Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku - Day 17: MIDWEEK MEGATOON "Pinky & The Brain" !!




Greetings, Boils & Ghouls...



... and welcome to 'Day Seventeen' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" where I aim to bring you another creepy cartoon classic from the plethora of spooky animated shorts that have been released throughout the course of film history - any of which can be streamed on TV via the magic of Roku media players - so let's dim down the lights, for some more fun & frights! :-O


If you read my special hallowe'en blogathon preview - FOUND HERE - which I published seventeen days ago, you'll know I plan to post a Hallowe'en / Horror related article every day, throughout the month of October, featuring one vintage cartoon classic with spooky overtones each and every time. With recommendations for thirty-one of the most spook-tacular shorts I can find, by the end of the month, this means you'll have plenty of great choices for your creepy cartoon viewing as we count down the days to Hallowe'en... as well as ensuring lots of laughs & screams come October 31st! :-D


Likewise... if you read my posts from 'Day Three' and 'Day Ten' of this month-long blogathon, you may recall that they each featured a slightly longer animated short film than the usual creepy classics (of around 5-10 minutes) which I've been sharing on most days in this series of posts. The reason for this is that I decided to dedicate each Wednesday to what I'm calling my "MIDWEEK MEGATOON" and these films will typically be in the region of 20-30 minutes duration. Last week was a seventies Halloween cartoon, called "Witch's Night Out", from Canada... but this week I'm going to share one of my favourite animated specials from the nineties, entitled "A Pinky And The Brain Halloween"!









Released on 19th October 1997, and directed by Kirk Tingblad, it was based on a storyline written by Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard, while featuring Maurice LaMarche as (the voice of) 'The Brain', Rob Paulsen as (the voice of) 'Pinky', plus Garry Marshall as (the voice of) 'Mr. Itch' [aka 'The Devil'] with Roddy McDowall as (the voice of) 'Snowball', John Tesh (as himself), Jeff Glen Bennett as (the voice of) 'Baloney', Billy West as (the voice of) 'The Receptionist', and Tress MacNeille as (the voice of) 'Greta', not forgetting the musical contribution of Carl Johnson and Tim Kelly for the theme tune.






The story begins with various kids out to "Trick or Treat" their neighbours on the night of Halloween but, before too long, we see some of the children being hypnotised by a pumpkin which had started to talk to them as they set-off down the path. It turns out that this pumpkin is connected to an elaborate network, called the "Jackolantronic Broadcasting System", which 'The Brain' is using from his base at the 'Acme Labs Pumpkin Patch' to turn all of the trick or treaters into "unwitting puppets" as part of his "intricate scheme of world domination", brainwashing each and every one of them into believing his message that "...I Am The Brain, And You Will Do Whatever I Say!" :-O ;-) :-D




The Kids Get Hypnotised By A Talking Pumpkin, As They "Trick Or Treat" Door-To-Door !!




"I Am The Brain... And You Will Do Whatever I Say!"




Meanwhile, Back At The Acme Labs Pumpkin Patch...




...Pinky And The Brain Use Their Jackolantronic Broadcasting System To Control The Kids!



However, in typical "Pinky And The Brain" fashion, it doesn't take long for the two of them to be at loggerheads about an explosive overload - caused by 'Pinky' getting chocolate on the transmitter - and the two mice are forced to postpone their plan for "world domination" until they manage to get things up & running again. While 'Brain' pontificates over the preparations that are needed, the mice become aware of a stranger sitting nearby who greets them, and introduces himself as 'Mr. Itch', before giving them a demonstration of his supernatural powers. He then offers to give 'Brain' complete control over the world, in exchange for his soul... because, as it says on his business card, 'Mr. Itch' is a proprietor of lost souls - and he's prepared to do anything to seal the deal - being the devil that he is! :-O ;-) :-D




An Explosive Overload, Caused By Pinky's Chocolate, Brings A Premature End To Their Plans!




While They Prepare To Get Set-Up For Another Attempt, They Encounter A Stranger...




Who Introduces Himself As "Mister Itch", And Demonstrates His Powers...




Before Offering 'Brain' Control Of The World... In Exchange For His Soul!



