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Touchdown Mickey

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : October 15, 1932

Running Time : 6:25

Synopsis

It's the big game with Mickey's Manglers vs. the Alley Cats. Sportscaster Goofy keeps track of what's going on (badly) as Mickey takes his team to victory.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar
Goofy

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Frenchy de Tremaudan

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 52: Rah! Rah! Disney Goes Athletic
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 31
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 16, 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 United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Mark Yorsaner : A very funny and enjoyable short! Although one might say that Goofy was at times nuttier than John Sterling when Bernie Williams hits a homerun, it was one of Disney's best early works. This is also one of the first sports-oriented and probably the first team sports-oriented cartoon. I find it interesting that football is done before baseball (unless I missed a baseball short), primarily because baseball was much more popular at the time among the American youth (although football was indeed popular among some groups). Also, I find it interesting that a radio announcer (Goofy) was used, especially since broadcasts of games were rare in the early 30's, and were usually relayed from the stadium to the radio station. But all in all, excellent!
From Jerry Edwards : A fun cartoon - full of football game gags. I especially enjoyed Mickey using a heavy teammate as a steamroller to flatten the defensive players.
From Samuel E. Lago : This is one of the funniest Mickey Mouse cartoons I have ever witnessed. It is different to a lot of other more modern shorts in that it is more dynamic and fast-paced. It's humor is fast, furious and sometimes violent. Not harmful violence, simply non-stop movement. With some insight to future regular characters (Example : Goofy, then called Dippy Dawg) and smooth animation, this short will leave you laughing until you burst.
From Lee Suggs : This short is one of my favorites. As I have stated before Mickey Mouse was an interesting and important character up until about 1935. Then he became more and more of a straight man, with Pluto, Donald, or Goofy seeing most of the action. I believe most of Mickey's best shorts were those made between 1932-1934, when he was in Black and White. This short is one of the most fun and presents Mickey as the little guy triumphing over a stronger adversary. (my favorite role for him) It just doesn't get any better than a Mickey Mouse/football combo, and the Manglers' victory gives me hope for my JV football team this year.
From Ryan : This is quite a break from those "song and dance" cartoons. Here it's somewhat like watching a football game only with humor. We've got Mickey as a football player who isn't wearing any pads (suppose his shoulders get seriously injured). Pluto is the water dog and Goofy is the announcer who keeps laughing moronically.
From Gijs Grob : Goofy's third appearance and already he is a more recognizable and defined character than Horace Horsecollar and Clarabella Cow would ever be. This is the first cartoon he actually talks (although he sang already in The Whoopee Party). It may be interesting to note that Goofy may be the first cartoon character build on a funny voice. His success is proof that although a unique voice is not necessary (Tom & Jerry for instance could do perfectly without one), it certainly helps to build a character. This must have been an inspiration to later voice-based characters like Donald Duck, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. Ironically, Goofy himself would eventually lose his voice in the early forties (when Pinto Colvig left for Fleischer).

(PS Touchdown Mickey is a great cartoon, but others have described it already very well.)


From Bill : I must say this short had more action and gags than you could shake a stick at! The storyline is with Mickey at his best, the underdog (including his team!) fighting the bigger,stronger foe. I have so many favorite gags in this one, hard to pick, but I loved the gag when the ambulance drivers rolled up the squashed players and took them away. Also, the part where Mickey is still woozy and trying to get back into the game, his expression is timeless. This kind of storyline is what makes a Mickey short memorable.

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