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Building a Building (1933)

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Mickey Mouse operates a steam shovel; Pegleg Pete is his foreman; Minnie Mouse sells box lunches. Mickey must save the day when Pete makes advances to Minnie.


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Uncredited cast:
Pegleg Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner ...
Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


Mickey's a shovel operator and laborer at a construction site; Minnie is delivering box lunches; Pete is the foreman. Mickey pays more attention to Minnie than to his work, and keeps having accidents (mostly involving the blueprints Pete is holding). Pete steals Mickey's lunch, so Minnie offers him one on the house. While he's eating, Pete kidnaps Minnie; Mickey fights him, but the tide turns when Minnie dumps a load of hot rivets into Pete's pants. They run, and Pete chases them, causing a great deal of damage to the site. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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All talking... all singing!


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Release Date:

7 January 1933 (USA)  »

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Building a Building  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A decent black and white Mickey Mouse cartoon.
4 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

BUILDING A BUILDING is a Mickey and Minnie Mouse cartoon and is one of the few Mickey cartoons to have been Oscar nominated. The earliest cartoons in the series were not eligible for the award, as it wasn't created until the 1932 Oscars--several years after the first Mickey cartoon, PLANE CRAZY (1928). And, oddly, the wonderful full-color Mickey cartoons of the mid to late 30s were ignored by the committee in favor of Silly Symponies cartoons by Disney. It's a shame as he was a great character, as were Goofy and Donald. I guess this sort of cartoon for the masses wasn't deemed artsy enough to merit nomination.

BUILDING A BUILDING finds Mickey working at a construction site. When Minnie comes to the place selling box lunches, Mickey goes ga-ga and pays little attention to what he's doing, but being a cartoon he naturally isn't killed. A bit later, the boss, Pegleg Pete, sees Minnie and kidnaps her. So it's up to Mickey to rescue his sweetie. I liked how as Mickey fought this huge bully, Minnie didn't just stand there passively (like you see in so many films)--no wonder Mickey was in love! The cartoon has a bit more singing than usual and because of this, the humor is a bit less pronounced than a typical Mickey Mouse cartoon. Overall, it's pretty ordinary for the franchise--with the typical finely drawn animation and backgrounds as well as very charming characters.

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