It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on Blu-Ray...
Up until September 7, 2010 the Halloween Special Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special was only available on overly priced used VHS tapes. Not anymore!
A little bit on the special:
It originally aired on October 26, 1978 on CBS (which means they probably had my favorite spinning CBS logo in front of it. Here's a YouTube embed if you don't know what I'm talking about:
The special basically amounts to a "clip show" of Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck Loony Tunes cartoons. And there are some great ones. You get:
A-Haunting We Will Go (1966)
Hyde and Hare (1955)
Hyde and Go Tweet (1960)
A Witch's Tangled Hare (1959)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1963)
Scaredy Cat (1948)
Claws For Alarm (1954)
Bewitched Bunny (1954)
[Check me on that. I'm pretty sure there are snippets from all those in this special. Forgive me if I'm off.]
... And they're all tied together with newer animation that isn't quite up-to-par with the classics that pepper it and there were a few times when I remembered the short and was dismayed that they didn't show the whole thing. Here's what's weird: I can remember thinking pretty much what I just typed above when I was a kid and this special came on. It just... didn't... feel... right. (Sure I turned it on and watched it anyway.)
This is one of those Halloween specials that you can put on while you build props or carve pumpkins or melt, er, something. In other words: you don't have to pay to close attention. I'm not saying that the toons aren't brilliant, they are, but due to the weak connecting animations in this special, it just doesn't feel as great as, say, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
BUT, as it's the first time it's been on DVD, and for only $10.99 (on Amazon) it's a great price for the Halloween Special completist and one more thing to keep in the Halloween Special rotation this season.