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A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)

A young boy dreams of being a cowboy. After he gets the basics, as outlined in the title song, he's attacked by Indians. He runs out of bullets and manages to lasso them. He smokes the ... See full summary »

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A young boy dreams of being a cowboy. After he gets the basics, as outlined in the title song, he's attacked by Indians. He runs out of bullets and manages to lasso them. He smokes the peace pipe with their chief. A robber is holding up a stagecoach and he rides to the rescue, refusing the reward. He also saves a train from a dynamited bridge, and a girl tied to a cactus, before riding into the sunset (and back to his suburban bed). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho (1987) See more »

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A Cowboy Needs a Horse
Written by Paul Mason Howard and Billy Mills
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An entertaining short with an even better title song
31 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Not a personal favourite of mine and A Cowboy Needs a Horse is not going to appeal to everybody, but there is a lot to enjoy here. One thing that won't appeal to all is the stylised animation, with me while it is a very unique style and has a lot of vibrancy some of the drawing has a limited and blocky look, so it was a case of neither loving or hating the animation style. A Cowboy Needs a Horse is very amusing though, the sights and sounds are distinctively Cowboy/Wild West style and the gags are timed well and have great entertainment value. A Cowboy Needs a Horse is pleasingly mellow, which gives it a relaxing touch too, what there is here is so imaginative that I found myself positively drifting off to another world like that of the short itself. The characters are appealing and while the story doesn't have a lot to it structurally it is never dull and the amount of fun, charm and gentleness is most admirable. The standout component was the music, the orchestration is energetic and lush but best of all is the title song which is incredibly catchy and is one of Disney's best ever title songs. So all in all, entertaining and charming if perhaps not for universal appeal, worth watching for the title song alone. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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