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A Girl Tries To Fit In Her Mom's Shoes
ramon-rodriguez3122 February 2012
This cartoon is one of the shorts Walt Disney produced after his contract in the Oswald business concluded. It also among the earliest cartoons to feature Mickey Mouse.

One thing that intrigues me is the girl mouse who wears pumps that are too big for her (She probably borrowed them from her mom.). When she dances with Mickey, her heels would often slip out. And when the villainous cat captures her, the shoes fell off. I think it would be more interesting if we get to see the shoes actually come off (We can't see it because she was swung past the edge of the screen.).

Anyway, the cartoon is quite fun to watch. Mickey will come to the rescue.
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A very catchy Mickey Mouse and a very hot Minnie Mouse. :-D
Mightyzebra3 February 2010
Personally, unlike the other reviewers of this cartoon, I found "Galloppin' Gaucho" very entertaining and I personally prefer it to Mickey Mouse's first two cartoons before it, "Plane Crazy" and "Steamboat Willie", for the following reasons: 1. In the previous episodes, Mickey Mouse was quite a horrible, prank-playing character, who could be quite mean to Minnie Mouse or innocent animals. In this episode, he was not particularly mean to anyone (anyone innocent, anyway) and was very good to Minnie. 2. The plot in this cartoon is somewhat cliché, but I found it very entertaining all the same and is a plot change from the Looney Tunes cartoons I usually watch (where no respected girlfriend is featured). 3. As I mentioned before, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are very "cool" in this episode and they both dance very well (in a sort of slow-music style).

In this cartoon, Mickey Mouse is travelling on an ostrich/rhea, in South America and he stops at a bar by the road. There, he sees a very attractive female mouse, dancing to the guitar. She too notices Mickey and also finds him very attractive and they dance together (once both have impressed each other a little more). Suddenly, Minnie Mouse is snatched away by a huge (but normal size in real-life comparison from mice to cats) and fierce cat, who obviously plans on eating her. He takes Minnie away to his abode and Mickey quickly decides to go on after her. Will Mickey Mouse save his new love in time? I recommend this cartoon to anyone who enjoys Mickey and Minnie Mouse cartoons in general and to people who like old cartoons with a clever slapstick style intertwined with the story. Enjoy "Gallopin' Gaucho"! :-) 8 and a half out of ten.
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Probably the least of the three Mickey Mouse cartoons from 1928
MartinHafer29 October 2008
Warning: Spoilers
1928 was a landmark year for animation. This is when Mickey Mouse debuted in the cartoon PLANE CRAZY and just a short time later, Mickey scored one of his biggest hits in his second film, STEAMBOAT WILLIE, as it was the first cartoon with a soundtrack (with sound effects and music). Because GALLOPIN' GAUCHO appeared after these two other films, it is less interesting from a historical viewpoint and also, unfortunately, isn't quite as entertaining.

The film begins with Mickey playing a character clearly inspired by the Valentino film, BLOOD AND SAND. This is a super-cool Mickey who smokes, dances the Tango and romances Minnie--a big change from the previous Mickey films. However, the evil cat comes and kidnaps Minnie and it's up to Mickey to save the day. The usual odd Ub Iwerks style of animation is there and it's quite charming, though as I just saw it immediately after PLANE CRAZY and STEAMBOAT WILLIE, it just didn't seem as entertaining or clever. Still, it does hold up reasonably well after 80 years.
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The Mouse Goes South Of The Border
Ron Oliver24 September 2002
A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

THE GALLOPIN' GAUCHO must speed to rescue cantina dancer Minnie from the foul clutches of Pete, the outlaw cat.

This ancient black & white film was only the second Mickey Mouse cartoon released with synchronized sound. It's fun watching The Mouse doing a Douglas Fairbanks spoof - using his tail the way Doug did his bullwhip in THE GAUCHO (1927). Is Mickey's faithful Argentinean mount an ostrich or a rhea? The Disney animators were already making full use of underwear & posterior jokes. Pete still has both legs in this one.

