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A Mouse Tale With Magic

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
10 January 2003

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

Mickey plans on building PLUTO'S DREAM HOUSE - with a big assist from a magic lamp.

This is a wonderful little film and boasts a hilarious performance from the lamp itself. Things really get wild in the climax when it starts taking orders from Mickey's malfunctioning radio. There is no genii - the lamp is enchanted and speaks with a voice that will remind some viewers of Jack Benny's Rochester (Eddie Anderson). Mickey gets his unique voice from Walt Disney.

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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Aladdin's Lamp in a Pluto cartoon.

Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
4 March 2016

Before Aladdin graced the Big Screen, it looked like his magic lamp or a distant genie cousin made his way in this cartoon short. Here, Mickey decides to build Pluto a new house and while he breaks ground, Pluto digs out a magic lamp. In it is a jive-talking and swinging unseen genie, who follows Mickey's command in building a grand of a dog house for Pluto. However, when Mickey's radio goes haywire, the genie follows every command it hears on the radio, creating chaos for Pluto.

It's a funny little cartoon that lets both Mickey and Pluto have equal screen time. I enjoyed seeing Pluto's reactions when he first sees his old, beat-up doghouse and then seeing the genie create his new house piece by piece. The funny-talking genie was definitely something unique in these Disney cartoons and was pretty entertaining to watch.

Some fun stuff here; got a few laughs out of it.

Grade B

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Pluto's Dream House

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
9 April 2012

This is a magical and often hilarious cartoon. Beautiful animation, energetic music and a simple, well-told story are definite things to like, as well as how imaginative the humour is. Mickey is well voiced by Walt Disney and is a likable character in his own right, while Pluto is still as cute and lively as ever and the role of the lamp is well and truly inspired. The climax is where things get wild, and in terms of pacing and humour, all the better for it. And when I mean wild, I don't mean a bit I mean literally a lot.

Overall, a magical, fun and hilarious cartoon, with top notch production values and imaginative.

10/10 Bethany Cox

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