Touchdown Mickey (1932)

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Touchdown Mickey is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a terrific entry.

Mickey Mouse is here playing American Football for his team against Pete’s team. That is the basic plot here and the film literally follows their whole game and that’s it. Now I wanted more plot for sure and Pete’s villainy is lacking, but I still have to congratulate the film for being one of the few sports cartoons which actually entertained me as that is rare for me.

Mickey is phenomenal here. I liked Pete and Minnie and that audience member with the glasses was also very funny. The same goes for Goofy who is memorable once again in a small role. But Mickey steals the show here as an underdog hero. The film is very fast paced for better and for worse, but that led to a lot of hilarious, very inventive gags and it truly explored this sport phenomenally to great comedic results. The action is quick and superbly executed.

Touchdown Mickey definitely is fast paced, but a phenomenally executed sports cartoon with a lot of very funny gags.

My Rating – 4

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a 2017 animated short film which ended up being a television special. It is a second ‘Frozen’ short.

So the film is basically just one giant celebration and promotion of Christmas and the holidays which is done for better and for worse. It was obviously commercialized, but still very charming. Elsa and Anna do not have a family tradition and it is up to Olaf to find one but he gets lost and they have to find him. Eventually they realize that he is their family tradition. Yes, this is a very sugar-coated children’s film which is particularly cloying in its third act.

But I still liked the emphasis on Olaf as he was very endearing here. Elsa and Anna are okay but not too present. Sven actually stole the show for me as he was hilarious. Kristoff is solid and this duo is very amusing, but Sven in particular is hilarious in the scene where he tries to explain to him that Olaf is in danger. The animation is excellent and definitely theater-worthy. I loved its attention to detail and colorful approach. But the score is only medium and its songs are for the most part very forgettable and typical with only That Time of Year being even remotely memorable.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is cloying, commercialized and with a weak soundtrack, but great animation and some funny and charming scenes leading to a solid film which is an improvement over ‘Frozen Fever’.

My Rating – 3.3

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The Whoopee Party (1932)

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The Whoopee Party is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a weaker entry.

Mickey is having a party in which he and the others are preparing a meal while Minnie is playing the piano. Naturally this particular setup I’ve seen many times before which is why this film is immensely rehashed and disappointing. It is another boring all-musical short with no plot and or almost no gags at all which is troublesome as I thought they were finally moving in the right direction with more plot.

There is however one great thing about this movie and that is of course Goofy. He is phenomenal and so funny here. He appears in the last act of the film and is his typical crazy, laughing lunatic and I loved that part just because of him. I want more Goofy in the near future and I hope that actually happens.

The Whoopee Party’s ending with Goofy steals the show, but the rest of the cartoon is your typical, traditional, plotless musical.

My Rating – 3.4

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Trader Mickey (1932)

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Trader Mickey is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a very weak entry.

This film is very backwards in its thinking and in its approach. Not old-fashioned but backwards. Not only is the entire cartoon basically one giant song and dance number and I thought we were done with them by now, but the cannibals are also portrayed as gorillas in a very racist, caricaturist look.

There is no denying that Trader Mickey is energetic and lively. It is. The film is also accompanied by fun music. But that is basically it when it comes to the good stuff, the rest is all bad. The animation is not all that great and the story and gags are literally non-existent. It’s a film that is boring from the beginning to the ending and pretty dated.

Trader Mickey would have been very solid as a 1930 Mickey Mouse entry, but as a 1932 film it is very weak and dated.

My Rating – 3

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Mickey’s Nightmare (1939)

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Mickey’s Nightmare is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a good entry.

The film follows Mickey falling asleep and having a “horror” dream in which he marries Minnie and the stork arrives with a bunch of baby mice who become such a nuisance that he is very happy when he wakes up to find that it’s all just a dream. That anti-marriage, anti-kids ending was absolutely hilarious and the best part of the film.

I also really liked the beginning, the wedding with the wedding rings and Pluto is also really good here. Mickey is the highlight for sure. The score is fine, but the animation is very strong. The problem with this film is that it is too similar to ‘Mickey’s Orphans’ with mice instead of cats and the action in the middle section was dull and it dragged.

Mickey’s Nightmare is a pretty good cartoon with an excellent use of Mickey’s relationship with Minnie for a hilarious punch line in the end.

