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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A Girl Tries To Fit In Her Mom's Shoes

Author: ramon-rodriguez31 from SF, USA
22 February 2012

This cartoon is one of the shorts Walt Disney produced after his contract in the Oswald business concluded. It also among the earliest cartoons to feature Mickey Mouse.

One thing that intrigues me is the girl mouse who wears pumps that are too big for her (She probably borrowed them from her mom.). When she dances with Mickey, her heels would often slip out. And when the villainous cat captures her, the shoes fell off. I think it would be more interesting if we get to see the shoes actually come off (We can't see it because she was swung past the edge of the screen.).

Anyway, the cartoon is quite fun to watch. Mickey will come to the rescue.

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A very catchy Mickey Mouse and a very hot Minnie Mouse. :-D

Author: Mightyzebra from Scotland
3 February 2010

Personally, unlike the other reviewers of this cartoon, I found "Galloppin' Gaucho" very entertaining and I personally prefer it to Mickey Mouse's first two cartoons before it, "Plane Crazy" and "Steamboat Willie", for the following reasons: 1. In the previous episodes, Mickey Mouse was quite a horrible, prank-playing character, who could be quite mean to Minnie Mouse or innocent animals. In this episode, he was not particularly mean to anyone (anyone innocent, anyway) and was very good to Minnie. 2. The plot in this cartoon is somewhat cliché, but I found it very entertaining all the same and is a plot change from the Looney Tunes cartoons I usually watch (where no respected girlfriend is featured). 3. As I mentioned before, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are very "cool" in this episode and they both dance very well (in a sort of slow-music style).

In this cartoon, Mickey Mouse is travelling on an ostrich/rhea, in South America and he stops at a bar by the road. There, he sees a very attractive female mouse, dancing to the guitar. She too notices Mickey and also finds him very attractive and they dance together (once both have impressed each other a little more). Suddenly, Minnie Mouse is snatched away by a huge (but normal size in real-life comparison from mice to cats) and fierce cat, who obviously plans on eating her. He takes Minnie away to his abode and Mickey quickly decides to go on after her. Will Mickey Mouse save his new love in time? I recommend this cartoon to anyone who enjoys Mickey and Minnie Mouse cartoons in general and to people who like old cartoons with a clever slapstick style intertwined with the story. Enjoy "Gallopin' Gaucho"! :-) 8 and a half out of ten.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Probably the least of the three Mickey Mouse cartoons from 1928

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 October 2008

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1928 was a landmark year for animation. This is when Mickey Mouse debuted in the cartoon PLANE CRAZY and just a short time later, Mickey scored one of his biggest hits in his second film, STEAMBOAT WILLIE, as it was the first cartoon with a soundtrack (with sound effects and music). Because GALLOPIN' GAUCHO appeared after these two other films, it is less interesting from a historical viewpoint and also, unfortunately, isn't quite as entertaining.

The film begins with Mickey playing a character clearly inspired by the Valentino film, BLOOD AND SAND. This is a super-cool Mickey who smokes, dances the Tango and romances Minnie--a big change from the previous Mickey films. However, the evil cat comes and kidnaps Minnie and it's up to Mickey to save the day. The usual odd Ub Iwerks style of animation is there and it's quite charming, though as I just saw it immediately after PLANE CRAZY and STEAMBOAT WILLIE, it just didn't seem as entertaining or clever. Still, it does hold up reasonably well after 80 years.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

The Mouse Goes South Of The Border

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
24 September 2002

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

THE GALLOPIN' GAUCHO must speed to rescue cantina dancer Minnie from the foul clutches of Pete, the outlaw cat.

This ancient black & white film was only the second Mickey Mouse cartoon released with synchronized sound. It's fun watching The Mouse doing a Douglas Fairbanks spoof - using his tail the way Doug did his bullwhip in THE GAUCHO (1927). Is Mickey's faithful Argentinean mount an ostrich or a rhea? The Disney animators were already making full use of underwear & posterior jokes. Pete still has both legs in this one.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan and Mr. Toad. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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Early Mickey still needs improvement

Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany
12 May 2016

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"The Gallopin' Gaucho" is a black-and-white cartoon from 1928, so this one is almost 90 years old. It runs for slightly over 6 minutes and features Mickey as the main character and his girlfriend Minnie and the big evil cat as supporting players. Of course, it is by Disney and Ub Iwerks is the director here once more. I must say this was not (yet) a great watch. Mickey is still far away from his finest works. The comedy was rarely funny and the animation and story were rather chaotic and wild than really spot-on and interesting. But you have to start somewhere and practice in order to improve. As such, I can tolerate this film, even if I would not recommend it. Thumbs down.

