Saturday, October 11, 2008
Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree
One of the greatest Halloween specials in television history, The Halloween Tree was produced in the early 90's by Hannah Barbera and written by the great Ray Bradbury.
The teleplay, which won Mr. Bradbury an Emmy award is based on his 1972 book of the same name. The story is about a group of kids who love Halloween and look forward to it as the most important night of the year. When one of them is in danger they go on a journey to save him which ultimately leads them to discovering the true origins of the Halloween tradition.
The special features Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Mr. Moundshroud, the mysterious figure who guides the kids on their journey. Bradbury also serves as the show's narrator. The Halloween Tree also features a very impressive score by John Debney.
Turner Home Entertainment released a VHS of the special in the mid 90's, but it has been out of print for a very long time and its never made its way onto DVD. If you are lucky enough to find a copy of this anywhere I strongly suggest you don't pass up the chance to see one of the most imaginative works inspired by the Halloween season.