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Trick or Treat (1952)

When the nephews come to Donald's house in their Halloween costumes he dumps water on them and laughs at his trick. A witch sees this and decides to help the kids. By magic she gives Donald a bad time and the kids finally get their treats.

Director:

Jack Hannah

Writer:

Ralph Wright (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
June Foray ... Hazel the Witch (voice)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice)
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Storyline

Donald's nephews come by for Halloween and Donald plays tricks on them. But Witch Hazel was watching, and offers to help the boys get even. She brews up a potion that animates inanimate objects and sics them on Donald. He initially agrees to treat the boys, until he hears the witch call him a "pushover". She animates his feet to get him to cough up the key to his pantry. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Donald plays a trick on his nephews, but a witch helps them out.


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

As its animators were working on this cartoon, the Disney studio asked its comic book unit to produce a special Halloween issue that would appear on newsstands as the short reached the big screen. Western Publishing duly sent storyboard stats to its star artist, asking him to draw a feature-length story similar to that of the cartoon. But Carl Barks "soon found that the material wouldn't fill the 32 pages that were then the length of a feature, so I ad-libbed some extra stuff", hammering out extensive additions and revisions. Some of his new material, however (including a spooky graveyard and a six-armed cyclops named Smorgie), were considered so dark, grisly, or bizarre that parts of the comic book had to be redrawn or were censored outright, and when "Trick or Treat" appeared in Donald Duck # 26 (November 1952), it had been shorn to 23 pages. See more »

Quotes

Hazel the Witch: Oh, joy, thou dost believe in witches! Just for that, I'll help thee get thy candy.
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Crazy Credits

The original RKO release credits have an animated segment where a paint brush paints the title on the window. All title cards panned to the right. Later prints use static versions of the titles - minus the RKO credit, and dissolves between each title card. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cartoon All-Stars Reanimate (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Trick or Treat
(uncredited)
Written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston
Performed by The Mellowmen Quartet
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The quintessential Halloween cartoon
25 February 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There are a lot of Halloween cartoons I love, "Pluto's Judgement Day" and "Broom-Stick Bunny" being two of a great many but I personally think your Halloween is incomplete without "Trick or Treat". This Silly Symphony-all of which are cute, funny and endearing- is brilliant in every way, from the astounding visual effects to the stunning animation which hasn't dated at all it is a delight to the eyes. Also the music is wonderful it provides just the right amount of chills and thrills, as is the voice acting. Our favourite cantankerous quack is voiced to perfection by the incomparable Clarence "Ducky" Nash, while it is June Foray who steals the show as Witch Hazel. Scary and funny(especially with Donald's treatment of his nephews), this is a must see.

10/10 Bethany Cox


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bus eller godis See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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