Goober and the Ghost Chasers

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Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Goober and The Ghost Chasers.JPG
Title card logo from Goober and the Ghost Chasers
GenreAnimation
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices ofPaul Winchell
Jerry Dexter
Jo Ann Harris
Ronnie Schell
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Composer(s)Hoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorClaster Television Productions
(1977-1978)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (currently)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 8 (1973-09-08) – December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Chronology
Related showsFred Flintstone and Friends
Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

Goober and the Ghost Chasers is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, animated by Eric Porter Studios in Australia and broadcast on ABC from September 8, 1973 to August 30, 1975. A total of 16 half-hour episodes of Goober and the Ghost Chasers were produced. The show's episodes were later serialized as part of the syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends in 1977–78. On cable, it was shown as part of USA Cartoon Express and later on Boomerang.

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings of the show have the track muted.

Plot[edit]

Similar to Hanna-Barbera's successful Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Goober and the Ghost Chasers also features a group of teenagers (Ted, Gilly and Tina) solving spooky mysteries with their Afghan Hound-like dog Goober. The Ghost Chasers use their equipment from the Apparition Kit (like the Specter Detector, the Poltergeist Powder, etc.) when it comes to determining whether the ghost is real or not. The major differences were that the ghosts they eventually find are real and would help in defeating the fake ghosts. Some of those people behind the mask of some fake ghosts are not criminals. Goober had the power to become invisible (but could not control it) and his closest human companion is reckless instead of cowardly. Also unlike Scooby-Doo, Goober can talk more clearly, but speaks only to "break the fourth wall" with a comment aimed at the viewers; otherwise, he merely barks.

In eight of the first 11 episodes, the Partridge Kids (from The Partridge Family) were regular members of the cast, with their live-action counterparts voicing the parts. They disappear after the eleventh episode and did not appear when other guest stars appeared.

Episodes[edit]

Each of the following episodes was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and written by Tom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray, and Dick Robbins.

Title Air date
1"Assignment: The Ahab Apparition"September 8, 1973 (1973-09-08)
The Partridge kids are vacationing at Peaceful Cove, but it's anything but peaceful! The ghost of Captain Ahab and Moby Dick are haunting the old mansion on the cliff and it's up to Goober and the kids to interview them for their magazine.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
2"Brush Up Your Shakespeare"September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)
The Partridge kids are supposed to play a concert but their performance is canceled when Macbeth's ghost begins haunting the hall.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
3"The Galloping Ghost"September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
Goober and the kids investigate Wilt Chamberlain's ranch after a report of a "Galloping Ghost" to get a story for their latest article for Ghost Chasers magazine.
4"The Singing Ghost"September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
Frankenstein's Monster the Third tricks Danny and The Partridge Kids into coming to his castle to discuss a singing engagement. Once there, they realize the only thing he wants is Danny's voice for his own.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
5"The Ghost Ship"October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)
Goober and the gang are aboard an old pirate ship called the Sea Witch for publicity pictures. The Sea Witch is soon set adrift by the salty spirits led by Captain Dunk. They also encounter Dunk's nicer twin brother Dink.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
6"Mummy Knows Best"October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)
The Partridge Kids, Goober, and the gang decide to spend their vacation in Kahrobi, land of the Arabian Nights and ghosts! There, they encounter King Rashan's brother Prince Tasheel who states that the Ghost of King Osiris (King Rashan's ancestor) and his Mummies are haunting the city when King Rashan wants to modernize the city.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
7"The Haunted Wax Museum"October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)
With a day off between concerts, the Partridge Kids decide to visit an old wax museum owned by Willy Waxman that is a hangout for ghosts who have possessed wax mannequins.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
8"Aloha Ghost"October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Goober and the gang travel to Hawaii to do a story on a reported ghost sighting on a plantation where Michael Gray works.
Michael Gray.
9"The Wicked Witch Dog"November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)
A supernatural canine called the Wicked Witch Dog is haunting the lighthouse of MacBurn's Point in Scotland.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
10"Venice Anyone?"November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
Goober and the gang travel to Venice to investigate a report of a haunted gondola run by the ghost of an Italian nobleman named Don Giovanni who want to prevent Carlo from marrying Julia (who is from a rival family).
11"Go West Young Ghost, Go West"November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
At an amusement park, the haunted house is a little too haunted for The Partridge Kids, Goober and the gang when they find it haunted by the Ghost of Ichabod Ipswich.
Final appearance of the Partridge Kids.
12"A Hard Day's Knight"November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
The Ghost of Don Miguel (a Spanish knight) haunts a space center while they are about to launch the first manned rocket to Mars!
13"Is Sherlock Holme?"December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)
Goober and the gang travel to England to solve a mystery. They are assisted by a relative of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.
14"That Snow Ghost"December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08)
Goober and the gang are hired by a ski resort to investigate a reported Snow Ghost.
15"Inca Dinka Doo"December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)
The ghost of an ancient Incan chief haunts the old Incan city and forest while the Ghost Chasers are looking for it!
16"Old McDonald Had a Ghost – EI EI EEYOW"December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Goober and the kids check out a report from George McDonald of a haunted farm that is haunted by the Ghost of Old McDonald and a living scarecrow.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Merchandising and home media releases[edit]

In 1974, King Seeley released a metal lunchbox and thermos featuring Goober, which shared space with another Hanna-Barbera series, Inch High, Private Eye.

Goober was featured in a magic trading card set that was offered free inside Wonder Bread packages in 1974.

In 1986 and 1988, two videocassette editions of the series were released:

  • Goober and the Ghost Chasers, a 45-minute cassette containing the first two episodes guest-starring The Partridge Kids ("Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Assignment: The Ahab Apparition"), was released by Worldvision Home Video on October 21, 1986;
  • Goober and the Ghost Chasers: The Chase Is On!, an 81-minute cassette containing four episodes ("The Singing Ghost", "Aloha Ghost", "Mummy Knows Best" and "The Haunted Wax Museum"), was released by Hanna-Barbera Home Video on September 29, 1988.

The Goober and the Ghost Chasers' premiere episode, "Assignment: The Ahab Apparition", was included on the DVD compilation Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s – Volume 1 released by Warner Home Video on May 26, 2009.

On October 26, 2010, Warner Archive released Goober and the Ghost Chasers: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goober and the Ghost-Chasers - Another Hanna-Barbera Classic Comes to Warner's MOD Program!". Archived from the original on 2010-10-17.

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