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Mickey is shown getting ready to board a train. However, he's told that
he cannot take the dog aboard, so he spends much of the cartoon trying
to sneak the mutt on the train. Unfortunately, Pluto barks and makes a
nuisance of himself and the conductor, Pete, is always one step away
from discovering the animal. But, again and again, Mickey and Pluto
manage to avoid his grasp. In the end, they are caught AND Pete manages
to catch them.
All in all, a pleasant but rather unremarkable Mickey short. Like all shorts from the late 1930s, the animation is great (with wonderful colors and lovely details that practically scream 'quality') and the story brisk and enjoyable.
A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.
MR. MOUSE TAKES A TRIP by train from Burbank to Pomona - a distance of about twenty-five miles as the elephant flies - but Pluto's presence on board causes a major confrontation with the conductor.
This very enjoyable little film is a tip of the straw hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930's, with their wild antics often set on board trains. Superior animation and quick pacing keep the action moving right along. Pete is perfect as the villainous conductor. Can there be any doubt that the unseen female he twice upsets in the lower berth is none other than Clarabelle Cow?
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.
I have always loved Disney and Mickey Mouse, so Mr Mouse Takes a Trip
seemed like an ideal cartoon to watch. And it is a lovely and very
enjoyable cartoon. There is nothing extraordinary about the story, I
knew how it was going to end for example, but it is still interesting
and briskly paced. The animation is wonderful, looking at how sumptuous
the colours and how fluid the background art are you can really tell a
lot of work and care went into this. The music has a lot of energy,
while the cartoon amuses too with Pete getting the best laughs. Mickey
is as likable, Pluto is as cute and Pete is as rapacious as ever. Walt
Disney and especially Billy Bletcher voice Mickey and Pete impeccably.
All in all, a very enjoyable Mickey Mouse-Pluto-Pete cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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