Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday

To celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday this week, I recommend watching Extraordinary Tales, an animated anthology of five stories featuring the voice work of Christopher Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Julian Sands, Roger Corman, and the one and only Bella Lugosi (via a 1940s recording of the story complete with scratches). The drawing style (computer generated, hand drawn, etc.) varies from segment to segment, and was affectionately directed by Raul Garcia, an animator at Disney who worked on The Lion King, Aladdin, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film was released in 2013 abroad and made it's U.S. debut in October 2015.

Poe’s work is as resonant as ever and animation frees it to capture the dark tones and dreadful atmosphere in a way a live movie would find challenging. Do note this is not an animated story for the kiddies. Beyond the dark and deadly material, one segment fleetingly features nudity and bacchanalia. (Streaming on Netflix.)

Edgar Allan Poe
January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849