Monday, October 22, 2007

Freeze Frame! - Classic Hollywood Monsters

Many, many classic Hollywood monsters have become ingrained in our popular culture, and the Universal Studios incarnations of the Frankenstein monster and Dracula have in many ways become icons of the Halloween season. Disney has had little association with this particular film genre. But for a brief moment in 1932, these two particular characters, along with Paramount Pictures rendition of Mister Hyde, all made a collective cameo appearance in the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Gala Premiere.

Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Boris Karloff's Frankenstein monster and Fredric March's villainous Mister Hyde were all just recent Hollywood arrivals, with each of their films only having been released the prior year. They were just but a few of the nearly twenty celebrities caricatured for the short.


Cory Gross said...

I saw those in the Disney video for the "Monster Mash" and knew then and there that I had to see this film! I love the classic monsters, I love the mystique of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and I love Mickey back when he was black and white and seedy and into hard liqour.