Although tempted by the offer, 'Brain' thinks long and hard about the consequences of effectively selling his soul in exchange for control of the world and ultimately chooses not to accept. However, not long afterwards, he finds himself the undisputed, beloved ruler of the planet and can't think why. Then 'The Brain' discovers that his friend 'Pinky' signed a contract with 'Mr. Itch' to give his soul up so 'Brain' could fulfil his dream of world domination. Needless to say, it isn't long before 'Mr. Itch' calls to collect on the deal and 'Pinky' is taken away to spend a eternity of torture in 'Hades' but, with no 'Pinky' by his side, 'The Brain' soon realises that life isn't quite so fulfilling as "King of the World" without his friend there to share it with him. In the end, he decides to go and rescue 'Pinky' from the torments of hell but, to discover if he succeeded in his quest, you'll need to watch the video below:-







Unlike previous videos I've shared in this series of posts, "A Pinky And The Brain Halloween" did not seem to be available via 'YouTube' and, as a result, the version I am sharing with you today is hosted on the 'Vimeo' website. Of course, in addition to watching this embedded video of the cartoon right here on this blog, you can also choose to stream it on your phone or tablet by using the 'Vimeo' app(s) for both the iOS (Apple) plus Android platforms on your mobile devices. For those who prefer to watch on their big screen television, there is also a Roku channel for 'Vimeo' which is available via the built-in 'Channel Store', found under "Streaming Channels" from the 'Home' menu of your Roku streaming media player, and the channel icon [aka 'HD Poster' image] to look out for is as follows:-







VIMEO....................................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "WEB VIDEO" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***

TOP TIP: The built-in 'Search' function within the Roku channel for 'Vimeo' is a fairly basic affair and does not permit you to search easily by 'Username' - in this case: "user20516127", also known as "HalloweenShows.net" - or the unique identifier (which is "73726196" for the video shown above) - so your best hope of finding this "Pinky And The Brain" episode within the 'Vimeo' channel on your Roku device is to use the exact title provided by the uploader... so, in this case, you would need to type in all (or part) of the following: "Pinky And The Brain - A Pinky And The Brain Halloween" which is shown (in full) across the top of the embedded video included in this post. Experience has taught me that not all the video titles will be included within the 'Vimeo' search results so, if you adopt the same method when searching for another video from their website, your chosen title may not show-up at all. That said, having personally tested this one myself, I can confirm that you will see it listed among the 'Search' results on your screen if you type-in "Pinky And The Brain Halloween" (you can ignore the rest) and that it should stream on your Roku device(s) without any issues! ;-) :-)


On whichever platform you decide to watch this video, be sure to keep an eye out for all the hidden references in this creepy cartoon classic. For starters, in the very first shot of the opening sequence, there is a street sign which says "Tingblad Dr" (short for "Tingblad Drive", in case you're wondering) and, as mentioned previously, 'Tingblad' (or, "Kirk Tingblad", to be even more precise) was the man who directed this animated film. My guess is... that it's a lot easier to get a street named after you in your own cartoon than it is in real life - even so, it's a pretty nice touch from the animators. Not long after that, you'll see a reference to a sixties cartoon series, called "The Flintstones", with one of the kids dressed-up as 'Fred Flintstone' as he crosses the street to "Trick or Treat" at the next house. Also, if you look in the upper right corner (during the scene with 'Fred Flintstone' crossing the road) you'll see two more kids in costume: one dressed head-to-toe in pink, and; the other looking like a brain. In case you hadn't guessed it, this was a reference to "Pinky And The Brain" - the two mice who starred in today's creepy cartoon classic episode: "A Pinky And The Brain Halloween"! :-) As if that wasn't enough, there's another reference (this time included in the dialogue) where, as three kids discuss what's been put in their "Trick or Treat" bags, one of them - who has liquid seeping through the bottom of his bag - says "I got a bowl of soup!"... which parodies the line: "I got a rock!" that was used for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966). To emphasise the reference, the kid is also dressed-up in a ghost costume - just like the one worn by 'Charlie Brown' over 30-years before! :-D




"TINGBLAD DR" Street Sign - Named After Director Kirk Tingblad





Fred Flintstone of "The Flintstones" (Bottom Right) / Pinky And The Brain (Upper Right)





