Long ago in a land with an ailing king, there was a pair of boys who looked exactly alike, a pauper called Mickey and the other, the Crown Prince. Mickey dreamed of plenty and an easy life as Royalty and the Prince dreamed of the freedom as a subject. Happenstance throws them together and their mutual resemblence inspires the pair to switch identities to see how the other lives. To their surprise, Mickey learns of the duties and responsibilties of royalty while the Prince learns to his horror that the Royal Captain of the Guard has taken advantage of the existing power vacuum to inflict brutal tyranny on the subjects. Now the Prince must react to this evil, unaware that the Captain knows about the identity swap and is using it to his own advantage while dominating Mickey who play the Heir to the Throne. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Goofy's polka-dotted underpants are impaled upon the guard's spear, you can see that they have the word "MOM" printed on the backside. Now that this film is on DVD (The Walt Disney Treasures Collection: Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 2), it can easily be slowed down and seen. See more »
The writing on the board in the first scenes with the prince changes between long shots and close-ups. See more »
Looks great but plays a bit too fast and loose with the original story.
This Mickey Mouse cartoon is one of the best looking Disney cartoons I have seen. Oddly, it was shown along with "The Rescuers Down Under"--yet this short was much better animated than this feature film! The artistry was phenomenal. I especially loved the wonderful muted color pallet and the lovely snow scenes.
The story begins as 'the good king is dying'! This obviously was NOT inspired by the original Mark Twain story or history, as the 'good king' was Henry VIII--one of history's biggest self-indulgent jerks! His admonition to rule justly and wisely is hilarious in light of his abominable record during his rather bloody reign! And, throughout the cartoon, many liberties were taken with the Twain story and it obviously was used only broadly. Some of this can be understood--the story was not originally written for Mickey, goofy and Donald! But a lot of it just showed indifference to the story--and that is a shame. However, the art is so wonderful and the overall film is still a lot of fun...hence in light of all my complaints, I still give this one a 10.
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