The Barnyard Broadcast

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : October 10, 1931

Running Time : 7:49

Synopsis

Mickey and the gang have a rowdy musicale for the radio.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Les Clark
Charles Couch
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Joe D'Igalo
Norm Ferguson

DVD

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

Television

Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 57
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 30, 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 : In a satire on radio broadcasting, Mickey runs the control room, attempting to monitor the show. All goes well until howling cats spoil the broadcast and the chase destroys the makeshift studio. Mickey signs off amid the debris. Several fun gags - my favorite is when the kittens suck on the voltage knobs of the broadcast equipment as if the knobs were nipples. One of the shorts that Disney colorized. The color does add to my enjoyment of the short.
From Ryan : This short was pretty good. I liked the scenes where the mother cat and kittens came into the radio station and started annoying Mickey, Minnie, Clarabelle, and Horace. In fact, the mother cat sort of reminded me of my calico cat when she rubbed her body around an object or meowed in an odd way. Again I have never seen the original black and white version of this short. I first (and only) saw it on the "Gotta Be the Shorts" marathon. It seems odd that you'd find colorized shorts on Vault Disney.
From Bill : I really enjoy the shorts with Horace and Clarabelle Cow in them. They just seem perfect together with Mickey and Minnie. It's a shame that Walt did not give them more parts, so to speak, in the shorts. The short was pretty good, had a nice group of gags; Mickey boarding up the door so the cats can not re-enter and they come up through the floorboards. I also enjoyed Mickey using horseshoes for chimes and Horace playing the "saw". Also funny was Mickey chasing the cats and causing all that destruction, cutting the piano in half and Clarabelle still playing it. A nice touch was when Mickey dedicates a song to his pal Pluto. The best part was looking at the dated radio equipment; State-of-the Art then, but so old today. A solid 8!

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