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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

top drawer

Author: baz-15 from Dublin
17 January 2002

Surely one of the greatest short cartoons ever made. Second for second, this is the most action packed cartoon i've ever seen. Mickey donald and goofy battle a big house fire and rescue clarabelle cow. The opening sequence is the title of the cartoon burning up and it pulls back to reveal the house on fire. The music in these 1935 mickey mouse cartoons is always spot on, adding to the drama. The flames are anthropomorphic ones, i.e they are animated, they run around like kids, they have legs, they grab windows and shut them etc. It's a visual feast of a cartoon,and it clocks in under 8 minutes. It's the kind of thing they don't do anymore, but it is available on dvd with all the colour 1935-1938 mickey mouse cartoons, and these are worth seeing.

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Exceptional sight gags in a technically well-executed short that's also funny!

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
26 December 2003

Just about every studio has seen the visual possibilities inherent in doing cartoons involving firemen and fires. This is one of the early ones and it works exceedingly well. While I don't know that they started here, a number of the standard gags are here and they work to perfection. Disney was basically firing on all cylinders during this period and was more or less the only studio on top of the mountain in 1935, given that Fleischer was starting a slow fade, though still doing good work, as the new Code's requirements began taking its toll on the Betty Boop series. Warner Brothers and MGM were not yet as good as Disney or Fleischer and Lantz didn't really hit his stride until Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker came along. Disney was king and precise, very technically excellent shorts like Mickey's Fire Brigade were the result. Disney spent more time and effort on a seven-eight minute cartoon than some studios took with their feature films! Great cartoon (and very funny) well worth watching. Most highly recommended.

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Author: Squonk from Denver, CO
26 February 1999

Mickey, Donald and Goofy are fire fighters in this amazing piece of animation. Some of the scenes are just spectacular. Mickey's fight with an out of control water hose is incredible and Donald's battle with an army of flames forshadows The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of Fantasia. This one is not to be missed.

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Firefighting Mickey, Donald and Goofy!

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

This is a rare cartoon that features all three of Disney's biggest stars: Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Here, they are fire fighters trying to save a boarding house and rescue the singing Clarabelle Cow.

But of course, as with any Disney cartoon with slapstick comedy, fighting the fires weren't a piece of cake and the flames literally fight back, which I thought was a little too incredible and silly as you want our heroes to win. But, it's still pretty entertaining. I especially liked Donald Duck, in his earlier roles, shouting and swinging at the live flames using his hot-fiery temper! Goofy was as goofy as ever, being the first to spot the oblivious Clarabelle Cow, and Mickey Mouse just tried too hard to control the fire engine!

One of the funniest earlier Mickey, Donald, Goofy cartoons.

Grade B

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Pretty good

Author: rbverhoef ( from The Hague, Netherlands
4 May 2003

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are firemen. A house is in fire and instead of fighting the fire the fire is fighting them. This Disney short is packed with a lot of action. It is funny sometimes, especially the little sequences with Goofy. Enjoyable.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

It's a classic...

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
3 March 2010

I love the 1920s and 30s Mickey Mouse cartoons. Compared to the films of rival studios, they were head and shoulders over them all thanks to great quality animation, a wonderful sense of humor and nice characters. This one stars the wonderful trio of Mickey, Donald and Goofy and is in glorious Technicolor.

It begins with the three working as firemen. They respond to a fire with rather predictable results--though the weird scenes with an unusually dumb Clarabelle Cow are pretty strange. Despite the fire all around her, Clarabelle insists on taking her bath--and fights all attempts by these do-gooders to help. Again and again, she beats the snot out of the three heroes but they do not relent--they are determined to save this dopey bovine.

High quality throughout and quite entertaining. This is not the best film the trio made, but is still quite good and worth seeing--and, more importantly, the film has withstood the test of time. Try watching some of the incredibly insipid and saccharine films of rival studios of 1935--you'll no doubt see what I'm talking about when it comes to the outstanding quality of this Disney film.

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Don't call these guys.

Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra
17 June 2004

A hotel is burning and Mickey's Fire Brigade is answering the distress call. But Mickey, Goofy and Donald are not so great when it comes to fighting fire. In fact, everything that can go wrong between their ramshackle fire truck and worthless tactics does.

Donald's fight with the fire gets a bit too personal, Mickey cannot keep the wild hose under control and Goofy does a bit of peeping on a cow taking a bath (cows are always naked anyway) who doesn't realize the hotel is on fire. And why does she have horns if she is indeed a SHE???

Most bizarre, of all their hijinks, is the scenes in which Goofy chucks everything he can get his paws on out the window, only to be incinerated in the fire truck furnace. What??? This I totally do not understand. Was this an attempt at irony? It comes of as just plain confusing.

A funny and imaginative cartoon nonetheless.

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Beautifully crafted visually and just hilarious

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
13 February 2011

I don't know about anybody else but this is one of my favourite Mickey Mouse cartoons. And it is not just because Mickey, Goofy and Donald, who delight in everything they are in are together. Speaking of this trio, they are wonderful, they still have their warm personalities and all are funny. They are further advantaged by some fun voice work from Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash and Evia Allman.

The story is also a lot of fun, the cartoon is quite short but it is never dull and goes at a cracking pace. The animation is excellent too, very vibrant in the backgrounds and the characters move convincingly. Also technically, Mickey's Fire Brigade is very impressive. The music is rousing and energetic.

Where Mickey's Fire Brigade really works is in its humour. For me, this is one of the funniest Mickey-Donald-Goofy cartoons, I couldn't count the number of times I was laughing so much, so much so my sides got sore quite quickly. The writing brought a smile to my face, while the sight gags such as Mickey's fight with the water hose, Donald's battle with flames and Goofy being incinerated in the fire truck furnace(bizarre but it still worked) are well and truly spectacular.

So all in all, technically polished and hilarious in its humour, Mickey's Fire Brigade is a definite winner. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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Hook & Ladder Boys

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
6 August 2003

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

It's MICKEY'S FIRE BRIGADE (Mickey, Donald & Goofy) to the rescue when Clarabelle Cow's boarding house goes up in flames.

It is unthinkable that something as horrific as a house fire could ever be humorous, but the Disney animators have wrung every possible laugh out of a frightful situation. Clarabelle gives conclusive proof at one point that the 'udder problem' which plagued her earlier career is now no longer a consideration. Walt Disney provides the voice for Mickey; Clarence Nash does the honors for Donald.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & 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 comic 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 storm 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 childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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