Primary Canon History
In June 2021, the night after releasing Vinz Clortho by accident, Gary Grooberson went at the local Walmart and headed to the frozen foods aisle. He selected a Baskin-Robbins Jamoca ice cream then went to another aisle and found a bottle of blue velvet frosting. He walked past the Stay Puft Marshmallows. One of the 10 ounce bags started moving on the shelf like something was in it. Gary doubled back and stared at the bag. To his shock, a little marshmallow critter tore a hole and came out of the bag. It yawned and rubbed its eyes. It saw Gary, smiled, and stepped forward but it fell off the bag and landed on its face. It stood up and the imprint of the shelf vanished. It stepped forward. Gary was in awe. He laughed and waved to it. It marched forward but stopped at the edge of the shelf. It turned around and looked at its surroundings. Gary poked its butt. The Mini-Puft frowned, turned around, and smiled. The Mini-Puft suddenly bit Grooberson's finger.
More Mini-Pufts burst out of bags. A group of Mini-Pufts on a Roomba drove into Gary's left shoe. One hopped onboard the Roomba and they ram into the shelving on the opposite side. Gary realized there were tons of Mini-Pufts all over the aisle. The Roomba ran one over and left a streak as it drove out of the aisle. A few floated onto the shelf of Stay Puft Marshmallows with little paper umbrellas. One impaled another Mini-Pufts' head from behind. It pulled on the handle and the umbrella closed on its head. One punted a regular marshmallow off the shelf. Gary was horrified and hurried past a Fourth of July themed display for grills. A lone Mini-Puft on a grill threw its hat like a discus onto another grill populated with many Mini-Pufts. One jabbed two Mini-Pufts with a skewer. One on the dial managed to turn the grill on. A Mini-Puft on top melted. One lied on its stomach and watched its spit drift down. The Mini-Pufts on the skewer roasted. A Mini-Puft kicked the head off another. Another forced a Mini-Puft onto a Stay Crisp Graham Cracker and laid a Hershey bar on top of it. Several carried a blow torch over and heated up the chocolate bar on top of their comrade. Two Mini-Pufts pushed a blender off a shelf with one inside. Another Mini-Puft landed inside another blender. They raced over. One pushed the other off the shelf then turned the blender on and watched as the Mini-Puft inside levitated. The one on the shelf mashed buttons. A Mini-Puft came up from behind and headbutted the other into the buttons. The Mini-Puft inside splattered. Gary came out an aisle then froze because Vinz Clortho was across from him with his head in a Purina Dog Chow bag scarfing away. Gary quietly backed up. The Mini-Pufts on the Roomba crashed into his shoe then drove on. Vinz lifted its head out of the bag and stared at Gary then chased after him.
The next night, the Mini-Pufts appeared during the final battle against Gozer at the Farmhouse. They infiltrated the Ecto-1 and sabotaged the Proton Pack integrated in the gunner. Trevor Spengler's role in the plan to trap Gozer was to help confine Gozer in a Proton Stream after Lucky Domingo fired first. He discovered his Particle Thrower was inoperable so he looked at the back of the seat and saw several Mini-Pufts disabling the pack. Podcast saw one on his left cuff and screamed. They cheered when Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore arrived to confront Gozer. Podcast found the P.K.E. Meter on the floor and discovered the taser function. He watched as the Mini-Puft atop the P.K.E. Meter was tasered and blew up. The other Mini-Pufts became scared, stopped their sabotage attempts and attempted to flee. Trevor peeked inside. Podcast zapped more Mini-Pufts. The Proton Pack became operational again. As Gozer was in the process of getting trapped, the remaining Mini-Pufts overheated and exploded. Podcast emerged from Ecto-1 covered in marshmallow residue. Ray congratulated him on single-handedly defeating a manifestation of Gozer.
Tertiary Canon History
Ghostbusters: Afterlife ScARe
After the recruit acquired a pair of Ecto Goggles, Mini-Pufts appeared and engaged the recruit, lobbing chunks of marshmallow goo at the recruit. After defeating 101 Mini-Pufts, several more Pufts attempted a group attack before falling through a hole in the ground.
Mini-Pufts were eventually freed from the Containment Unit by Gozer and participated in the climatic showdown, serving as reinforcements for Vinz Clortho and the Bug-Eye Ghost. However, they were recaptured by the recruit using the Trap Field.
