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Circus Capers (1930)

A dog ringmaster woos away the mouse bareback rider from the mouse clown.


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The circus is in town and heralds its coming with a parade. Elephants dance with bells on their feet, and even turn their trunks into steering wheels and pretend to be cars. The giraffes dance, too, with wooden clogs on their feet. The mouse clown in the parade performs somersaults, but his impressive antics are mainly for his girlfriend, the mouse bareback rider who is just ahead of him, blowing kisses from her fat horse. The side show features a scantily-clad fat lady, who shakes her exposed buttocks provocatively, enticing the audience to flock inside the tent. Inside, the bareback rider performs her gravity-defying stunts. The clown forms his arms into a hoop for leopards to leap through. He even makes the "okay" sign, and a leopard defies physics by jumping through his fingers (and losing his spots in the process). The ringmaster doubles as a lion tamer and performs a dance with a ferocious lion, who ends the routine by kicking his tamer in the rear. The clown angers the ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

28 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zirkuszauber See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Van Beuren Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)
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Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by the clown
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More information about the mouse characters
6 May 2010 | by ShiraDotnetSee all my reviews

Another reviewer has provided an excellent description of the plot, so I'll focus on providing a little more information about the two mouse characters.

As others noted in their reviews, the two lead characters in this cartoon look a lot like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, but they're not. Their names are actually Milton and Rita Mouse. They appeared in a number of Van Beuren cartoons. The resemblance, however, is so strong that Walt Disney sued Van Beuren Studios, and in a 1932 court settlement Van Beuren agreed to discontinue using Milton and Rita as characters.

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