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Mickey Plays Papa (1934)

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Mickey Mouse and Pluto find themselves in charge of a baby who was left on their doorstep.

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Mickey and Pluto are reading scary stories; they go to investigate a noise and find a foundling mouse that's been left on the porch. Mickey searches for ways to amuse the tyke; he tries imitating Charles Chaplin and playing leapfrog with a squeeze toy, then realizes the tot is hungry. While Mickey is preparing the bottle, Pluto gets to know the kid, having run-ins with toys and fishbowl, which doesn't help much. Meanwhile, Mickey's having his own trouble with the bottle (the top of which eventually stretches his nose into an impersonation of 'Jimmy Durante'). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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A Mouse Tale With Baby
8 October 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

MICKEY PLAYS PAPA - with assistance from Pluto -to Baby Elmer, a foundling who's been left on his doorstep and absolutely will not stop whimpering.

This is a very enjoyable little black & white film, which begins with some good suspense and quickly dissolves into comedy. The Mouse performs excellent impersonations of Charlie Chaplin & Jimmy Durante (it's interesting to note that while 'Durante' delights the wee nipper, the Little Tramp merely bores him...). Walt Disney 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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