I want to make you aware of something that isn’t going to be for all of our readers though I think more of you out there will find this an interesting grab despite its contents. Mill Creek has been sending us some excellent Halloween treats available at some very reasonable prices perfect for a variety of tastes and age groups. As you may know I have a gruesome twosome of little ones at home. Let’s just say that I don’t shy away from showing them some spooky offerings especially around Halloween. My little girls, aged eleven months and eight years old, love TV, and I am making it my duty to get them into the Halloween spirit and darker cartoons and age appropriate horror. For those of you who want to get on my ass about “too much TV” for kids, I am the product of my TV; shove it. The offering today is the Cook Jar Halloween Cartoon Collection which includes ten spooky offerings from a variety of different series.
First off, I like to think of these as some of the B list cartoons or at least they’re a bit outside of my own comfort zone that were very much on television in regular rotation at some point. I had to enlist my eight year old, Bella (not named for that Twilight, vamp obsessed hussy) in order to get down to the bottom of some of these in terms of current relevancy, spookiness and overall entertainment value. I enjoy horror cartoons. Hell, I even enjoy non-horror cartoons. Phineas and Ferb? Count me in! Cartoons of the 80’s? I’m down. Some of these are clearly outside my comfort zone.
Here’s the complete list:
1.Busy World of Richard Scarry – The New Neighbors / The First Halloween Ever
2.Archie s Weird Mysteries – Halloween of Horror
3.The Littles – A Littles Halloween
4.Mona the Vampire – Spirit of the Woods / The Bogeyman Cometh
5.Ripley’s Believe It or Not – The Vampire Kit
6.Sabrina The Animated Series – Nothin Says Lovin like Somethin from a Coven
7.Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? – Trick or Treat
8.Mummies Alive – Ra, Ra, Ra, Ra
9.Bump in the Night – Night of the Living Bread
10.Johnny Test – Johnny Holiday/Johnny Test Monster Starter
BONUS EPISODE: Hey Vern, It s Ernest – It s Holidays!
It’s a nice cross section of cartoons appropriate for various age groups, admirers of a variety of eras of animation and most likely not too scary for your little fishes at home. Our personal favorites were The Littles (which I watched as a youngster… total nostalgia trip) and Archie’s Weird Mysteries (which might as well have been filmed this year for its connection to Monster High-esque material). It’s nice to know that some of the cartoons we watched when we were kiddies still hold up. The Richard Scarry offering is perfect for the under six crowd. Catching up with Mummies Alive was a total trip, and I’m still trying to figure out how I missed Ripley’s Believe It or Not as a cartoon.
Cookie Jar was just been released this September, available through Amazon cheap cheap cheap. It’s Region 1 so good for US and Canada viewers and available HERE.
This is not meant to be an all encompassing collection. You’re not going to find Fat Albert’s Halloween or It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It’s also not a Disney compilation. This isn’t a pile of Bugs Bunny going trick or treating cartoons. This is good for people who are looking for some alternative cartoons; off the radar items or for those who have seen EVERYTHING. Most of these were available on network TV but may not have made it into your Halloween tradition. For around six bucks… Maybe open the door, give them a fun size candy bar and make them feel part of the holiday.