Lonesome Ghosts

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : December 24, 1937

Running Time : 8:48


Four green phantoms want some fun, so they invite ghostbusters Mickey, Donald, and Goofy over to their haunted home with the aim of driving them crazy. But things don't work out as planned.


Mickey Mouse
Donald Duck


Bert Gillett
Dick Heumer
Ed Love
Izzy Klein
Milt Kahl
Marvin Woodward
Rex Cox
Bob Wickersham
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Don Williams
Dick Friel
Albert Hay Malotte


United States
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Halloween Haunts
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Käpt'n Donald
Happy Birthday Mickey
Mickys Größte Show
Joyeux Anniversaire Mickey
Video Parade 1
Buon Compleanno Topolino
Paperino e i Racconti Misteriosi


United States
Donald Scary Tales / Halloween Haunts
Mickey and His All Stars
Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show
Scary Tales
Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born


United States
Have a Laugh : Volume 1
Mickey's House of Villians
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Die Abenteuer von Ichabod und Taddaus Krote
Verschworung der Superschurken Verschworung der Superschurken
Alle Lieben Mickey
Tout le Monde aime Mickey
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Il Mio Eroe Topolino
Topolino E I Cattivi Disney
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Have a Laugh : Volume 1
Alla Alskar Musse
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Everybody Loves Mickey
Have a Laugh : Volume 1


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 55: Oooh! Scary!
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 22: Classic Mickey

Original Animator's Drafts

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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Jerry Edwards : One of my favorite Mickey/Donald/Goofy shorts. The special effects of the ghosts and ghostly scenes are marvelous. As usual, there are gags everywhere. Most of them very enjoyable for me.
From Ryan : I was reading Mr. Tom Wilkins comments and I noticed what he said about what areas get snow around Halloween. Well, it is possible for many places to get snow around Halloween. Colorado, for example. That whole state is practically covered with mountains. You're bound to have snow up there on or around October 31. Montana, North/South Dakota, Minnesota, Canada. In fact, where I live, it snowed on Halloween when I was in 4th grade. I overheard one kid say "It seems more like Christmas than Halloween. Oh well, we'll just go trick-or-treating on Christmas. " Perhaps this short doesn't take place during Halloween. We were not informed from the short that it was Halloween. Just because it's scary (actually it's not scary, it's funny) doesn't mean it has to take place during the Halloween season. It could be in January for example. Well, I've been off topic long enough and must get to the short. I thought it was really funny when the ghosts were terrorizing the trio. One ghost taps Mickey's head and Mickey points his gun at the ghost (why try and shoot a ghost ghosts are already dead). Donald is even more fun to bug because he loses his temper so easily. Another ghost sneaks up behind him and screeches, causing Donald to jump with fright. He then jumps up and down in his usual tantrum position and what do you think the ghost does? He impersonates him of course. Goofy on the other hand is carrying an axe (again how are you going to hurt a dead spirit?). A ghost hides in a dresser's mirror and Goofy says "I know you. You're a ghost!" Well after that, the ghost pushes the dresser down the stairs with Goofy trapped in it. He, Mickey, and Donald all crash into some barrels of molasses and bags of flour, which make "them" appear to be ghosts. The other ghosts get scared and run like the wind. I always wondered what Donald was saying at the end. I then closed captioned it and he turned out to be saying "You're a fine target ya big sissies!" This is a great short and I recommend it to all Disney fans out there.
From Tim Melnarik : This is flat-out the funniest of the Mickey/Goofy/Donald shorts. The gags are non-stop and quite inventive.
From Alan Hampson : I have watched a copy of this short repeatedly since 1979 when I taped it from British TV. I believe it is the quintessential Disney trio cartoon. Particularly impressive are the backgrounds, the pace and comic timing. I have had to wait such a long time for it and the other classic Mickeys to become available in the UK on video. Apart from a very short video release when Rank video distributed in the very late 70s nothing has been provided for the serious student of classic Disney (to 1944) and early 50s Donald Duck shorts. DVD is the answer to our prayers.
From Taylor Kerekes : This is one of my all-time favorite shorts. This cartoon is just hysterical! I especially like the part when the ghosts were playing songs to the revolutionary war. Man, was this short funny! It's got great gags, great humor, and great comedy. This could make a great short for Halloween. And I wish I could watch this in October more often! Ha ha!
From Per Nilsson : This is one of the best short ever featuring the trio; Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It's actually one of the best short ever made by Disney. As a kid I had this one on 8mm film (and still do), which made it possible to watch it over and over again. Many shorts lost their attraction by too much viewing, but this one is still a real favorite!
From Bob : A wonderful cartoon, I've seen it many times along with Trick or Treat and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Have not seen it in a few years, although I remember every detail. It has very funny moments and despite the struggles of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy to get the ghosts, there is a cool ending.
From Sam : Who ya gonna call? Mickey, Donald, and Goofy become ghosts exterminators who are lured to a haunted house by some silly spirits in this classic short. The scene with Goofy and the ghost in the mirror is The Goof at his best, and the scene where Mickey trying to catch the ghosts is hilarious as well. A Disney staple around Halloween, this great short is just as fun whatever time of year.
From Ross : Boo! Let's go ghost hunting with Mickey, Donald and Goofy. This cartoon is sensational times ten! It all starts when four scary funny ghosts call our three on the phone and then Mickey, Donald and Goofy are off for some spooky fun. The three separate, and go ghost-busting. Mickey fires his gun at one ghost, but it gets blown up when the ghost sticks his finger in it. Donald punches a ghost with a good shiner, but the ghost dives in the water, and Goofy, after he and the third ghost mock each other in the mirror, wrestles himself in the dresser thinking he's got all four ghosts. Then he falls down the stairs, crashes into Mickey and Donald, and they all get covered with molasses and flour. The ghosts see them and they scream, "Aaaah! Ghosts!" and they run away crying into the horizon. And Donald says, "So you can't take it? You big sissies!" Wonderful cartoon to celebrate for Halloween.
From Baruch Weiss : I first saw this short on "Mickey's Magical World" and many of the scenes were snipped out. That was probably done in order to fit within the running time of the video. Great short; the three ghosts in this short were probably the inspiration for the "Ghostly Trio" in the "Casper" series.
From Rebecca : This is definitely one of my favorite Disney shorts featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. It is very hilarious, the animation is flawless, the gags are very funny. Goofy is particularly hilarious. This cartoon features some of his most funny moments in his career. It's too bad that the Walt Disney company doesn't make more cartoons featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy anymore like they used to. I always thought those were the best cartoons!
From Dee Guerrero : I love this short! I actually have this reel. Sometime in the 1970's Action Toys came out with this movie projector thing and these Yellow Plastic Cases with a mini Film reel inside. I still have this to this day!
From Christine Williams : I have this on a small hand held movie projector. You put your eye up to the view finder and turn the handle on the side and this short plays frame by frame. The faster you turn it the faster the movie plays. It's pretty old but still works. I love it!
From Andrew : This short was actually released in December rather than October, so there is a good reason why there's snow. Also so we could see the ghosts' footprints when they run off. One of my favorite shorts though. I don't think you'd want to call these guys, of course.
From Al Galen : I remember this short from "A Disney Halloween" with Snow White's Magic Mirror. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are similar to "Ghostbusters" who did not exist until the 1980s. It can be seen on "House of Mouse" in Halloween-themed episodes. The screaming sound heard in the beginning of this cartoon was later used on the television series "Zorro" in its fourth 1957 episode "The Ghost of the Mission". Appropriately, it aired on October 31 that year. I recommend this animated short to audiences who are fans of classic Disney.
From Jarg Niederberger : I had this film (or rather part of it, most of Donald's part was missing) on a silent super 8 film. Watched it often and liked it a lot. I even played with the idea to do my own soundtrack.