Kid In Ghost Costume: "I Got A Bowl Of Soup!"
 - Parodies "I Got A Rock!" From "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" -



There were a couple more kids shown during this "Trick Or Treat" sequence that I wasn't able to get a reference for... you'll see them in the centre right hand side of the screenshot below. Unfortunately there is no way to get a better view of them, since they are only in the shot for a fraction of a second, but one of them seems to be wearing a red baseball cap (back-to-front) and looks like he has a clown nose. Does anyone have any idea if there is a reference to any book, cartoon, TV show, or movie that I'm not seeing in this costume? Or are they just a couple of random, surplus characters!?! If you think you might know, please leave a comment below - as I'd be curious to hear your thoughts! ;-) :-D




Is There A Reference I'm Missing, With The Kid In The Red Baseball Cap?



Other than that, I was really impressed with some of the backgrounds used for this animated film. In particular, there were a few great scenes during the opening credits which I thought worthy of seeing again here. The Halloween atmosphere they generate is incredible... so I hope you like them, too! :-D










While we're on the subject of artwork, I thought I'd conclude today's post by sharing some excellent contemporary fan art that I came across on 'DeviantArt' while researching this article. The piece is by someone calling themselves 'Infindibulator' and can be seen in the screenshot below:-




"Trick or... WORLD!" by 'Infindibulator' on [Contemporary Fan Art]




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Anyhow, that's all I've got time for today... but do remember to come back again tomorrow, for my next creepy cartoon recommendation from the archives of animated film history, when I will suggest another spooky short for 'Day Eighteen' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" that you can stream right here on this blog - as well as through the equivalent channel on your Roku player(s). Meanwhile... please be sure to visit the "Countdown To Hallowe'en" website & show your support for this annual online Hallowe'en extravaganza PLUS don't forget to use the links you find there and check out all the other 'Cryptkeepers' taking part this year. I know they'll appreciate it, if you visit their blogs and share your thoughts on the contribution(s) they've made.




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ONE LAST THING, BEFORE I GO: Don't forget that, aside from the Hallowe'en / Horror-themed ghastliness going on around these parts for the next month, you can also keep up with the UK Roku action (as it happens) by checking-out my regular 'Weekly RoundUp' posts each weekend where you will find up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related is posted on a weekly basis (well, almost).



Until the next time, then...



That's all folks !!





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku - Day 16: Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha... Wanna Be A Member?!!




Greetings, Boils & Ghouls...



...and welcome to 'Day Sixteen' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" where I aim to bring you another creepy cartoon classic from the plethora of spooky animated short films that have been released throughout the course of animation history - any of which can be streamed on TV via the magic of Roku media players - so let's dim those lights, for some more fun & frights! :-O


If you read my special hallowe'en blogathon preview - FOUND HERE - that I published sixteen days ago, you will know that I plan to post a Hallowe'en / Horror related article every day, throughout the month of October, featuring one vintage cartoon classic with spooky overtones each and every time. With recommendations for thirty-one of the most spook-tacular shorts I can find, by the end of the month, this means you'll have plenty of great choices for your creepy cartoon viewing as we count down the days to Hallowe'en... as well as ensuring lots of laughs & screams come October 31st! :-D


Likewise... if you read my previous post from 'Day Fifteen' of this month-long blogathon, you might recall that it featured a doggie in distress by the name of 'Pluto' who was having a bit of a nightmare. By sheer coincidence, today's creepy cartoon classic also features a doggie in distress... although the underworld he is drawn into revolves around a secret society, rather than a demonic cat colony, but they are no less vicious or cruel - as you'll soon find out when you watch "Bimbo's Initiation"! :-O ;-)








Released on 24th July 1931, and directed by Dave Fleischer, this Max Fleischer produced animated short starred 'Bimbo' the dog alongside 'Betty Boop' plus a host of other characters who made-up the "Mystic Order of the Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha" - a secret society who also claimed (during the chorus in the title sequence) to be "...members of Do-It-Or-Die!" - and, boy, does this one get dark fast! :-O






Sure, things start-out innocent enough... with 'Bimbo' pictured whistling away to himself as he skips along the street to his own merry beat but then, all of a sudden, he disappears down a manhole and is subsequently locked-in by a cheeky chap (who, incidentally, bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain 'Mickey Mouse' character) that uses a giant padlock to ensure that 'Bimbo' can't climb out of the hole. Not that he stood a chance of doing-so when he was sliding at break-neck speed down a chute that looked like it was bound for nowhere but hell - and how true that turned-out to be! :-O :-D




Bimbo Steps On A Loose Manhole Cover... And Quickly Disappears Below Ground!




