Camping Out (1934)
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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!
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.