Okay, I remember this airing as programming filler on Nick or maybe some other children’s television block. The premise is a kid is scared to go to the barber because he thinks he’ll get his ear cut off during the haircut. The barber turns out to be a whimsical, funny guy. Kind of a magician type who conjurs up silly things out of thin air to amuse the kid. Cartoony magical-realism kinda stuff. The kid has a great time getting his hair cut! Then the mother picks the kid up from the barber and says “see that wasn’t so bad, was it?” the kid replies “what?” like he’s hard of hearing. the final shot of the film is the barber depositing the child’s ear into the jar of barbicide. I would have seen this in the 90s.
This is tough to google because there’s a viral video going around where a barber pranked a kid into thinking his ear got cut off so search terms usually bring that up and only that. Little help?
Additional info: This was a short film that aired on TV. Probably made for TV, given it’s length (it filled about a commercial break’s worth of a time if I recall correctly). There’s a chance it’s a small part of a larger piece, like cut from an anthology film or TV series. In tone it reminded me of those shortform comedic sketches that would air as part of Night Gallery, but I would bet on this being an 80s or 90s production. Thanks!