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The Chain Gang (1930)

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Mickey Mouse escapes from prison.


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Hounds (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


Mickey Mouse and several other characters are on a prison chain gang, guarded by Pegleg Pete. They break rocks for a while, then Mickey breaks out a harmonica and everyone starts making music and/or dancing. Soon there's a jail-break, and Mickey's on the run, tracked by bloodhounds (including his future pet, Pluto, in his first appearance). Written by Jon Reeves <>

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18 August 1930 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first appearance of Pluto. See more »


Featured in Ink & Paint Club: Disney Firsts (1997) See more »

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Jailhouse Mickey...
31 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not one of my favourite Disney shorts, but as ever likable enough. The story is somewhat unremarkable, and I don't think it is ever explained why Mickey was in the prison in the first place, for all I know it was just an excuse to put him in another setting and nothing else to it. This said, this short is still a lot of fun. The pacing is rapid without feeling too rushed, and there are some great sight gags, such as the prisoners speaking into the camera, the guards- who all look like Pete- shooting at one another and Mickey's means of escape. The animation is crisp and smooth, while the character animation doesn't stand out in the same way it does with other Mickey Mouse shorts, and the sequence with Mickey playing the harmonica does look as though it is from The Shindig, it is still very good. The music is energetic and beautiful, with the musical sequence in the middle actually tying in with the story and not taking too long either. Mickey is perhaps at his most cheeky and is always finding means of making us aware that he knows he has an audience(the point of the winking I think), and this persona pays off well for him, he is very charming for it. I also found it interesting that one of the bloodhounds looked remarkably like Pluto. All in all, a fun if not entirely short with a cheeky charmer in Mickey as well as great pacing and gags. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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