Thursday, November 16, 2006


This week's television theme song is a spin-off of the 1988 Tim Burton film, Beetlejuice. The series ran four seasons and 94 episodes on ABC and FOX from September 1989 to December 1991 and was animated by Canadian company, Nelvana. Beetlejuice was an instant hit on ABC's saturday morning lineup and soon aired every weekday afternoon on FOX as well.

The series was quite different from the film. In the movie, Beetlejuice was the antagonist whereas he and Lydia are best friends. Lydia often travels to the 'Netherworld' (changed from 'afterlife') to either stop or help Beetlejuice as he scams the locals. Lydia was changed from a very depressing goth to a quirky teenager who just likes weird things.

The humour of the show was quite different from the movie too. The show really relied on wordplay and pop culture parody which made it quite popular with a college age audience.

The voice of Lydia was Alyson Court who is probably best known as Loonette the Clown on The Big, Comfy Couch.

The theme song was written by Danny Elfman who also wrote themes for Batman: the Animated Series and the Simpsons. Tim Burton served as an executive producer along with Geffen Records founder David Geffen.


coolshades said...

I like that theme song...not bad...

Pablo said...

Hehee... Danny Elfman really nails characters...

This theme song really feels like Beetlejuice... Weird, random yet funny.

A masterpiece indeed.

Hey, if you read these things, I think you should put "The Critic" theme. Its made by Hans Zimmer ^^

toast said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Pablo! The Critic is really a great theme song. I'll be sure to do it in the future!