Beware of the one-eyed man.
Searching for this particular animation can only be equated to Captain Ahab's quest to hunt down the infamous great white whale, Moby Dick. Seriously, every year around Halloween this same cartoon (or one in a series of shorts) appears on Cartoon Network (courtesy of TCM) as a filler between shows without any sort of forewarning or title card. It doesn't help that it's also usually late at night when it runs or the fact that the only clue to its origin is in French.
Finally, however, FINALLY I've managed to track this red herring down to a French animation studio, Vivement Lundi, who apparently produce a diverse range of animated shorts. This one in particular seems to be called R.I.P. and consists of a series of shorts produced and directed by Bruno Collet.
Each episode follows the same formula, though with creatively different results involving a one-eyed madman (Evil Eye) who tries to kill the same little boy night after night. Much like, say, The Pink Panther or Wil E. Coyote the killer comes up with an assortment of frightening, yet ultimately dimwitted ideas for claiming his pint-sized victim but eventually succumbs to his own blunders. The official synopsis on the site claims it takes its inspiration from horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street with a bit of a Tex Avery twist.
If you've never seen them before, I highly recommend checking at least a few of them out as they often riff on classic horror films in creatively funny ways... not to mention the Evil Eye character is just so damn cool to look at.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!
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