Goosebumps is a Canadian-American horror anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's best-selling Goosebumps book series.
Anthology series about kids, pre-teens and teenagers finding themselves in eerie and unusual situations, typically involving supernatural elements.
Goosebumps originally began airing on YTV (in English) and Canal Famille (in French) in Canada and on Fox Kids in the United States starting in 1995 and ending in 1998, with reruns on Fox Family lasting until 1999 and 2001 respectively. Every October from 2007 to 2009, Cartoon Network aired the episodes. From September 6, 2011 until 2014, The Hub broadcast the series.
The opening sequence starts with a man dressed in black carrying his briefcase up a hill. The name engraved on the briefcase reveals the mysterious man to be Goosebumps' author, R. L. Stine. A strong wind blows, opening Stine's case, and his papers fly out, one of which turns into a "G" seen on the Goosebumps logo, only it was black shadow, and glides through an unnamed town. The "G" passes by a woman on a billboard, making her unhappy, and passes by a dog on a porch, which causes its eyes to glow demonically (this shot is referenced in the episode "My Hairiest Adventure"; Larry says "Now this seems familiar...". The same shot was also used in continuity links in UK airings on Fox Kids). The "G" then creeps past a tree, down a sidewalk, and into the front door of a house and begins showing a quick montage of clips from several episodes with an announcer growling, "Viewer, beware, you're in for a scare!", remade from the tagline, "Reader, beware, you're in for a scare!" used in the Goosebumps book series.
In season two, the opening was shortened, speeding up the Goosebumps "G" gliding through town and removing the quick episode montage in the doorway.
In season three, the show was renamed "Ultimate Goosebumps" and the opening underwent a few changes. A green slime and a lightning effect were added when the man in black walks up the hill with his briefcase and his papers fly out. However, instead of a paper turning into a G-shaped shadow and being blown through town, the man in black turns into bats which fly at the screen. The quick episode montage was added back but clips from episodes across the three seasons were used. There are some episodes that don't include the "Ultimate Goosebumps" name, so the short season two opening was used. The intertitle also showed the logo above a puddle of slime in which a link to the Scholastic website was visible.
In season four, the show removed the "Ultimate" from its name but retained the season three opening sequence. In some markets, this opening was also used in reruns of the first two seasons. Some Cartoon Network airing use a slow motion clip of the season 1 and 2 inner title.
Hour-long specials The Haunted Mask I & II, A Night In Terror Tower, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Welcome to Dead House and Night of the Living Dummy III don't use the opening sequence at all but instead have R.L. Stine talking at the beginning and end of those episodes.
The opening music was composed by Jack Lenz.
- Michael Barry as Will Blake (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Mairon Bennett as Emily Tucker (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Ryan Gosling as Greg Banks (Say Cheese and Die)
- Chelsea Page as Alice Ryder (Say Cheese and Die)
- Scott Speedman as Officer Madison (Say Cheese and Die)
- Hayden Christensen as Zane (Night of the Living Dummy III)
- Chris Benson as Uncle Al (Welcome to Camp Nightmare)
- Kirsten Bishop as Mrs. Morris (One Day at HorrorLand)
- Geoffrey Bowes as Mr. Michael Tucker (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Heather Brown as Lizzy Morris (One Day at HorrorLand)
- Michael Caloz as Luke Morris (One Day at HorrorLand)
- Daniel DeSanto as Gabe (Return of the Mummy)
- Michael Yarmush as Dave Warren (Awesome Ants)
- Daniel Clark as Mark Rowe (How I Got My Shrunken Head)
- Neil Crone as the Host Horror, Blek the Horror, and the Makeup Artist (One Day at HorrorLand)
- Cody Jones as Noah Caldwell (The Haunted Mask), Danny Anderson (The Ghost Next Door)
- Amos Crawley as Chuck Greene (The Haunted Mask)
- George Davis as Steve Boswell (The Haunted Mask)
- Brendan Fletcher as Grady Tucker (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Don Francks as the Swamp Hermit (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Kathryn Long as Carly Beth Caldwell (The Haunted Mask and The Haunted Mask II)
- Maria Ricossa as Mrs. Tucker (The Werewolf of Fever Swamp)
- Kathryn Short as Sabrina Mason (The Haunted Mask), Sue (A Night in Terror Tower)
- John White as 12-year-old Michael Webster (The Cuckoo Clock of Doom), Steve Boswell (The Haunted Mask II)
- Jonathan Whittaker as Mr. Morris (One Day at HorrorLand)