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Mickey's Polo Team

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : January 4, 1936

Running Time : 8:47

Synopsis

The Mickey Mousers take on the Movie Stars in a manic polo tournament.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Pluto
Goofy
Three Little Pigs
Big Bad Wolf
Fifi, the Pekinese
Wise Little Hen
Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse's Mother
Peter Penguin
Polly Penguin
Donald Duck
Max Hare
King Midas
Goldie
Ambrose
Dirty Bill
Cock Robin
Jenny Wren

Caricatures

Eddie Cantor
Charlie Chaplin
W. C. Fields
Clark Gable
Greta Garbo
Jack Holt
Charles Laughton
Laurel and Hardy
Harold Lloyd
Harpo Marx
Edna Mae Oliver
Shirley Temple

Credits

Director
Dave Hand
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Grim Natwick
Art Babbitt
Bill Roberts
Dick Heumer
Paul Hopkins

Bloopers

The extended Laurel and Hardy sequence - with both of them off their horses - is interrupted by group shots of the polo teams en masse. These shots include Laurel and Hardy back on their horses, some of the time.

Cut Scenes

Laurel tries to get Hardy's horse to run by sticking it with a pin. The horse runs away and Hardy takes the pin in the backside.

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Life With Mickey
France
Les Aventures de Mickey et Minnie
Italy
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : La Vita con Toplolino

Laserdiscs

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Life With Mickey

DVD

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Germany
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
France
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Italy
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 14: Early Donald
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 16
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 28, 1956

Original Animator's Drafts


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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 David Gerstein at Ramapith : This is the first of several Mickey cartoons in which Mickey has virtually nothing to do - to the point where you have to wonder where he "is" or what he's doing as the picture runs its course. Orphans' Picnic, following immediately, is another good example.
From Jerry Edwards : A very fast-paced cartoon, full of gags. I always thought it odd that the scene of Laurel, attempting to stick a pin in the horse's rump to get it to go, accidentally sticking Hardy instead is usually censored, but the scene of Harpo Marx setting Donald afire with a blow torch is not censored.
From Ryan : This is one of those shorts that I have only seen about once or twice in my lifetime. I find it to be quite funny in the fact that a lot of familiar (and not so familiar) faces of actors/actresses are shown in the crowd. One scene I liked was when Clark Gable kept wiggling his ears at Clarabelle. What a coincidence as I, myself, can wiggle my ears too!
From Ted : I've decided to give this a 10 -- The Hollywood caricatures (as well as the Disney gang) are endearing and hilarious! And they have held up remarkably well with time. The "borrowing" of the celebrities and their routines places this cartoon firmly in the category of Parody. I've watched it over and over and loved every frame!
From Baruch Weiss : As Mr.Gertstein mentioned this is one of several shorts where Mickey has virtually nothing to do - to the point where you wonder where he "is". Well it is all true because Mickey is not naturally funny and I guess that Walt and his studio staff felt that giving Mickey a bit part in the cartoon would be necessary. Anyway back to the short. I used to rent this cartoon on "Life with Mickey" and I now have it on "Mickey Mouse in Living Color." The best part was at the end where all the horses are riding the players.
From Bryce : Fifi looks black and white similar to the Mickey Mouse cartoon Puppy Love in which Pluto in anger refused to be with Fifi right after a disagreement with her.
From Maxwell Morton "Max" Goudiss : This is considered to be the final cartoon with Donald Duck and Goofy in their early designs as Disney decided to stick with Donald Duck and Goofy in their later designs that would both emerged in On Ice.
From Mike : A very funny cartoon full of great sight gags. Laurel and Hardy were definitely the bright spots of this cartoon. Part of me wonders how this cartoon would be if Will Rogers had been alive to be in it? I guess I can only imagine.

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