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EPISODE TYPES: Godzilla Situation & Overeating & Age Progression
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WHAT IS WERECHICKEN?: An Anthro, Non-furry, Werechicken Ghost Monster
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: By eating too much food
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) --SAME AS BEFORE--
QUOTE: (Didn't speak. Just growls and chicken type sounds)
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Ever wanted to see a 50 foot anthropomorphic chicken stomp down the streets of New York City destroying all it's path? If the answer is a yes, or a "What the..?" , this is the episode to see. A very bizarre and quite amusing episode of the Real Ghostbusters, that really has a macro monster just come out of nowhere, but doesn't disappoint for the most part. Far from perfect as far as giving everything you would want, it still delivers as well as any Ghostbusters episode ever could.
What was great about this episode, is that the giant Werechicken just sorta is thrown at the viewer out of nowhere basically. There is no rhyme or reason, as to why the Werechicken grew so big or what caused the growth really or how this is even happening but there it was at the end, larger then life and destroying all in his path as if he owns the place. All the other Werechickens we saw before were all about 6 or so feet in size and I'm sure they all ate more then enough food but they didn't grow. So why did this one grow? It really is never totally explained. Ray and Winston just find out that it was bigger one moment, bigger then next and then suddenly he roars loudly at Peter who is flying in the Ecto-2 Ghostbusters helicopter. I guess some things are left to be that unknown mystery of how the ghost world works but all the better for us here I say. So of course no growth will be shown as this was all supposed to be a semi surprise type of situation. We weren't at all supposed to expect this to have happened and then when we see it big, it's supposed to be a real big shock to make for a fun end to the episode, which it was, so I give them real props on the writing here. While making him big logically made no sense at all, it still worked wonderfully and really added to the over all humor and situations that were flowing through the episode. It's nice when macro surprises show up out of nowhere and when least expected, this is definitely one of those cases where it was thrown at us suddenly turning everything onto a new path just because it can and we the viewer get to sit back and enjoy the new twist on the situation we found ourselves in.
Probably one of the funniest and amusing episode of Ghostbusters in my opinion. Seeing Egon turn into a half human-half werechicken had some real amusing chuckles. One of my favorite moments is when a guy is eating fried chicken in some office building only for the huge werechicken to show up and roar madly at him freaking the guy out before the giant werechicken just stomps on to do more damage. And just the whole idea of a werechicken was amusing. It played up on the whole werewolf theme yet used a very strange creature to be a were- creature in that of a common chicken. The whole episode just seems like one big goof and wacky situation that some guy who wasn't totally in his right mind came up with, but it was so amusing and creative, this is a fan favorite and for good reason.
It had it's down moments as well though to be fair. Slimer's portrayal in this was a bit far fetched at points, and in a way Slimer was the catalyst the writer used to start the whole Werechicken loose in New York City thing as if it weren't for Slimer putting it in the oven, we wouldn't have had a werechicken to deal with in the first place. But they really could have thought of something better then what they did. It always bothered me after I saw this episode for the first time that Slimer was that stupid and that out of character to blindly put an egg that he knew was that of a werechicken, and that Egon wanted to study and that he knew not to touch and that had a werechicken in it and he puts it into the oven hoping to make an omelet because he was dreaming of food and was hungry. Sorry just didn't work for me. Yes , have Slimer hatch the egg somehow. But have it like he accidentally causes a machine that produces heat to hit it or anything else. This was just far fetched and ridiculous as the way that we have the werechicken loose. The gender and age of the werechicken was confusing as well. When it first hatched it was brown in color like the other werechickens we saw earlier in the episode. It then bites Egon before escaping into the city not to be seen again until it is 50 feet tall. That's fine and cool. But when we next see it , it is now white feather colored like a female and is about to lay an egg, so maybe it's female but it was said to be he and him and it was male when it was hatched. So this is just one of those confusing and another aspect of the episode that wasn't clear. Yes it's a funny line about it about to lay an egg but still it just made things more confusing overall when you are trying to make sense of things.
