Okey-dokey, time for some nostalgic trick. Everybody who has a minimum degree of love for the 1980s (or an average of American pop-culture) will remember the big impact that was one of the iconic villains of hit science-fiction and comedy Ghostbusters (1984), the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That gigantic candy-man destroying New York City in the original film still remains as one of the most celebrated and exploited moments in movie history. Well, the executives for the upcoming Ghostbusters franchise entry, Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), have decided this could be a touchy and attractive sweet (no pun intended) to start promoting the release of the movie scheduled by the end of the year. And, I must say, it works.
In the less-than-one-minute teaser released yesterday, we can see Paul Rudd, who plays Mr. Grooberson in the new movie, walking around a convenience store, picking up some ice cream, only to find out a bunch of tiny man-shaped marshmallows are emerging from out of the packaging bag and start to play around with the stuff populating the store. Cute and intriguing, and heart-touching in the style Disney did with Baby Yoda.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) is directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the creator of the original films Ivan Reitman. The movie is written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan, the director of Monster House (2006) and the Poltergeist (2015) remake.
The movie centers on a single mother and her two children who after being evicted from their home they get forced to move to a farm inherited from their late grandfather, located in Summerville, Oklahoma. When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family’s link to the original Ghostbusters, who have become something of a myth as many have long since forgotten the events of the original films. They discover the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind. It is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and pays no mind to other adaptations.
Together with Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Oliver Cooper, and Sydney Mae Diaz form the main cast that also includes the return of the original stars Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts to their iconic roles.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) is Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some suggestive references. After some release delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie will finally come out on November 11, 2021, worldwide.
Check out the official teaser Mini-Pufts Character Reveal here.
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