The short had a rare cultural reference in using the Dating Game
to pick a hauntee. I laughed at that scene and I thought it fit into
the short's theme of being upbeat and morbid at the same time, but I'd
discourage the creators from doing cultural references more than occasionally.
After that scene the short dragged. Goofy went through more lists of
stuff to do (here stuff to do to Donald), and Donald didn't show any
personality during these scenes. But the fright Donald felt in the last
scene was in character for him, and the short's ending paralleled. the
attention grabbing opening.
Cartoons about ghosts always have a problem with what materials a
ghost can pass through. In this short the rules about that were arbitrary.
Goofy could pass through walls but could stand on floors and hold the
newspaper in his hands. One gag sequence had him trip over stuff that
he could pass through in other scenes. These inconsistencies didn't
bother me enough to hurt the short, but they got more noticeable the
more times I saw the short.
Did anyone else notice? When Goofy is trying to make scary noises
to spook Donald in bed, he actually does a quick cameo reprise of his
Jacob Marley role from Mickey Christmas Carol!
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