Charles Dickens wrote his Christmas Tale in 1843 to make a contribution to the fight against poverty, injustice, disease, and other Nightmares that were an integral part of British life during the Industrial Revolution. He gave rise to the tradition of Christmas Horror (Jack Frost, Krampus, and Tim Burton’s animation to fit into it) The purpose of which is to remind the rich about the true spirit of the Holiday with a kind word and threat of heavenly judgment, to Convince them to share. The most famous of these edifying tales – about the spiritual Reincarnation of the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge – has been filmed Countless times. The closest thing to the spirit of the original (and More impressive) came from Robert Zemeckis. The animated 3D Ghosts that haunt Scrooge during his nocturnal tests will definitely Appear in the dreams of the audience. Another source of the terrible Is the CGI technology, which has been aged over 10 years, thanks to Which animated actors (among them – Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, and others) sometimes look more creepy than any monsters
“Fern Valley: The Last Rainforest (1992)”
All the children who watched this Australian cartoon in the 1990s, filmed with the support of Greenpeace and based on the stories of Diana Young, matured, recycled garbage with animation: they really don’t want Hexus (voiced by the legendary Tim Curry ) to return to their dreams – an evil spirit, who tries to destroy the rainforest and its painted inhabitants, elves and fairies of all stripes. This toxic gaseous skeleton was alone enough to hit the “Valley of the Ferns” to our list. But the most threatening part is that even the hero is terrible here, whose task is to cheer up the little spectators with laughter. This is Betty Koda – the bat (voiced by Robin Williams), who escaped from the science lab. Betty
Any film adaptation of Carroll is at least an eccentric sight. But in the hands of the Czech surrealist Jan Schwankmeier, the fairy tale of a sweet girl’s summer dream turned into a nightmare. At the very beginning of the film, the young actress Kristina the audience saying: “Now you will see the film. It was filmed for children probably The brutal stop motion animation became the full-length debut of Schwankmeier (who had previously managed to film Faust in the tradition of folk puppet theater).
Here Schwankmeier no longer acts as an animator, but as a taxidermist. A dead rabbit stuffed with sawdust, a cow’s skull with glass eyes, a dirty sock with dentures (a caterpillar!) and Tattered dolls that come to life, ropes, keys, tin cans, and wooden darning mushrooms – there is nowhere more strange.
“The Brave Little Toaster”
In the early eighties, John Lasseter was going to film a children’s novel by Thomas Disch. The story revolves around a household appliance abandoned by the owners and because of this experiencing a severe existential crisis, which would later make Toy Story on practically the same topic. But he brought this idea to the screen incarnation of Jerry Rees (he also worked on innovative special effects for the classic cyberpunk blockbuster “Tron”). Here, the soul is endowed not with relatively anthropomorphic toys, but with the ordinary things like a lamp, a blanket, a vacuum cleaner, and a toaster itself, which is rather cute, but appearances are deceiving, and the shock content is hidden behind the cheerful cover: depression and psychosis, a sense of one’s own worthlessness, suicide, self-sacrifice, and nightmarish visions. (including a completely King’s hellish clown); characters now and then die of love (like a little flower that frightened the toaster with the manifestation of their feelings) or from fits of rage (like an exploded air conditioner, whose corpse remained hanging on the window)
In 1985, the Disney studio decided to try out Dolby Surrounded by computer graphics and sound technologies, for which it was seriously invested in the film adaptation of Lloyd Alexander’s fantasy novels – at the time of the Black Cauldron release was an expensive animated film. The cartoon about the rivalry of the young swineherd Taran with the infernal Horned King for the possession of the Black Cauldron, the location of which only a fortune-teller pig can establish, turned out to be so gloomy that it scared away the small viewers (and became a major financial failure of the studio). Few of those watching understood the intricate plot of the film, but the horrible image of the Horned King was ingrained in everyone’s mind. Many parents resented the frankly dark, bloody tone of the story (despite the fact that roughly 20 minutes had been cut from the material to keep the PG rating). Here I must say that Walt Disney himself was not afraid of hard content at all – remember the dance of skeletons or the dark segment of “Fantasy” (“Night on Bald Mountain”). It was thanks to the sobering failure of the “Cauldron” that Disney grouped itself together and began to give out classic hits of good mood like “Roger Rabbit” , “The Little Mermaid” and so on (in parallel, however, taking care of Tim Burton).
