Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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(Jan 01, 2017)
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Nothing says All Hallows' Eve like early animated films, with their bumptious bent for ghosts and goblins! Now the Stathes Collection brings you a ghoulish gaggle of shorts featuring Max Fleischer, Otto Messmer, Koko the Clown, Mutt and Jeff, and more—in scary soirees with the supernatural! Come for the classics; stay for THE HAUNTED HOTEL (1907), one of the first-ever animated frights!
THE HAUNTED HOTEL (J. Stuart Blackton, 1907)
THE PUMPKIN RACE (Roméo Bosetti, 1907)
Out of the Inkwell: OUIJA BOARD (Max Fleischer, 1920)
Dinky Doodle: JUST SPOOKS (Walter Lantz, 1925)
Out of the Inkwell: KO-KO SEES SPOOKS (Fleischer, 1925)
ALICE'S MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY (Disney, 1926)
Mutt & Jeff: SLICK SLEUTHS (Dick Huemer, 1926)
PETE'S HAUNTED HOUSE (Lantz, 1926)
Felix the Cat: SURE-LOCKED HOMES (Otto Messmer, 1928)
THE FRESH LOBSTER (ca. 1920s) with Billy Bletcher
Snap the Gingerbread Man: THE WITCH'S CAT (Kinex Studios, 1929)
Waffles & Don: THE HAUNTED SHIP (Van Beuren, 1930)
Felix the Cat: SKULLS AND SCULLS (Messmer, 1930)
Tom & Jerry: WOT A NIGHT (Van Beuren, 1931)
Felix the Cat: BOLD KING COLE (Van Beuren, 1936)
Extras! Booklet, archival galleries, and new music by Robert Israel and Charlie Judkins
Featuring Films from the Stathes Collection
Co-Produced by Thunderbean Animation
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This is the third collection in the Cartoon Roots series from Tommy Jose Stathes’ Cartoon On Film library, and all three are important additions to your personal collection. Must-haves. Stathes is quickly becoming a force in the efforts to save historically significant animated films and doing vital, expert restoration work to preserve them. His latest Halloween-themed compilation is filled to the brim with fifteen animation rarities – from studios including Bray, Fleischer, Lantz, Disney, Kinex, Van Beuren, Pat Sullivan and others.
Needless to say these cartoons feature Koko the Clown, Felix The Cat, The original Tom & Jerry, Dinky Doodle, Mutt and Jeff, among many familiar faces. The print sources come from 16mm (and I think 35mm – the quality of such titles as Fleischer’s Ouiji Board, Sullivan’s Sure-Locked Homes, Lantz’ Just Spooks and Pete’s Haunted House are particularly outstanding). The Alice comedy here, Alice’s Mysterious Mystery is a better copy (and tinted, too) than the version on the Disney’s Treasures set.
Musical tracks by Charlie Judkins and Robert Israel add to the spooky fun. Stephen DeStefano’s cool cover (and menu image) is icing on the cake. There’s also a wonderfully informative booklet (written by several Cartoon Research regulars) and bonus features that contain rare press clippings and trade reviews of many of the cartoons in the set. Tommy even found a few cancelled checks representing what theatre owners paid to run each cartoon (Spoiler alert: $2.). Tommy’s retail price for this set allows you to enjoy these cartoons for a price lower than two bucks per cartoon – and its not a rental, you can keep this collection forever. And you’ll want to. Highly Recommended!