Hawaiian Holiday

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : September 24, 1937

Running Time : 8:21


Mickey and Minnie play the uke and dance for a few brief moments - then it's on to the main body of the short as Goofy surfs, Pluto fights with a crab, and Donald sets himself on fire.


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Donald Duck
Crab (unnamed)
Starfish (unnamed)


Ben Sharpsteen
Wolfgang Reitherman
Al Eugster
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Seamus Culhane
Nick George


United States
Starring Mickey and Minnie
On Vacation with Mickey and Friends
Hier ist Mickey
Lachkonzert in Entenhausen
Salut Mickey
Si Disney m'etait Conte
Le Meilleur de Minnie
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
I Capolavori di Minni


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 1


Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2
Starring Mickey and Minnie / Starring Chip 'n' Dale
On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends
Starring Mickey and Minnie
Disney's Cartoon Jubilee
Hello! Mickey
Minnie's Greatest Hits / Pluto's Greatest Hits


United States
Have a Laugh : Volume 4
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 1 : Starring Mickey
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Alle Lieben Mickey
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Tout le Monde aime Mickey
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Il Mio Eroe Topolino
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 1 : Starring Mickey
Have a Laugh : Volume 4
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Alla Alskar Musse
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Everybody Loves Mickey


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 10: Mickey, Donald and Goofy : Friends to the End
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 10
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 19
Walt Disney Presents: On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends

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 RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Matt Jewett : Goofy sure had a lot of trouble surfing on the sea. Thank God I never have that trouble whenever I go out and surf. I live right by the Pacific Ocean so I can surf just about everyday.
From jasonC : This cartoon was not created for an ironic, cynical audience. It is not self-referential. It does not have a subversive message. It is a cartoon that draws on a cultural mythology that has optimism and gentleness at its core. It was intended to be light, it was intended to be amusing, but I don't believe that it was intended to cause uncontrollable belly-laughs. To me Hawaiian Holiday is gorgeous. The backgrounds are insanely lush -- I wanna climb in and lie in a hammock! And the thing that most commenters on this website seem to gloss over is the quality of the movement in the animation. Just look at it. Turn the sound off. Watch it in slow motion. To think that there was once a commercial studio where animators were somehow indoctrinated into a production method that inspired THAT level of quality is almost unbelievable. I also believe that if you are judging any old Disney short by its story, then you are missing the point. The most important thing that I get out of Disney cartoons is cuteness. Where else can I go to get such high doses of cuteness? I'm not saying cuteness is the only important thing in life, but I am saying that if you want it, look at Hawaiian Holiday. And if you want a great story with lots of laughs, watch the Simpsons.
From Ryan : In this short, we have five Disney characters (the "Fab Five" as the people on Toon Disney call them): Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy. Each one is doing something. Donald and Minnie are both doing the hula, Mickey is playing on the guitar, Pluto is sniffing the beach getting himself into all sorts of messes, and Goofy is trying to surf on an uncooperating wave. What somewhat interests me is that when this short was released, Hawaii was not yet a state it was still a territory. I bet a lot of people who saw this cartoon hadn't been to Hawaii (except for the ones who were watching it in Hawaiian theaters) and probably found it quite interesting, especially with the Disney characters.
From Brad Bethel : Summer fun, that's for sure. It's been a long time since I've seen this cartoon, but I still remember the joy I got from watching it.

Mickey and the gang (Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto), otherwise known as the "Fab Five", are on a vacation in Hawaii. Mickey is at the guitar, Minnie and Donald does some hula dances, Goofy does surfing, and Pluto does some sand searching.

While this IS a Mickey Mouse cartoon, the story is actually focused more on the co-stars, more particularly Goofy and Pluto. Goofy has trouble surfing, since the waves are uncooperative. Pluto has trouble with a starfish, a seashell, and finally a crab. We see less of what's going on with Mickey, Minnie, and Donald, although Donald did have a minor accident while dancing.

Despite the co-stars' troubles, everything turns out okay in the end. It truly was a Hawaiian Holiday.

The stuff I liked in the cartoon was the artwork, plus the music (especially when Pluto and the crab does a mirror dance). I also liked a lot of the gags placed among the characters' conflicts. Most of the funniest jokes came from Goofy's attempts to do some surfing. Goofy always has trouble in whatever he plans to do, and they almost always come off with a spectacular comedic showcase. Overall, the art, music, and comedy made it very easy to ignore the story (as is the case in many Disney cartoons).

I really enjoyed Hawaiian Holiday, even though the cartoon was made 22 years before Hawaii became part of the Union. ALOHA!

From Sam : In this short, Mickey and the gang enjoy a day at the beach during a Hawaiian vacation. I thought the best scene was the one where Mickey was playing the ukulele while Donald hula dances, eventually setting himself on fire, although the scenes with Goofy attempting to surf were pretty funny as well. The bits with Pluto in them ran a little long for my taste, but everything else about the short was great.
From Baruch Weiss : I liked this short for the music and I wonder who did it. My guess is that it's Paul J Smith.
From Bill : A very well animated cartoon from Disney. The backgrounds were beautiful and the music was tops. The best Disney cartoons are with the "originals" who started it all. The Fab Five. The story was typical of the shorts and the gags were plenty. My main complaint from many of the fans who comment or rate the shorts is nitpicking: why would they sell this or that, why would this object be here, etc. These are cartoons made for enjoyment and entertainment. All you need to see is the Disney name and you know you're getting the best.
From Katelyn : Ah, Hawaii... What better place for the Fab Five to take a vacation to. I found this short absolutely funny despite the fact that it had no particular storyline. Pluto's encounter with the starfish and crab garnered a few laughs, as did Goofy's attempts to surf, but I think the funniest part is where Donald catches his tail feathers on fire. *laughs* I give this one a 10. I just love the music too!
From Ralph W. Daniel : Mickey, Donald,
From Mike : Although the jokes involving Pluto kinda get played out, watching Goofy surf makes this cartoon worth watching.
From RikiTiki : One of my favs and often wondered if the tune Mickey plays is a "real" song or if it was done just for this short?

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