The Castaway Review
The Castaway is a 1931 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is such a weak entry.
It follows Mickey who is here ashore on an island. A piano also washes ashore and he plays on it with other animals in order to reduce boredom. Now the short has okay animation and I liked the animals here, but it is one of those typical musical shorts that relies entirely on song and dance numbers and thus feels like a 1929 entry much more so than a 1931 film.
And the plot just makes no sense whatsoever. The prospects of a piano washing ashore just when Mickey arrives on this island are slim to none and it wouldn’t work anyway. That was silly and the overall animal routines were also too cartoony. This is a short that should not have been a musical and it was forced to become one.
The Castaway is one of the weakest Mickey Mouse shorts so far with a senseless and forced musical storyline.