Mickey Steps Out

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : July 7, 1931

Running Time : 7:31

Synopsis

Mickey and Pluto call on Minnie, but an alley cat disrupts their afternoon of music.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pluto

Credits

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

Cut Scenes

A scene where soot from a stove leaves everyone in blackface has been cut.

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Japan
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 60: Mickey's Boogie
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 10
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 18, 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 Richard F. Jebe : Yes! Pluto speaks at the end! In the German translation he say "Minnie!"
From Jerry Edwards : Mickey dresses up and steps out to see Minnie. He then entertains her with some dance and juggling routines. When Pluto chases a cat into the house, the resulting chaos wrecks the house and covers everyone with soot from the stove. The ending scene of Pluto chasing the cat makes this an interesting, enjoyable cartoon - in spite of the rest of the cartoon being typical singing, dancing, and playing. Everyone is black face after Pluto and the cat run into a pot bellied stove. After Minnie goes "Mickey!" and Mickey goes "Minnie!" - Pluto goes "Mammy!" and the cat goes "Whoopee!"
From Ryan : When I first saw this short, I thought it took place at night since the sky looked black. When I saw the colorized version of it, however, they sky was bright blue so I realized it was during the daytime. This short didn't have much excitement to it, but I thought the scene where Mickey impersonates the canary through Minnie's window was kind of funny. Pluto, whom Mickey is standing on, chases after a cat when he sees it. The window falls on Mickey's neck, keeping him hanging on. Minnie sees him and says "Mickey, what are you doing?" Mickey replies, "Aw, just hangin' around!" Not too bad a joke. I mean, I've heard plenty of jokes that were much more stupid. Until I saw this page and read about the cut scenes for this short, I thought the version I saw was complete (with Pluto running after the cat into the stove). I'd really like to see an uncensored version of it. Hopefully this petition will work out.
From Gijs Grob : This is the first of a few Mickey Mouse cartoons that consists half of musical numbers and half of gags. Mickey's visiting Minnie, but Pluto, who had to stay in, is following him, dragging his dog house along to Minnie's place. First, Mickey and Minnie perform their usual sing-and-dance-routine (this time based on "Sweet Georgia Brown"), but when Pluto is chasing a cat, their music is interrupted and followed by a fast sequence of gags of Pluto and the cat ruining the house culminating in a blackface gag. Mickey Steps Out arguably contains the first well-build up finale in Disney history. It's at least the first of a series of cartoons that end in complete destruction. Pluto would again cause havoc in Mickey Cuts Up and The Grocery Boy. Later, destruction would be caused by little kittens (a.o. Mickey's Orphans) and orphan mice (a.o. Mickey's Nightmare). Mickey Steps Out reuses footage of The Birthday Party of Mickey with a fishbowl on his head.

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