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Lonesome Ghosts

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Lonesome Ghosts
Lonesome Ghosts.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBurt Gillett
Story byDick Friel
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringWalt Disney
Clarence Nash
Pinto Colvig
Billy Bletcher
Don Brodie
Jack Bergman
Harry Stanton
Music byAlbert Hay Malotte
Animation byCharacter animation:
Art Babbitt
Rex Cox
Clyde Geronimi
Dick Huemer
Milt Kahl
Isadore Klein
Ed Love
Bob Wickersham
Dick Williams
Marvin Woodward
(all uncredited)
Additional character animation:
Don Williams (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
December 24, 1937 (Christmas Eve)[1]
Running time
8 minutes
CountryUnited States

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 (1937). It was directed by Burt Gillett and animated by Izzy (Isadore) Klein, Ed Love, Milt Kahl, Marvin Woodward, Bob Wickersham, Clyde Geronimi, Dick Huemer, Dick Williams, Art Babbitt, and Rex Cox.[2] The short features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck & Goofy as members of The Ajax Ghost Exterminators. It was the 98th short in the Mickey Mouse film series to be released, and the ninth for that year.[3]

This short marked the first use of one of Goofy's catchphrases, "Somethin' wrong here!".


The Ajax Ghost Exterminators - Mickey, Donald & Goofy - are hired by telephone to drive out four ghosts from a haunted house that has long been abandoned. Unbeknownst to them, however, they were called by the ghosts themselves, who are bored because nobody has visited the house for a long time (either because none of the locals were scared or they had scared them all away, as one ghost puts it: "Guess we're too good!"). They wish to play tricks on the living and do so through a series of inventive, annoying pranks.

The exterminators arrive and knock on the front door, which falls down. When they announce themselves, there is nobody to receive them. Mickey decides they should get to work anyway. When entering, the door lifts up and throws them inside before putting itself back in place, making a rat trap fall shut on Goofy's nose. After hearing the ghosts' laughter, the three split up to hunt the ghosts individually.

The exterminators are toyed with at every turn; a ghost knocks Mickey on the head and puts its fingers in both barrels of his shotgun when he tries to shoot it and it explodes. Mickey is driven upstairs and tries to open a door that the ghost disappears into, which falls down and the ghosts (forming a marching band) come out of the fallen door and go into another.

Mickey opens the door, which causes water to pour out of it while the ghosts surf across it on surfboards. The last one comes out on a motorboat that goes in a circle around Mickey until it and the water disappear altogether.

Donald, meanwhile, is whacked in the rear with a wooden board and is scared away by the sounds of banging chains and dishes. He punches the ghost, but it resurfaces and blows water in his face.

Goofy runs into a bedroom at the sound of a ghost banging a wooden spoon on a pan. He soon becomes tangled in a dresser after seeing a ghost in a mirror instead of his reflection and stabs his rear with a pin, mistaking his blue pants for a ghost, and is shoved down into the basement.

In the end, the three exterminators crash into some molasses, flour and syrup, making them look like ghosts and consequently, they scare the actual ghosts out of the house in a panic, knocking off and smashing objects through the whole interior (tableware, books, furniture, couches, vinyl records, a lamp). The ghost hunters stand victorious, having driven the spirits out of the house, although not exactly certain how. Donald smugly assumes the ghosts fled in capitulation to their superior tactics, calling them sissies and laughing.

Voice cast


Home media

The short was released on December 4, 2001, on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color.[5]

Additional releases include:

In other media

  • An edited (and silent) version of the cartoon was released as a cartridge for the Fisher-Price Movie Viewer, a small crank-operated toy.
  • In 1957, the scream sound effect heard at the beginning of this short was used in the fourth episode of Zorro, "The Ghost of the Mission", which appropriately aired on Halloween.
  • Many people believe this cartoon was the inspiration for Ghostbusters. Also, the phrase "I ain't scared of no ghost" occurs in this cartoon, which may have inspired the Ghostbusters theme song written by Ray Parker Jr. Fittingly, Disney made a D-TV of the song to footage from the cartoon for their Halloween special DTV Monster Hits.
  • The Lonesome Ghosts appear as helpers in the video game Disney's Magical Quest 2 Starring Mickey & Minnie.
  • Lonesome Ghosts was the basis for, and title of the fourth level in the video game Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse, and its PlayStation version, Mickey's Wild Adventure.
  • A scene from Lonesome Ghosts with new music appears in Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse.
  • A shortened version aired on the Disney Channel in October 2009, as part of a show called Disney Have-a-Laugh, which featured remastered and redubbed versions of old cartoons.
  • There is a travel map in the video game Epic Mickey based on this cartoon. The Lonesome Ghosts appear as Wasteland denizens and are named Gilbert, Ian, Gabriel, and Screechin' Sam.
  • The Lonesome Ghosts and The Ajax Ghost Exterminators were incorporated into a painting by artist Randy Souders. Entitled "A Haunting We Will Go", it was created for the 1997 Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World.[6]
  • In the "House Ghosts" episode of Disney's House Of Mouse, The Lonesome Ghosts make a cameo, scaring Pete and pulling his underwear making him naked.
  • Lonesome Ghosts also appeared in an episode of Sing Me a Story with Belle.
  • The ghosts make a cameo in the TV series Bonkers.
  • In the "Houseghosts" episode of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, The Lonesome Ghosts appear to take advantage of Mickey's kindness and moved into his house after their house was torn down and become homeless for scaring the entire neighborhood.
  • A snippet was used telling about New Year's superstitions near the end of Disney's Wonderful World of Winter 1983 educational short.

See also


  1. ^ Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. ^ "Lonesome Ghosts"., April 12, 2012
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 107-109. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ "The Story of Disney's "Lonesome Ghosts" (1937) |". Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Mickey Mouse in Living Color DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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