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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.
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.
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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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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This is a very early Mickey Mouse short done by Disney. There will be
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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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.
Both "Steamboat Willie" and "Plane Crazy" are timeless classics. Personally, while very entertaining, due to its somewhat minimal story, I didn't find it as much as a classic. Still it has held up well, with some nice black and white animation, plus the music is absolutely wonderful here, particularly in the sword fight between Mickey and Pete. Speaking of Mickey, he is so cool here, he smokes, dances the tango and challenges others to sword fights. Minnie is also quite hot, and Pete is suitably villainous. Walt Disney does a great job with the vocals, making the most of the little amount of dialogue he has, as a vast majority of the cartoon is driven by visuals and music. All in all, entertaining and worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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