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Writers:
Eric Gurney (story) &
Bill de la Torre (story) ...
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Release Date:
24 November 1950 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Another charming Disney short that deserves to be seen more See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Dink Trout ... Old Bootle Beetle / Balsam (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles A. Nichols  (as Charles Nichols)
 
Writing credits
Eric Gurney (story) &
Bill de la Torre (story)

Frank Owen (original story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
 
Animation Department
Jack Boyd .... animator
Jerry Hathcock .... animator
Ray Huffine .... background artist
Karl Karpé .... layout artist
George Kreisl .... animator
George Nicholas .... animator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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8 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #14271)

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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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Another charming Disney short that deserves to be seen more, 14 April 2016
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

'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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