The Mascot: Before there was Jan Svankmajer and Quay Brothers, there was Vladislav Starevich, the first to make stop-motion animated films with a plot line. The Mascot tells the story of a puppy doll that gets lost in the city. If you need convincing, skip to part two for a few minutes. It begins with Starevich’s famous “Devil’s Ball” sequence where various bits of street garbage, bones, and insects begin to swirl about in a sudden midnight wind, take shape, and walk into a laughing devil’s nightclub. You’ll quickly want to go back and watch the whole movie. And, if you’re like me, you will not quickly forget it. (26 minutes, in three parts)
Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters: For lighter fare—edible monster movie madness!! (6 minutes)
For a Halloween bonus, I’ve also attached last year's Halloween picks:
The Tell-Tale Heart: Poe writing, James Mason reading , UPA animating equals classic. (7.47 minutes)
The End: Scarecrow on trial for befriending a crow. (6.12)
Chainsaw Maid: Zombie attack. Gratuitous violence...and funny. (6.52 minutes)
Attack of the Giant Vegetable Monsters
Tell Tale Heart
UPA / Ted Parmelee (Narrated by James Mason)
Maxime Leduc, Michel Samreth, Martin Ruyant
More animation picks in our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.
Irene Gallo is the art director for Tor, Forge, and Starscape books, and Tor.com.