The Shindig

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : July 29, 1930

Running Time : 7:02


Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle are off to a wild barn dance. There Mickey plays the harmonica and dances with gigantic Patricia Pig, then joins Minnie in a duet on "Pop Goes the Weasel."


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar


Bert Gillett
Dick Lundy


The first cartoon where Clarabelle is named on-screen, and the one where she first wears a dress - embarrassedly pulling it up to conceal her udder when she's introduced.

Cut Scenes

Scenes of Clarabelle without her dress were cut at one time but may have been reinstated.


United States
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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 Jerry Edwards : At a barn dance, Mickey, Minnie, and the gang perform and dance. Mickey dances with several partners, including a dachshund and a hippo. For years, I had only seen an incomplete copy, without the scene of Clarabelle Cow getting ready to go to the dance. However, the cartoon is generally yet another "singing and dancing" - nothing really new.
From Ryan : Here we've got Mickey, Minnie, and several others going off to a hoedown. Horace Horsecollar goes to pick up Clarabelle Cow on his scooter. Clarabelle is seen without her dress and this scene, I hear, has been deleted in the past. This, in a way, could very well be considered a "Silly Symphony" if it didn't have Mickey or Minnie in it.
From Bill : This is another stepping stone in Mickey's cartoon career, more noticeably for Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. Clarabelle's name is seen on her house or barn and Horace is her date for the shindig, a relationship that continues today. This is a standard Mickey short, not too many gags, but lots of dancing and music. I enjoyed the motorcycle Horace was driving, good sight gags as it drove along. There was one scene I thought was bold for the times; when Mickey pulled on minnie's underwear, snapping them. Other than seeing Mickey dancing with a pig and a dachshund with a few sight gags thrown in, it was a standard Mickey toon.
From Gijs Grob : There's a party at the barn. Mickey and Minnie make some music and Mickey dances with Clarabelle Cow, with a dachshund and with a fat pig, but not with Minnie. The short contains no story, but is one of sheer joy, using tunes like Turkey in the Straw, Pop goes the Weasel, and Swanee River (performed by Mickey on a mond harmonica). The Shindig marks Horace Horsecollar's first appearance as a completely humanized horse. It also contains the first love scene between Horace and Clarabelle Cow, who has her name written on the shed in which she lives.

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