This coming night is going to be Halloween and these are Disneylicious DVD picks for a scary and funny night!
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a Disney Classic released on October 5 1949. It’s the eleventh animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, and the final of the six package films produced during World War II. The films includes two stories from classic literature. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is based on Washington Irving‘s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and is narrated by Bing Crosby. Later, this portion of the film was separated from the companion Mr. Toad film, screened, aired, marketed, and sold separately as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow beginning in 1958.
Return To Oz – 1985
Return to Oz is a film produced by Walt Disney Pictures as a follow up to the original MGM film The Wizard of Oz in 1985. No approval was necessary from MGM to make the sequel because all of the L. Frank Baum’s novels from which the film was based were in the public domain by the year it was produced. The film was directed by Walter Murch and received mixed reviews from public and critics. It didn’t fare well at the box office but has attracted since its release date many devoted fans turning the film into a sort of small cult movie.
The plot is a combination of two novels, Ozma of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz, both of which were written as sequels to the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film takes place around Halloween 1899, a few months after the events told in The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale, played by Fairuza Balk, can’t stop thinking about her journey and her friends: Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
Tim Burton‘s 1993 Academy Award-nominated stop motion animated musical film about the people of Halloween Town kidnapping Santa Claus in an attempt turn Halloween into Christmas. Burton didn’t direct the film himself but co-produced it while stop-motion animator Henry Selick served as the director. Soundtrack is composed by Danny Elfman who also plays the singing voice of main character Jack Skeleton. Nightmare Before Christmas was originally released by Disney on their Touchstone Pictures logo due to the dark and sinister content of the plot. After the incredible success the movie has had and keeps having through the years Disney re-released the restaured Digital 3D version of the film in 2006 under their main Walt Disney Pictures logo.
Hocus Pocus – 1993
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 Halloween-themed film released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Kenny Ortega. It was originally planned as an original movie for the Disney Channel with a smaller budget but the script caught the eye of the main Disney Studio and believed to be worthy of a bigger budget and well-known names. The movie was released in the US and Canada in July 1993 and during Halloween in Europe and Australia.
Hocus Pocus is the story of three evil witch sisters, Winifred (Bette Middler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy), who come back from the past in modern day Salem, Massachusetts, after the seal that kept them locked away is broken. This film remains very popular with Disney fans and has achieved its cult status as well.