The Castaway

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : April 6, 1931

Running Time : 7:26

Synopsis

Mickey's shipwrecked on a desert island with bananas, wild animals, and a piano.

Characters

Mickey Mouse

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Rodolfo "Rudy" Zamora
Frenchy de Tremaudan

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 50: Storyteller Mickey
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 15, 1956

Technical Specification

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

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : Mickey is shipwrecked on an island after being adrift on a raft. Mickey plays a piano that has washed ashore, until a gorilla destroys it. Mickey manages to escape from the gorilla, a lion, and an alligator. He then floats downstream on a turtle, on which he was standing - thinking it was a rock. A fun, action packed short. Enjoyed several of the gags, including Mickey finding three fish inside the piano, playing the piano from the inside. He hits keys that throws each fish to hungry awaiting seals.
From Ryan : In a way, this short is somewhat like the 1929 short Jungle Rhythm. Mickey plays music (except this time on a washed up piano instead of using animals as musical instruments) while several animals dance. In fact, if you've seen both this and Jungle Rhythm, you'll notice that the scene with the two apes dancing was recycled from that very short.
From Bill : I really enjoy the early Mickey shorts and this is no exception. Mickey is on a raft and he appears very small in proportion to the raft. I like the bloomers for the sail and the gulls flying through them. He ends up on an island. As usual this shorts has some nice music and funny gags. I especially liked when Mickey threw the boomerang and it hits him in the butt, then he hits the tree and the bananas hit him in the head. Another big size difference is when Mickey hits the box on the beach with the piano in it he looks small. I agree with Ryan, there is reused animation from Jungle Rhythm. A very simple story line, but Mickey pulls it off in style. I think cartoons today are just so overly complicated and involved; they seem to miss the simple point of just being funny.
From Gijs Grob : Mickey is a castaway, stranding on a tropical island. Luckily, a piano is washed ashore, as well, so Mickey performs for the jungle animals. Unfortunately, a little tiger disturbs him, and a great ape wants to play the piano, too, wrecking the instrument. The Castaway was a short made out of rest material, and it shows. Nevertheless, this short contains nice effect animation of waves washing ashore. It also reuses some animation of dancing sea lions from Wild Waves (1930).
From Christian : If you look at one of the hats on the Many Hats of Mickey bonus feature from the Three Musketeers DVD, you'll find a colorized version of the ending from this cartoon. I'd give it a 6 out of 10.

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