The Delivery Boy

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : June 13, 1931

Running Time : 8:11

Synopsis

Mickey's delivering musical instruments, but stops his wagon to take them out and "test" them with Minnie - a project that leaves her farm and most of the instruments in ruins, and Mickey's mule without his hair.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pete

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Charles Couch
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Norm Ferguson

Cut Scenes

A scene of a goat trying to eat long underwear was cut in the 80's.

Laserdiscs

Japan
Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 44: Musical Mickey
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 14, 1955

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 delivering a wagon full of musical instruments when he stops to sing and dance with Minnie. A hornet's nest causes the mule to scatter the instruments everywhere. All the barnyard animals join in playing music until Pluto chews on a stick of dynamite he takes from a local demolition site. After the explosion, Mickey and Minnie continue to play on the damaged instruments. One fun gag is when Pluto's fleas "depart the premises" when Pluto starts chewing on the stick of dynamite. Peg Leg Pete has a cameo as one of the demolition crew.
From Ryan : This was a pretty goofy short, but it was also very funny. I especially enjoyed the scene where Mickey, Minnie, and all the animals play "Stars and Stripes Forever" on the various musical instruments. There's a rabbit who blows on a trumpet and two squirrels who together move the bow on a violin. Another funny part was where Pete and a co-worker throw a stick of dynamite at the blasting site and Pluto picks it up and carries it back to them. They jump into a barrel of tar. Pluto takes it to Mickey who is playing the piano. Mickey just pats him on the head. Pluto starts chewing the stick of dynamite (this is quite similar to what my dog does with household objects such as empty pill bottles). It explodes and the hair on Mickey's mule to blow off. Another interesting thing was the signs written in various languages. PELIGRO (meaning "danger" in Spanish), MORT (meaning "death" in French) and a similar word written in either Japanese or Chinese.
From Bill I. : This was a fun short, not much of a plot. Mickey is riding a mule drawn wagon full of musical instruments. I like the early shorts with the barnyard animals prevalent. This short had some nice music, "Sitting Under The Old Apple Tree" and "Stars And Stripes Forever." Lots of funny gags here. Of course once the mule dumps the instruments because of the hornets nest you knew Mickey and Minnie would start playing them. Nice cameo of Pete and the dynamite and the part of the hair blowing off the donkey after the explosion was very funny.
From Mick Mouse : Personally this is my favorite short. I love the interaction between Mickey and Minnie. IT'S SOOOOO CUTE!!!! I love the way they dance together. You never see dancing like that anymore. The songs are awesome too. I wish that cartoons like this were still on TV.

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