“The Last Unicorn”
At first glance, this frankly girly tale about a naive and beautiful unicorn (voiced by Mia Farrow ), who, with the help of the wizard Schmendrick, enters into a confrontation with a giant monster named Red Bull, who does not look particularly scary but rather just a little strange. This adaptation of the novel by Peter Beagle, wearing a lingering anime flavor, thanks to the Japanese studio Topcraft (which would later become Ghibli), will eventually penetrate the audience right under the skin. There are huge harpies, wrinkled old witches, powerful kings suffering from the desperate yearning to the songs of composer Jimmy Webb performed by Americans, and trees with huge female breasts. And, of course, we must not forget about the Red Bull – a bloody muscular monster with impressive horns
“Inhabitants of the hills”
The adaptation of the classic children’s novel by Richard Adams about rabbits from Sandleford Colony and their search for a new home (due to the onset of tractors) marked a turning point in British animation:
the world saw that richly made full-length cartoons could not only be filmed by Disney. Moreover, it turned out that such cartoons can collect well at the local box office (the film’s profit was 5,000% of its budget), despite the fact that the picture, released with a PG rating, was filled with darkness and violence. Apocalyptic visions of the Petya rabbit, the bloody battles of General St. John’s wort and Shishak, a demonstration on the example of a rodent colony of how various regimes of power in human society function – the creators of the cartoon filmed the story about rabbits as a radical fantasy in the spirit of Tolkien. The ominous effect comes
from the contrast between scenes of realistic violence and the idyllic landscapes of rural Britain. In the images of fields drenched in blood pagan mythology, there is a rabbit prophet named Elrahrairaha and the Black Rabbit Inle, personifying death (all this is accompanied by the sentiments of the song “Bright Eyes” by Art Garfunkel). In the media, half-joke texts are still published with an enviable constancy, how the cartoon traumatized an entire generation of British children. The director of “The Hills’ inhabitants” Martin Rosen in 1982 filmed another Adams novel – “Desperate Dogs” , which is also centered on the confrontation between the animal world and people.
The picture is about two dogs escaping from a scientific laboratory and being pursued by the authorities turned out to be even more painful and depressing. However, this time the formula did not work, the seriousness of the material scared off the audience. Rosen rolled the cartoon on his own and without success. The Hillside continues to thrill the public (as well as to influence directors of the caliber of Wes Anderson – see the Isle of Dogs) still. In 2016, the cartoon was shown on
British television on Easter Sunday and the Internet were filled with outraged parents. But the creators of the new film which picked up the adaptation of the novel, released on Netflix last year, tried to make their picture such that the parents and children would not have the slightest reason to be indignant
“Cry, don’t be shy. Over time, this frustration will turn into your fangs. To live means to know sorrow. Use this sadness to sharpen the fangs of your heart. ” In 1978, the Japanese studio Sanrio, which created Hello Kitty, directed a 43-minute cartoon that became one of the most influential anime of the seventies. In front of the innocent lamb Chirin, a wolf descending from the mountains kills his mother. Little Chirin decides to devote his life to revenge – and goes to the mountains. With a white cloud, he follows the wolf, demanding to teach how to kill. The wolf at first ignores Chirin’s squeak and then gives him Nietzsche lessons, talking about the struggle for existence and the cycle of life and death. Transformed over the years from a lamb into a formidable tour, Chirin achieves his goal, but this brings him only eternal longing and loneliness.
The bearded animation genius Jim Henson, who invented Kermit the Frog ( “Sesame Street”), believed that a child could not grow up without good food, dolls, and hefty portions of creep. Moreover, he was sure that the children themselves crave scary stories like the unadapted fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. In 1982, Henson finally made his gift to children – a post-apocalyptic puppet fantasy.
The “Dark Crystal” imbued with mysticism told about a world in which warring races draw the life force from each other with the help of that very crystal. Thanks to the original dolls, the picture now looks as fresh as in the year it was released. Grotesque skexy (even the names of fabulous creatures sound creepy here), similar to dried-up vultures, huge mystics, consisting entirely of wrinkles, reminiscent
frostbitten elf gel filings, giant four-legged moths, and the witch O smallest detail and amazed to the core. The camera did not turn away even for a second, filming the process of drawing out the life force from the eyes (!) That resembled a potato.
Henson then continued to scare the kids and directed Labyrinth with David Bowie. And last year, Netflix released the puppet series Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance, which takes viewers back to the planet of tra.