Thursday, 30 October 2008

Mickey Mouse's House of Horrors

Around the mysterious alpine headquarters of Voyages Extraordinaires, on dark and stormy October nights, an annual Halloween tradition is watching all of Disney's greatest horror stories. We pull up a tub of popcorn balls and inch-long chocolate bars, flick on the projector and watch Mickey and the gang battle Lonesome Ghosts, Donald Duck square off against Witch Hazel, the Old Mill barely withstand a spring thunder shower, the Evil Queen transform herself into a withered Old Hag, Ichabod Crane flee the Headless Horseman and mighty Chernabog raise the spirits of the dead for a bacchanal atop Bald Mountain.

Unfortunately we can't quite share this tradition with our readers. However, Mickey is no stranger to grim, grinning ghosts. Rather, he's been fearlessly facing them down since the very beginning. The following shorts are three very early and very delightful black-and-white pieces in keeping with the season. The fourth is an otherwise unhaunting cartoon, but look for the cameo by Bela Lugosi, Fredrick March and Boris Karloff!


Silly Symphonies, The Skeleton Dance (1929)


Mickey Mouse, The Haunted House (1929)


Mickey Mouse, The Mad Doctor (1933)


Mickey Mouse, Mickey's Gala Premier (1933)

2 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Happy Halloween Cory and Jolene.

Cory Gross said...

Thank you very much!