I always tell people that when I was growing up while they were eating cereal and watching Saturday morning cartoons I was eating Count Chocula and watching Friday the 13th Marathons(coincidentally what I am doing write now). While this is a true statement there were some exceptions to this. Mostly in the eighties and early ninety's there was a plethora of horror toons. Thanks to DVDs and people saving video tapes I can still enjoy a morning with a bowl of the count and some cartoons.
I, like most kids did enjoy cartoons, I loved all the classics like He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, TMNT, and G.I. Joe but in the end it was horror I always chose. That's why when I started finding these horror cartoons It was like crack. I would see Groovie Ghoulies, My Pet Monster, Count Duckula, and Madballs. I also collected the shit out of the Madballs toys but we already did toys so onto more toonz.
After I got home from a hard day of talking horror on the playground at school, I would grab a snack and watch some Disney horror TV. Gargoyles was always there to be all creepy and shit, while Darkwing Duck was epic, hilarious and wacky.
There were so many great shows at the time but it was when licensed shows started popping up that my little boy dick stood at attention. I had already seen The Toxic Avenger on USA Up All Night when I saw the add for Toxic Crusaders. I had no idea what to expect, but was glued to the set that Saturday morning. Tales from the Cryptkeeper was a must watch as I already loved Tales from the Crypt. I lived by Real Ghostbusters and when BeetleJuice came in toon form, I came in pants form. Swamp Thing, Attack of the Killer Tomato's, The Adams Family, Godzilla, King Kong, and Little Shop of Horrors also got the pen dropped and made me a happy little youngster.
Over the years with my obsession of horror and cartoons, it was nice to see some more adult fare. MTV put out The Maxx which was based off of a comic by the brilliant Sam Keith. I remember this show so well and it gave me this feeling that I could never even try to explain. While not typical horror, its dark, dreamy bizarre world had me sucked in like that guy I saw on Real TV that got sucked into an airplanes propeller. Once the internet was in full effect like Reggie, I would watch Happy Tree Friends. How could you not love a bunch of cute animals getting the shit killed out of them in the most viscous ways? Today we have Ugly Americans, I will go on record saying I love this show. So many references, all the characters are excellent and it is just fun. It reminds me of the same feeling I got watching Duckman late at night when it first premiered, a show I wanted to include here but calling it horror would be stretching it, even for me.
I couldn't do a write up on horror cartoons without mentioning one of the staples. Sure it's not always horror but Simpsons Treehouse of Horror has been a staple for most horror nerds for the last twenty something years. South Park has also joined in on the game themselves also having some pretty memorable Halloween episodes. I could go on and on with shows that have done Halloween episodes, but I am tired and I assume you are getting tired of reading. I mean there are horror and drinks to be had.
I will end with a section of horror cartoons that is as limited as Bush's lexicon. Horror movie cartoons. I was trying to think of them and I only came up with a few. I sent out a message in a bottle, or a text depending who you talk to. Gabe Nye, and Jacob Von Klingele received my message and had the same problem I did. There are only a few. There are a couple Hellboy animated movies, Batman fought Dracula, and Scooby Doo has about as many as the the Saw section in a used DVD store, but when it comes to original animated horror films, I don't even have to get naked to count them(I mean there is less then twenty one). Monsters Inc was awesome, one of the first Pixar movies I saw and it was rad. I felt like a pedophile sitting in the theater by myself with like a billion children running around but it was worth it. A few years ago Monster House came out which isn't just one of my favorite animated films, but one of my favorite films. Last would be a movie than many hated but I loved. The Haunted world of El Super Beasto. When Rob Zombie put out the comic book Spookshow, Superbeasto was the only segment I enjoyed. Foul, full of references and just sleazy fun.