First, some quick Thunderbean news: We’re working on sending out some things this week, including the special ‘Little King’ set and others. We had hoped to finish the blu-ray version of ‘Grotesquries’. The original DVD was co-produced with the Blue Mouse Studio in 2008. It’s still very much in progress, and we do hope to have it in the can before the end of the year.
To me, Halloween and cartoons go hand in hand. There’s a lot of Halloween-esque cartoons made over the years of course, and It’s started to be a yearly tradition here at Cartoon Research to ask what your favorite Halloween cartoons are and what you’re watching as well. Here are some of mine:
I’ve been enjoying the just released Halloween Haunts set from Tommy Stathes ‘Cartoons on Film’. Halloween or not, it’s a great set of spooky cartoons. I was happy to help with the set, and am enjoying these vintage shorts. It’s available here.
This year, on Tuesday night, I’m looking forward to revisiting a favorite event- showing 16mm prints of cartoons on a screen in the driveway of the house I grew up in. Kid’s gather on the driveway and, these days, marvel at the strange machine that makes a ticking noise as the cartoons show. This was a favorite yearly event for my mother- and every year we tried to do it- being rained out on occasion. I think I missed one year out of the past 25 or so. This year, I’m happy to continue the tradition. My good friend, Mel McCann, who also teaches at CCS, now rents the house with her husband, and they invited us over on Halloween.
Here’s a few required viewings:
First up, since my mom would always say ‘Make sure to bring the ‘Flora Dora Girls’… here is the Columbia/ Iwerks cartoon Midnight Frollics (1938) to kick things off this year:
Betty Boop’s Halloween Party (1933) is also required viewing each year- and happily, there is very nice remastering of this short these days. I wish my old dupe print looked this good!
The Gorilla Mystery (1930) and The Mad Doctor (1933) are my two favorite Mickey Mouse shorts to show on Halloween. I especially love the soundtracks of both of these:
Night on Bald Mountain by Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker is one of my favorite spooky films. If you6 are unfamiliar with this Pinscreen animated short, check it out:
And, as last year, here’s The Ghoul, a local to Detroit and Cleveland favorite, blowing up a pumpkin to celebrate the holiday:
And.. an extra, just because it’s strange:
Somehow, almost every film that Russian-born animator Ledislas Starewicz made has a spooky element to it. This clip (from Love in Black and White (1923) is something I stumbled onto recently, and even though it’s not so Halloweeny, no Halloween show is complete without some Sterevich at some point..