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King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. Midas insists. He dances about joyfully at first, but discovers the drawbacks when he sits down to dinner. Fearing death by starvation, he summons the elf and agrees to surrender everything he owns to have the curse lifted. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The film is based on the legend of Midas, King of Phrygia. In Greco-Roman legend, Midas performed a favor for the god Dionysus. Dionysus offered to grant Midas whatever reward the mortal king had in mind. Midas asked for the magical ability to change whatever he touched into gold. The blessing of the god turned into a curse, as any food or drink that Midas touched also turned to gold. Facing starvation and death, Midas had to convince Dionysus to take away his magic touch. See more »

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Midas cape apparently does not turn into gold. See more »

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Goldies: Ah, is this the great man who bellowed, "Give me gold, not advise"?
King Midas: Goldie, Goldie! Help me, Goldie! Take away this golden curse! Don't let me starve! Take everything! My gold, my kingdom for a hamburger sandwich!
Goldies: With or without onions?
King Midas: Hamburger! Just plain old hamburger!
Goldies: Ha ha ha! Now thou art a wise and humble king. I will take back the golden touch in exchange for everything you possess. Toodle-oo!
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Money will always be paper.
22 June 2012 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

This 1935 short was Walt Disney's first time directing in 5 years (he wasn't entirely satisfied with his cartoon directors during this stage) and was his last effort at directing ever. He also hated this cartoon for undisclosed reasons.

It features King Midas, the greedy ruler of legend who craved gold and wishes for everything he touches to turn shiny and priceless. An elf called Goldie (gee, that's imaginative) appears and offers to make that wish come true. Midas enjoys it at first but soon comes to realize that the best things are life are those that you can touch and hold close to you. Or at least he would if the cartoon didn't just have him grow frustrated at not being able to eat dinner.

There is some nice animation in here, but overall it's forgettable. Respect Walt's wishes and skip it.


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