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The Mad Doctor (1933)

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Mickey must save Pluto from a mad doctor's lair.


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Uncredited cast:
Dr. XXX (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ...
Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


A dark and stormy night. Pluto is spirited away to the spooky mansion of an evil genius for a mad transplant scheme to put his head on the body of a chicken. Mickey gives chase, but find himself threatened severely by the house and its denizens. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

20 January 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mad Doctor  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the only Mickey Mouse cartoons that is in the public domain. See more »


Dr. XXX: I'm a raring, tearing wizard when it comes to cutting up...
[laughs evilly]
Dr. XXX: I can graft a chicken's gizzard on the wishbone of a pup. And here's the great experiment I'm just about to tackle: to find out if the net result will bark or crow or cackle. Muahahahahahaha!
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Mickey to the Rescue!
19 January 2004 | by (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

For me, this cartoon illustrates why Disney has the edge over the other animation companies – it has a lot of heart. In The Mad Doctor, Mickey Mouse tries to save his dog, Pluto, from an evil scientist who wants to conduct a life-ending experiment on Pluto. Through the short, you feel for the characters and are actually concerned for them.

The cartoon is very well drawn despite it only being in black and white. Disney animators use this limitation to their advantage with great shading and lighting effects. You even get a sense that you're looking at an old horror flick. The gags are great too, especially seeing what Pluto goes through when he's scared by the doctor. But by far the best part of this cartoon is the ending. It's both surprising, slightly scary, and heartwarming. This cartoon is a bright spot in the early days of an inspirational and innovative enterprise.

My IMDb Rating: 10/10

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