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The Strangest Things About The 'Beetlejuice' Cartoon

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Vote up the things that now strike you as weird, even for 'Beetlejuice.'

It's often hyperbolic to call a film or television show a “fever dream,” but that’s one of the few ways to accurately describe the cartoon adaptation of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. The 1988 film follows a married couple navigating the afterlife after an auto accident. With the help of a lecherous ghost named Beetlejuice, the couple tries to scare a big-city family out of their home. How anyone saw this dark comedy and thought, “That should be a children’s cartoon,” is mind-boggling. However, it happened, and you need to know about it. 

The series adheres to the film's plot in broad strokes. The Deetz family, the parallel “Neitherworld,” and Beetlejuice’s predilection for trouble are all here, but they feel out of place. Each of the 94 episodes reimagines the Beetlejuice story in its own way, remaining faithful to Burton's vision in some aspects while abandoning it in others. There are weird monsters, references to classic literature, and, of course, bug-eating. Nothing about this show makes sense.