Mickey is a railroad engineer with an anthropomorphic locomotive. He feeds the train (coal), then feeds his dog, then makes lunch for himself. Minnie drops by and plays a tune on her fiddle... See full summary »
Mickey is a railroad engineer with an anthropomorphic locomotive. He feeds the train (coal), then feeds his dog, then makes lunch for himself. Minnie drops by and plays a tune on her fiddle while Mickey dances. After lunch, the train has trouble climbing a hill, and the last car with Minnie aboard detaches and runs away. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The first cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse speaking in his familiar falsetto voice (two previous cartoons, "The Karnival Kid" and "Mickey's Follies" had him speaking at a comparably lower pitch). See more »
Light on plot with some crude animation, but there is still much fun to be had
I have always loved the Disney and Mickey Mouse cartoons. Mickey's Choo-Choo is not one of the best, but it is still interesting and fun. Like a lot of Mickey cartoons of the time, Mickey's Choo-Choo's story is rather light, though more involving than for example When the Cat's Away. My feelings on the animation were mixed. There are still some very nice moments, the opening scene is unique with the locomotive backing away from us rather than towards us, Minnie hanging on for dear life when the train is out of spiral has some inspired behind shots and Mickey's design is more rounded and closer than the later design that I am more used to. However, the backgrounds could have been smoother, there are a few times here where things look rather stiff and dare I say ugly and aside from the three things I mentioned not much stands out as new or particularly interesting. However, the music is simply wonderful, full of Carl Stalling's usual energy and characterful orchestration. There are some great gags also like Mickey's using a dog's teeth for a can-opener and Mickey feeding the train coal and it belches. Mickey and Minnie as well as being very cute together are still likable characters and not as bland as they have been in some cartoons(though in their defence in those cases they are pitted with stronger characters like Donald and Goofy), while the humanised train is an inspired touch. Other than Mickey's design what also stood out as interesting was the dialogue, which is more full-on than the cartoons before it that consisted of squeaks and one-liners turning into musical numbers. The voice acting is fine, after seeing some cartoons where Mickey sounded as though he was yet to find his voice here it is distinctive as Walt Disney's voice for many more Mickey Mouse cartoons to follow. All in all, not one of my absolute favourites, but interesting and still with fun to be had. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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