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The Wayward Canary (1932)

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Mickey has brought a gift for Minnie: a pair of mischievous canaries.


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner ...
Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


Mickey gives Minnie a canary. Soon there are severl little canaries; they get into the inkwell and fly around the house, making a mess, though it's nothing compared to the shambles Mickey makes of the house while chasing them. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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12 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der freche Kanarienvogel  »

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1.37 : 1
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On the desk are autographed pictures of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Both were founders of United Artists, Disney's distributor at the time. See more »


The canary lands on the flower on Minnie's hat; when it flies away, the feet remain in the stalk. See more »


Featured in Ink & Paint Club: Goin' to the Birds (1997) See more »

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Has a familiar story/theme but superbly animated and very funny
23 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't consider The Wayward Canary among the best Disney shorts. The theme, of characters causing chaos mainly, is a similar theme explored in Mickey's Orphans and Mickey's Nightmare, and it is a theme that some will love and one that some may have liked at first but starting to get tired of, I myself am in the middle camp. While funny, the finale in which the canaries are chased and everything is destroyed is rather predictable as well. That said, the gags are very creative with dipping themselves in ink, so that they leave a lengthy trail everywhere they go, staining shirts, carpet and numerous other things and one of the canaries flips a hot coal from the fire into Pluto's bottom. And what's more they are also hilarious. The animation is superb, with a lot of detail and beautiful shadings. Mickey and Minnie are both animated well, but the revelation was with the canaries, the flying around Mickey and Minnie and back and forth into each background is a difficult but great technique done by hand and done brilliantly. The music, as I've said many times, has always been a big part of the overall success of these shorts, and it is energetic and lovingly orchestrated as you would expect. It is interesting also for the sight of the autographed photographs of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, possibly a thank you from Disney. Mickey and Minnie are likable protagonists, Pluto is cute and energetic and while you do wonder whether that many birds can be reproduced it is more than made up for the canaries' graceful movements and mischievous streak. In conclusion, very funny and superbly animated with great characters, which makes up for any predictabilities in the story theme and the ending. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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