Donald Duck is mean to his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie; so a witch who noticed the mistreatment decides to help the young ducks get even with their uncle in the 1952 animated short, “Trick or Treat.” This short has got to be cathartic for anyone who was mistreated while trick or treating on Halloween. It’s one of the most genuinely funny shorts I’ve watched so far on Disney+.
I’ve seen this short twice before watching it this time; once as part of the Disney “House of Mouse: House of Villains” special and once on the “Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland” featuring Walt Disney himself. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this short every time I’ve seen it. It’s funny from start to finish. From Donald playing tricks on his nephews to the witch forcing Donald to give treats to his nephews, I never not laught at it.
This is a short I think Disney should air on some of its networks during the Halloween season. It’s one that doesn’t need too much of a disclaimer, so kids could watch this and laugh along with it. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce older animated version of Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie. It can work on Disney Channel, Disney XD or even on Freeform as part of its 31 Nights of Halloween.
My absolute favorite part of this short is when the witch, Hazel, bewitches Donald Duck’s feet. Her witchcraft causes him to ram his head into the pantry door several times until it finally breaks so that Huey, Dewey and Louie can get their treats. It’s simple, but effective and makes me laugh when I see it.
Overall, I love watching these old shorts on Disney+. It’s a great way to catch the old cartoons that helped shape the Walt Disney Animation Studios and helped make it the juggernaut that it is today. Plus, there’s not a lot of involvement from the iconic characters of old in the animated features, so the old shorts are the best way to see the older versions of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald.
Ranking: 3.5 stars out of 5.
What did you think of “Trick or Treat?”