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Goosebumps is a Canadianmarker children's television series that aired on YTV in Canadamarker, on Canal Famille in Québecmarker, Fox Kids in the United Statesmarker from 1995 to 1998, and airs around Halloween on Cartoon Network from 2007 to 2009 and on Jetix in Europe and also airs on Jetix in Indiamarker, on Kids Station in Japanmarker and on KBS 2TVmarker in South Koreamarker. Goosebumps is a horror anthology series for children, based on the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine (who also hosts the show on some occasions), and its spinoffs Goosebumps 2000, and Goosebumps: 10 Tales to.... The television series was produced by Hyperion Pictures, and Protocol Entertainment. It's in association with Scholastic Corporationmarker. It is also internationally distributed by Saban International outside North America. Sci-fi veteran David Winning directed "It Came from Beneath the Sink" in the first season.

Production

The episodes are a half-hour long and were for low budget productions.

Several actors portray different roles; Scott Wickware, Corey Sevier, Ron Stefaniuk, John White and Sophie Bennett are the most popular, each featured in at least five episodes.

The show ran for three full-length seasons, and an eight-episode fourth season; totaling 74 episodes. In total, forty-three of the original books were adapted, while an original sequel episode titled "More Monster Blood" was produced as an alternative to three of the remaining 19 books. Also of note is the lack of a "Night of the Living Dummy" adaptation, despite three of its four sequels being adapted, as Slappy was not present for most of the first novel. Similarly, "Return of the Mummy" was adapted for the show, but its immediate predecessor "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb" was not.

In the third season, at which point the series' title was changed to Ultimate Goosebumps, Although this title was not used in the Canadian airings but rather the American airings on Fox Kids. The season included "Chillogy", an original three-part episode not adapted from any of the "Goosebumps" novellas or short stories. "Cry of the Cat" and "Bride of the Living Dummy" became the only adaptations from the "Goosebumps 2000" spin-off series. Four Goosebumps episodes—"The House of No Return", "Teacher's Pet", "Click", and "Strained Peas"—were based on the Tales to Give You Goosebumps book series. "The Haunted House Game", "An Old Story", "Don't Wake The Mummy", "The Perfect School", and "Awesome Ants" were based on other various Tales to Give You Goosebumps books.

Cartoon Network gained the rerun rights to the show (despite the fact that it is not a cartoon series), and first showed it in October 2007, incorrectly billed as a "new series". This was presumably done for Halloween, but the series continued to run on the network long after the holiday (possibly due to many shows on Cartoon Network being put on hiatus due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike). On October 5, 2008, Goosebumps returned to Cartoon Network in time for Halloween with a marathon, featuring many episodes that didn't air when the show first ran in 2007, such as "Werewolf Skin" and "A Shocker on Shock Street". In 2008, Cartoon Network ran Goosebumps from Monday through Thursday, with an extra episode on Saturday. The commercials for the show on Cartoon Network in both 2007 and 2008 advertised the episodes in the style of grindhouse movie trailers.It is currently airing in October on Cartoon network.

Show Opening

In the first season, the opening sequence showed a man dressed in black (played by Goosebumps writer R.L. Stine) carrying a briefcase up a hill. A strong wind blows, the case opens, and his papers fly out, one of which turns into a shadow resembling the "G" seen on the Goosebumps logo and glides through a town. The "G" passes by a woman on a billboard, making her drab and depressed, and passes by a dog on a porch, which makes its eyes glow an evil yellow (the shot of the dog on the porch would later be used in the TV adaptation for the book "My Hairiest Adventure", with Larry [now a dog] commenting, "Well, this looks familiar"). The "G" then creeps past a tree and into the front door of a house and begins showing a quick montage of clips from several episodes (some of the episodes of note include "Cuckoo Clock of Doom", "The Haunted Mask", "Night of the Living Dummy II", "Stay Out of the Basement", "Go Eat Worms", "Welcome to Camp Nightmare", "Phantom of the Auditorium, "My Hairiest Adventure", "Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns" and "Return of the Mummy") with an announcer growling, "Goosebumps...viewer beware, you're in for a scare" (a spin on the tagline, "Reader beware, you're in for a scare" used in the Goosebumps book series).

