Down 54,021 this week

Wild Waves (1929)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 181 users  
Reviews: 6 user

Mickey Mouse is a singing lifeguard. Minnie Mouse is the damsel he must rescue before she is swept out to sea.


0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 360 titles
created 29 Oct 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
a list of 811 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
list image
a list of 578 titles
created 30 Apr 2014

Related Items

Search for "Wild Waves" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Wild Waves (1929)

Wild Waves (1929) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wild Waves.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mickey and his friends are staging a sort of olympics in a makeshift stadium on his farm. The main event is a sort of quadrathlon, with running, pole vaulting, rowing, and cycling. Mickey ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The hen is looking for someone to help her plant her corn. Peter Pig and Donald Duck both feign belly aches to get out of the chore. So, with help from her chicks, she plants it herself. ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash
Plane Crazy (1928)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Inspired by Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris, Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip involving some necking, though Minnie objects to the necking.

Directors: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Stars: Walt Disney
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two Dutch children stumble on a clearing in the woods where gnomes are going about their business. The gnomes are friendly to the children. A witch comes and takes them away on her broom to... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Lucille La Verne
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fun day at the beach. While Mickey, Horace, and Clarabelle go swimming, or try to, Minnie lays out a picnic. Pluto discovers why you shouldn't chase a crab. Everyone digs in to lunch. ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mickey rescues cantina singer Minnie from the unwanted advances of Pegleg Pete.

Director: Walt Disney
Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mickey rides up to a cantina and does a tango with Minnie. When a big cat steals her away, Mickey gives chase, riding a drunken ostrich. At the hideout, Mickey has a swordfight with the cat.

Director: Ub Iwerks
Stars: Walt Disney
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

Director: Walt Disney
Stars: Walt Disney
The Shindig (1930)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Another barn dance. Minnie plays piano; Mickey plays fiddle, then percussion, then harmonica. Mickey dances with the huge Patricia Pig.

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner
Jungle Rhythm (1929)
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mickey's apparently on an African safari, riding on an elephant, but his shotgun disintegrates the first time he tries to use it. To sooth the vicious beasts, he plays tunes, sings, and ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney
Stars: Walt Disney
Comedy | Family | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Clarence Nash


Uncredited cast:
Mickey Mouse / Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Carl W. Stalling ...
Walrus (voice) (uncredited)


At the beach, Minnie is swept out to sea by a wave (while still wearing her high heels!). Mickey struggles with a rowboat (taken from atop an amorous couple) before swimming out to save her. When Minnie comes ashore, she is disoriented and depressed, so Mickey and the various creatures on the shore (pelicans, a walrus, seals, etc.) do a little song and dance to cheer her up. Written by Jon Reeves <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mouse | seal | rowboat | lifeguard | walrus | See All (46) »





Release Date:

15 August 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Olas salvajes  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Mickey's 50 (1978) See more »


Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep
By J.P. Knight
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mickey rides the wild surf
31 August 2008 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

This early Mickey Mouse cartoon is aptly titled. It's set at the seashore, and in shot after shot the wild surf crashes against the rocks, ebbs, rolls back, then hits the shore again with redoubled force. The waves are beautiful but dangerous, as we find in due course when they overpower our star performers and fling them every which way. The ocean itself has personality in this short, and that's impressive for a cartoon of this vintage. You've got to give the Disney animators credit for not playing it safe; recreating the violent motion of the sea was challenging in the era of black & white cel animation, but nevertheless they chose to give the customers their money's worth with a show of difficult water effects. They make it look easy, and still manage to maintain a light and amusing tone.

The credit for the generally high quality of the early Mickeys belongs primarily to one man, legendary animator Ub Iwerks, who drew most of the studio's initial talkie output practically solo. The opening title card for these seminal works reads "A Walt Disney Comic by Ub Iwerks," a singular credit Disney would never grant any other employee. Iwerks was a key figure in putting the Disney Studio on the map and making the mouse world famous, but he chafed under Walt's dominance and left the studio not long after Wild Waves was released in the summer of 1929.

But that's real world stuff. Back in Cartoon Land, this particular entry begins with a terrific shot of Lifeguard Mickey sitting atop his tall chair, strumming his guitar and singing for an audience of two seals, a pelican, and other assorted water fowl. The waves crash as Mickey's listeners all sway to the music in perfect synchronized style, while even his chair bobs to the rhythm on alarmingly rubbery legs. Minnie is introduced in the mildly risqué fashion still permissible at this time, with the kind of gag that would soon become verboten: she's changing into her bathing suit in one of those old-fashioned "bathing machines" that looks like an outhouse on wheels. We hear her singing but she's not visible. Then, on a clothesline leading out the window, we watch as her slip, her bra, and her panties appear on the line, one by one, to flap in the breeze. Minnie appears in the doorway in her swimsuit with a "Ta-daaaa!" gesture, skips into the surf, and is promptly swallowed by a wave and carried screaming out to sea. Mickey, of course, tosses his guitar aside and comes to the rescue. He is hindered by more of those diabolical waves, but eventually manages to haul Minnie ashore. When she begins to weep he attempts to amuse her by dancing a hornpipe, and this sets off a general beach musicale, complete with dancing penguins, barking seals, a harp solo played on a fish-net, and a walrus who sings in a basso voice.

Wild Waves is a sweet little cartoon that doesn't appear on anyone's list of Disney "classics." It's just another routine Mickey Mouse short, but in a sense that makes it all the more impressive. The Disney cartoons from this period are primitive compared to what would follow in the '30s, but they're highly entertaining, often surprising, and miles ahead of what anyone else was making at the time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Wild Waves (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: