Mickey's Kangaroo

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : April 13, 1935

Running Time : 8:55

Synopsis

A friend in Australia has sent Mickey the kangaroo Hoppy, who with her pesky son drives Pluto completely to distraction. Mickey wants to train the kangaroos to be fighters, but they end up throwing him in his own hay-baling machine. "C'mon - mix it up!"

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pluto
Hoppy, the Kangaroo
Baby Kangaroo (unnamed)

Credits

Director
Dave Hand
Animation
Les Clark
Fred Moore
Dick Lundy
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Hardie Gramatky

Milestones

This was the final Disney cartoon made in black and white.

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 16: Escapees From the Ark
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 44
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 4, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : March 19, 1958

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 films and shorts with boxing as a subject - so I don't care for this short. One oddity is that Pluto's thoughts are "spoken out loud" in this cartoon - which has occurred in a few shorts, but it just doesn't work for me. The colorized version does add some to the short for me.
From Bill I. : This was not one of my favorite shorts, but the best part was the beginning when Mickey is building Pluto's doghouse and the interaction between the two shows the immense love Mickey and Pluto have. He receives a box from Australia from a "Leo Buring" who was a pioneer in the Australian wine industry (wonder how Mickey knew him?) It turns out to be a boxing kangaroo and Mickey runs right to his gym to get a pair of gloves to "mix it up" with the kangaroo. After Pluto sees the kangaroo in his new doghouse, he of course gets mad and that's when Mickey sees the kangaroo has a baby kangaroo in his pouch. So Mickey tries to box the adult in his gym and, after a few good punches, the kangaroo mops up the floor with poor Mickey. Pluto does not do much better with the baby. After a time Pluto realizes the baby really loves him and puts his head on his shoulder, and Pluto is charmed! The best sight gag was Mickey getting caught in the hay bailing machine and coming out still thinking he was fighting the kangaroo. One thing I noticed was the faces of the kangaroos were very Mickey-like; with a shorter nose and more rounded ears they would have been dead ringers. I give this a 7.
From Hunter : I liked this short, mostly because of the boxing match between Mickey and the Kangaroo. I was actually surprised in that Mickey did better than I expected him to, considering that he doesn't really seem like the boxing type. Not only does he manage to get a few good hits in, he manages to block some of the kangaroo's own hits.

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