...kids loved the release. It also became a useful tool for parents to use so little kids would be less afraid of things that go bump in the night. So here we were, no sequel in mind, kids, a few toys (nothing much because we didn't pre sell something that didn¹t seem ok to kids. SO.....folks who made livings from developing cartoons from movies came along and convinced us...and THEN a toy deal could fall into place. 2)How long did this cartoon take to plan before it went on the air? Was it tough to cast the show, where you trying to find voice actors who sounded like their live action counterparts, etc? I think I speak for all of us when I say that this is the BEST movie to toon adaption ever done. Plus it really expanded on Winstons character to boot . (2)It went into quick production. Columbia TV and we (Ivan's people) looked at production companies that could deliver 64 shows for syndication. (the ABC deal was yet to be made) and in a few months we were off and running. Joe Strasinsky (check the spelling) was hot to be story editor and not only was talented and funny, but respected and understood the movie. Ivan is particularly good at casting and put the final approval on the voices. Arsinio Hall was easy to pick (he auditioned for the movie but was thought to be a bit young). The other guys were able to do multiple voices and were improve comedians as well, so tweaking the scripts on set became easy. Expanding on Winston and Janine was easy on TV because you needed to come up with new plots and you had lots and lots of time. (episodes). 3)This is a most asked question. Why was the show changed to a more toonified look in season 3 and focusing soley on the adventures of Slimer? I like to refer to it as the Scrappy Doo years of the GB franchise . It tried to bounce back to the story structure of the first two seasons toward the end with 'Slimer and the Real Ghostbsuters', but do you think it really recovered from the change over? I'm curious as to wether it was a network decision or a creative one. (3)Well your questions about the "toonification " is interesting. Part of it was this...the show was simultaneously sold to syndication AND ABC...it had never happened on TV. What this meant is the first season got on air on syndication and meant several things...not as much money for animation, so one in three shows would be difficult to watch (quality of animation, drawing etc) but always (I think) bailed out by the great writing. There was no standards and practices for syndication and the show was more adult. When the ABC shows were getting made (same creative team and production team) we had more bucks for animation but had to write a little more for Saturday morning (as it was then called). Meanwhile slimer became more popular with the kids. THEN....the decision was made to go for a longer show....hence the more stylized (intentional) Slimer spots. The style and writing tone were to separate it more and keep the Slimer cartoons lighter. It then sort of ran out of steam (5 years in all on the air and 100 shows...let's face it , only the Simpson's outran us in the comedy animation world). 4)Speaking of Character changes....What happened to Janine during the final seasons of the show? I loved the way the change happened as an episode plot, rather than just magically popping up in an episode as a character re-design...but most fans of the show missed her old Annie Potts Look and NY accent... (4)Annie's accent did not change. The hair changed because as a woman she was the only character We COULD change (thereby making her fresher). She was also developing as a leading smart heroin. The hair change was my idea and I always liked it. 5)From the Newsgroup: "Why wasn't Lorenzo Music used past the midpoint of the Real Ghostbusters?" (5)Lorenzo Music. First off let me say he is a wonderful, smart. Talented, Funny man. When we started the show we couldn¹t use the original film actors...too expensive, conflicting and busy schedules, etc. So the voices had to reflect the CHARACTERS not the actors. In ("Bill's) Venk's case it was difficult to get the voice to go with the writing...but he was great. Then mid way through production Bill was having lunch with Ivan Reitman and said how much he liked the show and said "why doesn¹t he sound like me? We just assumed we wouldn¹t get permission and worked around it. Ivan came and told us to change it. Then because we had impressionists/comics doing the voices any way, we went for Bill and figured it wouldn¹t be the first time changes in a character would be made mid season on Television. I missed Lorenzo....on the other hand some people didn¹t care for him because his voice was so well known for Garfield among many other things. 6)I know that you didn't have any part in Extreme GB, but if you've seen any of it, what do you think of the series? And fans want to know, 'Is it considered Cannon with the original?' Question#6: I never even saw one episode of Extreme GB. It was a concept of Hasbro to try and re vitalize the franchise to sell toys (I never saw a toy either). I think they may even have paid to get it produced, not sure. 7)What would you like to see released as extras on the animated Ghostbuster DVD's? Any particular forms, ala season sets or best ofs? Any current plans to put these out? 7:It's a shame there is no collection of the best shows. The first set of videos was when video tape was still a young industry. There were only a few shows completed and some were just terrible...we were still feeling out how to do the show. One of my favorites was the chickens show and the very sophisticated boogie man show...too many others to recall...but I wish there would be a good collection. I'm surprised we haven't seen the show being aired anywhere at all... 8)Last RGB question....There's supposedly a Ghostbuster Revival going on. A new Comic Book has appeared, shifting away from the RGB Designs(Fans of Egons hair from the series are dissapointed ), and going with a more movie toned look. If this is a success, do you think a new animated series based on the book can make it in todays toon market? 8:I haven't seen a new comic...can you send me one? I have no idea if it could come back to life...my feeling is no...that was then and this is now...new audiences, etc.