Laser Time – Live-Action Movies Turned Cartoons Of the 80s


We jump back to the glory days of 1980s Saturday morning cartoons, when hit movies would be adapted into toons… usually a few years too late.


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29 thoughts on “Laser Time – Live-Action Movies Turned Cartoons Of the 80s

  1. ITunes had the Second Series Slumps episode up under this episode’s title, at least for me. Not really a big deal since I can just listen to it on the website, but just thought I’d let you know.

  2. This should be a good listen. I have this vague memory of a Hannah Barbara ghostbusters show that predates the movies. Am I completely imagining that?

  3. The talk of all the Hanna-Barbera sidekicks and spinoffs reminded me of the most meta episode of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, the semi-new show that is on Netflix, etc. The show is beautifully animated and serialized with a two-season story arc and actual character development, BUT more importantly to this post, there is an episode in season 1 called “Mystery Solvers Club State Finals” in which Scooby’s fever dream is animated like a 1970s episode of Scooby-Doo with a crossover of all the famous Hanna-Barbera sidekicks of the day like Jabberjaw, Speed Buggy and Captain Caveman. Really worth watching the series in general (bizarrely good) but this episode is a really wink-to-the-audience one off on how bad some of these shows were.

  4. I watched the shit out of the Beetlejuice cartoon as a kid and loved it. Even as an adult, and having the same realizations Bob mentioned, I still think it’s super fun. Definitely gorgeous as you guys mentioned. I’ve never looked into whether or not it made it out on DVD, but I think I might this Halloween season.

  5. Chris mentioned Sw1tcher this episode. That guy’s youtube channel is now the home of the Super Best Friends, who are my favorite Let’s Players and they have a great podcast too.

    1. Despite between 6-8 years younger than the LT crew, I somehow also watched many of these shows. I think that most channels in the early 90s would just play whatever was cheap to license (cartoons based on properties nobody cared about anymore), and so every cartoon block had some Ghostbusters or Beetlejuice in it. And I can’t wait for the second part of this episode, because Dave didn’t even get to talk about the Back to the Future cartoon yet!

      Also, Chris has mentioned the Sw1tcher a few times, now, and I’ve always wanted to see LT do some kind of crossover stuff with them. They have a popular YouTube channel, and they do quite a bit of cross-promotion, which might help grow the Laser Time YouTube viewership.

  6. is it just me, or do other websites and youtube channels steal your content? I swear every couple weeks i hear you guys talk about something, and then the same the next day I see a blog post or video about the same topic. WatchMojo just posted 3 hours ago on Youtube a video called “Top 10 Best Cartoon Shows Based on Movies”

  7. Great episode, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of you guys talking about cartoons! It still boggles my mind that two(!) live action Ewok movies somehow got made..

  8. “Sitting alone, doing cocaine, watching the Police Academy movies”

    OK Chris, you win. The mental image of you chopping up lines of coke from atop a pile of out of print Disney Blu-rays (because mirrors are for suckers) was simply too funny not to crack up in public.

    You guys have really been on a roll the past few months. Keep up the fantastic work!

    1. I also don’t like everyone’s sudden hatred of Ghostbusters 2. It’s not a bad movie and has a lot of good moments. It’s also a ton better than the Ghostbusters: “Answer the Call” (which is a weird retconned subtitle).

  9. Godzilla is a great cartoon. I really love it and have been bingeing on old cartoons lately. At least Godzooki was helpful unlike Scrappy.

  10. I did a quick Google search because I was skeptical that Godzilla was the first cartoon based on a live action movie. I found a few from the 60s and 70s. There were cartoons based on Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, and two Three Stooges cartoons. These might not have been considered because they are not based on movies themselves but characters. Will Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down? was apparently based off of a Jerry Lewis movie called The Family Jewels. The Pink Panther cartoon was adapted from an animation sequence in the movie. There was also Return of the Planet of the Apes, a 13 episode series from the 70s.

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