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, Bambi, Peter Pan and Mr. Toad. 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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Mickey Coming Into Form
Michael_Elliott21 July 2015
The Gallopin' Gaucho (1928)

*** (out of 4)

Mickey Mouse is visiting Mexico and walks into a Cantina where he sees Minnie Mouse dancing up a storm. Naturally he jumps in and two begin to have a swell time but then a large cat jumps in and steals her. THE GALLOPIN' GAUCHO was the second of three Mickey cartoons that were made in 1928 and there's no question that, drawing wise, Mickey went through some changes since the first one. With that said, out of the three films this here is clearly the weakest but it's certainly still worth watching and especially if you're not too familiar with these early films. There's certainly good animation throughout but there's really no giant laughs to be had.
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Not quite as interesting as "Steamboat Willie" or "Plane Crazy" but there is a lot of fun to be had... plus Mickey is really cool here
TheLittleSongbird12 February 2010
Both "Steamboat Willie" and "Plane Crazy" are timeless classics. Personally, while very entertaining, due to its somewhat minimal story, I didn't find it as much as a classic. Still it has held up well, with some nice black and white animation, plus the music is absolutely wonderful here, particularly in the sword fight between Mickey and Pete. Speaking of Mickey, he is so cool here, he smokes, dances the tango and challenges others to sword fights. Minnie is also quite hot, and Pete is suitably villainous. Walt Disney does a great job with the vocals, making the most of the little amount of dialogue he has, as a vast majority of the cartoon is driven by visuals and music. All in all, entertaining and worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Hitchcoc4 April 2018
Mickey is a gaucho--an Argentinian cowboy. He rides an ostrich for some reason. He goes to a cantina where Minnie is a dancer. They hook up, but it isn't long before she is kidnapped by Pete, the giant cat. There are all sorts of interesting implausibles, mostly involving mouse tails. Anyway, it's a decent little film. Mickey starts to gain a little personality.
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The usual rescue-the-damsel-in-distress plot
OllieSuave-0075 March 2018
One of the earliest Mickey and Minnie cartoons, about Mickey trying to save Minnie from a mean cat who stole her after they two mice were doing the tango. The tango was the most funniest part in the cartoon short, with their eyes furiously gazing at each other. The rest of the story is just the usual rescue-the-damsel-in-distress plot, not much to laugh about.

Grade C
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Fascinating early Mickey Mouse short
Robert Reynolds1 August 2014
Warning: Spoilers
This is a very early Mickey Mouse short done by Disney. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is Mickey Mouse version 1.0-our hero sports a serape, has a "Wanted" poster of him on the wall of a cantina, drinks beer and rides an ostrich. Mickey is a bit of a rogue here, not the affable "nice guy" he later became.

Mickey and Minnie do a very intense dance together before an early variation on Pegleg Pete (with two legs) grabs Minnie and skedaddles on his horse. Mickey gives chase on his now drunken ostrich.

As is typical of most Ub Iwerks-helmed shorts the animation here is excellent. This one has fairly good gags and an interesting chase sequence.

After fighting Pete, Mickey emerges triumphant and they go riding off together, with the final visuals in the last gag being very nice.

This short was released on the Mickey Mouse in Black and White Disney Treasures DVD set and it's well worth seeking out. Recommended.
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Mickey goes into Fairbanks mode
MissSimonetta13 March 2013
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The first two Mickey cartoons show us a very different mouse than the wholesome everyman we know today. In Plane Crazy (1928) he's a rogue who's not below forcing a kiss upon an unwilling Minnie Mouse while she's trapped in the air with him. In Gallopin' Gaucho (1928), he plays the rogue again: this time he's a wanted outlaw who smokes, drinks, and flirts with Minnie, who's a dancer in a cantina. They share an intense tango before Pete comes in and abducts her. What follows is a funny chase featuring a drunk rhea (or ostrich, I cannot tell) and ending in a sword fight.

