Building a Building

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : January 7, 1933

Running Time : 7:20


Mickey saves box-lunch-seller Minnie from Pete, who's boss on a construction site.


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse


Dave Hand
Ben Sharpsteen
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Tom Palmer
Dick Lundy
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Frenchy de Tremaudan


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons.) The award was won by The Three Little Pigs.


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : How the Best Was Won : 1933-1960
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Cartoni Animati da Oscar


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : How the Best Was Won : 1933-1960
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years
Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born


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


Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 13
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 10, 1955

Original Animator's Drafts

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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


From Lee Suggs : This is an important Mickey short. Made during one of the worse years of the depression I am sure it was quite uplifting. If you could get a job, during the depression, I'm sure you had to keep it no matter how you were treated. This short represented what every mistreated worker wanted to do. So Mickey, by being himself, may have made things better for millions.
From Jerry Edwards : Mickey, a steam shovel operator at a construction site, has no lunch after Peg Leg Pete, his foreman, steals and eats it. After Minnie gives Mickey a free box lunch, Pete kidnaps Minnie. Mickey and Minnie defeat Pete after a hot pursuit throughout the building, with Mickey joining Minnie as co-owner of her box lunch wagon. One of my favorite of the early Mickey cartoons - just full of action and gags. One scene of Minnie pouring hot rivets down Pete's pants is hilarious. The scene of Pete falling into a cement mixer and both falling as girders also fall all around is superbly animated and fascinating to watch. One oddity of the cartoon is that Pluto is treated as if he's Minnie's dog - he's pulling her lunch wagon.
From Ryan : This is one of the cartoons that was playing at the Disney Store in Chicago that I went to. It was in its original black and white version, but the sound was turned down and instead there was a big screen that was turned up enough that the whole store could hear it. It featured today's Disney crap such as music from stupid kiddie shows like "Bear in the Big Blue House" and "Rolie Polie." Well anyway, back to the short. I noticed that Mickey had quite a big fish for just himself. It was still whole too. Hopefully the guts had all been taken out of it. Minnie comes by selling huckleberry pies with Pluto pulling the cart. After Pete fires Mickey (well actually I think Mickey quits before Pete tells him he's fired), Minnie hires him and now it's Mickey and Minnie's Huckleberry Pies. I saw the colorized version on the "Gotta Be the Shorts" marathon. It was better since there were no people around and there were no songs from stupid children's shows playing in the background, therefore I could hear it much better! Ha Ha!
From Bill : Sometimes when I express my opinions and comments on all these great Mickey I find it hard for me to find faults with most of the classics. I'm just guilty of being a rabid and devoted fan of Mickey and the old way that Disney did him before the "allowed" Mickey's character to change so drastically. I say "allowed" because the only reason Mickey played second fiddle to Goofy and Donald, etc. was because the writers let it happen. In this short, again, Mickey saving Minnie shows that the old Mick is brave and daring and will do anything for his Minnie, and in the process provide all the laughter in Mickey's special manner. The steamshovel was very imaginative and the artwork on the highrise was excellent, especially when Pete was falling through all those girders! This short has many great gags and the action was fast paced. The best part was when Minnie helped Mickey to battle Pete. It just shows that special bond between them. Great Storyline.
From Gijs Grob : Building a building' has a grand opening with its close-up of the anthropomorphized excavator. This fast and gag-rich cartoon can be summarized as Gallopin' Gaucho at a building site: Mickey is employed as an excavator machinist at a building site. When Minnie drops by selling box lunches, Mickey is so struck by love that he ruins the plans of foreman Peg Leg Pete three times. The latter is charmed by Minnie as well and tries to force her to a kiss. Of course, Mickey comes to the rescue, fleeing with Minnie and leaving Pete behind with the building in complete shambles. This is the first of a few 1933 Mickey Mouse cartoons that are introduced and partly played out in Song.

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