...Then A Character Resembling 'Mickey Mouse' Makes Sure He Stays There!




Meanwhile Bimbo Slides Uncontrollably Down A Long, Winding (And Bumpy) Chute!



It wasn't so much that 'Bimbo' slipped down into "Hell" but rather that the sinister figures who would soon greet him as he reached the bottom of the chute, with a hefty thump, were fully prepared to put him through hell if he didn't agree to become a member of their secret society. When 'Bimbo' lands in the midst of their underground clubhouse, he has good cause to be alarmed. The bearded members of the secret order are stood around him, each holding a board with a large nail protruding from the end, and with candles melted on top of their heads they look fairly menacing. Almost immediately, one of the fraternity asks 'Bimbo' to join them, saying: "Wanna be a member? Wanna be a member?", but the petrified pooch replies, "No!", and (in retrospect) this turns out to have been the wrong answer! :-O




"By the mystic order of the… Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha! Koo-Koo-Ma-Hatcha!"




"Wanna be a member? Wanna be a member?" 




When Bimbo Refuses To Join, He Is Ejected From Their Clubhouse...




But, When He Turns Around To Make For The Exit... He Is Prevented From Leaving!




And The Members Of The Secret Order Gather To Laugh At His Misfortune!


As it turns out, this is just the start of his ordeal... because, from this point on, Bimbo is put through a series of hellish situations that I can only liken to something from the movie "Inception", in so much as nothing is what it seems as 'Bimbo' makes his way from room to room enduring all kinds of hell. If you think of it as being like a shorter version of the horror film, "Saw", but in a 'cartoon' format, then you will be on the right lines to know what kind of viewing experience you are letting yourself in for. As 'Bimbo' attempts to flee the nightmarish world he now finds himself in, he must endure a number of "Jigsaw" styled torture rooms that feature a series of deathtraps ranging from decapitation by axe, to being crushed by moving walls and, in another nod to "Inception", a spinning room with the added danger of a "man-eating" knife that comes through the wall. Every door that 'Bimbo' goes through in this house of horrors only leads to another potential pitfall, with seemingly no prospect of escape. To see if 'Bimbo' makes it through in one piece, press "Play" and enjoy today's creepy cartoon classic:-






Of course, in addition to watching this embedded version of the cartoon right here on this blog, you can also choose to stream it on your big screen television by using the "cast" function built-in to the 'YouTube' app(s) for mobile devices on both the iOS (Apple) plus Android platforms. For those who may have missed my special hallowe'en blogathon preview posted sixteen days ago... to "cast" the video to your Roku player and/or NowTV device(s), you will first need to have the Roku channel (app) for 'YouTube' installed to act as a receiver for the stream you are casting. If you're not sure how to go about casting from your mobile device to your Roku there's a help article from 'Roku Support', which can be found on the official Roku website, that walks you through the process step-by-step! ;-)







YOUTUBE..........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "WEB VIDEO" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***



On whichever platform you decide to stream this video, watch out for the scene where 'Bimbo' has to choose between four doors in order to escape the room he's in. One of them opens to reveal a skeleton on the phone, much like if he was in a phone box (i.e. a phone booth) back in the day, and before the door closes again we hear him say: "Mae, I've got a bone to pick with you!", which was actually put in as a name-check to Mae Questel - who provided the voice characterisation for 'Betty Boop' in this cartoon - and, when you get to see 'Betty Boop' look-out for her dog-like ears and nose... which were a feature in her earlier animated shorts, before the switch was made to the now familiar earrings that she still wears to this day. It could be argued that 'Betty Boop' showing-up at the end to perform her dance routine was as much of an ordeal for 'Bimbo' as any of the tortures he'd suffered previously... but, as far as I'm concerned, 'Betty' should be applauded for introducing the idea of "twerking" when she begins her little "booty-shaking" session just prior to the ending of this spooky animated short! ;-)


