The Electric Commentary

Friday, June 11, 2004

FULL CIRCLE

I noticed something strange today. Back when I was a kid, there was a Garfield cartoon. It started as just holiday specials, but eventually morphed into a Saturday morning cartoon (combined with US Acres). Garfield was voiced by voice actor Lorenzo Music, who has done hundreds of cartoon voices in his career. Another voice he performed was that of Peter Venkman in the Saturday morning cartoon "The Real Ghostbusters" (Note: Shortly after the release of the movie "Ghostbusters" some enterprising cartoonist penned a Ghostbusters cartoon that involved a skinny guy, a fat guy, a Gorilla, and a bat, fighting ghosts. I don't know how he managed to use the phrase "Ghostbusters" without getting sued or paying a big fee, but he did. Therefore, the Ghostbuster cartoon based on the movie was forced to go by "The Real Ghostbusters" to distinguish it from the fake "Ghostbusters." But I digress). Peter Venkman is played in the movie by Bill Murray. When the cartoon was made, Lorenzo got the job, as he naturally sounds like Bill Murray acting goofy. Think Karl in Caddyshack. Bill Murray's latest project is voicing Garfield, in Garfield the movie. It has come full circle.

4 Comments:

  • I thought Dave Coulier did the voice of Peter Venkman on the Ghostbusters cartoon.
    Danny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 AM  

  • Nope, although Uncle Joey did a lot of voice work as well.

    Lorenzo's credits include:

    "Real Ghost Busters, The" (1986) TV Series (voice) .... Peter Venkman (I) (1986-1987)

    Source:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0615718/

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:28 AM  

  • I checked your source and one extra click did show me that Dave Coulier did Peter Venkman's voice for most of the show. 1987-1991. Man we have stupid arguments.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0183417/
    Danny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • OK, apparently Uncle Joey picked up for Lorenzo later on. But it really doesn't matter.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:35 AM  

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