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Stay Puft Man is the twentieth-seventh chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters. In this chapter the Ghostbusters encounter Gozer's destructor form "Mr. Stay Puft".

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The Ghostbusters ran over to get a better vantage point. Ray was in denial. Peter pressed him about what he chose. Winston swore. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man marched past some buildings. Only his head could be seen. Ray announced he chose the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Over 100 feet tall, he stepped out from the buildings at 2 Columbus Circle. Cars came to a grinding halt. Cabs rammed into each other. Civilians ran away in terror. Drivers abandoned their cars in the middle of the street. Peter remarked that was not something you see every day. Ray insisted he tried to think of the most harmless thing. He picked something he loved from his childhood, something that could never, ever possibly destroy the world. Peter sarcastically complimented Ray's line of thinking. Ray remembered he used to roast Stay Puft Marshmallows by the fire at Camp Waconda. Peter told Egon that Ray had gone "bye-bye" and asked him what he had left. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was near the Shandor Building. Egon apologized and admitted he was terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought. Civilians continued to run in terror. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man growled at the Ghostbusters. Winston and Peter realized what was about to happen. Walter Peck watched as Stay Puft approached 550 Central Park West. He stepped on the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church next door. Peter exclaimed nobody stepped on a church in his town. Ray hesitantly cued everyone to fire on three. They blasted down at Stay Puft. They only succeeded in lighting him on fire. Stay Puft clung to the side of the Shandor Building and looked up. The fire soared up to them.

They ran and crouched down. Ray tried to make light of their impending death by a hundred-foot marshmallow man. Peter riffed and pointed out Stay Puft was a sailor in New York, they just had to get him laid and there would not be any trouble. Stay Puft climbed up the side of the building. Egon had a radical idea. He noted the door swings both ways and as a result they could reverse the particle flow through the gate. Ray asked how. Egon proposed they Cross the Streams. Peter recalled Egon's warning about doing that. Peter pointed out they would be in grave danger along with their client Dana Barrett, the nice lady who paid them in advance before she became a dog. Egon revealed there was definitely a very slim chance they would survive. They exchanged looks. Peter stared at Egon. Egon raised an eyebrow. Peter gave Ray a friendly slap to the face. Peter declared he loved the plan and was excited to be a part of it. Winton grumbled the job was definitely not worth another eleven-five a year. They ran to the Temple of Gozer just as Stay Puft lifted his head up and reached for the roof top. Ray narrowly dodged his flaming hand and yelped.

Quotes

Peter: Well, there's something you don't see everyday.
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Ray: Funny us going out like this -- killed by a hundred foot marshmellow man.

Peter: We've been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay-Puft is OK, he's a sailor, he's in New York. We get this guy laid we won't have any trouble.