Also since when were werecreatures ghosts? Last I heard they were just monsters or humans who could change into other creatures. It was weird the way they went about it. Whenever the Ghostbusters zapped a werechicken with the proton rays a huge green like chicken creature would be pulled out of the chicken it was inhabiting as if it was just a separate ghost possessing a chicken. But yet it had all the abilities of a werechicken (like able to change during the full moon as Egon did) and able to change others into werechickens due to biting them. So I didn't get how it was a ghost. The only reason I could see is so the Ghostbusters could use their equipment on it otherwise there would be very little they can do to these creatures without silver. Like I said it was a very amusing and wacky episode, but a lot of things were just out there and thrown in randomly and could make a person confused when trying to figure it all out. Maybe that's one of the reasons why this was so funny and a great watch as you didn't know what to expect or even why things were going on, you just accepted it and enjoyed it.
This is a good macro episode as the Werechicken will give you a lot of fun moments as he/she smashes up the city and makes for a very unique monster that you probably won't see often. But the animation was a bit weak as they drew it with a very round body and very short arms that looked like two small twigs attached to a massive body, almost like King Sized Canary type of animation. Yet when they had close ups of the Werechicken's top body he looked in proportion again. So it was strange why they did it this way, but thetas often how it's done when creatures become macro so it's not surprise. Probably easier to draw em or something. Most will enjoy this, there is really nothing not to enjoy except for a very strange story and plot that some will probably love even more due to it being as out there as it is. Sure you will wonder what they did after they froze the Werechicken at the top of the Empire State Building or why Peter was in the shower after he said he was going to get some sleep but those don't matter really. It's a big chicken of unknown gender seeming to enjoy it's new size and perspective on things and climbs a building to try and lay and egg and that in itself has a charm like no other. Definitely a must see. Check it out.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(A howl is heard in the distance)
Winston: "What is that!?"
Ray: "The werechicken that bit Egon. It's still out there somewhere!"
Peter: "Let's stop that thing before it makes drumsticks out of anyone else."
(Egon gives Peter a stern look)
Peter: "Uhhh.. no offense Egon."
(Ray and Winston charge into a supermarket only to be met by a scared store clerk)
Store clerk 1: "It's in there. A big chicken! It's gotta be ten feet tall!"
Winston: "Ten feet tall?!"
Store clerk 1 : "I don't know. Maybe fifteen. BIG!! I don't know. I'm outta here!"
(The Store clerk runs out in a panic)
Winston: "How could we lose a fifteen foot tall chicken?!"
Ray: "We didn't look!"
(They charge into the backroom with another clerk there)
Store clerk 2: "A giant chicken. Had to be 30 feet tall!"
Winston: "Thirty feet tall!?"
Store clerk 2: "Yeah! Look at what it did to those cars."
(A row of cars lay destroyed on the street with a fire hydrant spilling water everywhere)
******************(The huge werechicken climbs the Empire State Building after escaping the full ghost trap)
(Ray observes the werechicken through his binoculars as it climbs up to the top of the Empire State building and sits atop it)
Winston: "What's it doing?
Ray: "It looks like it's about to lay an.."
(Winston slaps his hand over Ray's mouth before he finishes that sentence)
Winston: "I don't wanna hear it."
FINAL NOTES:*The fourth season (which this episode was part of) of the Real Ghostbusters had only eight episodes made for the entire season. The title of the show was renamed to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters in the hopes of benefiting from the popularity of the Ghostbusters sidekick character. Slimer would have his own low quality cartoon episodes that stared just him, that would appear before or after regular Ghostbusters episodes and it's aim was at a much younger audience. The animation quality was very poor and the stories very immature. It was a bad idea and failed miserably due to the fact that the older child audience who were it's core audience were turned off to the new spin off episodes and the new idea was scrapped after a year while the regular Ghostbusters cartoon would go on for 3 more seasons after this.
Errors--Factual -- The actual sex of the Werechicken comes into question. While called he and him by the Ghostbusters, it was also very clear at one point that he was about to lay an egg while sitting high atop a building in the city. Laying an egg is something that only female chickens are able to do. So while he may be a male that can do female reproductive functions, he is not fully male and is neutral in gender.
Continuity -- Egon out grew his clothing when he first changes into a werechicken only leaving him in his underwear when he changes back. When they bring the antidote to him a few moments later he is back in his full attire once again which he winds up out growing again as his body changes into a half werechicken.
+ :MA gigantic anthro chicken stomping down the streets of New York City crushing cars and climbing buildings. Need I say more?
- :No growth shown in what probably would have been some great growth moments if they had shown it. The way the Werechicken is defeated is a bit disappointing and far fetched. Some silly plot devices like Slimer absent mindely putting the egg in the oven to make an omelet out of it.
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