The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Video Resources

I had never taught Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I had read it and was familiar with the myriad allusions to Jekyll and Hyde in popular culture, which is why I was stunned when 3/4 of my class claimed they’d never heard of the novel or the movie or anything to do with a mad scientist drinking a potion and turning into an evil “monster.”

My initial reaction to the disturbing trend of cultural illiteracy was to ram my head against a set of metal spikes (conveniently placed in the cabinet in the back of the room for such occasions) or to drink a potion consisting of horse urine and milk of magnesia that promised to transform me into a teaching juggernaut, but reason got the better of me and I decided to begin each class with a short video or song or reference to Jekyll and Hyde via the miracle of YouTube instead.

Since I figured I can’t be the only one teaching this novel to cultural illiterates, I though I’d share some videos with you.

But before I do that, here are some common core standards you can use to justify these 3-5 minute clips, just in case. Although I don’t necessarily have a lesson plan to share at this time, these clips can certainly be used for one that incorporates these standards, if you’re so inclined.

Actually, before I even do that, I would like to state that any excuse to show Men at Work videos while you’re at work is a good excuse, even if you’re not a man. Here’s a classic: “Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive,” a fine parody and a fine song.

I’m still a little curious about what the whole boy scout and weird mustache has to do with the story. For those of you who didn’t spend your formative years in the 80s, this is what you missed out on.

Common Core Standard Ideas for Jekyll and Hyde video clips.

We’ll begin with one of my favorite standards.

RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment
In case you didn’t know (and I didn’t know until two days ago, which might indicate that I, too, am culturally illiterate), Jekyll and Hyde is a popular Broadway musical. I’ve included a couple of popular songs from the musical soundtrack. If you don’t like the ones I chose, there’s plenty more on YouTube.
The first clip is “Good and Evil,” which can be played at any point without spoiler alert notifications.

Just don’t play this next one before Hyde’s murders. I picked the clip with cartoon horses. You may wish to opt for the clip with lyrics. Although there are clips from the actual Broadway musical of actual actors and actresses singing, not all of these clips are age appropriate. Approach with caution.

There are also numerous cartoon adaptations. I’ve included a short clip that includes cats being sucked into a book. Education at its finest!

Here’s a catchy cartoon song from Arthur. I recommend it highly.

I apologize for getting this song stuck in your head for the next several weeks.


W.9-10.6 – Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
SL.9-10.5 – Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
There have been numerous adaptations of Jekyll and Hyde. Why not one more? For step by step instructions on how to do this, follow the link. It involves using GoAnimate to create a scene from the novel. I plan on using it for my Final Exam Review.
W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
The prep work for an assignment like this is quite an undertaking. Here’s one for Of Mice and Men.

Jekyll’s Transformation

Here’s the transformation scene from the 1932 version. Make sure readers realize that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person before showing these clips.

Here’s an Incredible Hulk like computer animation version.

Here’s one from the 1941 version.

Jekyll and Hyde Movie Trailers

There have been about 8-million film adaptations. These movie trailers might be fun to show. This one’s from the 1941 version. The unintentional comedy is a classic.

Here’s a little something from 1990, starring Michael Caine.

There are additional Jekyll and Hyde trailers, but I’d be sure to preview them before showing them to adolescents, especially the 2006 version.


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