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Trivia

Ghostbusters

  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was inspired by three fictional characters: the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Michelin Man, and the Angelus Puft Marshmallow Man.[1]
  • In Dan Aykroyd's original treatment, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man appeared on page 20 and was one of 50 large scale monsters.[2]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was originally an intermediate form of Gozer.[3]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was originally a throw away character in the midway point and didn't become the final encounter until the July draft.[4] In the June 6, 1983 draft, Gozer was to have taken the form of a "a swirling psychic maelstrom topped by a disembodied aphid's head of monstrous proportions" over New Jersey. Stay Puft would have melted away to reveal this form.[5][6]
    • Three advanced Gozer concepts were done by Berni Wrightson and one by Robert Kline.[7]
    • In the concept phase, an alternative to the Stay Puft Marshmallow created by Thom Enriquez was a monster that was based on Ray's pet lizard from his childhood.[8]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man originally rose up by the Statue of Liberty.[9]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stepping out onto Columbus Circle first appears in the September 30, 1983 draft.
  • Harold Ramis spent a lot of time trying to rationalize the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. He concluded mankind's biggest fear of the unknown would be proven to be insubstantial as marshmallow.[10]
  • One faction in the production unit argued for a 100 foot tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, another argued for 125 feet but Ivan Reitman ultimately declared 112.5 feet.[11]
  • The Temple of Gozer was on Stage 16 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • The exterior scenes were filmed at 55 Central Park West in New York.
  • Entertainment Effects Group made a miniature set of a part of Central Park West and the adjacent park. Stay Puft's facial expressions were cable controlled and manipulated by four puppeteers under the elevated set. The footage was shot a three times normal speed to enhance Stay Puft's sense of mass.[12]
  • It took several tries to get the remote controlled car to hit the hydrant when Stay Puft looks up at the Ghostbusters.[13]
  • Peter Gerard created a spraying device to simulate a fire hydrant shooting up water. The device sprayed fine sand instead of water.[14]
  • All of the cars were 1/18th scale and made from about 100 police cars Mark Stetson bought from Toys R Us stores all over Southern California.[15]
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's entrance was done in front of a bluescreen traveling matte shot at Entertainment Effects Group. Columbus Circle, the New York location, was lit up for blocks with giant arc lights and populated with 500 screaming extras running in terror.[16]
  • The Stay Puft suit was made from pliable foam and it had a fiberglass skull with cable-actuated mechanisms for facial movement.[17]
  • Three suits were used in the first movie, costing $20,000 to $35,000 each. An actor kept falling in the sequences when Stay Puft was on fire. Connie Caesar was hired. Caesar was against using supplied air and argued with Thaine Morris, mechanical effects supervisor, about it for 10 minutes. Morris insisted he use supplied air because the foam on the costume was toxic.[18]
  • For the scenes of Stay Puft on fire, a stuntman wore a special fire-retardant suit that was rigged with pyrotechnics.[19]
  • After seeing initial footage of Stay Puft in motion, Ivan Reitman was nervous if it could be pulled off. The effects crew assured him it would work and it wasn't the finished suit.[20]
  • Three different heads were made for different expressions needed during filming.[21]
  • The crew's concern Stay Puft might come across as too silly were dashed in the movie's first screening. The audience loved him.[22]
  • Ray mentions Stay Puft Marshmallows and Camp Waconda.
    • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 129, Winston tells everyone he roasted marshmallows with his grandfather at his smokehouse in North Carolina when he was a child.[23]
    • Ray's Camp Waconda line did not appear until the October 7, 1983 draft on page 89.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 130, Peck grabs a cop and tells him to go to the roof and arrest the Ghostbusters. The cop thinks he's insane then sees Stay Puft and bolts. This ends up as the Deleted Scene: E.P.A. and a small bit when Peck briefly appears and sees Stay Puft advancing on the Shandor building.
  • Stay Puft steps on Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at at 3 West 65th Street, next door to the Central Park West building.
  • When Stay Puft is climbing the Shandor Building, the red tie is missing.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, Egon tells them to go full stream with strogon pulse then cross their streams onto Stay Puft but it fails.[24]
  • When the Ghostbusters are in the huddle coming up with the plan, they are wearing the stunt packs.
  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 131, Peter bemoans they are going to be killed by a 300 foot marshmallow man. It changes to a hundred feet in the September 30, 1983 draft, on page 131.
  • Egon's idea to cross the streams on the temple first appears in the September 30, 1983 draft, on page 132.
  • Peter brings up Egon's warning about crossing the streams from Chapter 13: "Nice Shootin', Tex."
  • Peter alludes to Dana Barrett and watching her turn into a Terror Dog in Chapter 25: Working the Crowd.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

The Real Ghostbusters

IDW Comics

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

  • In Ghostbusters (2016_Movie), the Ghostbusters get an idea to change the flow of the Portal a total protonic reversal. In the first movie, Ray realizes this would happen when they Cross the Streams.

