Thursday, 27 October 2011

Movies & Animation: Pumpkin Moon

Based on the Simon Bartram children's book of the same name, 'Pumpkin Moon' is a delightful, animated Halloween tale, directed by Hilary Audus. The story centres around a black cat that gets caught in the middle of a battle between a group of "good" jack-o'-lanterns, and some "evil" witches that want to take over the world. (Naturally. I mean, what else would evil witches in a kids movie want to do?)

The unusually large, orange, Pumpkin Moon is apparently what gives life to the jack-o'-lanterns, as well as all the Halloween decorations that the witches summon. 

The animation isn't that wonderful, but it's a very sweet, spooky film, and even a little bit sad at the end. Though I won't tell you what happens of course ;) Also, for those of you that don't like musicals and cheesy songs, there's only one corny number in the whole film. Admittedly, the movie is only 30 minutes long, but still, it's not so bad.

If you have the DVD version of 'Pumpkin Moon', you will also get the extras, which consist of a mummy puppet and scary helper hands demonstrating how to make various creepy Halloween decorations. They look quite effective and are all super simple to make.

More screenshots of 'Pumpkin Moon' after the cut below:


  1. I'm addicted to Halloween AND cats! This is such a wonderful find! Thank you :)

  2. @Avalon Cat Cartoons

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! :)

  3. That's interesting that you mention that evil witches usually want to take over the world. In slavic folklore witches are portraited as wise (!), but cannibalistic creatures. They usually trick heroes on quests to come into their houses and try to eat them, but as soon as the heroes pour out their souls (there's usually a girl involved), they give them a wise advice and let them go!

  4. The ending isn't sad!

  5. Picked this up on DVD after seeing it at 2am on Bravo channel in Canada one night last October. Wow, talk about rare and hard to find cartoon. Had to buy the PAL version from the UK as its not available in R1, but I'm glad I did.

    This seasonal; animated special is a true classic and should be recommended to all lovers of Halloween cartoons and specials!


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