List of Mini Pufts
- Biting Puft (he joins the ones on the Roomba)
- Group of (9) on the Roomba
- (2) Pufts floating down with paper umbrellas
- Puft with paper umbrella in head
- Puft eating jellybean
- Puft feeding jellybean
- (2) Wrestling Pufts
- Hat throwing Puft
- Puft on grill dial
- Sexy pose Puft
- Drooling Puft
- Roasting stick holding Puft
- (2) Roasting stick victim Pufts
- Grilled Puft
- (2) Spectator Pufts (grill scene)
- (Many in bowl) Bobbing Puft heads
- Spectator Puft (s'mores scene)
- Being s'mored Puft
- (4) Blowtorch guiding Pufts
- Puft in blender pushed off shelf
- Puft blended in blender
- Headbutting Puft
- Puft turning on blender
- Proton Pack saboteur Pufts
- (3) Spectator Pufts (Ghostbusters arrival scene)
- PKE taser victims
Mini-Pufts are small humanoid marshmallow men that somewhat resemble the primary Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, except they the lack the sailor collar and tie. Their hats also lack the text "Stay Puft".
Mini-Pufts may look cute but are quite destructive. They tend to not think before acting, and do not care about each other kind's well-being.
Primary Canon Classification
Tertiary Canon Classification
- Incidentally, miniature versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man previously appeared in The Real Ghostbusters: The Return of Mr. Stay Puft comic in June 1989 with the Mini Stay Puft men, bestial Marshmallow Minis in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and Mini Pufts in the Ghostbusters: Deviation comic in 2016.
- Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan didn't want to do another giant entity when they were thinking of how to reinvent the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. They immediately keyed into Gremlin-like creatures that just want to break everything, including each other.
- Jason Reitman's marching orders for the Mini-Pufts were like mischievous toddlers.
- Arjen Tuiten,Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer, was going to have Bill Bryan make one practical Mini-Puft puppet, the one that bites Gary Grooberson, but they ran out of time in production and couldn't make one.
- The Mini Pufts were the hardest characters for Afterlife's VFX team to nail down.
- The Moving Picture Company team hand animated the Mini-Pufts and used toddlers as reference to recreate the elements of clumsiness and cuteness.
- VFX Producer Kerry Joseph and his team studied footage of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the first movie but added more emotion to the eyes of the Mini Pufts.
- The Mini Puft in the middle of the s'more was one of the very first ideas that came up during pre-production of Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
- Several Mini Pufts are nods to fictional characters:
- Mary Poppins
- Ian Malcolm's famous pose from Jurassic Park
- Terminator's death in Terminator 2.
- There were hundreds of voice tracks recorded for the Mini-Pufts.
- The actors picked Mini-Pufts to voice during a session then they would switch and do other ones.
- Logan Kim lost his voice after filming the scene where he has to scream and taser Mini-Pufts in Ecto-1. Some marshmallow got flung into his eye.
- The voices of the Mini-Pufts area combination of the production crew, including editor Nate Orloff and lead sound effects designer Chris Terhune, and voice actors.
- The Mini-Puft destroyed in the blender was voiced by supervising sound editor Will Files on helium.
- Sarah Natochenny and Shelby Young voiced Mini-Pufts in uncredited roles.
- Sarah Natochenny was approached by Jason Reitman after he saw three videos she did for Variety Fair about voice acting. A couple days later, she was recording lines for Mini-Pufts.
- Sarah Natochenny recorded her lines from her closet.
- Ira Heiden knew Jason Reitman from playing broomball with him in Culver City. After Heiden heard about Reitman's involvement into a Ghostbusters movie, he emailed him. Heiden was hired to do ADR of various scared background people and ghosts coming out of the pit. After the session on October 16, 2020 was completed, he was asked to stay and was told he was also going to be recording for the Mini-Pufts.
- Ira Heiden voiced a Mini-Puft on the Roomba, the Mini-Puft with the jelly bean, the Mini-Puft drooling onto the grill, and one of the Mini-Pufts pushing a button on the blender.
- Podcast emerges from Ecto-1 covered in the Mini-Pufts' marshmallow residue much like three of the Ghostbusters at the end of the first movie, Chapter 28: Crossing Streams.
- It took an hour to apply the Mini-Puft marshmallow residue to Logan Kim. It was a substance with cornstarch in it. Some would be glued to his face. A separate Ecto Goggles prop was used that was covered in the substance. After awhile, it would harden like Jell-O and the flightsuit would get really most and uncomfortable.
- In the film's post-credits scene, a variation of the No-Ghost logo appears but with a Mini-Puft replacing the Icon Ghost.
