LEGO is great, Ghostbusters is great, combine the two, and what do you have? That’s right, greatness. The four paranormal investigators recently got their very own set of everyone’s favorite stackable plastic building blocks, but now those small figures have their very own stop motion animated short movie. And, because it’s an amazing film, and a formative event in many of our lives, Thursday, August 28, has been declared “National Ghostbusters Day.”
This short is exactly how you imagine it in your head as you play with your own version of Ecto-1 (I’m assuming that all of you all ran out and bought a set as soon as they became available). A recreation of the gang’s first cursory attempts to bust a ghost—you’ll notice that this is before Winston Zeddmore (Ernie Hudson) joined the team—there are a few slight alterations.
You may take note that Homer Simpson has taken the place of Slimer. The two definitely have similar appetites when it comes to hotdogs. According to YouTuber MonsieurCaron (Marc-Andre Caron), who made the video, this is because there needed to be ghosts, but there is no LEGO version of Slimer, which is honestly a travesty of justice. They should really get on that and rectify this situation. Despite that, this is still pretty damn sweet. And if you keep your eyes peeled, the DeLorean from the LEGO Back to the Future set also makes a brief cameo.
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Ivan Reitman-directed Ghostbusters, and there are all kinds of special events and surprises for fans. Chief among these is the theatrical re-release of the film, remastered in 4K. This special edition hits 700 theaters nationwide starting Friday, August 29, which also happens to mark the start of Labor Day Weekend.
To get you hyped up for this event, and to hopefully get your butt in a movie theater seat, Columbia Pictures has declared that Thursday, August 28, is National Ghostbusters Day. I didn’t know you could just declare your own day at the drop of a hat, but what the hell, if I’m going to celebrate anything, it’s going to be this movie. There doesn’t actually appear to be anything planned in conjunction with this day, and you have to wonder why they didn’t make this Friday, but they’re probably just hoping to squeeze every last bit of promotion out of this thing.
In addition to the limited theatrical run, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are also getting a special edition Blu-ray release that will be available starting on September 16. Most of the bonus features have already appeared in other versions of the home release, but each disc comes with an exclusive roundtable discussion of the respective films between Reitman and Dan Aykroyd. There are also going to be some additional deleted scenes, as well as the new, super fancy transfer. It sounds like such a purchase could be well worth your while.