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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween is Grinch Night

We all know the famous Dr. Seuss tale of the Grinch That Stole Christmas, but many of us are probably unaware of the tale of Halloween is Grinch Night. This is a Halloween tale involving the Grinch. Depending on who you talk to, this is considered the official prequel to the Christmas classic or takes place after it. I'm not sure to be honest. If it is after, then it appears the Grinch hasn't learned too much from his Christmas encounter. It aired October 29, 1977 on ABC. It was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, a very active animation partnership in the 60s and 70s.

Isadore "Friz" Freleng is more famously known for helping Warner Bros. create some of their most famous animated characters: Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety, and many more were credited to him. When he joined up with David DePatie, they started off with the Pink Panther and never looked back. Many times quantity can often overtake quality in animation.

 There are a lot of animated shows produced every year and so many of them are aired and then tossed aside never to be seen again. Dr. Seuss cartoons for the most part hold up over time pretty well. While I think How the Grinch Stole Christmas is far superior to this production. Grinch Night is full of the typical Seussian word play and imagery we know and love. It is worth at least one viewing.

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