The Cactus Kid

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : May 15, 1930

Running Time : 7:25


Riding in on Horace, Mickey enters a western town, fails to impress a Mexican Minnie with his mischievous antics, but succeeds in saving her from the dastardly Pegleg Pedro.


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Horace Horsecollar


Walt Disney

Cut Scenes

In the 1980s, scenes of Pete taking Minnie's beer glass and Mickey doing trick horseback riding were cut. The current version has all gunplay scenes as well as Mickey holstering his gun cut. Each censored version contains all scenes left in the other version.


United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2
Mickey Mouse in Black and White Volume 2


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 11: The Many Lives of Pegleg Pete
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 31
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 22
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 24, 1955

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono : Cinephone
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.


From Jesus Daprice : This cartoon is very similar to the short used in Mickey's Gala Premiere entitled "The Gallopin' Romance."
From Nancy Sykes : I liked the scene where Pete falls off the cliff and goes up and down like an accordion. This is probably one of the earliest shorts in which they use that.
From Jerry Edwards : After a series of song and dance routines by Mickey, Minnie, and Pedro (Pete), Pedro kidnaps Minnie, with Mickey chasing them on horseback across the desert. Mickey defeats Pedro and rescues Minnie. Pedro tumbles over a cliff and is flattened by a rock, but manages to walk away "accordion" style, while Mickey, Minnie, and their horse jeer at him. Generally, just a reworking of the 1928 Gallopin' Gaucho First appearance of Pete's "peg leg" in the Mickey cartoons.

From Ryan : This is definitely a classic Mickey short. It's sort of like an "update" of the Gallopin' Gaucho. Mickey has his gloves and black oval eyes. He rides a horse (who is none other than Horace Horsecollar) instead of an ostrich. It was kind of hard to tell since this is a black and white short whether or not it took place during the daytime or at night. It sure looked like the sky was dark, but I guess the only way I'd know for sure is if it were colorized. One fun gag I enjoyed was where Mickey was chasing after Pete and Pete falls of a cliff. A rock lands on him and smashes him. He then walks off like an accordion.

From Bill : Good early short with life long nemesis "Peg Leg Pete" in the picture. Here we see Mickey riding in on Horace Horsecollar; the sight gag of Horace galloping in time with the music is classic. Another good bit of animation is the shooting scene in the dark and the facial expressions of Mickey when he grabs Pete's gun and points it at him. Another thing that is very moving, at least for me, is that everytime Mickey speaks, I know it's Walt's voice. You can just imagine being there in the beginning when Walt and his team of animators and storymen were making these early Mickey shorts. I like the shorts when Mickey rescues Minnie from Peg Leg Pete. The ending as Pete walks away in like an accordion after being hit by a rock is typical of the humor and gags that seem to be lost in today's cartoons.
From Gijs Grob : The Cactus Kid can be summarized as Gallopin' Gaucho in Mexico. Mickey visits a Mexican canteen where Minnie's a waitress. They make music together until Peg Leg Pete enters and kidnaps Minnie. Minnie speaks Spanish in this cartoon and Peg Leg Pete's seen with a peg leg for the first time. Horace Horsecollar is recognizable, too, with his characteristic yoke and bowler hat. But he's still only a partly humanized horse, here, and Mickey rides him. The Cactus Kid was parodied as "Galloping Romance", the cartoon showed in Mickey's Gala Premiere from 1933. It happened to be the last cartoon Walt Disney directed until his unfortunate come-back with The Golden Touch five years later.

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