Mickey's Mechanical Man

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : June 17, 1933

Running Time : 6:49

Synopsis

Mickey's built a robot named Champ who's going to win Mickey a prize by fighting Beppo the Gorilla, the Kongo Killer, in a boxing ring. The robot only works in fits and starts, though, so things look grim for a while. Luckily, Minnie resuscitates Champ by honking her car horn at him.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Beppo the Gorilla
Robot Boxer

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Ed Love
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Paul Fennell
Ben Sharpsteen
Dick Lundy
Marvin Woodward
Louie Schmitt
Tom Bonfiglio
Jack Kinney
Nick George
Leonard Sebring
Roy Williams
Hardie Gramatky
Charles Couch

DVD

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

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 57
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 48
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 24, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 22, 1957

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

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : I dislike boxing and don't care for films and shorts with boxing as a subject. The colorized version does use interesting colors.
From Ryan : I liked this short quite a bit even though I'm not a boxing fan. Mickey has his robot boxer fight Beppo the Gorilla (who appeared in The Pet Store and The Gorilla Mystery). I remember seeing the colorized version of this short on MouseTracks, but I prefer the original black and white version.
From Bill I. : This short had lots of action, but it was Mickey's robot that had all the scenes. Mickey builds a robot to fight Kongo Killer (Beppo) in a fight. While training the robot, Mickey finds that when Minnie blows the car horn, he goes crazy and beats up every picture of Kongo and everything else. When the fight starts, the robot does pretty good, but Kongo Killer finally gets the upper hand and beats Mickey's mechanical man to pieces in the ring. Minnie gets an idea, brings in the car horn and blows it. The robot gets up and wins the fight, all with great gags and great animation. One of the few early Mickey shorts that does not have a musical theme.