I was super excited when the announcement for the release of Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters hit the Terror Time inbox.

Since moving to sunny Los Angeles, I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting many of the creature effects people involved in Ghostbusters I and Ghostbusters II. This include the artists and puppeteers who brought Slimer, the Terror Dogs, Mr. Staypuft, the “Get Her” Ghost, the Taxi Driver Ghost and many more to life. I’m indebted to them for the photos I was able to grab from their Facebook accounts for this article, many of which are featured in the documentary and on the blu-ray cover of Cleanin’ Up the Town:Remembering Ghostbusters.

Puppeteers in a relaxed moment: Terri Hardin Jackson,Ron Harrison, “Terror Dog”, Mark Bryan Wilson and Tim Lawrence

From the press release:
Directed and produced by the brother and sister team of Anthony and Claire Bueno, Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive retrospective documentary that charts the making of the original 1984 Ghostbusters and pays a fitting tribute to the whole creative team behind today’s global phenomenon.

With the original film having made a lasting impact since childhood, director Anthony Bueno has assembled a comprehensive documentary for both fans and film lovers alike. It features interviews with director Ivan Reitman, and lead cast Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.  Additionally, it hallmarks the extraordinary achievements made by cast and crew working in visual effects era before the game-changing Jurassic Park.

Mark Bryan Wilson, Robin Shelby, Ernie Hudson and William “Bill” Bryan

The film contains never before seen archive material much from the personal collections of members of the creative team themselves, it’s a lasting testament to the craft of filmmaking teamwork and inventive puppeteering when faced with adverse time constraints and all manner of technical challenges.  

Cleanin’ Up The Town; Remembering Ghostbusters has been 12 years in the making. To retain creative control the Buenos self-financed the documentary. However, eight years into the project the siblings launched a Kickstarter campaign to help boost funding.

Terror dogs stop motion stage headed by Randy Cook at the Maxella stage at Boss Films. Photo courtesy of John Lambert via Facebook

The crowd funder succeeded, and unexpectedly allowed for the Ghostbusters community to have greater inclusivity to the beloved franchise. After its European premiere hosted at the BFI IMAX, London, the film was released in selected cinemas nationwide.

Photo courtesy of Rob Burman…Click to open in Facebook to identify crewmembers.

The blue-ray contains over 50 minutes of extras including filmmaker intro, deleted scenes, additional tales, John DeCuir extended interview, fan art, European premiere, and a 20-page ‘Making-of’ Booklet.

Sigourney Weaver, Steve Johnson and Slimer

Cleanin’ Up the Town:Remembering Ghostbusters is available for pre-order for my friends in the UK and will be released in the UK on blu-ray June 22 on Amazon UK and Zavvi . For my US peeps, it airs on Crackle TV on 18th June.

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