Beetlejuice (1989-1991)

The animated TV-series that followed Burton’s brilliant movie was a heavily sanitized version. Everything that made the original such a fun and entertaining experience has been dumped down or outright cut. The worst changes affected the two main characters, Lydia went from gloomy to annoyingly cheerful, Beetlejuice from malevolent trickster to second-rate jokester. Instead of a decaying and throughout bureaucratized afterworld Beetlejuice now lives in bright and colorful otherworld whose weirdness remains entirely superficial. This seems to have been quite the hit in its days, something that I find hard to believe, since it’s so overwhelmingly boring and mediocre. How anyone can watch this and not wanting his time back is beyond me.