Despite the light-hearted conclusion, however, this Fleischer Studios "Talkartoons" animated cartoon short will be remembered for the surreal, nightmarish atmosphere it brought to our screens. In what was to be the final "Betty Boop" cartoon to be animated by the character's co-creator, Grim Natwick, they managed to produce what Leonard Maltin described as "the 'darkest' of all" Fleischer cartoons. As recently as 1994 - over sixty years after it's initial release - "Bimbo's Initiation" was voted-in at #37 of the "50 Greatest Cartoons of All Time" by members of the animation industry and doubtless was an inspiration to many of them. Given how Steven Spielberg thought enough of this short to add a segment of it to "Twighlight Zone - The Movie", you know this marks it out as one of the classics!


Another interesting aspect of this animated short is the reference to a secret society, which seems to reflect the connection between Max Fleischer and Walt Disney in so much as Disney was a member of the 'Freemasons', while Fleischer was not. According to some sources, Fleischer was approached to join but said "no" to the offer... which might explain why Disney went on to be the more successful of the two one-time colleagues. It might also account for the 'Mickey Mouse' lookalike who locks the manhole cover shut after 'Bimbo' disappears down it during the opening sequence? Whatever the real reason for featuring among the plot-lines for "Bimbo's Initiation", it made for a great story! ;-) :-)


One last point I would like to draw your attention to, in respect of this particular animated short, is how the meaning of the word "Bimbo" has changed over the years. At the time this cartoon was made in the 1930's, it was a slang term for a "tough guy" - or, in this case, a dog - who enjoyed fighting. In more recent years, of course, it has taken-on an altogether different meaning... and, given the facts, it makes you wonder whether the association with 'Bimbo' (the dog) and 'Betty Boop', being the type of character she was/is, didn't somehow effect the change of use resulting in how we use the term now.




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Anyhow, that's all I've got time for today... but do remember to come back again tomorrow, for my next creepy cartoon recommendation from the archives of film history, when I share a slightly longer MIDWEEK MEGATOON for 'Day 17' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" that you can stream right here on this blog - as well as through the equivalent channel on your Roku player(s). Meanwhile... please be sure to visit the "Countdown To Hallowe'en" website & show your support for this annual online Hallowe'en extravaganza PLUS don't forget to use the links you find there and check out all the other 'Cryptkeepers' taking part this year. I know they'll appreciate it, if you visit their blogs and share your thoughts on the contribution(s) they've made.




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ONE LAST THING, BEFORE I GO: Don't forget that, aside from the Hallowe'en / Horror-themed ghastliness going on around these parts for the next month, you can also keep up with the UK Roku action (as it happens) by checking-out my regular 'Weekly RoundUp' posts each weekend where you will find up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related is posted on a weekly basis (well, almost).



Until the next time, then...



That's all folks !!





Monday, October 15, 2018

Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku - Day 15: Cat Court Condemns Canine For Kitty Crime !!




Greetings, Boils & Ghouls...



...and welcome to 'Day Fifteen' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" where I aim to bring you another creepy cartoon classic from the plethora of spooky animated short films that have been released throughout the course of animation history - any of which can be streamed on TV via the magic of Roku media players - so let's dim those lights, for some more fun & frights! :-O


If you read my special hallowe'en blogathon preview - FOUND HERE - that I published fifteen days ago, you will know that I plan to post a Hallowe'en / Horror related article every day, throughout the month of October, featuring one vintage cartoon classic with spooky overtones each and every time. With recommendations for thirty-one of the most spook-tacular shorts I can find, by the end of the month, this means you'll have plenty of great choices for your creepy cartoon viewing as we count down the days to Hallowe'en... as well as ensuring lots of laughs & screams come October 31st! :-D


