Goober and the Ghost Chasers
GenreMystery
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices ofPaul Winchell
Jerry Dexter
Jo Ann Harris
Ronnie Schell
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseSeptember 8 (1973-09-08) –
December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Related
Fred Flintstone and Friends
Partridge Family 2200 A.D.

Goober and the Ghost Chasers is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, broadcast on ABC from September 8 to December 22, 1973.[1] A total of 16 half-hour episodes of Goober and the Ghost Chasers were produced. It was later serialized as part of the syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends during 1977–78. On cable, it was shown as part of USA Cartoon Express and on Boomerang starting in 2000.[2]

Like many animated television programs created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.[3] Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings of the show have the track muted.

Plot

Similar to Hanna-Barbera's earlier series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Goober and the Ghost Chasers centers on three teenagers—Ted, Gilly and Tina—solving mysteries with their companion Goober, a spindly, green-colored Saluki who can involuntarily become invisible. Writing for the Ghost Chasers Magazine, the group travel to various places and use equipment from their Apparition Kit to determine whether or not the ghost is real. Eventually, the group comes across the real ghost, which would help in defeating the fake ghosts; in some instances, the impostors are not actually criminals. Compared to Scooby-Doo, Goober can speak more clearly, but his dialogue is not understood by other characters; Goober's lines are mainly fourth wall-breaking retorts.[4]

Guest appearances

The Partridge children, characters from The Partridge Family, made semi-regular appearances in the series, featuring in eight episodes; their respective voice actors reprised their roles. Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Gray each appeared once.

Cast

Additional

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Assignment: The Ahab Apparition"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsSeptember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsSeptember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsSeptember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsSeptember 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
Frankenstein's Monster the Third tricks Danny and the Partridge Kids into visiting 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsOctober 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsOctober 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsOctober 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. The museum is a hangout for ghosts who have possessed wax mannequins.
Guest-starring the Partridge Kids.
8"Aloha Ghost"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsOctober 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. Guest starring
Michael Gray.
9"The Wicked Witch Dog"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsNovember 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?"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsNovember 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 wants to prevent Carlo from marrying Julia (from a rival family).
11"Go West Young Ghost, Go West"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsNovember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsNovember 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
The Ghost of Don Miguel (a Spanish knight) haunts a space center, which is about to launch the first crewed rocket to Mars.
13"Is Sherlock Holme?"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsDecember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsDecember 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"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsDecember 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)
The ghost of an ancient Incan chief haunts an old Incan city and forest while the Ghost Chasers are looking for it.
16"Old McDonald Had a Ghost – EI EI EEYOW"William Hanna & Joseph BarberaTom Dagenais, Warren S. Murray & Dick RobbinsDecember 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Goober and the kids check out a report from George McDonald of a farm that is haunted by the Ghost of Old McDonald and a living scarecrow.

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.[5]

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 252–253. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 384. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 125–126. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 108. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ Lambert, David (October 13, 2010). "Goober and the Ghost-Chasers - Another Hanna-Barbera Classic Comes to Warner's MOD Program!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2010-10-17.