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Thru the Mirror (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 30 May 1936 (USA)
Mickey has been reading Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and falls asleep. He finds himself on the other side of the mirror, where the furniture is ... See full summary »


David Hand (uncredited)


Lewis Carroll (based on novel)


Walt Disney




Uncredited cast:
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


Mickey has been reading Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and falls asleep. He finds himself on the other side of the mirror, where the furniture is alive. He eats a walnut, which makes him briefly larger, then small. He dances around a lot, ultimately doing a major number with a deck of cards. He dances with the queen, making the king jealous. He comes after Mickey with swords, and Mickey defends himself with a sewing needle. Mickey gets the upper hand, and the king calls for reinforcements. Mickey finds himself chased by several decks, which throw their spots at him. He turns on a fan and blows them away, back through the mirror, where his alarm is ringing. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This short is featured as a playable level in the video game Epic Mickey. See more »


There is a series of scratches visible throughout, apparently from the platten glass used to hold the artwork under the camera. See more »


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Military March
Music by Franz Schubert
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Alice in the House of Mouse
4 August 2020 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

No borrowed source was more important to the success of Disney than Lewis Carroll's Alice books--from the silent Alice comedies to the beginning of its modern-day live-action remakes with Tim Burton's CGI trash--and here the parody of an adaptation is coupled with the studio's most iconic original creation, Mickey Mouse. The result arguably is more in the spirit, at least on a per-minute basis within the short cartoon, of Carroll's nonsense fairy tales than Disney's later, feature-length "Alice in Wonderland" (1951). Although it's in such a hurry to cram as many references to the books, spoofs of popular movies and other silliness into its nine minutes that it can't even be bothered to spell out the word "through," at least, of more importance, Disney spelled Carroll's name correctly this time.

The title and the book-within-the-book explicitly cite Carroll's sequel "Through the Looking Glass," but all of the deck of cards business is from the original "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Specific references to the Alice books include the narrative being framed as a dream, Mickey going through the mirror, his growing bigger and smaller from eating, anthropomorphic creatures (although often quite different ones here than in the books), clock and spiral motifs and the cards, as well as Mickey's and the proceeding's generally playful demeanor. There are even a couple puns made of Mickey's exclamations of "nuts" and "skip it," as well as the "calling all cards." There's some tap dancing, including on a top hat, as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had recently starred in "Top Hat" (1935), I guess, to compliment the parodying of Busby Berkeley musicals, swashbucklers and war films. The Queen of Hearts somewhat looks like Greta Garbo, perhaps from "Queen Christina" (1933), while the King bears a passing resemblance to Charles Laughton from "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933). The Technicolor looks good, too, and there's a nice sound bridge made of the anthropomorphic phone ringing within the mirror dream and the alarm clock going off on the other side. It's a clever and well-constructed cartoon.

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Release Date:

30 May 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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