My Rating – 3.9

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Mickey in Arabia (1932)

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Mickey in Arabia is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a terrific entry.

Mickey and Minnie visit an Arab country. Pete is there and he abducts Minnie. It is up to Mickey to save her. The story itself is naturally pretty standard and the film is never truly hilarious or inventive. It needed a bigger creative punch. However, it is still an interesting short because finally it happens in a different country and setting.

And I loved how they utilized the Arab imagery. The streets, the clothes and everything reminded me of ‘Aladdin’.  The action is very well executed and to me the highlight was the drunk camel and especially the ending where they fooled Pete using an awning. That was hilarious and meticulously executed. Mickey is truly a hero here which I loved whereas Pete is a competent villain. The animation is excellent and the score is fittingly exotic.

Mickey in Arabia is standard in story, but original in its setting. The animation and score are excellent and some of the action is terrific leading to one of the series’ best shorts so far.

My Rating – 4

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Musical Farmer (1932)

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Musical Farmer is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is an okay short.

This is again a film which is oddly structured meaning that its first half is basically just a musical with no plot whatsoever and the second half suddenly introduces the plot and the conclusion. Both halves are weak, but with some solid moments here and there. I particularly liked Mickey here as he steals the show with his camera.

Fanny the hen is a lot of fun and I was amused by her protecting her giant egg. I wanted a better ending and a better beginning, but some moments with the egg and the camera are quite amusing and Mickey scaring Minnie was of course quite funny. The film is well animated and scored, but so weakly edited and structured.

Musical Farmer has a couple of standout moments here and there, but the plot and structure are problematic.

My Rating – 3.4

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Mickey’s Revue (1932)

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Mickey’s Revue is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a very weak, but important entry.

This film is very important for finally introducing Goofy to the audience. Goofy here is seen only a couple of times throughout the cartoon, but he actually elevates this weak material and is very memorable and amusing. His look is memorable and his laugh is of course iconic and very funny. I loved him and I can’t wait to see more of him.

But other than his presence, Mickey’s Revue is a very weak entry overall. Of course you have Mickey, Minnie and the others from the gang, but they are all underutilized and forgettable. The film once again is a rehash of musical routines and animals wracking havoc. Both of those were seen many times before and are by now giant clichés.

Mickey’s Revue is definitely a very weak film and typical in its story, but it serves as a fine introduction to Goofy nonetheless.

My Rating – 3.3

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The Barnyard Olympics (1932)

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The Barnyard Olympics is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a phenomenal entry.

The film was released to coincide with the 1932 Summer Olympics and thus it features Mickey and all of the barnyard animals competing in various Olympic sports. The premise is naturally awesome and the execution is superb as well. The film isn’t particularly funny, but it succeeds in terms of the action to compensate for that. The animation is also remarkable for its time.

And we have here a lot of excellent action sequences with the entire cycling part being the standout one for me. It was a lot of fun, exhilarating and beautifully executed from beginning to end. But the entire cartoon is so entertaining in its variety of games, characters and competition. I loved Mickey here and this is his cartoon which was great to see, but Pete is also excellent as the villain and their race was so well done with the ending being quite amusing.

The Barnyard Olympics executes its top-notch premise remarkably well with a lot of terrific action sequences leading to one of Mickey’s best movies so far.

My Rating – 4.3

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The Mad Dog (1932)

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The Mad Dog is a 1932 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a very competent entry.

We find Mickey bathing Pluto and the dog eats the bar of soap and runs outside where people think he is crazy and has rabies. Pete arrives acting as a dogcatcher in this film and he corners Pluto. Mickey pleads for his life and eventually the two manage to run away. It is a very strong film because it is much more serious and emotional than all of the previous Mickey Mouse entries.

It isn’t a great cartoon and is somewhat uninteresting in some scenes and not particularly comedic, but there is no denying the power of that heartbreaking and heartwarming scene where Mickey pleads for Pluto’s life. He truly loves him and this is most certainly one of the finest man (a mouse really)-dog relationships in the history of animation. Pete is also very memorable as the villain here.

The Mad Dog is one of the best Mickey Mouse shorts so far with an excellent, moving and strong story.

My Rating – 4

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