Release Date : October 10, 1952
Running Time : 8:14
Carl Barks also did a Dell comic--Donald Duck number 28--on this cartoon.
It has the distinction of being one of the most censored comicbook stories.
He added a crazy looking one-eyed creature which the editors thought to
be too scary for little kids. They removed all the panels featuring this
Also, little Golden Books released a book called Donald Duck and the
Witch. Witch Hazel was also featured, but the story was different. The nephews
thought they saw a witch, but Donald said they were seeing things. The nephews
find Witch Hazel, and she pulls some pranks on Donald to get him to believe
in witches. At the end of the story, Donald, the nephews, and Witch Hazel
all sit down to enjoy a fall harvest feast. The book has some very beautiful
It's directed by legendary Disney Animator Jack Hannah (not to be confused
with the animal guy that you always see on talk shows).
It features a song throughout the film sung by Elvis back-up singers
"The Mellomen," who you'll recognize from their many contributions to Disneyland/Disneyworld
attraction songs (including the Haunted Mansion), not to mention the popular
"Ballad of Davey Crockett."
Witch Hazel, the strangely hillbilly witch character, is voiced by June
Foray (who provided the voice of Natasha Fatale and Rocket J. Squirrel on
the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. The character of Witch Hazel would pop up
in Warner Bros. cartoons also voiced by Foray - no relation.
The background art on this short is really simple, but SO surreal. Kind
of like the "Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" backgrounds. I think my childhood
memories of Halloween were pretty much shaped by the tone of this short.
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