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Morris the Midget Moose (1950)

A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement ... See full summary »

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Old Bootle Beetle / Balsam (voice) (uncredited)
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A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement of Thunderclap. As a result, he meets Balsam, a full-size moose with tiny antlers (Morris' antlers are full size). The two team up, and with the help of a log that makes them very tall, defeat Thunderclap. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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24 November 1950 (USA)  »

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The opening title song to this cartoon was later used as the opening theme to the "Disney Cartoon Classics" videos in the early-'80s. See more »

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Featured in Ink & Paint Club: From Zero to Hero (1998) See more »

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Another charming Disney short that deserves to be seen more
14 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Morris the Midget Moose', like 'The Cold Blooded Penguin' was a relatively recent discovery, while searching Youtube for any Disney cartoons I'd somehow missed. Like 'The Cold Blooded Penguin', 'Morris the Midget Moose' has a lot of charm, but somehow is not particularly well known.

Granted, the story is not completely perfect. It is a very familiar story that has been done with more variation before and since, not much ground-breaking, and is a little pedestrian in pace to start with, coming properly to life when Thunderclap first appears. The bookend scenes with Bootle Beetle (making the last of four appearances) weren't particularly interesting to me and seemed to just be there to tell the story and point out what the cartoon teaches, admittedly those purposes are done well.

At the same time, one can't be too hard on the story. It oozes with charm and poignancy, there is no trouble here feeling sympathy for Morris, and it never gets overly sentimental or sappy. The messaging and values (the friendship resonates the most) don't come across as preachy and are incorporated nicely into the story. The conflict between Morris and Thunderclap does have some genuine tension, helped by that Thunderclap is a legitimately intimidating character, with a cleverly animated and quite nail-biting climax.

The animation is rich and vibrant in colour, beautifully drawn and meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout. The Disney shorts nearly always have great music, and 'Morris the Midget Moose' certainly has that. It has a lot of character, the orchestration is clever and rich in instrumentation and rhythmically stylish. Not only does it fit superbly with the animation and the action, but it adds to them as well. The writing is engaging, thought-provoking and doesn't make the mistakes of being heavy-handed, too wordy or too simplistic.

Morris joins the long (and still growing it seems) line of "adorable and relatable characters in Disney shorts", his friendship with the moose with the tiny antlers being beautifully realised and genuinely touching. Thunderclap is the standout character design-wise and more than convinces when it comes to the conflict, intimidating the viewer almost as much as the rest of the characters in the short.

In conclusion, charming and deserves to be seen more. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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