The Moose Hunt (1931)
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Again, it's a very simple cartoon with less laughs and less excitement. Not the most entertaining of Disney cartoons, but it's a touching one with Mickey and his best friend.
For all that this is officially a Mickey Mouse cartoon, the best bits are those focusing in on Pluto. Mickey isn't a very good hunter, as is shown early when he fires at a tree full of birds, blows off all the leaves but hits not a single bird, one of which taunts him.
Pluto goes wandering and investigating, with a number of gags in the early part of the short, one a bit about Pluto's fleas bailing out and climbing back on.
Pluto reunites with Mickey and they play a round of "Fetch". Pluto brings back a stick which makes him look like a moose in silhouette from a distance. Mickey fires, runs up and sees he's shot at Pluto and fears he's dead. There's a nice bit breaking the fourth wall and Pluto eventually stops playing dead and wanders off again, unwittingly finding a moose, which follows him back to Mickey. Hunting large game suddenly seems less wise to Mickey and he an Pluto run, jumping over one another to get away. The end is great.
This short is on the Mickey Mouse In Black and White, Volume Two Disney Treasures DVD set and is worth tracking down. Recommended.
THE MOOSE HUNT upon which Mickey & Pluto have embarked just might get them more than they bargained for...
The Mouse & the Pup were still in the early days of their association in this jaunty, slightly bizarre little film. Pluto actually speaks a few human words and talks to his master - an experiment the folks at Disney were quick to discontinue. Walt Disney provides Mickey with his squeaky voice.
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & 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 comic 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 storm of naysayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.