Animated Halloween Classics

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Some classic Halloween shorts, produced by some masters of animation and narration.

The Tell-Tale Heart 1953 (Edgar Allen Poe)

Animation: Ted Parmalee

Narration: James Mason

The Castle of Otranto

A mix of stop animation and live action, and a super creepy retelling of Horace Walpole’s classic by a master of weird Jan Švankmajer.

Story: Horace Walpole (1764)

The Metamporphosis of Mr. Samsa 1915 (Franz Kafka)

Another creepy classic which is strangly creepier if you don’t speak Czech. Give it a try without subtitles, if you already know the story.

Animation: Caroline Leaf (1978)

Kafka’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  A great one with Richard E. Grant. It is a Christmas story, but still creepy enough to appeal to the modern pagan in all of us.  Won the Oscar for Best Short Film in 1995. In three parts…

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Story: Washington Irving (1820)

Animation: Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney (1949)

The Fall of the House of Usher

A more recent adaptaion of the classic Poe.

Story: Edgar Allen Poe

Animation: Andrew Brown, Jim Laing, David Sikma, Micheal Addison

Narration: Colm Golden