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Jasper and the Haunted House (1942)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 23 October 1942 (USA)
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15 May 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Jasper and the Haunted House (1942)

*** (out of 4)

George Pal (THE TIME MACHINE) directed this stop-motion short about a young black boy who is carrying a gooseberry pie when a scarecrow and his blackbird talk him into taking it into a haunted house. The plan is to steal the pie but once all three are in the house there's concern that it could really be haunted.

This film is really only remembered for its "racist" content as there are several stereotypes going on here and I'm sure some would find a lot to cry about here. As a film buff, this type of material is just a part of our culture and there's really no point in hiding it or pretending like it didn't exist at one time. If anything, subject wise, this could be used as an educational tool. As far as the film itself, it's actually extremely well-made and the animation alone makes it worth viewing. I was really impressed with the work here and especially a scene where the pie breaks apart from the pan and crust. There's another scene where the boy's shadow gets scared and leaves, which is also handled very well. For fans of animation this here is a must see.


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