Just got an email informing me about a new Disney short Halloween-ish cartoon called “Ghoul Friend”. As a lover of all Disney’s Halloween offerings (Disney’s Halloween Treat/A Disney Halloween, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), I had to check it out. It’s not as Halloween as I like, but it’s lots of fun.
If you’re like me, you’re scrambling right now to get in all your Halloween viewing, reading, and eating before midnight tomorrow. Sadly, I have already watched my beloved Disney’s Halloween Treat/A Disney Halloween this year and I don’t have time to watch it again. But I can see this short educational spot (which I think predates DHT/ADH, even though the YouTuber who put this up dated it at 1984). It features a lot of elements from DHT/ADH, including the talking Jack O’Lantern.
This is basically two jazz-inclined musical shorts in one. First is a swingin’ rendition of “The House That Jack Built” boasting imaginative animation in which the writing of a word turns into its meaning (such as “cow” turning into a cow, and so on). Second and longer is “Old McDonald Had a Band”, where instrument sounds replace the traditional barnyard noises. With the exception of his displeased wife, Old Mac’s family all jams on musical instruments, even the pets.
A house fire is raging and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy attempt to put it out with the usual disastrous results.