References

  1. Jimmy Kimmel Live June 8, 2016 Episode "The Original Ghostbusters On The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man " clip 1:37-2:32 Dan Aykroyd says: "Ah, well, y'know, I...I was just looking for something from my childhood that was so innocent in the movie and that kind of innocent thing. We used to have the Angelus Puft Marshmallow Man. He was a cop and in the movie, when my friend John Daveikis and Michael Gross designed the Stay Puft y'know, in the film, when we brought the script and then the day Stay Puft showed up, Billy y'know did the great line, he looked at him, he said, 'And he's a sailor!' And that was so funny when John Daveikis did the first drawing. He married the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Michelin Man, and the Angelus Puft Marshmallow Man and put them all together and draws them. I open this FedEx and he's a sailor. And then 'What do you mean he's a sailor?' And then Billy in the movie -- Billy just improvised a line which is one of the classics. So my friend John Daveikis, Michael Gross."
  2. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 12:43-13:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "When I read the very first sort of treatment it took place in the future. There were many groups of Ghostbusters, the Marshmallow Man came out on page 20 and was one of 50 large scale monsters. Frankly, if I was going to make that particular script, it would have cost $300 million in 1984 and...but there was this one fantastically brilliant idea which there was a group of men who much like firefighters who could catch ghosts and I remember sitting down at a deli with uh Danny and said "Look this is a great idea but we should work on it some more and why don't you get Harold Ramis involved because he outta be a Ghostbuster as well. He's great , he's got just the right sort of brilliance to him and let's bring Billy into it" and he went with it and about a month later we were making this picture. "
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 180 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Early brainstorming had the Stay-Puft marshmallow man as but an interdimensional form which the Gozer assumes on its way to becoming something truly monstrous, both in size and appearance. Berni Wrightson's exploration of this theme was both surreal and terrifying."
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 197 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Though present in every draft of the script, the Stay-Puft marshmallow man did not become the Ghostbusters' final encounter until the July rewrite. In fact, in Dan Aykroyd's original screenplay, the Stay-Puft man appeared just slightly past the midway point as but one of several Gozer manifestations. The Stay-Puft confrontation came considerably later in the first Aykroyd-Ramis collaboration, but even in that draft, the Ghostbusters were to regroup in New Jersey for a final battle with the Gozer in its most terrifying form - a swirling psychic maelstrom topped by a disembodied sphid's head of monstrous proportions."
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 197 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The Stay-Puft confrontation came considerably later in the first Aykroyd-Ramis collaboration, but even in that draft, the Ghostbusters were to regroup in New Jersey for a final battle with the Gozer in its most terrifying form - a swirling psychic maelstrom topped by a disembodied aphid's head of monstrous proportions."
  6. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 155. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Although it was always the intent to have Gozer appear first in quasi-human form and then transmutate into a giant walking ad for Stay-Puft marshmallows, early plans were to have the melting marshmallow man reconfigure itself yet again into a third, even larger and more horrific manifestation. Three advanced Gozer concepts by Berni Wrightson and one by Robert Kline."
  7. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 180 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Early brainstorming had the Stay-Puft marshmallow man as but an interdimensional form which the Gozer assumes on its way to becoming something truly monstrous, both in size and appearance. Berni Wrightson's exploration of this theme was both surreal and terrifying."
  8. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 16. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Line reads: "A Thom Enriquez concept for a Stay Puft marshmallow man alternative. Enriquez came up with the idea that this monster could be Ray Stantz's pet lizard from his childhood."
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 184 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Michael Gross says: "Originally, we were going to have the Stay-Puft marshmallow man rise up out of the river, right by the Statue of Liberty, to give him scale. Understandably, the effects people didn't like the idea - any effects shot involving water is really hard to pull off. We finally realized that it didn't make any difference where he came from - he could just appear. The audience assumes that he just materializes."
  10. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 194 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Harold Ramis says: "I was concerned throughout this whole process that they physics of it make sense somehow - that intelligent people wouldn't look at what we were doing and think it was totally ridiculous. I did a lot of rationalizing when it came to the Stay-Puft marshmallow man. Morally, no one else cared that much. I was the only one who kept agonizing about what it all meant - what does the universe really look like, and is it possible this could actually happen? As bizarre as it was, I wanted the film to say something about life - even if it was subliminal. I knew if I could just harmonize it in my own mind, I'd feel a lot better about it. Finally, I found some symbolism in the fact that the whole world of the paranormal seems to represent people's abstract fears - people need a place to put all that nameless dread and so they put it into ghosts and things unseen. But the real source of that dread is in very real things like violence and death and economic uncertainty. So it seemed to me very appropriate that when our monster finally appeared, it turned out to be marshmallow - that literally and figuratively, our biggest fear of the unknown was as insubstantial as marshmallow."