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Mickey Coming Into Form

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
21 July 2015

The Gallopin' Gaucho (1928)

*** (out of 4)

Mickey Mouse is visiting Mexico and walks into a Cantina where he sees Minnie Mouse dancing up a storm. Naturally he jumps in and two begin to have a swell time but then a large cat jumps in and steals her. THE GALLOPIN' GAUCHO was the second of three Mickey cartoons that were made in 1928 and there's no question that, drawing wise, Mickey went through some changes since the first one. With that said, out of the three films this here is clearly the weakest but it's certainly still worth watching and especially if you're not too familiar with these early films. There's certainly good animation throughout but there's really no giant laughs to be had.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Fascinating early Mickey Mouse short

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
1 August 2014

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This is a very early Mickey Mouse short done by Disney. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is Mickey Mouse version 1.0-our hero sports a serape, has a "Wanted" poster of him on the wall of a cantina, drinks beer and rides an ostrich. Mickey is a bit of a rogue here, not the affable "nice guy" he later became.

Mickey and Minnie do a very intense dance together before an early variation on Pegleg Pete (with two legs) grabs Minnie and skedaddles on his horse. Mickey gives chase on his now drunken ostrich.

As is typical of most Ub Iwerks-helmed shorts the animation here is excellent. This one has fairly good gags and an interesting chase sequence.

After fighting Pete, Mickey emerges triumphant and they go riding off together, with the final visuals in the last gag being very nice.

This short was released on the Mickey Mouse in Black and White Disney Treasures DVD set and it's well worth seeking out. Recommended.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Mickey goes into Fairbanks mode

Author: MissSimonetta from United States
13 March 2013

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The first two Mickey cartoons show us a very different mouse than the wholesome everyman we know today. In Plane Crazy (1928) he's a rogue who's not below forcing a kiss upon an unwilling Minnie Mouse while she's trapped in the air with him. In Gallopin' Gaucho (1928), he plays the rogue again: this time he's a wanted outlaw who smokes, drinks, and flirts with Minnie, who's a dancer in a cantina. They share an intense tango before Pete comes in and abducts her. What follows is a funny chase featuring a drunk rhea (or ostrich, I cannot tell) and ending in a sword fight.

This is probably my favorite of the first three Mickey cartoons. It's a delightful romp with lots of good gags, plus it's so surreal to see Mickey acting so differently. It's fascinating to wonder what would have happened had Walt kept using this version of the character rather than his later persona. One can only wonder.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

more wacky fun from the earliest-age Mickey Mouse

Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
6 September 2015

Boy finds girl, boy loses girl to big early-era Pete, boy runs after Pete who has girl on his back, boy has to fight Pete in a house using a sword and (mostly) his wits. Here we have such an early Mickey Mouse cartoon - actually the second one, made just before Steamboat Willie (sound was added in later on, and like Plane Crazy it's hard to think how it ever worked without it, though in theory it can) - that we see Mickey smoking in his entrance to Minnie Mouse. Smoking! Such things probably would get censored in current-era Disney, but in 1928, it was all about getting a gag or a goof.

Here we have the kind of early cartoons that have characters dancing and their necks bend together and twist around in a tango, and when a character rides an ostrich it has the bounciness and buoyancy of just... I don't know what! The gags here are tremendous and the pace is relentless for its 6 minutes; even when the day is saved (hey, is this a spoiler, c'mon), you don't know if something else could happen between Mickey and Minnie. The joy in seeing these characters make their tails into coiled springs so they can reach up to one another and kiss at the end is why Disney made a name for himself. While today the studio would be a little too wholesome, arguably, with this character, back then Mickey was a tough cookie.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Gaucho Galloping.

Author: morrison-dylan-fan from United Kingdom
2 September 2015

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After watching Mickey Mouse make his debut,I was very pleased to stumble upon Mickey's second movie,which led to me getting ready to see the Gaucho gallop.

The plot:

Visiting Mexico,Mickey decides to stop for a drink at a Cantina. Entering the Cantina,Mickey catches a glimpse of Minnie.Both being taken by the others appearance,Mickey and Minnie start to dance and party in the Cantina.Just as they start to get into the groove of things,Minnie suddenly gets kidnapped.

View on the film:

Cutting down on the visual comedy,director/animator Ub Iwerks focusing on the changing emotions running across the faces,which leads to a tango between Mickey & Minnie being rather stylish.Whilst he does tone down on the slap-stick,Iwerks strikes Mickey with a surprisingly tough bite,as Mickey drinks and smokes his way around the Cantina.

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