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When you think the short is almost over and Mickey and Minnie have
the upper hand over the witch, it starts up again and they get sucked
into the bowels of a truly volcanic oven. Their escape from the oven
(and the house) recalled for me some of the best of 1940's animation
such as Bumble Boogie
or even "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia.
A few small complaints; one could have wished that we could see Witch
Hazel from Trick or
Treat again. But that would have required a change in her personality
and would have made the short more comic than the drama that it turned
out to be. Also, I would have liked to hear a little bit more dramtic
musical exit sting rather than letting it fade out as it did. But these
are small complaints for an excellent showing.
One parenthetical note : back in the 1950's and 60's, Disney had
planned on making a short of this nature featuring Mickey and Minnie
as Hansel and Gretel, and based on Engelbert Humperdinck's opera. It
never got beyond some early developement sketches, but one wonders if
any of the ideas they began with back then found their way into this
But the character animation was trite. Mickey and Minnie tended to
be jittery when they moved. Their thick black outlines clashed with
the background art. They tended to go off model, and they didn't communicate
very well with their miming in scenes like when Mickey first wakes up
The plot didn't have anything new to add to the "Hansel and Gretel"
story. So I wasn't involved in that aspect of the short, until the last
couple of scenes when the mice unexpectedly wound up inside the oven.
I liked that last scene enough to like this short overall. Also in this
short Mickey and Minnie were in their traditional casting as naughty
Of course, with all the times Mickey leads Minnie until they're lost,
I almost expect a short of "The Blair Witch Project," and I hope those
two bring their trainers, especially after all those calories they just
Damage to Minnie: Binging and a romored Purging (There are two clues:
She's light enough to be able to walk on a leaf over water, and she
was rather tuckered out in the middle of the short.) A Twisted neck
from Mickey, near drowning in cake frosting, an encounter with a Zorkian
Grue . . . okay, that's a stretch. Another B and D scene with a cage,
a pulled back, near roasting, and to tap it off a near dislocated sholder
by Mickey again! She really appreciated being a toon in this short.