Goober and the Ghost Chasers

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.

Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Goober and The Ghost Chasers
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 – December 22, 1973
Chronology
Related showsFred Flintstone and Friends
Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

Plot

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Goober and the gang are hired by a ski resort to investigate a reported Snow Ghost.
15"Inca Dinka Doo"December 15, 1973
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
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

Additional voices

Merchandising

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.

Home media

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, and 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

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

External links

Brian Forster

Brian A. Forster (born April 14, 1960) is a former child actor. He is best known as the second actor to play the role of Chris Partridge in the television series The Partridge Family.

Charles August Nichols

Charles August "Nick" Nichols (September 15, 1910 – August 23, 1992) was an American animator and film director.

Dan Mills

Dan Mills (c. 1931 – December 5, 2011) was an American animator and layout artist. Mills' long career in animation spanned from 1956 until he retired from the industry in 2002. His credits included work for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Hyperion Pictures, Universal, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, and Fox Animation.Mills began his career in animation in 1956. His credits as an animator included individual 1964 episodes of Linus the Lionhearted and the Cyrano episode of the ABC Afterschool Special, as well as the 1970s Hanna-Barbera television series Jabberjaw, Partridge Family 2200 A.D., These Are the Days, and Godzilla.In addition to his work as an animator, Mills also worked as a layout supervisor, layout artist, art director, story director and numerous other positions within the animation industry. Mills worked as the art director for the 1965 Cambria Productions series, Captain Fathom. He also became story director for three different Hanna-Barbera series launched in 1973, including Speed Buggy, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, and Inch High, Private Eye.Mills worked extensively in animation layout. He was the layout supervisor for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power animated series by Filmation during the 1980s. He held additional layout supervisor credits for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and a 1990 cartoon called Happily Ever After.Mills credits as a layout artist included several television series, included Pandamonium, which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1983, and, more recently, episodes of Family Guy. He also completed layout art for feature-length animated films, including The Secret of the Sword for Filmation in 1985, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night in 1987, Freddie as F.R.O.7 in 1992, Asterix Conquers America in 1994, The Pagemaster in 1994, and Cats Don't Dance, which was released in 1997.His last professional credit was as a storyboard artist for The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, a direct-to-video sequel released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in 2002. Dan Mills died on December 5, 2011, at the age of 80. His funeral service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Reseda, California.

Fred Flintstone and Friends

Fred Flintstone and Friends is a 30-minute weekday animated anthology wheel series and a spin-off of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera and Columbia Pictures Television which aired in first-run syndication from October 3, 1977 to September 1, 1978. The series was packaged by Columbia Pictures Television during the 1977–78 television season and was available for barter syndication through Claster Television through the mid-1980s.Henry Corden made his official debut as Fred Flintstone's speaking voice on this series after Alan Reed died in June 1977. Corden had previously appeared as Fred's singing voice in the theatrical film The Man Called Flintstone (1966) and the television specials Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) and Energy: A National Issue (1977). He continued providing Fred's voice in future Flintstones spin-off series and specials, as well as Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles cereal commercials, until his death in 2005.

Goober

Goober may refer to:

Food:

Another word for a peanut

Goober (brand), a food product combining peanut butter and fruit preserves

Goobers, a Nestlé brand name of chocolate-coated peanutFictional characters:

Goober Pyle, on the television shows The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Hee-Haw

Goober, a dog in the 1970s animated series Goober and the Ghost Chasers

Goober, a gremlin in the BBC children's comedy sketch show Stupid!

Goober, the player character in the Mac computer game GooBall

Roland Goubert, "The Goober", a main character in the young adult novel The Chocolate War by Robert CormierOther uses:

A nickname of Edward E. Cox (1880-1952), US Representative from Georgia

WGGC, an American FM radio station branded as "Goober 95.1"

Slang for silly, foolish or old people.

Jerry Dexter

Jerry Dexter (April 18, 1935 – June 21, 2013) was an American actor and voice actor best known for playing teenage boys and young men in animated television series for Hanna-Barbera Productions from the late 1960s to the 1980s.