- There is a deleted scene of the Mini-Pufts in Wertheimer's Hardware. At one point, they were going to shoot a nail gun.[Note 1]
Primary Canon Appearances
Tertiary Canon Appearances
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife ScARe
- Episode 5: "A Sticky Situation"
- Episode 8: "Sumerian Showdown"
- According to a private email correspondence between Eric Reich, of GhostCorps, and Ghostbusters Wiki administrator Mrmichaelt, on January 6, 2022, "that scene is in the hardware store with the Mini Pufts, it was also cut, at one point they were going to shoot a nail gun."
- Ray Stantz (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 16 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:50:11-01:50:14). Sony Pictures. Ray Stantz says: "You just single-handedly defeated a manifestation of Gozer."
- IGN YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Director Jason Reitman" 06:19-07:05 7/26/2021 Jason Reitman says: "We were talking about Stay Puft and this iconic enormous character that was echoed in some ways through the '89 and '16 films. And we knew we didn't want to do that again. We thought, 'How do we reinvent Stay Puft?' 'What if he was tiny?' And we immediately identified these Gremlin-like creatures who enjoyed watching the world burn. Who were just like curious 5-year-olds that wanted to break everything, who didn't feel pain, and as a result, could truly torture each other. And yes, at this point, it was impaling. It was burning. It was s'mores. Anything we could think of we wanted to do in a Wal-mart when we were 5-year-olds."
- Entertainment Weekly "How a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got toasted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 10/8/2021 Kerry Joseph says: "The marching orders we got from Jason were that these are mischievous toddlers. They're essentially children that are learning the world around them, having fun, and have no fear, and can't get hurt."
- Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip "#743 - Arjen Tuiten, Special Make-Up & Live Acton Creature Effects Designer" 39:23-39:55 11/29/2021 Arjen Tuiten says: "What I did was I emailed Jason. I said, "Y'know, can we just at least build one practical one? That bites Grooberson. The one that bites him. We should do that as a little puppet. And he loved it. It's just that we simply ran out of time. They were already shooting the sequence and it's so much work. And my idea was to have-because I know Billy Bryan very well, who built the original Stay Puft, and also performed in it. I said, "Y'know, it'd be great if Bill could just come over to my shop and build that for two weeks. It'd be full circle for him."'
- Entertainment Weekly "How a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got toasted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 10/8/2021 Kerry Joseph says: "They were the hardest characters for us to nail down."
- MPC Film "MPC Film craft VFX magic for Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife." retrieved 1/6/2022 Line reads: "The mini Stay-Pufts were hand animated, with the team referencing toddlers to recreate the elements of clumsiness and cuteness in their movement."
- Entertainment Weekly "How a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got toasted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 10/8/2021 Line reads: "Joseph and his team studied footage of the original Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the 1984 film to make their CG versions match."
- Entertainment Weekly "How a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got toasted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 10/8/2021 Kerry Joseph says: "The proportions are pretty similar, I think we may have brought a little bit more emotion to the eyes, but that first one was physically built, there was only so much they could do."
- Entertainment Weekly "How a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man got toasted in Ghostbusters: Afterlife" 10/8/2021 Kerry Joseph says: "one of the very first ideas in preproduction that stayed all the way through to the final film. Being Marshmallow Men, I think we had to do that. It never went away."
- Avid YouTube "VIP All Access — Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Film and Sound Editing Team" 28:50-29:05 12/9/2021 Will Files says: "I mean Perry had hundreds of literally hundreds of tracks for the marshmallow men because we had done multiple sessions and on top of that we had been doing temp stuff for both Muncher and for the marshmallows for months so-"
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Sarah Natochenny (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview" 10:56-11:26 12/20/2021 Sarah Natochenny says: "So it depends if there was a specific Mini-Puft doing a very specific thing then yes, yeah, he was like 'You do this one, you cover this one' and then we would switch. We would we basically would just audition various Mini-Pufts so I still have trouble kind of like watching and there are certain sounds that come out of there I'm like 'Oh that's me!' but I still have, I got to watch it a couple more times to really be able to be like that one is me."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Logan Kim Interview - YHS Podcast" 25:28-25:41 12/1/2021 Logan Kim says: " I lost my voice after that scene. I screamed. Oh yeah. They like flung marshmallow at me One just got in my eye but I kind of "Ahhh!" It was a lot of fun."'
- Dolby YouTube "Embracing Sonic Nostalgia with "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" | Sound + Image Lab" 46:02-46:20 11/23/2021 Will Files says: "We knew that it needed to be voices obviously so we tried recording ourselves. Nate, one of the editors, recorded some stuff. Chris Terhune, our lead sound effects designer recorded himself and a lot of that is in the movie actually but ultimately there's hundreds of them."
