Flashback Friday: A Blue Jays Cameo in the Beetlejuice Cartoon

Baseball and weekend cartoons – for many young kids like myself, these two things brought a lot of joy. For the most part, they were separate hobbies, but the odd time, baseball and cartoons would clash in one amazing combination.

For this week’s Flashback Friday, bear with me … it’s a bit of an obscure one; it’s an appearance and mention of the Blue Jays in the Beetlejuice animated TV series from 1990.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen this particular episode “The Son Dad Never Had”. With the cartoon in syndication on Global and as a kid who only had access to five channels, Beetlejuice was one of the favourite cartoons in our household.


So after about 20 or 30 viewings, I noticed there were a few Blue Jays easter eggs hidden within the episode. Evidently, so did Brendan (AKA @toysubmarine) as he was so graciously posted this brief video of the episode. Pretty timely considering the O’s/Blue Jays rivalry.

And it didn’t stop there! Shortly thereafter in the episode, the father can be seen holding something that roughly resembles a Blue Jays logo on a pennant. How cool is this?


Apparently some of the writers/animators from the Beetlejuice cartoon must’ve been Blue Jays fans. The show was partially produced in Canada in the early 1990’s, so it makes sense why they might want to plant a few easter eggs for fellow Jays fans.

It only took us 25 years to find them!

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.