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 »
Out of all the versions out there of the Prince and The Pauper, this is my personal favourite. Then again I may be biased as I am a massive Disney fan, but this is wholly memorable and beautifully done. Yes, it does condense the classic to an extent, but with everything so enjoyable here I don't care really. The artwork is perfectly reasonable; the backgrounds are colourful and the movements of the characters aren't at all stiff on the most part. The music is wonderful, and in a lot of scenes has a real impact on what's going on, especially the jailbreak, the Captain's henchmen's actions had me in stitches. While a vast majority of it is very funny, especially with the characters of Donald Duck and even more Goofy, the part with Mickey at the king's deathbed was a real tearjerker, and one of the more poignant Disney moments, along with Bambi's mother's death, Mufassa's death, the ending of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the silly symphony Ugly Duckling. Mickey is appealing in the duel roles, and Pete is a delightful villain. The voice acting is top notch, the late Wayne Allwine in particular as Mickey. All in all, a condensed but hugely enjoyable take on the Mark Twain classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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