It’s a bit of a cop out this week with some usual suspects– I promise to be in full form next week. Thanks and let’s talk in the next few days!
It’s late on a Wednesday night as I write this, as has been the case here all semester, with spare time being a rare commodity. Myself and the little Thunderbean staff didn’t get quite everything out, but we’re at in again in the morning for some Halloween packing and film restoration.
It looks like it’s going to be a rainy one out here in Michigan, so our annual showing 16mm cartoon outside may not happen, sadly. Here at Cartoon Research, at least there’s always the advantage of some Halloween cartoons. Here is this years’s list, including some of your suggestions from last year,
Let’s start things off with a more ‘Modern’ cartoon: Big Game Haunt Starring Cool Cat (with Colonel Rimfire and Spooky). Not strictly a Halloween cartoon, but how can you hate a ghost that looks like a thumb?
I always watch Midnight Frollics (Columbia/ Mintz/ Iwerks) around and on Halloween. I really love it, but admit it’s far from a great cartoon. I guess the real reason I liked it was that my Mom insisted it be part of the Halloween show at her house every years for the trick or treaters. She always said “Are you bringing ‘The Flora Dora Girls?’ referring to the song in the picture. Here ya go, Mom:
I do really like the score (and of course the animation) in the classic short “Lonesome Ghosts”. I always feel bad for them though. When I was a kid I wondered why the ghosts were so hell bent on treating the trio so badly. Burt Gillett must have had a hand in designing the ghosts in some capacity; they seem to have a kinship to some of the characters designed for ‘Bold King Cole’ over at Van Beuren a year before:
Jeepers Creepers (1939) is a super fun cartoon, even with the unfortunate stereotype ending. The score is wonderful of this little cartoon. I also always liked that rendered frog close up….
While it’s overplayed, Trick or Treat is still a fun little cartoon:
In addition, I had this record as a kid, with Ginny Tyler as Witch Hazel (and June Foray in the pieces of soundtrack from the film) guiding us through a much longer version of the story than the cartoon originally was!
A little while back, our own Greg Ehrbar put up the original RCA record with June Foray narrating. I heard this for the first time tonight, and it’s pretty wonderful:
And, lastly, a bunch of halloween commercials that someone posted. Some of these are animated, including a Fruity Pebbles one (Mike, did you animate on this one?)
Have a happy Halloween all! A more involved TB Thursday next week!