Mickey the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money. He battles rain and snow, but his biggest battle is against Pete, who has a plane equipped with a machine gun and a harpoon cannon....
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Mickey the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money. He battles rain and snow, but his biggest battle is against Pete, who has a plane equipped with a machine gun and a harpoon cannon. Mickey's plane quickly loses its wings and propeller to Pete's armaments, but he improvises a helicopter blade with a clothes-drying rack, then, when that gives way, a replacement prop from a windmill. At this point, Pete harpoons him, and Mickey drags Pete through a bell tower, demolishing Pete's plane. Mickey delivers the money to Minnie and Pete to the authorities. Written by
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While The Mail Pilot was not one of the Disney shorts that I grew up with, I do consider it now one of their finest from the 1932-3 era. The story may seem somewhat standard playing as a Mickey vs.Pete scenario, but it is never dull and what is done with it is done in a fresh way. The gags are just great, especially the one where Pete is being dragged through a church steeple. The inventive ways in which Mickey keeps the plane going is also a delight, as well as the subtle gag with the oil. As well as the comedic element, there is a romantic edge that is endearingly sweet, you can really tell that Mickey and Minnie are fond of each other. The animation is outstanding also, it is lovingly shaded, very dynamic and keeps the action in full focus. The music from the energetic title number, repeated throughout in varying ways, to the incidental music is delightful, catchy and beautifully orchestrated. Mickey is in his dashing, brave hero side, a side I've always loved to him, Minnie is likable and Pete is appropriately menacing. In conclusion, a wonderful short. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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