In season two, the opening was shortened, speeding up the Goosebumps "G" gliding through town and removing the quick episode montage in the doorway.

In season three, the opening underwent a complete change. A green slime and a lightning effect were added to the part where the man in black (R.L. Stine) walks up the hill with his briefcase and his papers fly out. However, instead of the papers being blown through town, the man in black turns into bats which fly at the screen. The quick episode montage is also changed, using clips from such episodes as "The Blob That Ate Everyone","The Barking Ghost", "One Day at Horrorland", "A Shocker on Shock Street", "The House of No Return", "Bride of the Living Dummy", "The Perfect School", "Don't Go to Sleep", "The Haunted House Game", "Say Cheese and Die- Again!", "Don't Wake Mumy", and "An Old Story". This opening was also used in its fourth season when the show's name changed to "Ultimate Goosebumps" (on Cartoon Network, however, the episodes that aired as Ultimate Goosebumps episodes had their title cards replaced with the regular "Goosebumps" cards from season one except for "An Old Story" which retained its "Ultimate Goosebumps" title card).

Ratings and Censorship

United States Programming Warning

Before the TV ratings came to the United Statesmarker on FOX's kids show line-up "Fox Kids", Goosebumps made up its own rating called: GB-7. The meaning rating was explained at the beginning of every episode, "Goosebumps is rated GB-7 because it may be too spooky for kids under 7". This lasted until 1996, when the U.S. created its own rating system for TV shows and re-rated the show "TV-Y7", although the warning at the beginning remained. On Cartoon Network, Goosebumps was re-rated again and when it airs on the channel it will be now rated "TV-PG".

UK Censorship

Goosebumps was originally broadcast in the U.Kmarker as a part of BBC's children's program lineup on CBBC from 1997 to 2000. Because of the UK's stringent censorship (particularly over content that is considered gross or may traumatize more sensitive viewers), many Goosebumps episodes were either skipped over (such as the Night of the Living Dummy II, Night of the Living Dummy III, Bride of the Living Dummy, and The Haunted Mask) or aired with heavy cuts made, particularly to the twist endings (Calling All Creeps aired with all scenes of the three bullies transforming into Creeps removed and the ending with Ricky turning into a Creep faded out before the viewer can actually see it). The Werewolf of Fever Swamp is the only Goosebumps episode to receive a 12 rating by the BBFC. Despite this, the episode can only air after 6:00pm and is still edited for content. Unlike CBBC, the cable channel Jetix (in Ireland and England) has aired Goosebumps episodes with little to no edits.

Episodes

Home releases

Several episodes were released on DVD and VHS. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment still currently holds home entertainment distribution rights.

VHS



DVD

Original releases (with two episodes per disc, except for Chillogy):



On September 16, 2008, twelve of the above 16 discs were re-released in new double-feature sets, containing the same episodes as before:

  • Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy/How I Got My Shrunken Head
  • Goosebumps: Scary House/Chillogy
  • Goosebumps: Perfect School/My Best Friend Is Invisible
  • Goosebumps: It Came Deep from Beneath the Sink/Deep Trouble
  • Goosebumps: Ghost Next Door/Shocker on Shock Street
  • Goosebumps: Cry of the Cat/Say Cheese and Die


In addition, three new sets were released on the same date. Unlike the original releases, each of these include four 22-minute episodes, rather than two. They also feature new cover art, as opposed to previous releases which used the cover art for the corresponding series book.



Released March 31, 2009:



Released September 8, 2009:

All four DVD sets released in 2009 contain three episodes each, and continue the cover art pattern of the late 2008 releases, with new art rather than using the cover art of the corresponding book.

As of the September 8 releases, all but seventeen episodes of the series have been released on DVD.

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