Thursday, July 28, 2011

1998 Wishbone in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

I love collecting movies, shows and cartoons based on the classic story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". This episode of Wishbone and "Night of the Headless Horseman" are my two favorites in my collection, not that there's anything wrong with Bing Crosby's rendition, of course.

In this episode, the Jack Russell terrier with the vivid imagination is Ichabod Crane the school teacher from the Washington Irving classic. If you just judge this video in terms of Irving's original story, it is an above-average effort and faithful to the original but it might be too scary for children under 7.

This was originally broadcast in the fall of 1997 as a prime-time special in time for Halloween. The show tried to up the ante for their first hour-long effort and I think they succeeded admirably.

Again, this is one of my favorites. It definitely teaches kids about literature, and of course, having a cute little dog helps. Wishbone in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow also called Halloween Hound: The Legend of the Creepy Collars.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1990s Eureeka's Castle: Halloween Special

Eureeka's Castle was a fantastic show for kids. It composed of muppet type characters that have many great musical moments combined with learning techniques for preschoolers. If you remember "Fraggle Rock" and "Muppet Babies" then you'll know exactly what this show was like. The writing was very strong and the performances were top-grade.

The Halloween episode, also called It Came From Beneath the Bed or Nightmare on Magellan Street, wasn't too scary for the little ones, but it was terror-laden without losing any of that colorful delight we came to expect from an Eureeka's Castle episode. I can't seem to find this episode on DVD or VHS, but you can watch it online below for free.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

1989 Whoopties Halloween

Here is a strange Halloween special from I think the late 80s. Other than that, I can't seem to find any other information about this weird special. Good for a laugh or two.

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