  11. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 186. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "A John Deveikis illustration for the original Dan Aykroyd script suggested a much larger marshmallow man than was ultimately decide upon. Since one faction within the production unit argued for a 100-foot tall version while another favored a somewhat larger 125-foot tall version, Ivan Reitman settled the dispute by declaring that the Stay-Puft marshmallow man would be 112.5 feet tall."
  12. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 191 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "A portion of Central Park West and the adjacent park was constructed in miniature at Entertainment Effects Group. Cables operating the marshmallow man's facial expressions ran down through a slit in the elevated set to a trolley underneath - manned by four puppeteers. Cars were either radio-controlled or pulled on wires, and the footage was shot at three times normal speed to enhance the Stay-Puft man's apparent sense of mass."
  13. Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 09:22-09:30). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "Some we radio controlled. We drove one of them up hap hazardly into a fire hydrant. It took several takes just to get the darn car to hit the fire hydrant."
  14. Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 09:34-09:38). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "Peter Gerard made this spraying device that shot up fine sand up to simulate water."
  15. Mark Stetson (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 09:39-10:13). Columbia Pictures. Mark Stetson says: "The weird scale that we had made a real problem with populating the streets. Turned out to be 1/18th scale. You don't find any accurate model kits in that scale. So I scoured Toys R Us and found this police car that looked like a New York police car, right vintage, right size it turned out so I called all uh Toys R Us stores in Southern California and bought all they had. We had something like a hundred of these police cars. We chopped them up - turned them into fire trucks and taxi's and police cars and everything else."
  16. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 188. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Entertainment Effects Group stagehands prepare for a bluescreen traveling matte shot of the Stay-Puft marshmallow man's grand entrance. For its accompanying live-action element - shot in New York - Laszlo Kovacs and his crew had Columbus Circle and all visible side-streets lit up for blocks with giant power-draining arc lights. Five hundred screaming extras stampeded on cue, running headlong through the streets and climbing over cars."
  17. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 187 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The Stay-Puft marshmallow man suit was constructed from pliable foam and featured a fiberglass skull with cable-actuated mechanisms for facial movement."
  18. Thaine Morris (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 10:58-11:32). Columbia Pictures. Thaine Morris says: "We got a $25-$35,000 suit and we got three of them in the world. We set the guy on fire, he falls down. That's the universal signal of 'I'm in trouble' so we put him out. There goes 20,000 bucks. We'll try this again tomorrow night. He did it again. And he does it again. We hired Connie Caesar and 'Ok, step on this box - slap the top of the church. Got it?' 'Yeah, but I don't want supplied air' We argued for 10 minutes about the fact he was going to have to be supplied air because the foam on this thing was toxic."
  19. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 191 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "For scenes of the Stay-Puft man bursting into flame, a special fire-retardant suit was rigged with pyrotechnics and worn by a stuntman scaling the miniature apartment building."
  20. John Bruno (1999). Ghostbusters (1984) "SFX Team Featurette" (1999) (DVD ts. 10:40-10:57). Columbia Pictures. John Bruno says: "And was doing this double bounce walk like a cartoon character and it looked really, really stupid and Ivan - we sent over this footage and he went 'Oh my God. Is this the end of the movie?' And he was really nervous and we kept saying 'It's gonna work. You haven't seen the finished suit.'."
  21. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 187 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "In all, three different heads were needed to achieve the required range of expressions - from smiles to looks of surprise to grimaces."
  22. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 189 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Ivan Reitman says: "Our concern was that the Stay-Puft man would take the movie into an area of silliness that would just discount everything else. All through the writing process, and even into production, we tried to come up with an alternative - but we kept coming back to it. It just seemed right to go for the laugh at the end. And we had such a good rationale for it - it would be the first thing that would pop into Stantz' head. So I finally said: 'To hell with it. Let's go.' But that's what I was waiting for at the first screening - to see how the marshmallow man was going to play. Fortunately, the audience went nuts over him - applauding and everything. It was a great moment of relief for all of us."
  23. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 129). Winston Zeddemore says: "The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man! He was on all the packages we used to buy when I was a kid in North Carolina. We used to roast Stay-Puft marshmallows on my grandpa's smokehouse fire."
  24. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 129). Egon Spengler says: "Full-stream with strogon pulse. We'll cross the beams."
  25. Mayor Lenny (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Adventures in Slime and Space" (1987) (DVD ts. 11:51-11:55). Time Life Entertainment. Mayor says: "First, Terror Dogs. Then a walking marshmallow. Now this!"

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