Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Vol. 1 - Mickey and the Beanstalk [DVD]
- SKU: 9348841
- Release Date: 04/07/2009
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Ratings & Reviews
Originally released as part of the feature Fun and Fancy Free, Mickey and the Beanstalk is the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk," with the role of Jack split into three and played by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. To save Happy Valley from extinction, our heroes must rescue the singing harp (voiced by Edgar Bergen's radio-show vocalist Anita Gordon) from a selfish giant (a hilarious voiceover portrayal by "sneeze expert" Billy Gilbert). This was the last cartoon in which Mickey Mouse was voiced by Walt Disney. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Thru the Mirror
After reading Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, Mickey Mouse falls asleep and experiences a Wonderland of dreams. In his visions, Mickey passes through a rather sticky-looking mirror, immediately encountering humanized furniture, an angry umbrella and a self-answering telephone. Eating a huge walnut, Mickey is suddenly enlarged, then miniaturized, allowing him to perform an Astaire-like dance routine atop a huge opera hat. This leads to a full-scale Busby Berkeley routine with a pack of dancing cards, during which Mickey incurring the wrath of the "Charles Laughton" King of Hearts by cutting a rug with the "Greta Garbo" Queen. Much more zaniness ensues ("Calling All Cards!") before Mickey awakens from his dream. In its own carefree way, Thru the Mirror frequently matches and even surpasses the similar animation in Disney's much-later cartoon feature Alice in Wonderland. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Brave Little Tailor
In this witty retelling of the familiar fairy tale, a medieval village is terrorized by a ferocious giant. The King declares that he'll give 6 million gold pazoozas to anyone who can rid his kingdom of the monstrous menace. Meanwhile, humble tailor Mickey Mouse, having wiped out seven flies with a single swish of his swatter, has spread the news that he's "killed seven with one blow." Naturally, the King misunderstands and appoints Mickey the "Royal High Giant Killer"--and when the nervous mouse tries to turn down the job, his majesty sweetens the deal by offering the hand of his lovely daughter, Princess Minnie. Armed with only a few spools of string and a pair of scissors, Mickey sets out to decimate the giant. . .who, fortunately for our hero, turns out to be a lazy, stupid oaf. Nominated for an Academy Award, the nine-minute Brave Little Tailor boasts feature-length-quality animation and background art--and as a bonus to cultural historians, a deliciously non-PC gag involving a giant cigarette (and an even gianter-er cigarette lighter). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
With bags packed, Mickey Mouse and his dog Pluto depart from the Burbank depot for a train trip to Pomona. Alas, surly railroad conductor Pegleg Pete won't let Goofy in the passenger car, so Mickey stuffs the dog in his suitcase. It doesn't take long for Pete to figure out what's going on, and after luring Pluto out in the open by imitating a cat, the chase is on. Our heroes spend the rest of the cartoon trying to elude the outraged Pete ("WHYYYY, I'LL TEAR YA TA PIECES!") and to avoid gettting tossed off the train. A fine example of the "bread and butter" Disney cartoons of the 1940s, Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip is blessed with a surefire comic situation and a bottomless reserve of clever gags. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
To entertain a group of cute orphan mice, Mickey Mouse tells the kids of the time that he was shipwrecked on a "dark and stormy night." In flashback, Mickey washes up on the shores of Lilliput, where the teeny-tiny residents bind him to the ground and play with such mysterious "giant" gadgets as a fountain pen and a pocket knife. Easily escaping his bonds, Mickey looks on in amusement as the Lilliputians wage war against him, bombarding him with pea-sized cannonballs. But the fun comes to an abrupt halt when Mickey is attacked by a very huge and very ferocious spider--with six flailing fists. A brilliant black-and-white exercise in animated perspective, Gulliver Mickeywas colorized for Disney Channel TV exposure in 1991. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse
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