Goodnight Moon: The Gritty Reboot


It is safe to say that most people born in the last 70 years likely are familiar with the famous children’s story, Goodnight Moon. Having been raised on it ourselves, we decided it was the perfect subject for the “gritty reboot” treatment.

While revisiting this classic story by Margaret Wise Brown, we realized it’s actually quite disturbing when viewed through a different lens (read: our sick minds). We ran with this, giving every detail a terror-rific twist, including a unique ending sure to leave the viewer breathless. The video garnered nearly 200,000 views, and received praise from publications such as BoingBoing, New Media Rockstars, and Mashable.

Gritty Reboots is a YouTube channel that takes popular and nostalgic video games, TV shows, comics and more and turns them into gritty, cinematic trailers.

Behind the Scenes

The story of Goodnight Moon takes place in a large, green room. Fortunately, a friend of ours had a large, green living room, which he let us transform into the spooky set seen in the piece. Check out our Behind the Scenes process, as well as a Before & After video comparing the final product with the locked cut before any visual effects or color grading were incorporated.

Visual Effects: Before and After


Produced by Cinesaurus
Writer: Forest Gibson
Director of Photography: David Zimmermann
Editor: David Zimmermann
Visual Effects: Steven Hudson
Color Grading: David Hudson
Sound Design: David Zimmermann
Special Thanks to Garr Godfrey


Man: Forest Gibson
Old Lady: Kristina Horner
Creepy Child Voice: Satabdi Chakrabarti