7.0/10
229
5 user 1 critic

Morris the Midget Moose (1950)

A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Charles Nichols)

Writers:

(story), (story) | 1 more credit »

Star:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The and the history of a cute , simple, little house that used to live on a little hill on the countryside and how different times and ages passed by it from the classic time to the modern ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Sterling Holloway
Social Lion (1954)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The lion is trapped by the safari and brought to New York, where he's accidentally set free, but nobody is intimidated by him.

Director: Jack Kinney
Stars: Candy Candido, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

Directors: Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols
Stars: The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman, Charlie Parlato
Hooked Bear (1956)
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Humphrey the bear isn't having much luck with his fishing; every time he catches some nice fish, he gets distracted and drops them. So he goes after the catches of the local anglers instead... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hannah
Stars: James MacDonald, Bill Thompson
Comedy | Family | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Chip 'n' Dale have filled a hollow tree with nuts. Pluto sticks a bone into the tree, but this triggers an avalanche of nuts - right into Pluto's doghouse. He's not at all happy about them ... See full summary »

Director: Charles A. Nichols
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald
Rescue Dog (1947)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The snow covered mountains; but not to worry, rescue dog Pluto is on duty. Actually, given that he barely keeps himself safe, maybe you should worry. A playful seal keeps stealing his cask of grog.

Director: Charles A. Nichols
Stars: Pinto Colvig
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It's the 1890's, and Donald is riding his penny-farthing bicycle to see Daisy when Chip 'n Dale make fun of him. It quickly escalates into a full-fledged war between Donald and the chipmunks.

Director: Jack Hannah
Stars: Gloria Blondell, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Goofy is tired and bored. He needs a hobby and decides to pursue photography. Wildlife is an excellent choice for photography so Goofy decides to take a grizzly bear's picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney
Stars: Pinto Colvig
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Legendary engineer Casey Jones is determined to keep his train schedule and nothing is going to stop him.

Director: Jack Kinney
Stars: Jerry Colonna, Ken Darby, Jon Dodson
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Director: Bill Roberts
Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden
Cold Turkey (1951)
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Pluto and Milton the cat, goaded by a TV commercial for turkey, raid the fridge and find a turkey inside. Milton gets there first and re-heats the turkey, first on the furnace duct, and ... See full summary »

Director: Charles A. Nichols
Stars: Pinto Colvig
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Dink Trout ... Old Bootle Beetle / Balsam (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement of Thunderclap. As a result, he meets Balsam, a full-size moose with tiny antlers (Morris' antlers are full size). The two team up, and with the help of a log that makes them very tall, defeat Thunderclap. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

moose | challenger | rabbit | log | beetle | See All (97) »


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Minihirvi Morris  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening title song to this cartoon was later used as the opening theme to the "Disney Cartoon Classics" videos in the early-'80s. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another charming Disney short that deserves to be seen more
14 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

'Morris the Midget Moose', like 'The Cold Blooded Penguin' was a relatively recent discovery, while searching Youtube for any Disney cartoons I'd somehow missed. Like 'The Cold Blooded Penguin', 'Morris the Midget Moose' has a lot of charm, but somehow is not particularly well known.

Granted, the story is not completely perfect. It is a very familiar story that has been done with more variation before and since, not much ground-breaking, and is a little pedestrian in pace to start with, coming properly to life when Thunderclap first appears. The bookend scenes with Bootle Beetle (making the last of four appearances) weren't particularly interesting to me and seemed to just be there to tell the story and point out what the cartoon teaches, admittedly those purposes are done well.

At the same time, one can't be too hard on the story. It oozes with charm and poignancy, there is no trouble here feeling sympathy for Morris, and it never gets overly sentimental or sappy. The messaging and values (the friendship resonates the most) don't come across as preachy and are incorporated nicely into the story. The conflict between Morris and Thunderclap does have some genuine tension, helped by that Thunderclap is a legitimately intimidating character, with a cleverly animated and quite nail-biting climax.

The animation is rich and vibrant in colour, beautifully drawn and meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout. The Disney shorts nearly always have great music, and 'Morris the Midget Moose' certainly has that. It has a lot of character, the orchestration is clever and rich in instrumentation and rhythmically stylish. Not only does it fit superbly with the animation and the action, but it adds to them as well. The writing is engaging, thought-provoking and doesn't make the mistakes of being heavy-handed, too wordy or too simplistic.

Morris joins the long (and still growing it seems) line of "adorable and relatable characters in Disney shorts", his friendship with the moose with the tiny antlers being beautifully realised and genuinely touching. Thunderclap is the standout character design-wise and more than convinces when it comes to the conflict, intimidating the viewer almost as much as the rest of the characters in the short.

In conclusion, charming and deserves to be seen more. 8/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page