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Since the mid-late 1990s, Disney has made a few absolutely terrific
cartoon shorts starring the old familiar characters. After a long
hiatus and after having appeared in some rather insipid films starting
in the 1950s, the series has been given some wonderful life in recent
years, but unfortunately the number of these shorts is small--and you'd
barely notice that they were released. Films like MICKEY'S BRAIN, HOW
TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATER and HOW TO HAUNT A HOUSE are among these
wonderful newer shorts. While they have a lot of similarities to the
best Disney shorts of the 1930s and 40s, they have a modern zaniness
and tongue-in-cheek style that makes them unique--not just copies of
the older classics.
In HOW TO HAUNT A HOUSE, the film looks a lot like the many "How To" films which have starred Goofy, but its absolutely bizarre style and sensibilities make this a must-see film. As a narrator lists the steps needed to haunt a home, poor Goofy is used (and abused) to teach these lessons. For example, as he's needed to haunt a home, he is killed as the cartoon begins!! That is certainly NOT something you'd have seen in the older cartoons and the film is filled with stuff like this. Funny, irreverent and a breath of fresh air--this is a film you just have to see to believe. Great stuff here.
I admit I do prefer the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons, but this
Goofy cartoon is absolutely delightful. It is refreshingly different
from the cartoons of the 30s-50s, not that they are bad or anything
nothing could be further from the truth, and that is what I liked about
How to Haunt a House.
The animation is really colourful and vibrant and the music is rousing and haunting. The story is a refreshing departure, full of scary and funny incidents and a zany modern style that worked wonderfully and it moves along at a very brisk pace. The voice work is top notch, and Goofy is wonderful.
Overall, a Disney delight, and one of my personal favourite Goofy cartoons for the humour and story alone. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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