Mickey's Choo-Choo

Mickey's Choo-Choo is a 1929 Mickey Mouse short animated film released by Celebrity Pictures, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series.[1] Ub Iwerks was the animator.[2] It was the eleventh Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the eighth of that year,[1] and was one of the series of early Disney cartoons that led Mickey Mouse to become a national fad by the end of 1929.[3] Originally in black and white, this cartoon was of the ten Mickey Mouse cartoons colorized by the Walt Disney Company in 1991.[4][5]

Mickey's Choo-Choo
Produced byWalt Disney
Animation byUb Iwerks
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Release date
September 26, 1929[1]
Running time
7 min (one reel)
LanguageEnglish

Plot

The cartoon opens with Mickey piloting a steam engine, ringing his bell and blowing the engine's whistle. As the engine and his coal tender back to collect a boxcar, the engine rests with Mickey, his railroad engineer, fuelling him, and feeding his engine with coal from the tender. As the engine eats too much coal and burps, Mickey decides to have some spaghetti, until Minnie comes along. After Mickey finishes his lunch, Minnie arrives with a violin that she can play, and hops onto the freight car. Minnie plays a musical song (Dvořák's Humoresque) while Mickey does the same. As Mickey looks at his watch, only to realize that they are late, he yells 'All aboard!' to the engine, which whistles in cheerful response after Mickey gets on board. The engine slowly starts out of the station and chuffs cheerfully through the beautiful countryside toward a hill and struggles up it. The engine ends having problems and starts to cry. The cartoon ends with Mickey pushing the boxcar so hard that it comes loose from the engine, runs into a cow, and explodes. In the final shot, Mickey and Minnie ride a handcar into the sunset.

Production

Some of the gags in the cartoon are recycled from the 1927 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Trolley Troubles.[1] This is the first cartoon in which Mickey says more than a couple of words, "this time in a voice that sounds like Walt's."[1]

The closing image of Mickey and Minnie operating a handcar inspired a famous toy version, manufactured by the Lionel Corporation. The toy company made so much money from this item and others like it that Mickey was known as "the mouse that saved Lionel."[6]

See also

References

  1. Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. Borowiec, Piotr (October 1998). Animated short films: a critical index to theatrical cartoons. Scarecrow Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-8108-3503-0. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  3. Watts, Steven (27 June 2002). The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life. University of Missouri Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-8262-1379-2. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  4. PAu001629050 / 1991-10-31
  5. Souter, Gerry; Souter, Janet (14 December 2002). Classic Toy Trains. MBI Publishing Company. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-7603-1367-1. Retrieved 17 September 2011.

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