Tales from the Cryptkeeper: Season 1 - Pleasant Screams
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Get ready fright fans! The cartoon Cryptkeeper opens his vault of tales for your television screams. He'll shock you. He'll scare you. He'll make you laugh, and always leave you with something to think about by teaching you a lesson his way. Each new car-tomb provides thrills, chills, and lessons when you watch!
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Director : Not applicable
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 5 hours and 45 minutes
- Release date : October 6, 2009
- Actors : Not applicable
- Studio : Peace Arch Trinity
- ASIN : B002JHD9D2
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
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Most episodes run around 22 minutes long, and this includes all 13 episodes/14 stories (one episode ran two-- 11 minute stories) on two discs. These are all full frame, which was the production standard from back then.
So, what's the show like?
If you have ever seen "Are you Afraid of the Dark" or "Goosebumps", you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're going to get here. Each episode features an intro by the cryptkeeper, before launching into an anthology type children's horror episode. Despite having monsters, zombies, vampires, etc--these episodes are kid friendly and each one is aimed at teaching a lesson in a way that is very entertaining and feels far less preachy than some other kids programs. The stories are pretty original, and it's just a very fun show in the vein of its HBO predecessor.
Even as an adult, I still find these stories fun and entertaining. While the stories may not be quite as good as "Are You Afraid of the Dark", the animation holds up well and I find it to be a better visual show than its other competitors from that era due to most live action shows from the 90s being so dark and grainy on today's televisions. That's not the case here, the colors are crisp and translate respectably well.
The show is great, the package is great. Really, all that's missing is bonus content. But from a show this old, what can you expect?
The cartoon series isn't any better or worse than innumerable nineties cartoon shows; the animation is mediocre, the stories are broad morality tales and the humor is just as sophomoric as it is in it predecessor. You'll get more than your fair share of puns in this one, I guarantee.
Unlike "Tales from the Crypt", this cartoon suffers from a lack of anything really distinctive. The show isn't scary, thought provoking or engaging on any deeper level than in a "it'll kill half an hour" kind of way. John Kassar does provide the voice for the Cryptkeeper, though, and that's worth something. Honestly, the host segments weren't that bad; they impressively replicated the humorous tone of the series without getting too graphic or ribald.
The most disappointing part of the show was the stilted animation, which was done similarly to "Arthur" and "The Magic School Bus" shows from around the same time. The motion isn't fluid nor very detailed. While I can't say I found anything overly interesting with this show, it's a decent way to introduce kids to the horror genre without scaring them silly. We can't let them get too freaked out, or anything.
Tales From The Cryptkeeper: The Complete First Season - Pleasant Screams ***** out of *****
Violent Content: 3/10 - Monster Violence, Frightening Images, Some Fighting, Cruel Teen Bullying, and Some Car Wrecks.
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This dvd takes you through the first complete season 1 of the show taken from the original 1950's comics and later adapted tv series.
Its also a wonderful touch that John Kassir voices the Cryptkeeper from the original tv series.
The dvd is standard as any average dvd set, the set comes in a small single dvd box with 1 extra holder for the 2nd disc.
The contents itself, you get no extra' at all. Theres 2 menus, one for a Play All option (somtimes lacking on some dvd sets) and a individual choice of story.
The episodes look ok in quality, each episode gives a good moral in storyline and the bully or bad guy of each episode gets a good just desert.
The Crypt Keeper keeps you entertained at the begining and of each cartoon.
Downsides - No extra's, but thats me being nit-picky at best.
Overall opinion - A good release, a full season, good quality and cheap.
I've given this 5 stars for a full season and it being able to play on Region 2 dvd players.
For anyone whom cares, heres a full contents list with dates and episode description -
1. While the Cat's Away (September 18, 1993) - Two brothers plan to rob an abandoned mansion, where The Cryptkeeper has set up a monstrous security system to get rid of intruders.
2. Nature (September 25, 1993) - After two brothers torment ants at a picnic, they are shrunk by a mysterious ray and are forced to face the trials and tribulations of the insect world.
3. Pleasant Screams (October 2, 1993) - A teacher and one of his students find themselves trapped in the nightmares of another student.
4. Gone Fishing/A Little Body of Work (October 9, 1993) - In "Gone Fishing" a boy tries to warn his uncle and an abusive,wasteful fisherman of the fish that are out for revenge. In "A Little Body of Work", two hoodlums challenge a boy to a race on the Mustang he's renovating, a car which, unbeknownst to them, has a mind of its own.
5. The Works...In Wax (October 16, 1993) - A boy discovers that statues at a wax museum come to life.
6. Sleeping Beauty (October 23, 1993) -In a terrifying retelling of the classic fairytale, a prince and his nerdy put-upon twin brother quest to wake the slumbering princess, whom, little do they know, is really a bloodthirsty vampire.
7. Cave Man (October 30, 1993) - Peter, the son of a scientist, befriends a Neanderthal that has been encased in ice for millions of years, but the friendship turns sour when the caveman can't adapt to the modern world.
8. Hyde and Go Shriek (November 6, 1993) - A group of bullies fear for their lives when the nerd they pick on drinks a potion that turns him into a werewolf.
9. Fare Tonight (November 13, 1993) - Best friends create a homemade vampire detector and use it to hunt for bloodsuckers only to learn that one of them is right under their nose.
10. Gorilla's Paw (November 20, 1993) - In a classic retelling of W. W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw, an unpopular kid steals a gorilla's paw in order to be a part of a secret club and discovers that the gorilla's paw can make wishes with twisted results.
11. This Wraps It Up (December 4, 1993) - A girl becomes the object of her classmates' never-ending ridiculing because of her tallness. But when a mummy unleashes a curse on everyone, the kids turn to Naomi to defeat the mummy and break the spell.
12. Grounds for Horror (December 11, 1993) - Summer campers befriend an invisible being who plays pranks on a strict no-nonsense counselor.
13. Ghost Ship (December 18, 1993) - Ben and his friend Mike go for a joyride on Ben's father's new yacht and sinks it, leaving the two stranded in the ocean until a phantom ship haunted by pirates comes to their rescue.
Cheers Boils and Ghouls for reading and remember, this plays on Region 2 players, have some faith kiddies and get this set for the nostalgia feel.
It's a fun cartoon with a subtle moral tone to the show and the quality of the animation is quite good, especially for it's time. The monsters are well drawn and in my opinion children aged 6 and over will enjoy it. The only real connection to the sometimes gory television show is John Kassir voicing the crypt keeper as he did in the television show. Which in my opinion is a nice touch because I can't imagine anyone else voicing the character as well as him.