Once while ill, I viewed it frame by frame in the editing viewer. That's when I found an error by the animator that I never saw mentioned elsewhere. When Goofy is stuck in the piece of furniture, just before he chokes himself, he sticks his arm out of a drawer opening, but then - from one frame to the next - the arm switches to pass through the hole his neck is in. Seems the animator realized the chocking would look silly with the arm stuck through the drawer and took the easy way out.

Speaking of errors. Why do the debris of the window fly "into" the house when the ghosts run through it?

From Bryan Hensley : This 1937 Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoon is a perfect one for Halloween. Since it's a part of Mickey's House of Villains! The name Ajax seems to have been used before the same-named gorilla terrorized Donald's house later on in that same movie! Anyway, my Daddy has always wondered about Mickey's plan to surround the ghosts. How can you surround ghosts? It was three against four, but it's amazing what molasses, flour, and other gooey stuff can do to anybody who crashes into it! The lonesome ghosts thought the others were ghosts, and were scared to re-death of them! When Mickey, Donald and Goofy were separated, they didn't have too much luck exterminating them. The ghosts reappear at the House of Mouse and change shapes and sizes for some strange reason, before and after their short was played. As Donald points out at the end: "So you can't take it, you big sissies!" Ghosts can be afraid like anything living! I hope you enjoy this classic short masterpiece of spooky proportions!
From Michelle Forni : First for Tom Wilkins "Somebody please tell me what areas receive snow for Halloween!" I live in Wyoming and have only had 7 years of 36 that have not had snow on the ground by Halloween. Around here the costumes are made to fit under snow suites or are warm enough that the kids can wear them in cold weather. Most Halloween parties are inside. Also we are not talking always just a light snow dust, but we have had years when there was up to 14" on the ground and yes the wind was blowing. We even have really old houses that are left in fields that have been abandoned around here still. So who knows maybe the story plot was biased out of this area. I really enjoyed this cartoon when I was young and wish it was still playing during Halloween today. I sing the opening song to my kids, they think the song is great and they haven't even seen the cartoon. It is your typical older Disney cartoon, the main characters (Mickey, Donald, and Goofy) are picked on my outside characters, at first the outside characters have the upper hand, but in a totally unpredictable way and usually by mistake, our favorite characters win out again. Thank you for providing this site, it has been a long time since I've seen any images of this cartoon, now at least my kids can see what I'm singing about.
From Mike : The ghosts are the best part of this cartoon. Their antics alone make this one of Mickey's best cartoons.
From Eric Zimmer : All I can say is I love this short! I remember when I first saw it as a kid & I've adored it! The animators have done a brilliant job, as did the background artists! This cartoon appears to be the inspiration for Ghostbusters! This is purely from inspiration--all the Disney cartoons are very inspirational! That's what I think! One of the best Mickey, Donald & Goofy shorts ever!

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