Dracula Gets Animated For Halloween

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Dear Dracula

Dear Drac­ula

Car­toon Net­work is pre­sent­ing a new Hal­loween spe­cial take on the Santa ver­sus Hal­loween meme with the ani­mated spe­cial Dear Drac­ula. Based on writer Joshua Williamson and artist Vicente Navarrete’s 2008 graphic novel “Dear Drac­ula”, the spe­cial will air Octo­ber 16th on Car­toon Network.

For years, chil­dren the world over make it a habit to write to Santa Claus with let­ters ask­ing for all sorts of toys for Christ­mas. Sam decides to write to Drac­ula, ask­ing for a visit to make Hal­loween a spook­ier holiday.

The spe­cial is pro­duced by Kick­start Pro­duc­tions. There are some big name stars voic­ing char­ac­ters, includ­ing Ray Liotta as Drac­ula, Nathan Gam­ble as Sam, and Emilio Estevez as Ren­field. The film was writ­ten by Brad Birch and directed by Chad Van De Keere.

Writer Joshua Williamson says Kick­start stayed true to their orig­i­nal design con­cepts. “They took our designs and ran with them,” he said in an inter­view with Comic Book Resources pub­lished yes­ter­day. “A lot of design changes were made to take it into the world of CG because not every­thing trans­lated well, but like I said ear­lier, I wish it had stayed 2D. But that’s mostly just a per­sonal opin­ion. You can see a lot of the same charm in the car­toon that Vinny put into the orig­i­nal art.”

The film has already been released direct-to-video exclu­sively at Wal-Mart on DVD. Car­toon Net­work will air the 61-minute CG ani­mated movie as part of their “Spooky Spe­cials” Hal­loween pro­gram­ming on Octo­ber 16 at 7pm.

The orig­i­nal graphic novel was co-published by Image Comics and Shadowline.

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