Likewise... if you happen to have read my earlier posts from 'Day Thirteen' and 'Day Fourteen' of this month-long blogathon, you might recall that they each featured cats which were suffering some form of torment, be it real or done in jest. Either way, I've decided that today's creepy cartoon classic will be one which gives cats the upper hand in what goes on. Much like a cat will chase a mouse or a rat, it is quite a common sight for a dog to be seen chasing a cat... but, for today's spooky short, we see one rather well-known canine get his comeuppance for kitty-chasing in "Pluto's Judgement Day"! :-O










Released on 31st August 1935 as another "Mickey Mouse" cartoon, this Walt Disney produced short was actually more of a vehicle for "Pluto the Pup" - his canine companion - with 'Mickey' having no more than a "cameo" in this particular piece of animation. Directed by David Hand, who had already shown his affinity for macabre themes in an earlier animated short called "The Mad Doctor" (1933), "Pluto's Judgement Day" is another prime example of the darker, more disturbing works of animation with which Disney were associated in the years prior to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937). Even the moody organ music, that alternates with the usual (more jazzy) score, which can be heard over the opening credits hints that the viewer is in for no ordinary "Mickey and Pluto" story... while newly-introduced (at the time) character, "The Calico Kit", ensures Pluto's place in the doghouse! :-)




The Calico Kit Leads Pluto Into A Whole Heap Of Trouble !!


What starts out as a seemingly obvious tale of "dog chases cat" soon takes a darker tone when that chase results in a broken window on Mickey's house and the newspaper - which 'Mickey' was reading at the time - left with a giant gaping hole torn right through the middle of it... not to mention plenty of muddy paw prints (from both puppy and kitten) all over the carpet - and all over 'Mickey'! :-O :-D




The Calico Kit Leaps Through An Open Window To Escape...




But Knocks The Wood Below The Window... Causing It To Slam Shut Right Before Pluto !!




But It Was Too Late For Pluto To Stop... And He Smashes Through The Window !!




Then Goes Right Through Mickey's Newspaper... Still In Pursuit Of The Calico Kit !!




Until Mickey Steps-In And Rescues The Calico Kit !!




Before Scolding Pluto For Chasing The Poor Little Kitty !!




Very Much In The Dog House, Pluto Decides To Take A Nap !!


At this point, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is all very run-of-the-mill stuff... and not really suited for Hallowe'en viewing. However, you could not be more wrong... because much like us, when we go to sleep, anything weighing on the sub-conscious mind can lead to bad dreams - or even nightmares, in the worst cases - and that's just what happens to 'Pluto' in this dark & disturbing short. Not long after he goes to sleep, 'Pluto' starts to dream and is visited by a "ghost cat" who lures him out of the house to a place that can only be described as a "Devil-Cat" version of "Castle Greyskull" where he is swallowed-up into a dark cave before descending, in a helter-skelter like fashion, to the depths of the earth. Once he has come to a stop, he is quickly marked-out as "Public Enemy No.1" and clapped in irons (with a series of ball & chain restraints) before then being put on trial in front of an all-feline judge & jury with demon-like 'Cat Prosecutor' whose ears stick up like little devil horns. The outcome seems to be a foregone conclusion, with a "loaded" jury and a menacing prosecutor who makes it clear in no uncertain terms saying: "We're gonna prove ya guilty. Just try and get acquitted"!




In His Dreams, Pluto Is Visited By A Ghost Cat... Who Lures Him Down To Kitty-Cat Hell !!




...Which Just Happens To Look Like Castle Greyskull... Stone-Cold "Devil Cat" Version !!




Once Inside The Evil Feline Lair... Pluto Is Quickly Marked-Out As "Public Enemy No.1"




...And Shackled With A Snake-Like Series Of "Ball & Chain" Restraints!!




Chained To A Rock, Pluto Must Face A Demonic Cat Jury !!




Plus A Demon-Like 'Cat Prosecutor', Dressed In Red... With Ears Like Devil Horns !!



With the cat jurors hissing their disapproval for Pluto, following the warning by the 'Cat Prosecutor', the 'Cat Judge' then yells down from on high to "Swear-In The Prisoner" and the trial proper begins. The whole thing is conducted in a "Silly Symphony"style, with plenty of rhyme and song to go along with the gorgeous animation. Aside from the beautiful backgrounds, the sequence is shot with stark use of lighting to produce the long shadow effect that's more synonymous with "Film Noir" and/or the "Universal" horror classics than with what we have come to associate with Disney since then. All of this combines to truly make it feel like the stuff of nightmares... and that's what makes it great! :-D




The Cat Jury Hisses Their Disapproval For Pluto... Before The Trial Has Even Begun !!




