Tag Archives: Mickey Mouse

Cartoon of the Day: Building A Building

Building A Building

Building A Building

Eighty years ago today saw the release of Mickey Mouse in Building A Building. This was not the same Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie. Mickey had done a lot of growing up- maturing- in five years, and passed a lot of his bad habits to Donald. And the artists at Disney had shown a drastic improvement in their skills.

A send-up of the Harold Lloyd Safety Last skyline antics. At the construction site where he works, Mickey has his lunch stolen by his boss Pete. Minnie helps Mickey out with a free box lunch from her wagon. Upset, Pete kidnaps her and the chase up the building under construction is on.

Mickey’s second Academy Award nomination.

A remake of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Sky Scrappers (1928).

This film was David Hand’s first as a director at Disney.

Alternate Title: “Mickey the Steel Worker (Home Release).”

Cartoon of the Day: Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days

Let’s go way back in time for today’s CotD… on this date in 1930, Disney released the Mickey Mouse cartoon Pioneer Days. Directed by Burt Gillett, it was one of the earliest “costume dramas” featuring Mickey and his gang.

Mickey and Minnie are out West and are attacked by Indians. Minnie is captured. Mickey comes looking for her, and is captured instead. Meanwhile, Minnie escapes and rescues Mickey. Later, they disguise themselves as the Cavalry and scare the entire tribe into the hills.

Whoo boy, does that sound like a load of Black and White fun and frivolity! Want to watch it? You are in luck- this baby is on BCDB today!

The Karnival Kid (1929) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Karnival Kid

The Karnival Kid

#CotD: The ninth released Mickey Mouse film,, “The Karnival Kid” was the first in which the rodent speaks.

The Karnival Kid (1929) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

When Mickey starts selling hot dogs at the fair, he naturally has a rivalry with Kat Nipp. Later, he serenades “shimmy dancer” Minnie with the help of two rowdy cat pals.

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Plane Crazy (1928) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

Plane Crazy

Plane Crazy

#CotD: Actually produced before Steamboat Willie, “Plane Crazy” was the third Mickey Mouse cartoon released.

Plane Crazy (1928) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

Mickey tries to emulate his hero, Charles Lindbergh, and woo Minnie with his own, homemade airplane.

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Mickey’s Trailer (1938) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

Mickey's Trailer

Mickey's Trailer

#CotD: A Disney version of a Road film, “Mickey’s Trailer” features Goofy taking pals Mickey and Donald on a vacation.

Mickey’s Trailer (1938) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

When Goofy’s in the driver’s seat, Mickey’s in the kitchen, and Donald’s in bed, the adventure in Mickey’s high-tech house trailer begins. The real fun begins when Goofy comes back to eat breakfast, leaving the car on autopilot, taking them all onto a dangerous closed mountain road.

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Mickey’s Amateurs (1937) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

Mickey's Amateurs

Mickey's Amateurs

CotD: Poking fun at “amateur hour” radio shows which were popular entertainment in the 1930s and ’40s, “Mickey’s Amateurs” was directed by the man who originally voiced Goofy.

Mickey’s Amateurs (1937) – Mickey Mouse Cartoon Series

Mickey hosts an amateur talent show.

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Mickey’s Service Station (1935) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mickey's Service Station

Mickey's Service Station

CotD: Peg-Leg Pete’s peg leg switches sides in “Mickey’s Service Station” Watch for that, and two appearing/disappearing fingers on the video.

Mickey’s Service Station (1935) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Pete drops his car off at the service station, and wants it back in ten minutes, or else. Auto mechanics Mickey, Donald and Goofy go to work on removing a squeak from the car, only to find out in the end that the squeak was caused by a tiny cricket. Having literally destroyed Pete’s car by dismantling it looking for the cause of the squeak, they now are forced to simply throw the car back together to beat the 12 o’clock deadline that Pete gave them.

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Second Mickey Mouse lawsuit falls on deaf ears

Bearded Mickey

Bearded Mickey

The second of two lawsuits against Christian media mogul Naguib Sawaris over a cartoon of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in conservative Muslim guise was dismissed Saturday by a Cairo court, Egyptian state media reported.

Ultra-conservative Islamist lawyer and parliamentarian Mamduh Ismail, who filed the complaint against the head of Orascom Telecom, told Agence France-Presse that he would appeal the latest decision.

The judge of the Cairo misdemeanor court ruled that the plaintiff was ineligible to file the religious defamation lawsuit. He sent the case back to the state prosecutor’s office for further investigation.

Sawiris, also the founder of a liberal party, reposted on Twitter a cartoon of a bearded, turbaned Mickey and girlfriend in a niqab, the face veil worn by fundamentalist Muslim women.

It was a humorous reference to the possible effect of a takeover of the country by Islamists, who now control parliament. However, Sawiris was forced to apologize following calls for a boycott of Mobinil, his cell phone service provider.

Another court dismissed a similar complaint against Sawaris last week.

In his ruling, the judge fined the plaintiff, hard-line lawyer Ali Dergham, slightly under $10 for the court’s time. The cartoon did not do any harm to the plaintiff, the judge said.

Lawmaker Mamdouh Ismail filed a complaint to the attorney-general’s office about the cartoon. An adherent of the fundamentalist Salafi sect of Islam, he repeated his contention Saturday that the cartoon was offensive and harmful.

“He posted caricatures mocking Islam, and we see this as a contempt of Islam,” Ismail said.

Sawiris used his Twitter account once again Saturday to say how grateful he is for the ruling.

“I thank God for this ruling because I feel that there is still hope,” he wrote. “Congratulations to an open, free and smiling Egypt that respects all religions.”

The Band Concert (1935) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Band Concert (1935) - Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Band Concert (1935) - Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: This is a landmark film “The Band Concert” was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon shot and exhibited in color.

The Band Concert (1935) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mickey leads his band through a rendition of Rossini’s “The William Tell Overture” in the park. It starts off fine until peanut vendor Donald Duck disrupts the concert by playing “Turkey In The Straw” on his fife, which he pulls out of his sleeve. Undeterred, Mickey braves on. A cyclone appears and takes Mickey and the band- still playing!- for a ride.

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Magician Mickey (1937) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Magician Mickey (1937) - Mickey Mouse Theatrical

Magician Mickey (1937) - Mickey Mouse Theatrical

CotD: David Hand directed Mickey Mouse in 1937’s “Magician Mickey ” with his friends Donald Duck and Goofy. Watch it today for a laugh!

Magician Mickey (1937) – Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mickey is a stage magician, and Goofy is a stagehand. Donald is sitting in a box seat, and soon starts heckling. Mickey retaliates, among other things by making him spit out playing cards, which only makes Donald more angry and determined to heckle. Ultimately, Donald gets hold of Mickey’s flare gun and literally brings the house down around the three of them.

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