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Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Manufacturer: Ace Novelty • Released: 1994

Tales from the Cryptkeeper is an animated horror children series aimed at children made by Nelvana Limited. It was shown on YTV in Canada and on ABC in the United States. In Canada, it still airs re-runs near Halloween on Teletoon. It was based on the live-action television show, Tales from the Crypt, which aired concurrently on HBO. Tales from the Cryptkeeper was aimed at children and this series was significantly milder than the live-action HBO version and all blood and gore were completely omitted in order to target the audience. Most of the episodes take place within the fictional city of Gravenhurst, California, with a population of 55,232 people (this is established in episode #10 – “The Gorilla’s Paw”) The series was cancelled on December 10, 1994. In 1999, the show returned to the air as New Tales from the Cryptkeeper. The animation was different from that of the previous episodes and it switched over to Teletoon in Canada, and also switched to CBS in the United States.

Plot

The show details the Cryptkeeper telling different horror stories to the viewers, each with a lesson to be learned.

In Season Two, the Cryptkeeper was continually feuding with his rivals, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch who were continually trying to steal the show from him as they didn't have one of their own, only to have their plans backfire on them. This season also saw the Cryptkeeper in different locales than his mansion, as he tried to elude his rivals.

Season three aired in 1999 and was the final season of the series. It was the only season to not air on YTV in Canada and ABC in the United States. Instead, Tales from the Cryptkeeper aired on Teletoon in Canada and on CBS in the United States. Due to the adoption of a content ratings system and new FCC regulations over more educational content in children's cartoons in the United States, the third season was rated TV-Y7 for fantasy horror elements and scenes that may be too scary for younger children and carried an E/I badge (signifying that the show has educational/informative content due to the stories being scary morality tales for children) at the beginning of the episode. The animation quality in this season is considerably lower than the first two and, among fans, the final season is not considered a favorite.

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