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Western Animation / Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

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Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is a 2016 animated film based on the graphic novel of the same name. The inspiration comes from the writings of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft.

After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft accidentally uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and a great adventure.

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  • Big Bad: Algid, later revealed to be King Abdul Alhazred.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gotha, Davik, Twi'i and Innes whom Howard meets when he arrives in the Frozen kingdom, later arrive to help Howard defeat Abdul in the form of Algid.
  • The Dragon: Spot / Thu Thu Hmong is transformed into Cthulhu by Algid's / Abdul's incantations; he becomes "Spot" when Howard uses the seal to change him back.
  • Eldritch Location: Winfield's journal describes R'lyeh as "a dour profane kingdom… an unholy marriage of fairy tales and nightmares."
  • Exposed to the Elements: Howard spend the whole movie in his tailcoat. Please don't forget that the movie is Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.
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  • Fluffy Tamer: Howard changes the Cthulhu back into "Spot" when he uses the power of the seal.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Howard named the Lovecraft Lite tentacled/winged gorilla-like Eldritch Abomination "Spot."
  • I Owe You My Life: Spot declares Howard his master after he keeps him from falling into an icy chasm.
  • Instant Runes: An ornate circle with symbols appears on Howard’s bedroom floor when he utters the magic spell to send him to R'lyeh.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Howard's mother describes her son as someone who "puts off" his peers, preferring to stay by himself and read rather than play with them.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Describes Howard and his father Winfield perfectly.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Definitely Lighter and Softer than the original texts the film and graphic novel is based on. After all, the story involves a young H.P. Lovecraft befriending a playful, child-like Cthulhu.
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  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Howard is a younger version of H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Noodle People: The various human characters (especially Howard) have very large heads and toothpick bodies.
  • The Voiceless: Davik, until the end when he says "I'll miss you, Howard" after Algid's / Abdul's defeat.


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