& Haunted Christmas
To be fair, toddlers need some family friendly fun if they are going to be indoctrinated to this tradition of enjoying ghostly tales before Xmas Day. To begin with a gentle story will have some adults perhaps recalling Hanna-Barbera Productions’ Casper’s First Christmas animated TV special which brings fond gallery of characters, namely Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss and Quick Draw McGraw together to celebrate a special day.
The computer animated version, Casper’s Haunted Christmas, is a touch closer to the classical tradition of offering up scares because the King of Ghosts commands that Casper must scare someone before Christmas Day or he will be banished to the netherworld forever, with no further human contact. This latter product is worth noting because Eisner Award–winning comic book creator Ian Boothby (Simpsons, Futurama) helped co-write this film.
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