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My Review of The Last Halloween

My first impressions of this surprisingly adorable and entertaining Halloween special created Hanna-Barbera, the same people that brought us "Scooby-Doo!", "Yogi Bear", "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons", was: "This is actually pretty entertaining! I wish I was born 5 or 6 years earlier so I can "relive the joy and excitement" when it first aired!" I say this because when it first aired on CBS in 1991, I was still a baby and couldn't change the channel without sticking the TV remote in my mouth. (OK, I was joking about the TV remote but, you get the idea!) As for how I found out about this special in the first place, I was searching for Halloween specials to watch last year when I came across this little relic. I even watched it with my girlfriend recently. But enough about me, let's talk about this special!


The premise of the special centered around four aliens named 
Gleep (voiced by Paul Williams), Romtu (voiced by Don Messick), Scoota and Bing (both voiced by Frank Welker), who are on a mission to Earth from Mars to a mysterious element known as "coobi", as well as two kids, Michael (played by Will Nipper) and his sister, Jeanie (played by Sarah Matinek), who after losing their mother (prior to the events of the special), are on the verge of losing their family's candy factory due the lake surrounding it, Crystal Lake, being mysteriously "dried up".


When the two groups meet each other for the first time, the aliens decide to tell the kids of their mission to find "coobi", which to their surprise is actually candy. With the same goal in mind, the kids and the aliens decide to work together to find enough candy for the latter to take back to their home planet AND also try to save the former's family candy factory, all the while trying to avoid the clutches of the evil Mrs. Gizbourne (played by Rhea Perlman) who, along with her assistant Hans (played by Richard Moll), was responsible for draining Crystal Lake (the main power source for the candy factory) in order to find bugs to use in her experiments, in an effort to unlock the secrets of eternal beauty. I won't go into too much detail to the point of spoiling the whole special; I let you check it for yourself to see how it all turned out.

 
The special itself was entertaining and very touching, considering I was, as I mentioned beforehand, too young to watch it when it first came out. The CGI was mighty impressive, not to mention the fact that it was ahead of its time. I relate with the two main human characters losing their mother, just as I have lost many loved ones along the way.

 
With a heartwarming story and a charming cast of characters, but not being able to watch it when it first aired due to being too young at the time, I give The Last Halloween 4 and 1/2 coobis out of five. It's a good special to watch when you need a break from all the horror movies. Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself!
 
 
I hope you enjoy reading this article. Make sure to get plenty of coobi, I mean candy, and have a safe and Happy Halloween! ;)
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jkatz Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 05:01 AM

I had no idea Hanna-Barbera dabbled in CGI! Interesting.

Vaporman87 Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 07:22 PM

I have only seen bits and pieces of this special, but made sure to include it in the '13 and '14 RetroDaze Halloween Special because as you mention, it really is quite well done considering the time it was produced. The CGI is very well done for something as simple as a Halloween special (remember that '91 saw the release of T2, and that was really most folks' first glimpse of full on movie CGI). Great review sir.

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