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Haunted House and Creepy Crypt: Classic Cartoons for Halloween


For October we delight in Halloween nonsense, with two spooky cartoons from 1930.

What begins as a murder investigation turns into a creepy, haunted house tale with Ub Iwerks' Flip the Frog in The Cuckoo Murder Case (1930). Iwerks was a two-time Academy Award winning animator who co-created Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney and was Walt Disney's collaborator in the formative years of Disney's studio (Steamboat Willie, Plane Crazy). Iwerks opened his own studio in 1930, producing Flip the Frog shorts and more.

In the Egyptian desert, Waffles Cat and Don Dog enter a trippy world of tombs and skeletons, in Gypped in Egypt (1930). Most entertaining about the Van Beuren Studios before they brought in Disney alumni Burt Gillett and Tom Palmer in 1933 is their oddly unfocused way of writing, perfectly unsettling for Halloween entertainment. Don't bother to figure it out, just enjoy!

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These Works are in Public Domain and not Derivative as specified by U.S. copyright law (title 17 of the U.S. Code).

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