- Dolby YouTube "Embracing Sonic Nostalgia with "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" | Sound + Image Lab" 46:58-47:17 11/23/2021 Will Files says: "So we actually brought in actors like groups of actors and Jason would work with them and coach them on 'Okay do this.' 'Okay, now act out this little moment and and so he you know of course we tried all sorts of things like let's take helium before we make these sounds."
- Dobly YouTube "Embracing Sonic Nostalgia with "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" | Sound + Image Lab" 47:25-47:27 11/23/2021 Will Files says: "And in the end it actually kind of being an amalgamation of all those kinds of ideas."
- Dolby YouTube "Embracing Sonic Nostalgia with "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" | Sound + Image Lab" 47:30-47:38 11/23/2021 Will Files says: "There's a moment when one of the marshmallow men gets blended up and at the end he goes "Hee..." that's me on helium."
- sarahnatochenny Tweet 11/19/2021
- shelby_young Tweet 11/19/2021
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Sarah Natochenny (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview" 8:52-9:34 12/20/2021 Sarah Natochenny says: "So it was a strange start. I did three videos for Vanity Fair. One where I talk about how dubbing works, one where I show how I do Pokemon, the whole process of producing Pokemon and one where I was presented with a bunch of characters that I'd never seen before and I was asked to improvise upon them, just upon them that's fine so Jason Reitman, the director, had seen that and he reached out to me and we just like talked about animation and stuff and then he's like 'Hey are you free in a couple of days or whatever? I'm like 'Yeah, sure. What can I do for you, sir? and yeah, that's how that happened."
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Sarah Natochenny (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview" 4:00-4:02 12/20/2021 Sarah Natochenny says: "I recorded that in my closet."
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Ira Heiden (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview!" 2:11-3:18 1/20/2022 Ira Heiden says: "I knew the director Jason and we used to play broomball together and and had a lot of fun times when I heard that he was on this project, first of all it's Ghostbusters. It's one of the most epic movies of all time. I literally wrote him an email saying 'Dude, I will do anything. I will-I'll be a zombie in the background, I'll be whatever it takes. I do a lot of voice work but whatever it takes, I want to be a part of this movie.' He was very busy and working, you know, and I figured you know whatever, so I get a message saying 'Ira, oh my gosh, I'm so sorry, you know it's been so crazy busy but yes, I definitely want you to be a part of this and he said we're going to start you off doing some ADR work I said 'That's great. Awesome. I'm so excited.' So I literally, October 16, 2020, a day that I will never forget that I did ADR."
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Ira Heiden (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview!" 3:24-4:02 1/20/2022 Ira Heiden says: "Correct, yeah, voices that people are passing 'Ah, it's a ghost!,' the-all the people in the background where you're in a restaurant and stuff like that and so you know that was so much fun and then we to play some of the ghosts that were coming out of the cauldron, the screaming ghost through the town and stuff like that so you know it was a lot of reactions and that was a blast and then the people that led the ADR group said 'Ira, the director requested you to stay after like 'Oh, okay.' I did not know this, I mean it's enough just to do the ADR for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, right?"
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Ira Heiden (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview!" 4:05-4:37 1/20/2022 Ira Heiden says: "Well guess what I was told that I had to do, some characters and then I found out what they were so literally from 3:30 till 7 pm and we did this all remote, we-a lot of us were in the sound studio but Jason was a home and Perry was at home and so we all were looking through the computer and watching these characters come to life and it was like literally (emotes) I mean it was so much fun."
- The Containment Unit YouTube "Ira Heiden (Mini-Pufts, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) Interview!" 12:37-12:50 1/20/2022 Ira Heiden says: "But I know I'm on the Roomba, I know I'm the jelly bean dude, and I know I'm the salivating guy on the grill and I also believe I was one of the guys pushing the button on the blender."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Logan Kim Interview - YHS Podcast" 24:32-25:13 12/1/2021 Logan Kim says: "So it was a mix of of like this marshmallowy substance with cornstarch in it or whatever and it would kind of become Jello almost and they-it was an hour long process and they would glue some to my face all around and then the ecto goggles were not actually there. It was just they were but it was kind of a a separate prop that was covered in the goop so it was just-just the tips hanging out. You could see. They would just put other shaving cream on me so just to add to the effect-it was a-the suit was really moist. Not very comfortable."'
- Jason Reitman instagram 7/22/2021
- Paul R. YouTube "GBAL B-Roll SpookCentral.tk" 6:12 mark 11/28/2021