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The Worm Turns (1937)

Mad scientist Mickey has just brewed up a potion; to test it out, he squirts it on a fly that's been trapped by a spider, a (regular) mouse being harassed by a cat, then the cat when Pluto ... See full summary »

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Pinto Colvig ... Pluto (voice)
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Mad scientist Mickey has just brewed up a potion; to test it out, he squirts it on a fly that's been trapped by a spider, a (regular) mouse being harassed by a cat, then the cat when Pluto goes after it, and Pluto when dogcatcher Pegleg Pete goes after him. Each of the underdogs turns against his tormentor. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fórmula Mágica See more »

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Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included on the Disney DVD of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) See more »

Goofs

The cork disappears from Mickey's mouth between shots after he pulls the cork on one of the potions used to create his "weak made strong" concoction. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original version, Pete the dogcatcher says to Pluto, "I'll blow your head off." and "I'll fill you full of lead!" This has been deleted so that Pete only says, "I'll murder you!" See more »

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A Classic Mouse Tale
25 January 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

THE WORM TURNS as Mickey's magic potion helps smaller creatures gain the aggressive advantage over their tormentors.

Lots of fun in this very well made little film, which begins as a spoof of the old mad scientist movies. The excellent animation bounces the swift moving story right along to its crescendo - a confrontation between Pluto and dogcatcher Pete. For the record, the ingredients necessary for the Courage Builder formula are Tigerus Marrow, Spiritu Bravado, Stimuli Valorus & Lionus Tonicio. Walt Disney provided Mickey with his voice.

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, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work will always pay off.


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