In honor of the start of our Halloween countdown, I thought I’d share a short film that Strange Jason showed me a few years back:
In case you were wondering, the song the film is based around is a 1930 song by Walter Doyle. Mr. Doyle first played it with his orchestra and “Mysterious Mose” was also covered by others during the 30’s. The version used in this film was by Harry Reser and the Radio All-Star Novelty Orchestra.
I think this film (and song) really capture the spirit of of Halloween by being creepy, but fun. This amazing combination of puppetry, stop-motion animation, and silhouette animation could easily pass for a long-lost 60’s collaboration between Jim Henson and Rankin-Bass instead of as a short indie film made in a garage during the late 90’s. Said film was created by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (along with an army of helpers). They went on to form Screen Novelties, and those of you who watch Cartoon Network might be familiar with their work on Robot Chicken, Chowder, and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. You can find more information about the film here.