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Another earlier Mickey and Minnie cartoon!

Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
4 December 2015

This is another earlier Mickey and Minnie mouse cartoon, in stark black and white, but still quite a good piece of animation. Here, Mickey is a mail pilot who is transporting a chest of money. During the journey, he plays the hero and does battles with bank robber Pete, who has a plane equipped with a machine gun and a harpoon cannon, and is after Mickey and the chest.

Mickey gets clever and in this story and fixes up his plane, after it takes a beating from Pete, and drags Pete along with the ride when his weapon misfires.

It's a pretty heroically nostalgic and sappy cartoon. It's a great one for kids, but that are more funnier ones out there.

Grade B

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"Fro the mail must go through"!

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
5 November 2014

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This is an early Mickey Mouse cartoon produced by the Disney studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

Mickey is an airmail pilot in this one. The short starts with some very nice animation of planes landing and taking off before we see Mickey and his plane, with some nice gags involving an oil can. Mickey has been given a strongbox full of money to transport and takes off to a rousing chorus of "The mail must go through"! There are some good flying sequences dealing with weather, rain and snow, with a cute bit with the plane.

Then enters the villain-Pete with two regular legs instead of a pegleg. He wants what Mickey's carrying and shoots his wings and propeller off, but Mickey is quite inventive in coming up with variations on a propeller so as to keep flying.

Pete's last trick backfires on him and Mickey makes it to point "B" to the cheers of the crowd and Minnie as well. Pete is captured and our hero is reunited with the lady fair.

This short is available on the Disney Treasures Mickey Mouse In Black and White DVD set and it and the set are worth finding. Recommended.

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Wonderfully animated with some great gags

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
4 October 2012

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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Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
29 April 2012

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"The Mail Pilot" begins at the busiest airport in the world! Tons of airplanes and autogyros (the thing that looks like a plane and a helicopter) bounce about the runways nearly colliding. The scene now switches to Mickey who is preparing his plane. A group of officers (all who look like Goofy) bring a padlocked box full of mail for Mickey to deliver by airmail. During his flight, however, the evil Pete appears in his plane and tries to steal the mail. Ultimately, Mickey prevails and is a hero...once again.

Aside from marking another 'pre-Goofy appearance' (Goofy hadn't yet become a character in the cartoons--just some appearances by a few Goofy-like characters in tiny cameo parts), there isn't a lot to make this a must-see cartoon. Part of it that there is a lot of sappy singing and part is because the film lacks the usual charm of a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Plus, it seemed at times like the short was more a plug for the postal service than a serious attempt at entertainment.

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Mickey Flies The Skies

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
3 November 2002

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

Mickey, THE MAIL PILOT, knows his precious cargo must get through - even when menaced by Pete in his bat-like plane.

This is a fine little black & white film, with lots of detail in the animation. Especially good opening shot of the busy airport - notice the hapless autogyro. Walt supplies Mickey's squeaky voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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