DVD REVIEW: Witch's Night Out @ 14 October 2014 12:42 PM
Gilda Radner voices a bizarre, eccentric old witch in this Canadian production that aired in on NBC in 1978 and later in syndication.
If you're familiar with the artist-driven, independent-style animated films of SESAME STREET, this is a nostalgic throwback to the kind of free-form cartoon style prevalent in the '70s. The characters are usually painted in one color (kind of like Colorforms kits), in a wide range of imaginative countenances.
I seem to remember at least one other special from Leach/Rankin Productions, with some of the same designs and character names (how could I forget Bazooey?). The "Rankin" in this case is not Arthur Rankin of iconic holiday special company Rankin/Bass, but animator Isobel Jean Rankin, who co-wrote the film with partner John Leach.
Mill Creek also included a video comic book version of the story plus a handful of Halloween-themed cartoons to round out the package:
Casper the Friendly Ghost:
• There's Good Boos To-Night 12/23/48
• The Friendly Ghost (Casper's Debut) 11/16/45
• Boo Moon (Originally in 3-D) 12/1/54
Felix the Cat (Original Theatrical Version)
• Skulls & Sculls (1930)
Hoppity Hooper / Uncle Waldo Show (Jay Ward)
• Ring a Ding Spring (9/12/64)
Space Angel (Synchro-Vox TV Series)
• The Ghost & Crystal Mace (All Five Parts / 1964)
• Spooky Swabs 8/9/57
The New Three Stooges (Cartoon with Live Action Segments)
• Mummies Boys (1965)
Walter Lantz's Meany, Miny & Moe
• House of Magic 3/8/37
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