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A Haunting Halloween Classic!
It's a spooky surprise when a witch's magic wand falls into the wrong hands in this nostalgic Halloween special! A treat for the whole family, this magical animated adventure returns to you just in time to celebrate this spooktacular season!
When a witch hears of a party being held at her haunted mansion, she decides to bring on the fun! Showing off her magical tricks by turning the kids into whatever they want to be for Halloween. However, when her wand disappears the town is turned upside down!
Featuring the voice talent of Gilda Radner. Artwork by Jim Perez.$10 @ Amazon.com
Reviews of Halloween specials and cartoons, both old and new hosted by Adam Selzer.
It just doesn't seem like Halloween without a viewing of Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Witch's Night Out, or Halloween is Grinch Night. There was a time when these were aired yearly, and it wasn't that long ago.
Alas, though we now have roughly 10 times as many tv channels as we did when I was a kid, most of the great old Halloween Specials have been swept under the rug of pop culture. Tossed into the dustbin of history. Hurled over the brink of relevance. Whatever. Many have never even been released on VHS, let alone DVD.
For the most part, Halloween specials stopped being made in the late 1980s. Many people had cable by then, so a TV special wasn't as big of a deal as it had been before. More importantly, the home video market had taken off. Suddenly, the annual airing wasn't your only chance to see any given special. At the same time, it started seeming like a better investment for companies to just make made-for-TV movies instead of half hour specials. Full length movies tended to sell better than 22 minute specials on the video market. But as the shows stopped being aired and VHS went out of date, most of the Halloween specials got lost along the way, surviving only in our memories, our VHS storage bins, and (eventually) on youtube. Relatively few of these have seen an official release on DVD.
With this site, I hope to compile some reviews and information about all of the great specials - as well as the great Halloween-themed episodes of various cartoon series (the line between "Halloween episode" and "Halloween special" can get a bit blurry, as you'll see), as well as some of the made-for-tv or straight-to-video Halloween movies that have come out over the years. And, while I'm on the general subject, I'll review the many versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that have been released over the years (a special interest of mine).www.halloweenspecials.net
The Disney Family Album documentary of Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men" and co-creator of the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides.disney.go.com/disneyinsider/history/legends/marc-davis
Little is known about the mysterious Rhode Montijo. It is believed that his name is pronounced Rho-dee Mone-tee-hoe. He is a creator of children's books including The Halloween Kid, but is also known to be some sort of inventor. Not much is known about his inventions, but was last rumored to be tinkering with inventing a bath powder, so that people will not have to take baths.rhodemontijo.blogspot.com
Stalk of the Celery Monster is a 1979 short animated film written, directed and animated entirely in pencil by Tim Burton during his time as a student with the California Institute of the Arts. It was shot on 8 mm film and for much time it was considered to be lost, until fragments of it were shown in 2006 on Spanish television. Currently, the excerpts of the film are archived at the Library of Congress.
The film caused such a stir among his class that it attracted the attention of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, who offered young Burton an animator's apprenticeship at their studio.www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalk_of_the_Celery_Monster
Directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel. William S. Burroughs wrote the story and narrates the film; he also appears in live-action footage at the beginning and end of the film. The story originally appeared in the 1989 collection Interzone and the recording of Burroughs reading the story was also released on the CD Spare Ass Annie and Other Tales. The film was produced by Francis Ford Coppola.$12 @ Amazon.com
"Disney's Halloween Treat" is a 47-minute Halloween-themed clip show which first aired on The Wonderful World of Disney in 1982 and featured a compilation of Disney animated shorts involving spooky or supernatural themes as well as excerpted segments from Disney feature films. The credits also featured footage from Disney's Haunted Mansion ride. The special was narrated by a jack-o'-lantern puppet, which was also used in an educational short to talk about Halloween safety called Disney's Haunted Halloween. The opening and closing credits feature an orange colorized version of the 1929 Silly Symphonies short The Skeleton Dance, as well as its own theme song, sung in the opening and closing credits. The lyrics were written by Galen R. Brandt with music by John Debney.VHS Available @ Amazon.com