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A non-stop gag fest from start to finish
TheLittleSongbird21 August 2012
Camping Out is not quite the very finest of Disney or up there as one of them, but I sure was entertained by it. Some may argue that the short was not very original, actually considering that it doesn't involve just song-and-dance, battles with Pete and Mickey rescuing Minnie I thought it was. Also when you think of the gang initially you'd immediately think of Mickey, Goofy and Donald(and perhaps Pluto), but here it's Mickey, Minnie, Horace and Clarabelle. I as well did identify with the situation, I've had my fair share of problems with bugs on our family camping holidays. The animation is crisp and clean with some nice shadings and the characters drawn well. The music is just wonderful, one of my favourite scores of any of the Disney shorts actually, and seeing how much the music does for them, always enhancing the gags and action, that is saying a lot. This was especially true with the music that opens Camping Out. The voice work is good. But it was the gags and one character that stood out that really made Camping Out work. The gags, revolving around the idea of mosquitoes attacking and the gang repelling them, are non-stop and literally two or three laughs a minute, setting the tone for a light-hearted but constantly funny battle. The standouts were when the mosquitoes lift Horace off the ground when he opens an umbrella to shield himself from the onslaught, and when the mosquitoes were stinging his behind and Horace takes advantage of the situations and tricks them with a waffle iron. The only reason why I am not mentioning all of them is that there are so many it would be impossible to list within the word limit, and I also want to talk about the character who stood out. Mickey, Minnie and Clarabelle are all likable characters and have their good moments, but unusually and interestingly the best character was Horace. Not only does he have the best gags and the most he's had to do to date(mostly it's a couple of brief appearances or something), but he here has a personality that makes him much more than the stereotyped horse he is in other cartoons but makes him think of himself as a man and his mild temper or sense of humour can build to consequences. One does wish that he and Clarabelle had more to do instead of vanishing into oblivion for a while before the show House of Mouse resurrected them. I also loved the relationship between the gang, you can really tell that they are friends and you feel it. All in all, a brilliant short. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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Us versus the bugs!
MartinHafer29 April 2012
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Mickey, Minnie, Clarence and Clarabelle go on an outing in the woods. However, as Mickey is trying to relax, a mosquito keeps bothering him. Repeatedly he tries to shoo it away and when he finally does, the dumb 'ol mosquito goes home and tells his dad that he was attacked for absolutely no reason! So, all the mosquitoes gang up and make the quartet's camp out miserable. However, as you'd expect, in the end they get the final word and beat those pesky bugs. This is a rather ordinary outing for the characters. However, I liked the use of the kid's voice for the mosquito and hearing him complain to his father was a very cute moment. Also, even an ordinary Mickey cartoon is well worth seeing, as these Disney cartoons were head and shoulders better than anything being made by the competition at the time.
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A Mouse Tale With Mosquitoes
Ron Oliver17 November 2002
A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon. Mickey & Minnie, Horace Horsecollar & Clarabelle Cow are having great fun CAMPING OUT together - until they are attacked by a horrible swarm of ferocious mosquitoes. This is an enjoyable little black & white film, with good animation & pacing. And what viewer cannot sympathize with the anxiety of dealing with a deadly insect menace? The animators have indulged in a large number of their favorite posterior gags. Horace & Clarabelle are very effective in their larger-than-usual roles. They were two seasoned performers with years of experience on the vaudeville stage and in early cinema, but they would eventually find themselves supplanted at Disney by newcomers Pluto, Goofy & Donald Duck. 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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Minimalism turned into the best possible outcome
filmreviews@web.de15 November 2017
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"Camping Out" is a Disney cartoon from 1934 by the successful and prolific director David Hand, so it is over 80 years old and nonetheless still a really funny watch. It is debatable if these slightly over 7 minutes can already be considered part of the Golden Era of Animation as they are still in black-and-white, but aside from the color this really was a golden movie quality-wise. Like I wrote in the title, this is a pretty minimal movie. It is not about camping in general and stuff like struggles in putting your tent up, but it is all about the fight man vs. mosquito. I think you can say "man" here because the mice and cows are definitely humanized. When they get in trouble with one young mosquito, that one won't concede defeat and gets his father to call his armed forces and a true battle ensues. There were many really witty scenes in here that were also funny as a consequence. And it was not just visually convincing, the sound effects were top-notch too from start to finish. The music too. So was the voice acting, even if there was hardly any spoken dialogue in it. It's once again all about the sounds, so you can easily watch and understand this one too if you are not fluent in English. Another thing I liked was that each of our 4 heroes gets a solid deal of screen time and even with this being widely considered a Mickey cartoon, Horace was even more in the center of the story this time than world's most famous mouse. Should I really say "heroes" because the mosquitoes were depicted in a way where it is definitely possible to cheer for them too. It's certainly good given the time this was made that the characters had shades too and weren't just 100% good or bad. The consequence is a genuinely funny little film we have here, actually my favorite short film from it's year and so criminally unseen that I highly recommend this one to every cartoon lover. You cannot blame the makers for the medium not being advanced enough to give us color in here. In every other area they delivered as much as one could hope for. Big thumbs-up for Camping Out.
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No fun camp out here.
OllieSuave-00714 March 2016
Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow are on a camp-out and found themselves doing battle with a horde of invading mosquitoes. The high-pitch noise of the flying pests is enough to make anyone shiver, and you feel for our heroes when they get bitten by them.

There are plenty of humor and comic relief, from Mickey accidentally ruining Horace's cake to Clarabelle putting clips on the mosquitoes' noses. The tactics Mickey, Minnie, Horace and Clarabelle use against the bugs were entertaining to watch and, just when you think the antagonists make the best out of the characters (like in many other cartoon shorts), our heroes actually got the upper hand!

Great and funny stuff here - one of the best Disney cartoons!

Grade A
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Mickey and friends versus mosquitoes, with a very funny ending
Robert Reynolds17 November 2014
Warning: Spoilers
This is a black and white Mickey Mouse cartoon produced by the Disney studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

This starts out looking for all the world like the typical early Mickey Mouse short, that is to say a plot less cartoon showing various characters playing instruments and gags set to music. It's quite a bit more than that.

Here, Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow are camping, with the first three playing, respectively, a harmonica, a banjo and a "Jew's harp" as Clarabelle ices a cake.

Enter one rather young and obnoxious mosquito, making the campout less enjoyable. When he is (quite understandably from the view of the campers) swatted away repeatedly, the brat going crying home to family and launches a mosquito armada.

Here the short comes alive, with very inventive means of defense against mosquito marauders, with mixed results. Horace particularly has his highs and lows, with creative moments for which he is openly proud, only to get it in the end time and again. Mickey and Minnie finally come up with a solution with Horace given the final pleasure of dispatching the remaining opposing forces.

This short is available on the Disney Treasures Mickey Mouse In Black and White, Volume One and both it and the set are well worth watching. Most recommended.
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