The Mail Pilot

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : May 13, 1933

Running Time : 7:26

Synopsis

Through rain, sleet, snow and mail bandits, Mickey's mail must go through.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pete

Credits

Director
Dave Hand
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Ed Love
Joe D'Igalo
Jack Kinney
Leonard Sebring
Roy Williams
Hamilton Luske
Hardie Gramatky
Jack Cutting
Charles Couch
Nick George
Dick Williams
Tom Palmer

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 10 : Mickey's Crazy Careers

Laserdiscs

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

Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 63
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 25, 1955

Original Animator's Drafts


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Page 4

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 Jerry Edwards : Mickey's determination to deliver the mail in his small plane is tested by weather and Pete, a wanted mail bandit. Mickey succeeds in capturing Pete after a furious aerial battle. Enjoyable short, with plenty of action and gags. I especially like the creative ways Mickey kept his plane flying after Pete shoots off the propeller - such as using a clothes line to convert the plane to a helicopter and later using a windmill's "arms" as a propeller. The weather scenes, especially the snow, are nicely animated.
From Ryan : Although this short really isn't one of my favorites, I do enjoy the animation. The scene with Mickey going through the snowstorm is nicely done as well as him going through the rain. I noticed that the sun was drawn with a face kind of like in the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." This is one of those shorts that Disney colorized, but I haven't seen the colorized version.
From Bill : Great classic black and white Mickey. I especially liked the plot, again classic Mickey where Mickey is against the bigger bad guy and takes his licks, but through cunning and bravery he wins the day and his girl, Minnie. I also liked the liked the subtle gag where Mickey aims the oil can at Pete, shoots it, and the oil drips down to form cell bars. I just wonder why Disney cannot or will not make shorts again like this. I guess they don't make gag writers or storymen like they used to.
From Gijs Grob : Mickey is a mail pilot who deals with a blizzard and an evil mail robber (not Peg Leg Pete). This is one of the 1933 cartoons introduced by a song ("The Mail Must Go Through"). This song forms the main musical theme, which is developed in classical fashion in the rest of the score. The design of the anthropomorphized sun is the same as in Father Noah's Ark from one month earlier. The story of "The Mail Pilot" and that of Shanghaied (1934) were later loosely combined in Floyd Gottfredson's comic strip "Mickey and the Pirates" (1934).

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