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Ye Olden Days

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : April 8, 1933

Running Time : 8:19

Synopsis

A stage play shows Mickey as a wandering minstrel, saving Maid Minnie from having to marry Prince Goofy of Poopoopadoo.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Goofy

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Art Babbitt
Norm Ferguson

Video

United States
Robin Hood
Germany
Micky Liebt Minnie
Micky Liebt Minnie
France
Mickey et Minnie les Amours de Printemps
Italy
Topolino e Minnie Innamorati
Topolino and Co. : Avventure Tutte da Ridere

Laserdiscs

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

DVD

United States
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 3 : The Prince and the Pauper
Robin Hood - Most Wanted Edition
Robin Hood
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Germany
Schmetterlinge in Bauch
Robin Hood : Sammler Edition
Robin Hood
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
France
Robin Hood
Italy
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (Special Edition)
Sweden
Robin Hood
United Kingdom
Robin Hood - Most Wanted Edition

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 39: Minnie Mouse
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 58
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 3, 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

  • Released in 8mm form under the title "Mickey's Royal Battle."
  • A short clip of this cartoon was used in the Fox Films production "My Lips Betray."

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Another day, another hit Mickey Mouse cartoon, this time it’s Ye Olden Days, a tale of Mickey in medieval times, complete with songs, jousts and feasts. This is a masterpiece in my opinion. It’s definitely the finest Mickey short so far in 1933, and that’s saying something.

What makes this so good? Simple. The characters are perfect. We get every one of the main Disney characters of the time, cast in a role that fits them perfectly, and the story proceeds with each playing their part. You’d think that would be a simple formula, but it’s not always the case.

For example, we have Mickey as the underdog squire or knight, riding a beaten down pony with a blanket for a saddle. He comes to Minnie’s rescue, and is the loveable underdog the entire way, skating out of trouble and managing to bumble his way through, then uses his wit and brains to win the day.

Minnie plays the sweet princess who is being forced to marry the prince of the land, played by Goofy. Goofy is identified in the title card as “Dippy Dawg,” the first time I’ve seen him mentioned by name. He would change to Goofy later on in his career. The king, played by Pete, is trying to force them to marry, but Minnie refuses and is thrown in the tower jail.

That’s where Mickey comes in, and wins Minnie’s heart. But the king doesn’t want any part of that, and forces Mickey and Goofy to fight for Minnie’s affections. The fight is a great piece of work, featuring the two running all around the castle, Mickey’s donkey besting Goofy’s horse in a fistfight, and Mickey chopping off Goofy’s lance and using it to chase him out of the castle.

This is also the first Mickey cartoon that has really used songs to their fullest extent. Mickey is introduced with a song that he sings as he rides his donkey. The king sings a song to introduce the royal court, including the prince and princess. Mickey sings outside Minnie’s tower window. You see here the beginnings of a musical, which would serve the animators well in coming years as they began to work on Snow White.

In the end, though, it all comes back to the characters. They are cast well, animated perfectly and filled with personality and life. You don’t think about the drawings at all in this short, and that’s a testament to the love and effort that was put into the work. Ye Olden Days is a fantastic short, and one of the true classics of Mickey’s career.

From The Deadly One : I'm not certain that the king is Pete, as the king looks very much like a lion, but I could be wrong. Half the time when something looks like Pete, I think it is not him since they do not have the pegleg, but I find a site that says that it is him. They did not get rid of the pegleg until after 1935.


From David Gerstein at Ramapith : The pegleg really does come and go inconsistently—it's not in Ozzie of the Mounted, The Barn Dance, The Barnyard Battle, or Barnyard Olympics either, and it's definitely Pete we're seeing in all four cartoons (in Mounted, he's even billed as Pegleg Pete despite not having the pegleg!).

Ironically, the Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip later tried to smooth things over by showing that Pete sometimes wore an artificial, more realistic leg ("new-model store leg," as he called it in 1941).

Oops, and speaking of Oswald, Ye Olden Days does seem awfully reminiscent of OH, WHAT A KNIGHT at the start, doesn't it?


From Mac : I think the king in this is supposed to be Pete-like, without being the 'official' Pete himself. He doesn't quite look the same (more of a dog to me) and it's kind of telling that on "Ye Caste" list the name of the 'actor' playing the king is obscured.

This one has a lot of fun casting the characters in new roles without taking it too seriously. I especially like it when Mickey and Minnie climb down Clarabelle's clothes – how much underwear was she wearing?! Also it's kind of disgusting that the guillotine they use for decapitations is the same one they use for food! The song "They're Gonna have a Duel" is probably my favorite Disney song in our journey so far ("Which ever one survives the slaughter Wins the hand of my fair daughter!).


From Jerry Edwards : An interesting cartoon - full of action and gags. One fun gag is when Mickey's donkey beats Goofy's horse in a fight. The horse hits the wall, causing the King's picture to fall right behind the horse's rear - a not-that-subtle message that the King is a horse's ass. Goofy is still listed as Dippy Dawg in this short. The only cartoon I can remember that Goofy played a villain. The King looks almost exactly like the character Old King Cole from the 1931 Silly Symphony Mother Goose Melodies.
From Ryan : Mickey plays a medieval minstrel riding his donkey through the countryside. Meanwhile up in the castle, we've go Princess Minnie who is being forced to marry Prince Goofy. Well the king gets sort of ticked off after she refuses and locks her in the tower (he was a pretty loving father, wasn't he?). The king is later shown being fed by the royal cooks and servants. In fact, he's being fed quite a bit of food that he doesn't need. Foods like roast beef (which is actually a whole cow on a plate) and chicken. Seriously, does anyone have that big of an appetite? I don't think he needs all that food, he's fat enough. All in all this was pretty good. Like all Disney shorts that feature the couple together, this one was quite predictable. You know Minnie will choose to marry Mickey.
From Bill : This was a pretty tame short for Mickey, villains wise. The story started off slow in the beginning; we got to see "Dippy Dawg" soon to be goofy in his development stages. This short had a lot of humor in it. I especially loved it when Mickey was in the tree singing to Minnie, saying how he would rescue her so she would not have to marry that "baf-foon." It just sounded funny the way Mickey said it. The scene with all the food was funny, and even though Mickey had to fight "Goofy", there wasn't the major tension in this fight as with Pete. A cute short, and as always, Mickey get Minnie, as it should be.

From Baruch Weiss : I agree with Ryan on the king and all that food. Too bad they didn't have weight watchers back then!


From Gijs Grob : Mickey and the gang are staged in many different times and places in their cartoons. Yet, this is the first cartoon in which they are introduced as actors performing their parts. This idea of Mickey being an actor was first coined in The Wayward Canary (1932) and played out to the max in Mickey's Gala Premiere (1933). This cartoon nevertheless is played without any awareness of the public. Minnie is a princess forced to marry prince Goofy. Minnie refuses and is locked up in the high tower. Fortunately, there is minstrel Mickey to save her and to battle the evil prince. Like Ye Olden Days and The Mad Doctor, this cartoon is partly a musical with lots of parts sung. It also contains a very anachronistic guillotine and an elaborately designed horse that shows the aspirations of the studio to master more lifelike designs and animation. Goofy, who is introduced as Dippy Dawg, is quite miscast here, playing the villain, who he acts out more silly than threatening. It seems that the animators didn't really know what to do with the character, so far only funny because of his typical voice. So, after this film they dropped him for more than a year.
From Laura Cross : Actually, I think the king looks more like Pete. And do you think Clarabelle Cow cries like an Italian.

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