Season 1 Episode 10

Ghosts And Monsters

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM May 21, 2010 on TVtropolis

Episode Recap

Howard crawls out of a cartoon grave and says today's episode is about ghosts and monsters and how death for animated characters is just an inconvience. Howard says that viewers like being scared and ghosts and monsters have filled that role in animation. Some of the first movies were set in horror and animation also has had their horror shows such as the seventies series The Drak Pack, which featured classic monsters using their powers for good for a change. Many of the early cartoons were creepy and starred scary monsters. Comedy broke the tension in horror themed cartoons such as toons featuring Bugs Bunny. The early seventies saw a wave of kid friendly monster cartoon shows such as Scooby Doo. Scooby Doo spawned a host of imitators such as Funky Phantom, where the crime fighting teens had a ghost named Mudsy as a friendly sidekick. Howard next talks about the portrayal of mad scientists in cartoons. Cartoons took them to an extreme level such as the Professor in Felix the Cat and Dr. Simon Bar Sinister from the Underdog series with desires for world domination and a sinister laugh. Howard says animator Chuck Jones had a magic touch when it came to toons. Chuck Jones created many memorable monsters such as the Abominable Snowman seen in the Loony Tunes cartoons. Chuck Jones reveled in creating outrageous characters such as Witch Hazel and the monster Gossamer. After leaving Warner Brothers, Chuck went to work for MGM and toiled on a number of projects such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Chuck passed away February 22, 2002 and left an unparalleled legacy. Howard next talks about the fact that there was a Ghostbusters show before the hit movie. There was a live action kids show called the Ghostbusters with a gorilla as one of the Ghostbusters. When the movie aired ten years later, Filmation, maker of the live action show, sued the movie makers. As a result, the cartoon that came out based on the movie was called the Real Ghostbusters with Ghostbusters the name for the cartoon based on the live action television show. Howard looks back at the original Tom and Jerry, produced by Van Buren Productions. The black and white cartoons featured many adventures in the supernatural. They were eclipsed by the more famous cat and mouse duo but hold the distinction of being the first. Howard discusses the subject of cartoon witches and notes that they are like cooking show hosts from hell. The cartoon characters Wendy the Witch and Sabrina were the exceptions to the nasty witches in the cartoons. Howard states that toondom's ultimate ghost or monster is Casper the Friendly Ghost. Casper is always sweet, gentle and friendly even as people freak out over the fact that he is a ghost.
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