r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Best Animated Horror Themed Cartoons

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Best Animated Horror Themed Cartoons

1. Scooby Doo - includes a bunch of cartoon series' produced from 1969 to well, now.  The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera in 1969.  I love Hanna-Barbera.  They had some of the best cartoons when I was little and my parents, too, pretty much, lol.


Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and of course, barely human speaking, though sometimes unintelligible Great Dane, Scooby-Doo made up the "gang" that solves mysteries involving supernatural creatures, which almost always end up being some dink who is pretending to be a ghost through a series of antics and missteps.





2.  Tales From the Crypt - (the animated series) included a weekly anthology of horror stories unrelated to one other other than the fact that they were based on the EC horror comics of the 50's.  The cartoon is a kid's version of the adult series that aired on HBO as a non-animated series.





3.  Courage the Cowardly Dog - Courage who lives with his owners (human parents), Muriel and Eustace Bagge, an old couple, who live on a farm in Nowhere, Kansas. Courage and his family are repeatedly caught up in strange misadventures, which tend to steer towards the supernatural.  Villains are always afoot and they always get caught in the middle.  The show aired on Cartoon Network from 1999-2002.

You can watch Season 4 of Courage The Cowardly Dog on the Cartoon Network website for free by clicking here.


4.  The Grim Adventures of Bill and Mandy - This toon series depicted the exploits of the Grim Reaper, who was forced into being befriending Billy (a dummy) and Mandy (a b*tchy little girl).

You can watch Season 5 of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy for free on the Cartoon Network website by clicking here.



5. Beetlejuice - Loosely based on the film, this animated series features Beetlejuice, a ghost from the "Neitherworld," and his mortal bestie, a teen girl, Lydia Deets.





6.  Tutenstein - Cleo, who is 12, and holds a great knowledge of Ancient Egypt hangs out in a museum all the time.  One day, a bolt of lightning awakens a child mummy, Pharaoh Tut-ankh-en-set-amun.  With her kitty Luxor, she assists him with navigating life in the modern world.





7.  Casper - Casper McFadden is a child ghost in the 1940's cartoon series who just wants to make friends, but he scares everyone, because he's a ghost. Universal Studios adapted the cartoon into a film in 1995, where he and his wicked uncles, the Ghostly Trio, were rendered computer animation. The film constructed a back-story for Casper and is the only time in the series that the question of his death has been addressed. According to the film, Casper was a twelve-year-old boy living in Whipstaff Manor with his inventor dad, J.T. McFadden until he died due to complications from pneumonia after playing in the cold late into the night.

In 1996, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Cartoon Studios created a new Casper series for Fox Kids, based on the 1995 feature, that lasted two years and was never seen on television again after 1998. Two live-action direct-to-video follow-ups, Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy, which introduced Hilary Duff, to the film were later made. They were followed by Casper's Haunted Christmas (starring Spooky and Poil from the animated spinoff of the first movie), and Casper's Scare School, which were done entirely in CGI with no live-action elements. These films are often referred to as being "sequels" to the 1995 feature despite the fact that they heartily contradict the feature and do not appear to even take place in the same universe.




8.  Dungeons and Dragons - Based on TSR's Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. A co-production of Marvel Productions and TSR, the show originally ran from 1983 through 1985 for three seasons on CBS for a total of twenty-seven episodes. The show focused on a group of six friends who are transported into the titular realm and followed their adventures as they tried to find a way home with the help of their guide 'Dungeon Master'. A final un-produced episode would have served as a conclusion as well as a re-imagining had the series been picked up for a fourth season. However, the show was cancelled before the episode was made.




9.  Ghost Busters - (later called Filmation's Ghostbusters) is a 1986 cartoon created by Filmation based on Filmation's 1975 live-action TV show The Ghost Busters. Its unrelated to Columbia Pictures' 1984 film Ghostbusters or the film's animated show The Real Ghostbusters. When making their film, Columbia Pictures needed to obtain rights to use the name from Filmation. Reruns of the show air on the Retro Television Network and on Hulu.





10.  Teen Wolf - broadcast from 1986 to 1987 and based on the 1985 live-action film, Teen Wolf, this was one of my childhood faves.



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