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Mickey's Mechanical Man (1933)

Mickey has built a robot to compete in the boxing ring against the giant gorilla, the Kongo Killer. Whenever it hears Minnie's car horn, it goes crazy and starts punching any picture of ... See full summary »

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Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Credited cast:
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice)
Marcellite Garner Marcellite Garner ... Minnie Mouse (voice)
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Mickey has built a robot to compete in the boxing ring against the giant gorilla, the Kongo Killer. Whenever it hears Minnie's car horn, it goes crazy and starts punching any picture of Killer that it sees, even if it's on a brick wall, thus hurting itself. Mickey manages to barely patch his robot together to take on Killer, but after some early success, it gets pummeled by the ape. Minnie fetches the car horn, which brings it back, and it trounces Killer, then flies apart. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den mekaniske boxaren See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This plot should seem very familiar to Three Stooges fans
29 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The basic plot for "Mickey's Mechanical Man" was very familiar to me, as I've seen it at least twice before in Three Stooges' shorts. While IMDb says that the plot to "Punch Drunks" (1934) was entirely written by the Stooges themselves, the film came out a year AFTER this Disney cartoon--making you wonder just how original their screenplay was. In addition, the Shemp Howard remade the film a decade later as "A Hit and a Miss". Watch the Stooges film--you'll see what I mean about the plots being virtually identical in many ways.

Mickey has built a robot who is a boxer. However, the robot isn't very good and everyone assumes the Kongo Killer (a gorilla) is going to win (where is PETA when you need them?!). However, Mickey has learned a secret--when his robot hears a horn, it goes crazy and becomes amazingly aggressive--to the point where it is almost impossible to stop.

The main difference between this decent but not exactly inspired cartoon and the Stooge short is that when Curly hears the song "Three Blind Mice", he goes crazy and is unstoppable. Otherwise, it's the same. I wonder, though, why repeat the Disney plot when it isn't very good in the first place?! It's only a so-so cartoon--and certainly not among the best Mickey made in this era.


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