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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween From The Bizarre World Of Tim Burton

We've reached the end of our Countdown to Halloween 2021, so to celebrate the big day itself, we needed something special, a tricky sort of treat. This is not a Nightmare Before Christmas post but is about a spooky tale from the wild imagination of Tim Burton. While he was still at Disney creating experimental shorts and featurettes, Tim created one of his least well-known productions, Hansel and Gretel from 1983. Seen only twice (not once, as is usually reported) on Disney Channel (then known as The Disney Channel) on the anthology series Disney Studio Showcase, Hansel and Gretel was first cablecast on October 29, 1983, and then an encore presentation on the very appropriate date of October 31st.  This TV special-like show was paired with Burton's stop motion masterpiece Vincent, and was hosted by (who else?) Vincent Price. See some shots from this very stylized production below, some shots of Tim presenting his art, and also being assaulted by the Hansel and Gretel creepy puppet Hansel and Gretel character, Dan Dan the Gingerbread Man. And for the fearsomely awesome finale, here is brand new for October 2021 interpretation of Dan Dan by artist, writer and historian Dean Brinkerhoff. Be sure and follow Dean's Instagram account for more Brinkerhoff art. Happy Halloween! 

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