Midnight Frollics is one of my favorites. It’s not a ‘great’ cartoon really, but still quite enjoyable. This is a transfer of an old 16mm IB Technicolor print that I’ve had in my collection since the early 80s. I’ve been told by a few collectors that the reason most of the Columbia Rhapsody prints in 16mm are so beat up is that Columbia 16mm rental prints of features started out with a cartoon, and of course the cartoon would take the lion’s share of abuse, thereby protecting the feature from less skilled projectionists. There’s a splice during one of the jokes..those of you with good ears will recognize it as a Fibber McGee and Molly joke…
There was a whole flippable scene from this cartoon at Howard Lowry’s in LA in the mid 90’s. I bought a few drawings from the scene… the last shot in the film with the mouse being scared by the ghost dust….
This cartoon was a favorite among friends that I used to show these to…and always makes an appearance on Halloween (I show 16mm cartoons on Halloween outside on a big screen to the neighborhood kids in my Mother’s neighborhood thoughout trick or treating.. a tradition that dates back to the mid- 80s).
Since it’s Halloween, you can’t forget all the great cartoons that are spooky in one form or other… here’s a few of my favorites- of course there’s so many more- feel free to add to the list!
Fraidy Cat (Tom and Jerry/ MGM, 1942)
Trick or Treat (Donald Duck/ Disney, 1952)
Betty Boop’s Halloween Party (Fleischer, 1933)
The Mad Doctor (Mickey/ Disney 1933)
Woody’s Spook-a-Nanny (Walter Lantz Productions/ TV Special, 1964)
Skeleton Frollic (Columbia (Iwerks Studio), 1937)
The Haunted House (Mickey Mouse/ Disney, 1929)
Do you have a favorite playlist of Halloween cartoons? Let us know in the comments below.