Despite largely starting out as a destination for illegal videos in the days before it was acquired by Google, major media companies were hesitant to use the platform as a distribution point for their properties. Except, it seems, with cartoons: the rightsholders to many classic cartoons post episodes on YouTube, presumably to get the ad revenue.
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Get your giant bowl of cereal ready! 🥣 #TheRealGhostbusters bring back Saturday morning cartoons. Watch the first episode of the animated series this weekend and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more! https://t.co/QU6KwsSXI3 pic.twitter.com/vjQhbDNEYd
– Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) February 3, 2021
This is all to create excitement for the coming Ghostbusters film sequel, intended as a return to form after the largely panned reboot of 2016. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is slated for release in theaters this fall, with returning stars of the original joining new comedic actors.
The duo of Ghostbusters shows aren’t the only classic cartoons you can load up on YouTube. A surprising number of rights holders are posting older shows there, including Hey-Man and She-Ra, GI Joe, and Ghostbusters– no not That Ghostbusters, “The Ghost Busters, ”A 1975 cartoon series that predates the movie and draws liberal inspiration Scooby Doo.