Moving Day

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : June 20, 1936

Running Time : 9:22

Synopsis

Mickey and Donald are six months behind on the rent and are being evicted by Sheriff Pete. So they have to move ... and fast!

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pete
Goofy
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Animation
Paul Allen
Cy Young
Al Eugster
Marvin Woodward
Wolfgang Reitherman
Art Babbitt
Don Towsley
Fred Spencer

Milestones

The first appearance together of a fully mature Goofy and Donald.

Video

United States
Mickey Knows Best
Germany
Hier ist Mickey
Drei Caballeros im Sambafieber
Donald Geht in die Luft
France
Salut Mickey
Le Meilleur de Dingo
Italy
Cartoon Festival 2
Sono Io ... Pippo
I Capolavori di Pippo
Cartoons Disney 2

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Knows Best / The Importance of Being Donald
Japan
Donald and Goofy
Hello! Mickey
All Star Cartoon Review

DVD

United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 1 : Starring Mickey
A Goofy Movie
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 1 : Starring Mickey
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 26: Classic Donald
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 16
Walt Disney Presents: The Goofy Success Story

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 Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : One of my favorite types of Disney shorts is the combination of Mickey, Donald and Goofy in a jam. Their interplay is great, but usually, the best gags that Goofy and Donald have come in these shorts. Moving Day is one of them, and it’s a fun, silly little short that is quite entertaining.

The premise is that Mickey, Donald and Goofy’s house is being “dispossessed” as the notice from Pete tells them. That means the three of them need to vacate the house as quickly as possible, to avoid Pete taking all of their things. That leads to all four trying to pack their truck and leave ASAP. As you can imagine, Donald doing anything in a hurry is comedy gold.

Goofy is my favorite of these three characters, because I want to go through life the way he does. Nothing seems to get him upset, even as things continually go against him. In this short, it’s the piano that vexes him. Goofy tries to load the piano on his truck, but the piano keeps sneaking back into the house. The work done to make the piano have emotions and personality is some top quality animation.

However, I’m afraid I’m much more like Donald, who lets everything drive him nuts. Moving Day features a fantastic gag, as Donald keeps getting stuck on things as he tries to hurry through the house and get things packed. First, it’s a plunger that sticks on his tail, then a fishbowl on his tail and the plunger on his head. The shot of Donald looking into the camera with both items stuck on him is a classic.

Mickey again doesn’t play into the short very much. He is there in the beginning, pacing the floor, and is seen packing one suitcase, but after that, the focus shifts almost entirely to Goofy and Donald. They are clearly the more entertaining pair by this point, and the gags in this short prove that.

There is some lost opportunity, here, though, for Mickey to mix in with them. Since the short takes place in one confined area, it would make sense to have Mickey and Goofy deal with the same problem, for example. It makes logistical sense, but it might not make comedic sense. Goofy’s approach is to stoop to the piano’s level, but that may not be Mickey’s approach. Regardless, I think there could have been other ways to involve Mickey here.

This is a great short, though. Donald and Goofy’s gags are well done, with Goofy’s taking a longer, slower period of time and Donald’s coming more rapid fire. This fits their personalities, though, so it makes sense. When Pete lights a match (after the gas has been leaking due to Donald) and blows the place up, you smile as all of the trio’s possessions fall onto the truck, ending with Donald getting stuck on the plunger again. This is a short that makes you smile, and that’s a great Disney feeling.


From Brian : What "dispossessed" means here is that Mickey and friends are so behind on their rent that they are being kicked out of the house and all their possessions are being seized to be sold off to pay what they owe the landlord.

I’ve seen at least one other cartoon short from 1936 with this same back-story, (see the 1936 Popeye short "Let's Get Movin'"). In the Popeye short, Olive Oyl mentions in her song that, “I haven’t told the landlord, but I’m moving today.”

Even the censors must not have been too sympathetic to the financial interests of landlords.


From David Gerstein at Ramapith : Once the moving gags begin, Mickey is only in this cartoon for about ten seconds. They could have done so much better than that—even closing the damn trunk could have become a series of gags that built. Instead, Goofy's (admittedly funny) sequence is stretched out too long.

The treatment of Mickey as a dull character is so strange—it's as if the studio didn't even realize what they were doing.


From Mac : This cartoon has an exciting opening, a great pay off at the end and the gags in the middle are funny. However, I do feel it's the middle that lets the short down. Not only is Mickey all but ignored, but during Donald and Goofy's set pieces, Pete is forgotten about too. A lot of nervous excitement could have really added to the humor in this cartoon as the trio desperately attempt to sneak their stuff out the back, as quietly as they can, while Pete is only out the front door.

It would have been cool if Mickey was so desperate to move everything out, he just frantically packed everything in sight without thinking what he was doing. He could have pulled the nails out the floor and started packing the boards beneath him until had nothing to stand on. This hole could then have been a set up for everyone to fall into. Goofy and Donald could have messed up Mickey's packing with the piano plowing through it and Don knocking stuff over as he struggles to get unstuck. There were lots of ways the different activities of each character could have overlapped and, combined with the desperation of the situation, made for an even more excellent cartoon.

Still, one nice touch I spotted is the gold fish. After jumping from her bowl to avoid Donald she disappears from view and I wondered what happened to her. During the final scene the fish is one of the things to go flying through the air. Guess she died!


From Jerry Edwards : A nice short with action and numerous gags. The gag of Goofy playing "tag" with the piano runs on far too long for my tastes, though.
From Ryan : This is another short that features the classic trio. Each one has some sort of conflict. Goofy is trying to move a piano out, but it keeps sliding down the ramp. I don't remember what Mickey and Donald were having trouble with. I'll have to watch the short again. All have to deal with the same problem though. That is getting everything out of the house after Sheriff Pete evicts them. Speaking of which, when this short was released during the Depression, many Americans were evicted from their homes because they couldn't pay the rent. This short may have made people feel much better.
From Sam : In this fun cartoon featuring the classic trio of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, we find our heroes trying to move behind the back of Sheriff Pete, who has evicting Mickey and Donald. The highlight of this short for me is Goofy trying to get the piano into the truck. Only The Goof could get into a battle of wits with a piano... and loose. Great stuff! I thought the scene where Donald was flying around the room was pretty funny, too. I don't know if I'd pick Mickey and company to help me the next time I move, but at least they can get the job done.
From Baruch Weiss : I thought that this was a great cartoon, There was a nice music score during the title presentation and nice music throughout the entire short.
From Daniel : My favorite part of this short is Donald's struggle with the plunger. The main thing I love about it is it showcases one of Donald's most hilarious mannerisms, his exclamation of "SO!" There are different degrees of this. Moving Day shows most of them. The first is when he mutters it, the second is when he shouts it, and the third is when he says it with such rage and exasperation that it becomes slurred, and sounds more like "ZHEAOW!"
From Rebecca : This is the first cartoon in which Goofy is actually credited as "Goofy". (Before this cartoon, he was known as "Dippy Dawg" or "Dippy the Goof"). Art Babbitt animated him in this picture, and Goofy was very beautifully articulated. The piano sequence was very amusing, also. The short was entertaining, the gags were funny, and the animation was great.
From Mike : I do like this cartoon. Goofy's battle with the piano is pretty funny however the idea of Pete being a sheriff isn't very believable. Other than that it is an enjoyable short.

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