The Worm Turns

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : January 2, 1937

Running Time : 7:45


Chemist Mickey concocts a super strength potion that turns a fly into a fighter and a mouse into a super-mouse.


Mickey Mouse


Ben Sharpsteen
Hamilton Luske
Charles Couch
Al Eugster
Berny Wolf
Wolfgang Reitherman


In the beginning scenes where Mickey is mixing his formula he pull a cork from a bottle with his teeth. In the following frames, the cork slowly and mysteriously disappears.

Cut Scenes

Pete sticks gun against Pluto, saying "I'm gonna blow your head off."


United States
The Spirit of Mickey
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Mickey
Pluto Räumt Auf
Mit Mir Nicht
Donald und Company
Disney Parade 3
Donald et Company
Pluto Aiutante Offresi
Sono Io ... Topolino
Cartoons Disney 6
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions : Topolino


United States
Limited Gold Editions - Mickey


The Spirit of Mickey
Donald and Company
Disney Cartoon Festival 3
Mickey : Limited Gold Edition


United States
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 55: Oooh! Scary!
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 41

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


From Jerry Edwards : Additional censorship deletes Pete's shadow showing the gun being cocked. In more recent showings, gun scenes with Pete and Pete saying "I'm going to murder you, I'm going to fill you full of lead" are censored. Enjoyable, odd, quirky cartoon. The scene of Mickey performing his experiments with all the chemical bottles and tubing seems to be a forerunner of the Wicked Queen's apparatus in turning herself into an old gag in Snow White. I especially enjoyed the scene of Pluto chasing the cat and the cat getting revenge after Mickey sprays the magical strength potion on the cat.
From Ryan : Even though this short starred him, Mickey was actually just a background character while the short seemed to focus more on the different animals (users of the strength potion). I liked the scene where Pluto chases the cat into the shed and the cat's lives float right out. When he's down to his last life, Mickey squirts some potion on him and his eight other lives jump back into his body. Another funny scene was where Pluto looked at the fire hydrant and was about to "do his business" when Mickey squirted the hydrant and it sprayed Pluto. Wonderful short. I'd give it an A-.
From Per Nilsson : This cartoon feels a bit un-Disney-like. Its style is more like a Tom and Jerry or Tex Avery cartoon. The only thing that clearly makes it a Disney cartoon is the appearance of Mickey and Pluto, but other characters could easily have played them. A lot of chasing is going on, first small animals, like a fly beating up a spider, later on moving up to a mouse chasing a cat. The cat chases Pluto, Pluto going after Pete and so on. Still it's nice to see something different, so it gets an ok grade in my book!
From josef : Great short with lots of fun gags. I really enjoyed the animation in this short.
From Baruch Weiss : This is one of my favorite Mickey cartoons. I wonder if the sequence with the cat and the mouse was the inspiration for Tom and Jerry as three years after this cartoon the cat and mouse team made their debut in "Puss gets the Boot".
From Bryan Hensley : This is one heck of a great short. Mickey concocted a bravery potion and had a bunch of test subjects. A fly caught in a spider's web, a mouse being cornered by a cat, then the cat meowing ferociously at Pluto to stop chasing him. Later on Pluto for getting back at Pete the dogcatcher, and boy was he angry! (At least he saved the dogs and sent Pete off a cliff, as far as I remember.) Finally, on a fire hydrant that sprayed water at Pluto! The music used on nearly all these predicaments was pretty much the same as what had happened previously. If you listen closely to this short, you'll see what I mean. I don't trust dogcatchers, whether they have guns to shoot dogs or not!

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