Camping Out

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 17, 1934

Running Time : 7:17

Synopsis

Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle are picked on by a mosquito while camping. When Horace swats the 'skeeter, the little bug flies back to the swamp and rallies his relatives for a full-bore attack on our friends.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Albert Hurter
Art Babbitt
Story
Bill Cottrell
Music
Frank Churchill

Video

Italy
Topolino Pesca Guai

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Japan
Fisherman Mickey
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 59: Clarabelle and Horace
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 22
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 27, 1956
The Mickey Mouse Club : April 25, 1957

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
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 : Enjoyable cartoon with plenty of action and gags. I especially enjoyed the scene where a "kid" mosquito, after being swatted, returns to the swamp and cries, "Pop, I was just having fun and some big guy hit me." The entire swamp of mosquitoes then go on attack. The colorized version adds to the short for me.
From Ryan : I'm sure we've all had problems with bugs while camping. I remember there were mayflies surrounding my camper on one of my camping trips. Well, here we've got Mickey, Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle just relaxing and having a good time minding their own business. Suddenly, a little mosquito goes and bugs them. He's swat and runs back to his father crying. Well, before you know it, there's hundreds of the pesky little critters swarming around the happy (soon to be not-so-happy)campers. One fun scene was when they tied Clarabelle's bloomers to a pot-bellied stove (at least I think that's what they did) and the mosquitoes flew in and ended up in the bloomers. The bloomers are then seen darting off into the distance.
From Frank : Horace Horsecollar is the real star in this very nice short. I like this character and it's a pity that he had to slowly disappear after Mickey teamed up with Donald and Goofy.
From Steffan Applequist : I rate this highly funny short with 10 points, because of the music. I find it's the best music of all the shorts - and that say a lot!
From Bill : This was a little different Mickey. This time instead of just battling Pete or some other villain who kidnapped Minnie, Mickey has equal help from Minnie, Horace and Clarabell. And the fight is with some pesky mosquitoes bent on ruining their picnic. The short starts out with some snappy music which is why Walt's cartoons are heads above all others. The music is always a nice touch in all the shorts. This was a lighthearted battle, full of gags, fast and furious. It was nice to see Mickey with a little help this time! Also, this short shows that Horace Horsecollar and Clarabell are great supporting characters. I feel they always made a huge contribution to any toon they were in. This also shows that all the characters can be given equal amount of gags and situations where no one overshadows another. This is again a tribute to the storywriters in the beginning. Just a fun short.
From Gijs Grob : Camping Out is one of the few cartoons in which Mickey, Minnie, Horace Hosercollar and Clarabella Cow are portrayed as four close friends. This friendship was quite commonly portrayed in the Mickey Mouse comics of the time, but on screen it was shown only twice (the other instance is The Beach Party of 1931). This time they are camping out, but soon they're troubled by an enormous army of mosquitoes. This is a pure gag cartoon, and the gags are ingenious and come plenty, making Camping Out one of the most enjoyable cartoons of the era. Some of the mosquito gags were copied in the Betty Boop cartoon "There's Something About a Soldier", released six months later.
From Roy M : Horace Horsecollar should have had his own series, because by watching this cartoon, it shows that he and Clarabelle could have possibly shared a series. Donald' main focus was his temper, and Goofy's main focus was his stupidity and clumsiness. Horace's focus was that he thinks of himself as a man, and at times his sense of humor or mild temper would cause actions, for example in this cartoon, the mosquitoes keep on stinging his behind, and Horace takes advantage of the situation and puts a waffle iron over it, tricking the mosquitoes. Horace should appear in more Disney media, as Clarabelle has already.

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