Then The Cat Judge Yells "Swear-In The Prisoner"... And The Trial Gets Underway !!



Rather than reveal any more of the plot at this stage, I thought I'd leave it for you to hear the case for the prosecution - together with the whole string of "evidence" presented by a series of key witnesses - by watching the video I've embedded below. That way, you'll know the whole backstory prior to the jury convening, at the end of the hearing, to determine the ultimate fate of 'Pluto' when the sentence is passed by the 'Cat Judge' once the members of the all-feline jury have revealed their findings:-






Of course, in addition to watching this embedded version of the cartoon right here on my blog, you can also choose to stream it on your big screen television by using the "cast" function built-in to the 'YouTube' app(s) for mobile devices on both the iOS (Apple) plus Android platforms. For those who may have missed my special hallowe'en blogathon preview posted fifteen days ago... to "cast" the video to your Roku player and/or NowTV device(s), you will first need to have the Roku channel (app) for 'YouTube' installed to act as a receiver for the stream you are casting. If you're not sure how to go about casting from your mobile device to your Roku there's a help article from 'Roku Support', which can be found on the official Roku website, that walks you through the process step-by-step! ;-)







YOUTUBE..........................................................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

***FILED UNDER: "WEB VIDEO" in Roku UK Channel Store WHEN FIRST RELEASED***



On whichever platform you decide to stream this video, watch out for the scene just after the verdict is given... where a number of cats have gathered with placards declaring their sentiments. There is a sign being held-up among those which reads: “Sic Semper Tyrannis” and although it might as well have been Greek, as far as 'Pluto' was concerned, to anyone from the U.S. State of Virginia they will recognise it as being Latin. The slogan, which translates as "Ever thus to tyrants", also happens to be the State's motto... but it is believed to have been conceived when Brutus uttered those same words at some point during the assassination of Caesar. During the interim years, John Wilkes Booth also said it as he killed Lincoln. However, for me, it will forever be associated with the TV comedy 'Seinfeld' and the moment when "Crazy" Joe Davola leapt on-stage to shout those words - interrupting Jerry's Pilot - and, if you've not seen 'Seinfeld' yet... you owe it to yourself to watch it, 'cos it's comedy gold!




“Sic Semper Tyrannis”... Or, "Ever thus to tyrants" !!


Meanwhile, in terms of memorabilia associated with this title, although I came up short in my attempt to find an original film poster for "Pluto's Judgement Day" (1935) - i.e. one that dated from the time period during which it was originally released - I did manage to find some good images of an original production animation drawing that was auctioned by Howard Lowery. Sadly, given the context of this post, the photos feature 'Mickey Mouse' rather than 'Pluto', or the 'Cat Prosecutor', or any of the other feline characters from this short, but I thought I'd include them anyway as a point of interest! ;-) :-)










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Anyhow, that's all I've got time for today... but do remember to come back again tomorrow, for my next creepy cartoon recommendation from the archives of animated film history, when I will suggest another spooky short for 'Day Sixteen' of "Abnor Mal's Guide To Creepy Cartoon Classics on Roku" that you can stream right here on this blog - as well as through the equivalent channel on your Roku player(s). Meanwhile... please be sure to visit the "Countdown To Hallowe'en" website & show your support for this annual online Hallowe'en extravaganza PLUS don't forget to use the links you find there and check out all the other 'Cryptkeepers' taking part this year. I know they'll appreciate it, if you visit their blogs and share your thoughts on the contribution(s) they've made.




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ONE LAST THING, BEFORE I GO: Don't forget that, aside from the Hallowe'en / Horror-themed ghastliness going on around these parts for the next month, you can also keep up with the UK Roku action (as it happens) by checking-out my regular 'Weekly RoundUp' posts each weekend where you will find up-to-the-minute info on all things Roku-related is posted on a weekly basis (well, almost).



Until the next time, then...



That's all folks !!