Poster

Fishin' Around

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : September 25, 1931

Running Time : 7:19

Synopsis

Mickey and Pluto fish in a spot where no fishing's allowed. They enjoy various gags and a chase around the river bottom before the sheriff shows up.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pluto

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Norm Ferguson

Cut Scenes

A scene where the sheriff tries to fire at Mickey, but steps into the water has been cut.

Video

Italy
Topolino Pesca Guai

Laserdiscs

Japan
Fisherman Mickey

DVD

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

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 70
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 32
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 10, 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 Erin Hildenburg : I enjoyed watching this cartoon on "Mickey's Mouse Tracks." This is my favorite Mickey cartoon of all.
From Jerry Edwards : Mickey and Pluto fish in a "No Fishing" area. They are frustrated by taunting fish until Mickey and Pluto have to escape from a pursuing game warden. A fun cartoon - full of gags of how the fish outwit Mickey and Pluto. Once again, the "bloodhound sniffing a trail" animation from the 1930 The Chain Gang is recycled - only this time, the "trail" is on the BOTTOM OF THE LAKE!!! This is one of the shorts that Disney colorized. While I usually don't care for colorization, the color did add to my enjoyment of the short.
From Ryan : Why didn't Mickey just go to a spot where fishing was legal? Perhaps there were too many people around and the fish were getting scarce. I didn't find this short too interesting, but I still liked it a little. I believe, if I can recall, The sheriff looked a little like the one in The Barn Dance. Maybe it was the same sheriff, who knows? I have never seen the black and white version of this short.
From Rich : Similar to the earlier Plane Crazy, this short gives another good example of a daring and devilish Mickey Mouse, in which he goes against the system just for a little good, clean, yet wet fun. But what I don't get is why the scene where the cop fires a gun at Mickey was cut. I mean, COME ON!!! You gotta have a little excitement in here.
From Bill : This short shows how much more detail the animators were putting in as the Mickey shorts progressed. The nice opening scene of Mickey and his best pal Pluto rowing across the lake was really nice, but the reflections of them in the water was just a great piece of drawing skill. This short was just a simple story, but the cartoon was very enjoyable because of the numerous sight gags used and some classic cartoon situations, like Pluto sniffing around the bottom of the lake and all the fish taunting Mickey and Pluto. The fish tying the hooks together, hooking a girdle to Pluto's tail and the like. Even Mickey using the "No Fishing" sign for an anchor was a reminder of how Mickey was a bit of a rebel and not the sedate and calm Mickey that the company turned him into today. Another interesting observation: Pluto looks so much more like an old country bloodhound than he Pluto of today! Amazing how he also has changed over time. This short is an 8.

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