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Very thin plot but great character animation and gags

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
27 July 2012

I have always liked Disney and Mickey Mouse. The Plowboy is not one of their best, with a very thin and basic plot(not unusual for Disney cartoons at that time, but sometimes here it is so thin that if it weren't for everything else working so well The Plowboy would be rendered pointless). The voices have also been better later on, Minnie's singing voice I personally did find grating, though I have heard worse. However, it is worth watching for several reasons. I identified completely with both Mickey and Minnie here, especially the former, he with his frustration as he is mocked and she with her shy flirtatiousness. Horace and Clarabelle's appearances are pleasing also, more to actually to see them present rather in what they do, I actually felt rather mad at Horace when he mocked Mickey. The animation is just beautiful, the backgrounds are smooth and the character animation is some of the best of the early Mickey Mouse shorts, how Mickey's frustration is etched on his face is very well done in particular. As well as Minnie's introduction- here in the guise of a jaunty dance rather than Mickey approaching her- being refreshingly atypical to what we're used to. The music has always been a driving force as to why Disney cartoons have always worked so well, and it is full of its usual energy. Minnie's Yoo Hoo is so catchy. The gags do sound ridiculous in hindsight, but they're not. A lot of them are very endearing and funny, especially the gag when the pig, rooster and goat are fleeing from the runaway Horace, and smash into a tree(it's the result that makes it so funny). Overall, nothing special in terms of story, but the characters, animation, music and gags make The Plowboy a good cartoon in my view. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Mickey Mouse milks a cow - and gets into a row with said cow

Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
3 September 2015

Another of the Ub Iwerks animated (and directed) Mickey Mouse cartoons from his time with Disney in the late 20's; here Mickey is on a farm, milking a cow, surrounded by some other farm animals who make sounds, and Minnie comes along. The charm and total joy in seeing this short is seeing Mickey Mouse at a time when he was basically the Bad Boy, in capital letters. He plants a giant kiss on Minnie Mouse's face without any asking, and gets a swift bucket of milk over his head after she huffs and puffs. He also without any sense of right or wrong gets this cow into a state where she's just had it with him.

There's a chase (of course), with the perspective of the cow coming at the camera - as if in a very early 3D - and it ends with a pig being used as the new plow (!) Very short on plot, but if you love black and white Mickey Mouse cartoons, the likes of which were just about the animators and Walt Disney trying to make sure they got this thing called synchronized sound down - and, to be sure, all the other competitors didn't have them beat in that regard at the time - this is another wonderful one, with gags a-plenty and (relatively innocent) attitude to spare.

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Welcome Clarabelle

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
4 August 2015

The Ployboy (1929)

*** (out of 4)

If you're looking for plot then it's best you stay away from this Mickey Mouse short, which has him working in the fields with his cow Clarabelle. She's refusing to work that well so Mickey ends up getting into some trouble. THE PLOYBOY is a pretty entertaining cartoon even though it contains pretty much zero story. It's basically a cute little film thanks in large part to the animation but there's also a nice little score that goes along with it as Mickey and Minnie both whistle a nice tune. There are some funny moments to be found including one sequence where Mickey gets fed up with Clarabelle licking him so he has to resort to a couple tricks.

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The only one having as bad a day as Mickey is his pig

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
13 August 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is an early Disney short featuring Mickey Mouse. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is a collection of gags which fell asleep while searching for some sort of plot. The gags are good enough and the animation is nice enough that it doesn't really matter.

Mickey is driving a plow being pulled by Horace Horsecollar. Minnie comes up playing a guitar and "singing" with Clarabelle Cow, who needs to be milked. Mickey starts milking her, only to get licked by Clarabelle, which he doesn't like at all. Twice this happens and twice Mickey retaliates.

Then Mickey kisses Minnie, which she likes about as much as Mickey liked being licked by his cow. Minnie retaliates and storms off, which amuses both Clarabelle and Horace and angers Mickey. That's when the fun begins. Horace has a close encounter with a bee and charges off, dragging Mickey and the plow behind him. The upshot ultimately ruins the pig's whole day.

This short is available on the Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two Disney Treasures DVD set and is worth tracking down. Recommended.

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Wow...a Mickey Mouse cartoon with almost no plot!

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
24 May 2009

I like the early cartoons of Mickey Mouse. Even though they are very crude by today's standards, there is a certain unmistakable charm about them that I just love. However, with this being said, I finally found a Mickey cartoon that just isn't up to snuff because it has virtually no plot--though it is still enjoyable.

Mickey is doing chores on the farm. This is THE plot. However, some of the things he does are milk Clarabelle (in her first cartoon), plow the fields with Clarence (in his first cartoon) and give Minnie a huge kiss--for which he pays dearly. The entire cartoon is set to music, which is timed very well with the action occurring on screen. Additionally, you get to hear Minnie sing--and it's painful indeed! Overall, watchable but somewhat pointless. Watch it if you are a big fan, otherwise try to find one with a bit more plot.

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Down On The Farm With Mr. Mouse

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
2 February 2003

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

THE PLOWBOY who should be attending more to his chores and less to trying to lip lock with his girlfriend is none other than Mickey Mouse.

This very early black & white Mouse cartoon has virtually no plot, but is driven almost entirely by the soundtrack. In his first screen appearance, Horace Horsecollar pulls the plow, but also displays a rather unhealthy interest in Miss Minnie. Artist Ub Iwerks makes poor Clarabelle Cow and her vast udder the subject of more of his favorite appendage jokes.

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, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work will always pay off.

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