The Haunted House (1929 film)

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The Haunted House
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Directed byWalt Disney
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringWalt Disney
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byUb Iwerks
Color processBlack-and-white
Distributed byCelebrity Productions
Release date
  • December 2, 1929 (1929-12-02)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Haunted House, also known as Phantom House or simply Haunted House, is a 1929 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Celebrity Productions. The film follows Mickey Mouse trapped in a haunted house and forced to play music. It was directed by Walt Disney who also provided the voice of Mickey; Ub Iwerks was the primary animator and Carl Stalling wrote the original music.

The Haunted House borrowed animation from Disney's first Silly Symphony, The Skeleton Dance, which was released earlier in 1929. The Haunted House was Mickey's first cartoon with a horror theme and led the way to later films such as The Gorilla Mystery (1930), The Mad Doctor (1933), Lonesome Ghosts (1937), and Runaway Brain (1995).


On a dark and stormy night, Mickey Mouse takes shelter in a house that he is passing and soon discovers that it is haunted. When Mickey enters the house, the door locks itself, before Mickey is startled by a large spider and several bats, while hiding. Mickey then hears the sound of ghosts and flees into a hallway before the lights go out. As Mickey shouts "Minnie!" four times in the dark, just like Al Jolson, he lights a match and looks around, finds a shadow of a cloaked figure appearing, panics while screaming, and flees in fright, with the shadow roaring at him. The cloaked figure corners Mickey into a room and compels him to play the organ while several other skeletons dance along to the music. When the music stops, Mickey tries to run away and leave the house but finds several dead ends. He finally falls out of a window and into a full rain barrel and runs away.



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