This is probably my favorite of the first three Mickey cartoons. It's a delightful romp with lots of good gags, plus it's so surreal to see Mickey acting so differently. It's fascinating to wonder what would have happened had Walt kept using this version of the character rather than his later persona. One can only wonder.
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Early Mickey still needs improvement
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"The Gallopin' Gaucho" is a black-and-white cartoon from 1928, so this one is almost 90 years old. It runs for slightly over 6 minutes and features Mickey as the main character and his girlfriend Minnie and the big evil cat as supporting players. Of course, it is by Disney and Ub Iwerks is the director here once more. I must say this was not (yet) a great watch. Mickey is still far away from his finest works. The comedy was rarely funny and the animation and story were rather chaotic and wild than really spot-on and interesting. But you have to start somewhere and practice in order to improve. As such, I can tolerate this film, even if I would not recommend it. Thumbs down.
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more wacky fun from the earliest-age Mickey Mouse
MisterWhiplash6 September 2015
Boy finds girl, boy loses girl to big early-era Pete, boy runs after Pete who has girl on his back, boy has to fight Pete in a house using a sword and (mostly) his wits. Here we have such an early Mickey Mouse cartoon - actually the second one, made just before Steamboat Willie (sound was added in later on, and like Plane Crazy it's hard to think how it ever worked without it, though in theory it can) - that we see Mickey smoking in his entrance to Minnie Mouse. Smoking! Such things probably would get censored in current-era Disney, but in 1928, it was all about getting a gag or a goof.

Here we have the kind of early cartoons that have characters dancing and their necks bend together and twist around in a tango, and when a character rides an ostrich it has the bounciness and buoyancy of just... I don't know what! The gags here are tremendous and the pace is relentless for its 6 minutes; even when the day is saved (hey, is this a spoiler, c'mon), you don't know if something else could happen between Mickey and Minnie. The joy in seeing these characters make their tails into coiled springs so they can reach up to one another and kiss at the end is why Disney made a name for himself. While today the studio would be a little too wholesome, arguably, with this character, back then Mickey was a tough cookie.
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Gaucho Galloping.
morrison-dylan-fan2 September 2015
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After watching Mickey Mouse make his debut,I was very pleased to stumble upon Mickey's second movie,which led to me getting ready to see the Gaucho gallop.

The plot:

Visiting Mexico,Mickey decides to stop for a drink at a Cantina. Entering the Cantina,Mickey catches a glimpse of Minnie.Both being taken by the others appearance,Mickey and Minnie start to dance and party in the Cantina.Just as they start to get into the groove of things,Minnie suddenly gets kidnapped.

View on the film:

Cutting down on the visual comedy,director/animator Ub Iwerks focusing on the changing emotions running across the faces,which leads to a tango between Mickey & Minnie being rather stylish.Whilst he does tone down on the slap-stick,Iwerks strikes Mickey with a surprisingly tough bite,as Mickey drinks and smokes his way around the Cantina.
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No Schultz! GAUCHO is not a MARX BROTHER!
John T. Ryan12 April 2015
IT WOULS SEEM that the big items of the day were very important in formulating the themes of these variously plotted cartoons. The current events and those who made the news were the central to the body of these cartoon shorts. The thread bare plot lines and the gags were all modified to fit into the subject of the day.

IN THE CASE of this honored review's subject matter, being THE GALLOPIN' GAUCHO, incorporates three Hollywood successes from three very different sources and on-screen personalities of Movie Stars.

FIRST OF ALL, this title and character's Argentine locale seem to suggest that of Rudolph Valentino's portrayals. Mickey even does a brief Tango when entering the Cantina. His partner was most seductive and rodent-oriented sexy Minnie.

OUR NEXT CONTRIBUTOR to this characterization and storyline is Douglas Fairbanks. The super-athletic stunts and daring do of the hero here (Mickey, of course) are obviously inspired by Fairbanks on screen vim and heroic demeanor. Zorro, the Black Pirate and other characters created and performed by Doug, himself.

THIRDLY, AND THIS one may strike some as coming in from left field, we can see a little of Warner Baxter's Cisco Kid from IN OLD ARIZONA. This was the only "ancestor" film to be included that was a Talkie, but it was released that year, was surely fresh in the minds of all and featured Cisco with his name and likeness plastered all around on Wanted posters.

MUCH THE SAME as previous production, PLANE CRAZY, this was conceived and filmed as a silent; but later updated as a sound comedy via the process of "Post-synchronization"*

NOTE * Even STEAMBOAT WILLIE was made to talk and sing in this manner, although it was planned for Mickey as a sound film from the get-go.
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