The Cactus Kid Review
The Cactus Kid is a 1930 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a solid entry.
This is one of those western Mickey shorts in the vein of ‘The Gallopin’ Gaucho’. The Mexican setting is so well conveyed here and with such a good score and I just loved that chase sequence as it is accompanied by one of the best classical compositions and the action is so well incorporated into the musical cues.
However, this short never amounts to much. It certainly should have been great as both the setting and the premise demanded but the end results are not so great. Despite a good first act and excellent third act, the film is otherwise not as exciting as that middle section was quite lacking. And the lip-syncing continues to be the problem for these early sound pictures.
The Cactus Kid is problematic in the middle section, but with an excellent last chase accompanied by great music.