Halloween Films from the National Film Board
Join us in the Saskatchewan Theatre as we share family-friendly films from the National Film Board.
Halloween According to Old Weird Harold, Eva Szasz, 1985 | 7 min
A children’s story that presents Halloween as it used to be in rural Ontario – through the reminiscences of an intriguing character. Old Weird Harold has some pretty strange stories to tell, including the ritual of tipping over outhouses on Halloween night – now lost forever.
From Far Away, Shira Avni & Serene El-haj Daoud, 2000 | 6 min
This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her war-torn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer. Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
Spook Sport, Norman McLaren, 1940 | 7 min
An expressionistic interpretation of ‘Danse macabre’ by Camille Saint-Saëns. Conventional cell animation and pen drawings were done by Norman McLaren directly on 35 mm film stock.
Shyness, Les Drew, 1996 | 9 min
This animated short is a parody of the Frankenstein story. Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster only to find out that his creation is too shy to go out and frighten anyone. The good doctor and his malevolent assistant Trevor try to find ways of helping their creation overcome his condition. A film for anyone who’s ever been shy.
Hothouse 4: Lost Monster Hop, Jody Kramer, 2007 | 1 min
In this short animated film, a little banjo-picking monster is trying to find her way at a signpost by the railway tracks. She sets out and finds what she is looking for in a rather surprising way. Produced as part of the fourth edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Ludovic: Monster Hunters, Co Hoedeman & Stéfan Leblanc, 2011 | 12 min
After George and Ludovic look at a book of scary pictures, they hear an even scarier noise coming from outside. Their imaginations get the better of them and they think there’s a monster out there ready to attack Louie in the workshop. They bravely set out with some toys to save Louie. But won’t they be surprised when they see what’s actually making the noise.
Wapos Bay: Tricks ‘n’ Treats, Melanie Jackson, 2007 | 24 min
In this episode from the Wapos Bay series, Raven has more fun than she expected on Halloween, as the elders of the community tell the children the scary story of the woman of the woods. Wapos Bay is a stop-motion animation series that follows the adventures of 3 kids from a Cree community in northern Saskatchewan.
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