Jo Ann Harris

Jo Ann Harris (born May 27, 1949) is an American actress. Born Jo Ann Marcovitch in Los Angeles, she is known for her many television and film roles beginning in 1967 onward. In the 1971 film The Beguiled she portrayed the 17-year-old Carol who seduces Clint Eastwood's character. Her other films included Maryjane (1968), The Gay Deceivers (1969), The Sporting Club (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Rape Squad (1974), as a panelist on Match Game 77 (E986-E990, (1977)), Cruise Into Terror (1978), and Deadly Games (1982).

Her first acting part was that of a girl in the drama series Run for Your Life (starring Ben Gazzara) in 1967 when she was 18 years old. Other TV credits include Adam-12, Gunsmoke, The High Chaparral, The Virginian, Medical Center, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Mod Squad, The F.B.I., Hawaii Five-O, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, B.J. and the Bear, Laverne & Shirley, and State of the Union.

She portrayed Susan Baker on Adam-12 in the first-season episode "Grand Theft Horse" and Kitty in the episode "The Sand Trap" of the short-lived 1974 ABC police drama Nakia. She played Michael Douglas's girlfriend in The Streets of San Francisco in season two. She had a co-starring role in the short-lived 1977 ABC police series Most Wanted (starring Robert Stack), as well as a small role in the television mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man.

Her voice acting work includes various episodic characters in The Simpsons and the voice of Tina in the 1973 Hanna-Barbera series Goober and the Ghost Chasers.

List of animated spin-offs from prime time shows

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List of animated television series of 1973

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List of programs broadcast by Boomerang (Latin America)

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Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

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Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell (born Paul Wilchinsky; December 21, 1922 – June 24, 2005) was an American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, voice artist, humanitarian, and inventor whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1950 to 1954, he hosted The Paul Winchell Show, which also used two other titles during its prime time run on NBC, The Speidel Show, and What's My Name?. From 1965–1968, Winchell hosted the children's television series, Winchell-Mahoney Time.

Winchell made guest appearances on Emmy Award-winning television series from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s, such as Perry Mason, The Dick Van Dyke Show, McMillan & Wife, The Donna Reed Show, and two appearances as Homer Winch on The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. In animation, he was the original voice of Tigger, Dick Dastardly, Gargamel, and other characters.

Winchell, who had medical training, was also an inventor, becoming the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart, implantable in the chest cavity (US Patent #3097366). He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. He retired from acting in 1999, before dying six years later.

Susan Dey

Susan Hallock Dey (born December 10, 1952) is a retired American actress, known for her television roles as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974, and as Grace Van Owen on the drama series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1992. A three-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for L.A. Law in 1988.

Suzanne Crough

Suzanne J. Crough (March 6, 1963 – April 27, 2015) was an American child actress best known for her role as Tracy Partridge on The Partridge Family.

The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family is an American musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones played a widowed mother, and Cassidy played the oldest of her five children who embarked on a music career. It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication. The family was loosely based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Program Exchange

The Program Exchange was a syndicator of television programs. It was founded as Program Syndication Services Inc. in 1973 and later launched the DFS Program Exchange in 1979, which became the DFS-Dorland Program Exchange from 1986 to 1987. From 1987 to 2008, it was a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, an advertising agency (which acquired Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, the original owners), and would later be acquired by Publicis in 2000. In January 2008, Publicis transferred The Program Exchange from the Saatchi & Saatchi subsidiary to its ZenithOptimedia subsidiary, the logo was then changed to reflect this move. In early 2016, the programexchange.com website was shut down; the shutdown coincided with NBCUniversal's purchase of one of its most prominent clients, DreamWorks Classics.The Program Exchange was a "barter syndicator," distributing programming on behalf of the shows' producers, many of them having their own cash distribution services. Instead of paying a cash fee, television stations who ran those programs agreed to a barter exchange (hence the syndicator name), wherein the station agreed to air a certain number of commercials for various General Mills products per program. This arrangement allowed for the programs to air on stations that may not have large budgets to acquire them. The Program Exchange typically distributed older programming that was no longer widely distributed in syndication, as well as programming designed to meet federal educational/information mandates. The Program Exchange continued to hold distribution rights to the Jay Ward Productions and Total Television archives throughout the exchange's existence; both of those companies' programs were produced at the DFS-owned Gamma Productions studios in Mexico until that studio shut down in 1968.

The Program Exchange handled distribution for all titles listed below.

USA Cartoon Express

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