Mickey's Amateurs

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : April 17, 1937

Running Time : 8:22

Synopsis

Mickey hosts an amateur talent show while Donald attempts to get through a recitation of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" without incident.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pete
Clarabelle Cow
Goofy
Clara Cluck
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Pinto Colvig
Walt Pfeiffer
Ed Penner
Animation
Les Clark
Ed Love
Al Eugster
Art Babbitt
Stan Quackenbush
Ralph J. Sommerville
Marvin Woodward
Tom Palmer

Cut Scenes

Donald tries to silence his audience by spraying them with machine gun fire.

Video

United States
Mickey Knows Best
Germany
Mickey Präsentiert
France
Donald Vedette de Television
Italy
Topolino Superstar

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Knows Best / The Importance of Being Donald
Japan
This is Your Life Donald Duck

DVD

United States
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)
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 54: More Goin' to the Birds
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 50
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 4
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 18, 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 Ryan : While I am normally a huge fan of the Disney shorts, I absolutely hated this one. It was so stupid. The characters were all acting kind of dumb (I can't remember everything that they did I'll have to watch this short again). One thing that didn't make any sense was when Donald was reciting the children's nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." The audience members all appeared to be adults. I didn't see any kids in the audience whatsoever.
From Angelica Barker : I did not care for this short at all. One thing, however, puzzles me. Why in the world would Donald recite "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to an adult audience? The people (actually most of them looked like dogs) appeared to be adults dressed up formally and there were no children that I could see in the audience.
From Ross : I absolutely love this cartoon! Mickey's Amateurs is not stupid, it's so wonderful and musical, and the music in this cartoon is perfect! Mickey plays a great cheerful amateur host, Goofy plays a wonderful inventive musical machine, and Clarabelle Cow and Clara Cluck do a great opera number, and Pete, he tries to sing "Loudly The Bell," but gets taken off the stage. But Donald Duck, when he tried to recite "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," he always failed. I love the part when he gets his head caught in the closing iris out at the end of the cartoon. Awesome musical cartoon, although it makes you wonder why Donald fired a machine gun at the audience when he failed to recite again. Why did the animators create something so R-rated for Donald to do?
From Baruch Weiss : I do not like this short at all. The audience was laughing for a good reason. They probably were thinking 'What the heck is this duck saying? He thinks we are little kids!'
From Smokestack Jones : Delightful cartoon. While Ms. Cluck and Cow were funny and Donald attempting to recite "Lamb" is always a winner (especially the funny variations that the animator's did), to me, Goofy and His 50-Piece Band makes this short one of the best. I love the gags and Goofy's reactions were priceless. A 10 in my book.
From Matt : I love this short! You've got to feel slightly sorry for poor Donald when the audience laugh at him, but turning a machine gun on them is a tad extreme (although hilarious). A brilliant short made more excellent with the funny costume Donald wears when he comes back on stage the second time round.
From James Coleman : This is easily one of the best Disney shorts I have ever seen. It is insanely hilarious every time I watch it and it never gets old. Perhaps I am easily won over by an angry Donald Duck, but in this episode he goes absolutely crazy and it is better than ever. All of the elements in this cartoon come together to create something so strange it will stick in your mind for a long time. I have this on tape and I used to watch it many times a day when I was young. I think every little kid should watch cartoons like this. How else are they going to be able to recognize the crazy, homicidal duck-people when they see them in the real world?
From Mike : While this cartoon is ok, I wouldn't call it a favorite. I didn't laugh so much at Donald pointing the machine gun at the crowd, his disguise was the funny part in that scene.

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