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The Haunted House (1929)

Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

Director:

Walt Disney (uncredited)

Star:

Walt Disney
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Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom House See more »

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Mono (Powers Cinephone Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Grim Reaper: [pointing to organ] Play!
Mickey: I c-c-can't play!
Grim Reaper: PLAY!
Mickey: Y-y-yes, ma'am!
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Featured in Ink & Paint Club: Oooh! Scary! (1998) See more »

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not perfect, but still one of the best things to play at a party on Halloween
2 September 2015 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

I remember seeing just a scene from The Haunted House, one of the early Mickey Mouse shorts from 1929, when I was a really small child, and it may have been the first time I ever laid eyes on the Grim Reaper: it was just a segment in a short documentary that preceded VHS collections of Disney cartoons in the 80's, and it was about the origins of Mickey Mouse (of course in a 5-minute bare-bones version, i.e. mice were there early on for Disney, then came Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history). It was meant to illustrate the first time Mickey Mouse ever spoke; it's arguable if this cartoon really was it - there was also The Karnival Kid, which may have come out earlier that year, where Mickey says 'HOT DOGS' - but it made an impression on me for sure. The Grim Reaper shows up, points a finger and declares that Mickey play. "I c-c-can't play," Mickey responds. "PLAY!" "Y-y-yes, ma'am," is all Mickey responds.

Not exactly Shakespeare, but this wasn't about any dialog exchanges in this carton anyway; the plot is that Mickey needs shelter from the storm, goes into a house, and there the Grim Reaper and many skeletons are hanging about. They need music, so Mickey plays, and they dance about. Oddly enough this was right at the same time as one of Disney's iconic shorts, The Skeleton Dance, and here he has the same thing going on. I'd say that the Skeleton Dance may be better overall, but there's still a lot to enjoy here, including some beats where it's just skeleton legs that dance, and where the Reaper is basically snapping his fingers and stomping his feet (or is it *her* feet?) It's a memorable short from the classic black and white Disney Mickey Mouse, where in this case, unlike some of the other shorts, Mickey can't really give many of his wisecrack antics. All he can do is play, ma'am.


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