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This cartoon probably works best around the holiday season. It's very
busy animation indeed as most of the Disney favorites go ice skating on
a frozen river (!). Mickey impresses Minnie with his skating
acrobatics, Goofy (dressed in awful hillbilly gear) tries to fish using
tobacco instead of worms and Donald torments poor old Pluto by sticking
skates on his paws and watching him fall all over the place.
Donald soon gets what he deserves when a huge gust of wind takes him and his kite/sail thingy off the edge of the waterfall (which mysteriously has not frozen even though the river has). Mickey tries to rescue him but succeeds only in humiliating Donald further. But he did deserve it this time.
A very cozy cartoon for Xmas time.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Mickey Mouse and his friends were ice skating on a frozen river. Mickey was trying to teach Minnie how to skate. Goofy was going to do some fishing. What he did was use chewing tobacco as bait and set a spittoon beside the hole in the ice, so each time the fish would come up to spit, he'd bash them with a bat. It sounds easy, but Goofy was most unsuccessful. Donald Duck found teasing Pluto to be quite humerous. Donald then got stuck to a kite and was carried into the air by a strong wind. Mickey to the rescue! He grabbed ahold of Donald's sweater which began to unravel. They were heading for the water fall! A shirtless Donald flies right through the ice and when he surfaces, Goofy hits him over the head with a bat but when he realized it was Donald, he just said, "Hyuk. Gawrsh, I thought ya was a fish."
A good Mickey cartoon, not one of my traditional favorites. It's done in the old fashion looks and this was made one year after Donald Duck's creation! Anyway, if you're looking for a good Walt Disney cartoon to watch during the Christmas holiday season, I recommend this one. If it can be found.
A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.
Mickey, Minnie & friends are enjoying their afternoon ON ICE - until prankster Donald Duck suddenly finds himself in terrible peril...
Plenty of action & humor make this one of the Mouse's best cartoons and he generously shares the spotlight with his costars. Pluto's trouble on the slippery surface is great fun, but Goofy's attempts at ice fishing are hilarious. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot a mistake during the opening shot when Horace Horsecollar & Clarabelle Cow are in the foreground for a few seconds - at the same time they can also be spotted in the background as part of the large group of skaters darting about. Walt Disney supplies Mickey's squeaky voice, while Clarence "Ducky" Nash does the honors for Donald.
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.
One of my two criticisms of this short, is that the animation does look dated, one or two of the backgrounds are a little lifeless compared to the animation in some of the Disney films we have been blessed with over the years. Another criticism is that there is nothing in particular that will hugely interest those who are looking for a good plot. Still, I found this really entertaining. The antics of Donald Duck made this short, his teasing of Pluto is one of the short's main focuses, and the part when Pluto who doesn't realise he's got ice skates on slips on the ice causing Donald to laugh hysterically. I also loved the parts, when Mickey teaches Minnie to skate and when the fish take their own back on Goofy when they think he's trying to kill them. Another element that was impressive was the soundtrack, especially the wonderful Skaters' Waltz (sorry I can't remember the name of the composer, but it'd definitely not Strauss, though it's a VERY similar style)with its lyrical, dance-like feel. Overall, an entertaining short, but not Silly Symphonies' best. 8/10 Bethany Cox.
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