A little over four years ago, I stumbled across a DVD titled WNUF Halloween Special. This film plays itself as a lost VHS recording of a live Halloween newscast from 1987 complete with grainy “taped-over” VHS quality and wacky 80’s commercials; you can check my 2014 review of it by clicking here. It’s really a fun, clever film that I always recommend to folks looking to add something to their Halloween viewing; I even included the trailer for it before we showed Halloween 3: Season of the Witch at the Strand Theater here in Connecticut a few years back.
Have you been craving a Stranger Things fix this Halloween season? Want to bond with your pre-teen son, daughter, nephew, or niece? If so, you need to tune in to Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger Halloween Special entitled “Danger Things” on October 8 at 8 p.m.
The long-running Nickelodeon sitcom will be giving the beloved Netflix series a healthy send-up, lampooning many of the wardrobe choices, 80’s references, and plot devices of Stranger Things. According to the official press release, the trouble starts “When Piper (Kid Danger’s annoying sister) is taken by a creature from another dimension, Captain Man and Kid Danger must rescue her from the evil science corporation that opened the portal” (and be sure to check out the trailer below to get a taste of what you may be in for.) read more
Now we have a full trailer to share with you!
The stop motion animation special will air on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 on Nickelodeon. As we stated in July, “According to the official press release, “The production features 27 unique sets, across five stages, where 15 boxes of breakfast cereal were used to create texture on Bikini Bottom’s coral reefs; eight pounds of glitter were used to decorate SpongeBob’s Halloween pineapple house; hundreds of popsicle sticks created the planks of the rollercoaster track that Patrick and SpongeBob ride; and “black lights” were used to create a fluorescent glow across the puppets and sets.” The special also features the return of the ghostly Flying Dutchman.” read more
The mark of any cartoon’s longevity and/or popularity are the special event episodes. These specials usually fall into three categories: Christmas, Halloween, and Anniversary, and if you have at least one of the three, chances are that your program will be remembered and successful.
For those who grew up in the 2000’s, no cartoon character has had the continued popularity of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Although, the clueless fry cook has had his share of Halloween episodes (and also introduced more young people to Nosferatu than ever imagined in the famous “Graveyard Shift” episode featuring the tale of the “Hash-Slinging Slasher”), he has never had one done in the classic stop-motion animation style of Rankin-Bass, until now… read more