History

Primary Canon

Ray Stantz claimed to have been present at an undersea, unexplained mass sponge migration. In 1984, Ray used the event as a retort to Peter Venkman; who chided Ray that there was little evidence of the paranormal. According to Peter, the sponges migrated 'about a foot and a half', which led him to believe that it was not as paranormal as Ray thought.

Secondary Canon

IDW Comics

One day in the mid to late 1970s, Ray and two other researchers took a dive in a deep sea submersible vehicle. They witnessed sponges moving literal inches at a time. They tracked and recorded it.[1][2] After Gozer was defeated, Ray told Rebecca Morales about the migration during his interview but she was more interested in the supernatural.

Trivia

  • In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 4, Dean Yeager asks Peter if they have seen a ghost yet. Peter tells Dean Yeager and the committee about a rockfall they studied a week ago. Supposedly, stones and pebbles somehow materialized and fell out of the sky from an untraceable source. Peter admits they got to the site right after it happened.[3]
  • By the third draft, September 20, 1983, the line is moved to when Peter and Ray trot up the stairs to the library and Ray cites a "multiple high-altitude rockfall" as one psychic occurrence he's seen.[4] Peter tells him he's been hanging out with Egon too much.
  • Originally, Ray's line was about a "multiple high-altitude rockfall". Dan Aykroyd had to rerecord the line in a postproduction looping session, where he came up with "mass sponge migration."[5]
  • On page 22 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Issue #2, there is a non-cameo reference to Mass Sponge Migration in Ray's locker in an article in the upper left corner.
  • In the Dramatis Personae of Ghostbusters International #1, the Mass Sponge Migration is mentioned in Ray's biography. [6]
  • On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, in the petri dish is a piece of sponge, a nod to Ray's mention of a Mass Sponge Migration at the start of Chapter 3 "Get Her!"
  • On page 3 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, Ray recounts the mass sponge migration he witnessed that he mentioned to Peter in Chapter 3: "Get Her!"

Appearances

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References

  1. Ray Stantz (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2" (2020) (Comic p.3). Ray Stantz says: "We happened upon a race. Those sponges were really moving, literal inches at a time. We saw it, we recorded it, we tracked it."
  2. Ray Stantz (2020). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2" (2020) (Comic p.3). Ray Stantz says: "A real honest-to-goodness migration! At no time before or since in the course of history -- as far as we know -- have sponges ever moved so far or so fast!"
  3. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 4). Peter Venkman says: "Stones and pebbles somehow materialize and fall out of the sky from an untraceable source.""
  4. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (Third Draft September 30, 1983) (Script p. 4). Ray Stantz says: "Well, I was at an unexplained multiple high-altitude rockfall once.""
  5. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 25 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "A similar problem plagued Stantz' "multiple high-altitude rockfall" reference. However, since this bit of dialogue was included in a long shot of the actors, Reitman and his editors were able to rerecord the line and insert it into the soundtrack during a postproduction looping session. Dan Aykroyd came up with his own replacement: "Of course you forget, Peter, I was present at an undersea, unexplained mass sponge migration.""
  6. Dramatis Personae (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #1" (2016) (Comic Dramatis Personae). Line reads: "Has witnessed an undersea, unexplained mass sponge migration."
  7. Ray Stantz (1999). Ghostbusters, Chapter 3: "Get Her!" (1984) (DVD ts. 06:52-06:57). Columbia Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "Of course you forget, Peter, I was present at an undersea, unexplained, mass sponge migration."
  8. Peter Venkman (1999). Ghostbusters, Chapter 3: "Get Her!" (1984) (DVD ts. 06:58-07:02). Columbia Pictures. Peter Venkman says: "Ooh, Ray, those sponges migrated about a foot and a half."

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