Animation Inspiration

Donald Duck: Trick or Treat

Walt Disney (1952)

Trick or Treat is a 1952 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures and based on Halloween ritual popular Irish folklore which is in turn based on Trick or Treat for Halloween segment based on Swallow song of Rhodes greek folk song, 6 B.C by Cleobulus. The cartoon, which takes place on Halloween night, follows a series of pranks between Donald Duck and his nephews with Witch Hazel. The film was directed by Jack Hannah and features the voices of Clarence Nash as Donald and his nephews, and June Foray as Hazel. The film introduced the song “Trick or Treat for Halloween” which was written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston and performed by The Mellomen.

Mickey Mouse: Runaway Brain

Disney (1995)

Runaway Brain is a 1995 American one-reel animated cartoon produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the short centers on Mickey attempting to earn money to pay for an anniversary gift for Minnie.

Featuring animation by animator Andreas Deja, it was first released in 1995 attached to North American theatrical showings of A Kid in King Arthur’s Court and in 1996 attached to international theatrical showings of A Goofy Movie. It would be the final original Mickey Mouse theatrical animated short until Get a Horse! in 2013.

Although receiving a controversial reception among audiences, the short was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 68th Academy Awards.

Mickey Mouse: Lonesome Ghosts

Walt Disney (1937)

Lonesome Ghosts is a 1937 Disney animated cartoon, released through RKO Radio Pictures on December 24, 1937, three days after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was directed by Burt Gillett and animated by Izzy Klein, Ed Love, Milt Kahl, Marvin Woodward, Bob Wickersham, Clyde Geronimi, Dick Huemer, Dick Williams, Art Babbitt, and Rex Cox. The short features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as members of The Ajax Ghost Exterminators.

Mickey Mouse: The Mad Doctor

Walt Disney (1933)

The Mad Doctor is a classic Mickey Mouse cartoon released in 1933. It is known as the first appearance of the title character “The Mad Doctor”, or “Dr. XXX”.

The short’s horror overtones made it unusual for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Some theaters refused to show it, believing it to be too scary for kids. At one time, for this reason, it was banned entirely in the United Kingdom, as well as Nazi Germany.

The short’s title character had a cameo in the Roger Rabbit short Tummy Trouble, in which he was seen on a picture. You can view Tummy Trouble by following this link: https://hobomooncartoons.com/2019/04/08/roger-rabbit-in-tummy-trouble/

This cartoon is one of a few Disney shorts that lapsed into the public domain.