The Pet Store

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : October 28, 1933

Running Time : 7:21

Synopsis

Tony Dinero enlists Mickey to watch the shop while he's away at lunch. Unfortunately Beppo the Gorilla escapes from his cage and uses Minnie as Fay Wray in a King Kong imitation.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Beppo the Gorilla
Tony Dinero

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Art Babbitt
Norm Ferguson

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 39: Minnie Mouse
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 19, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 14, 1956

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 most enjoy the fun gag of the gorilla mimicking stars from a movie magazine, which leads to trouble when it mimics King Kong. Enjoy the colorized colors.
From Ryan : After Mickey gets a job at a pet store, the owner leaves him in charge while he goes away. Minnie comes in and sees him. One thing I noticed was that there was an ostrich there. What kind of pet store sells ostriches? What kind of pet store sells gorillas? True, I have seen a monkey at a pet store, but never a gorilla. Wasn't that ostrich in an unspeakably small cage? Oh God, that would be terribly uncomfortable. Seeing the gorilla do impersonations of various movie stars was pretty funny as well as the "King Kong" parody. In fact, "King Kong" was released in 1933 as well. What a coincidence!
From Bill : One of the best "gag" filled and "slapstick" of the Mickey shorts. The imagination of the writers of the 30's to this day can't be topped! Subtle gags of Mickey dusting the goldfish off and picking up boxes with the bird are just starters. Mickey was at his bravest, even as Beppo picks him up by the shorts, he still tries to punch him and save Minnie. The gag of Beppo imitating King Kong, complete with the "birds" flying around him like the bi-planes. Clever! (Poor Faye Raye, I mean Minnie!) I wonder if any fans picked up on the two best gags in this short. If anyone watches The 3 Stooges, they should know the Stooges copied these two gags. When Mickey is dodging the boxes thrown by the chimps, every time he tries to throw the cage at Beppo, he gets clobbered. He finally ducks, smiles like he's in the clear, goes to throw the cage, and gets nailed in the head with the cash register drawer. I could not stop laughing; Donald Duck was never this funny. And the last gag, when Mickey and Minnie are running out of the store, they run into each other (ala The Three Stooges), fall down and take off again into the sunset. This was just one funny short and should be in every fans collection.
From Gijs Grob : Mickey applies for a job in an Italian pet store. Then Minnie drops by and they perform their usual sing-and-dance-routine. This was Mickey's last cartoon to feature half a song-and-dance routine and half a story (a structure that had become old-fashioned by now). This time Minnie's quite tiresome lalala's are interrupted by 'Beppo, the movie monk', an ape who has read about King Kong (released that same year) and who wants to imitate him. This leads to a nice spoof of King Kong, in which the ape climbs a pile of boxes with Minnie under his arm while being attacked by birds, mimicking the planes in the original feature. In the end Mickey and Minnie are fleeing the pet shop, just before the owner returns, leaving it in complete ruin. Part of the fun in this cartoon is provided by pseudo-Italian labels (like "birda seed" and "biga da sale"), a type of pun that was later borrowed extensively by Chuck Jones in his Pepe le Pew-cartoons.

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