Boat Builders

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 25, 1938

Running Time : 7:20

Synopsis

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy construct the ship "Queen Minnie" from folding component parts. When Minnie launches the ship by hitting it with a champagne bottle, she whacks it so hard that, once out at sea, it separates into its parts again.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Goofy
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Animation
Louie Schmitt
Eddie Strickland
Charles Couch
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Archie Robin
Paul Satterfield
Don Patterson

Video

United States
Mickey and the Gang
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 3
France
Les Aventures de Mickey et Minnie
Italy
Topolino Apprendista Scalatore
Le Radici di Pippo
Topolino : Un Eroe Mille Avventure
Sono Io ... Pippo
Storie Quasi Titaniche
Cartoon Festival 3
Cartoons Disney 3

CED

United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 5

Laserdiscs

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 3
Mickey and the Gang / Nuts About Chip 'n' Dale
Japan
Mountaineering Mickey
Donald Duck : A Star is Born

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 39: Minnie Mouse
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 16
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 34
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 29, 1957

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.

Comments

From Samuel E. Lago : Another great short featuring the comedy team of Mickey, Donald and Goofy. I liked this one far more than Moose Hunters since the roles of the characters were more shared (even so, Mickey doesn't appear as often as Donald and Goofy, I guess it's about Mickey's image that Disney was trying so hard to keep clean.) Still, we see some great moments with Mickey, like when he ends up tied to a flag pole many feet up in the air and salutes with a smile on his face, despite the circumstances. Goofy falls in love with a statue of a mermaid that Mickey is carrying on his back and falls into a barrel of nails. Donald tries desperately to paint the ships rudder that is always moving away from him because Mickey is steering the steering wheel. Donald gets tangled on the rudder with rope and as he spins loose, causes the steering wheel to spin, knocking Mickey over. A very well thought-out short.
From Jerry Edwards : This Mickey and the gang short comes across as just too much "typical formula" to me and the gags just don't work for me.
From Ryan : I didn't really care much for this cartoon, but I did like the part where Goofy was opening a crate and a carving of a mermaid was in it. He then said "Gawrsh! A lady!" At the end, however, after the boat had collapsed, Mickey said "So simple a child could do it" and just laughed not showing any sign of frustration (Disney didn't show Mickey with a wide range of emotions did he?) Donald, however, was quite upset as he said "Aw Phooey!"
From Pesch : Disney runs this short on the bus ride from the cruise terminal at Port Canaveral to the Orlando airport. I confess preferring Bugs and Co. to MM, so I'll only observe that I have thought about Mickey's joy to the failure of his plans for some time, and concluded that a) he's reacting just like a child who delights in knocking down a block tower he built; or b) that Mickey deliberately sets himself up for failure, buying a boat kit he knows will collapse on itself, and is delighted that his scheme has worked so well. Which just goes to show where spending too much time in college film courses will get you.
From Peter : I was just watching this short again on my MM: In Living Color DVD and noticed a cameo that I don't think anyone has mentioned before. In the long shot right before Minnie christens the boat, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow can be seen on the platform with Minnie (the left side of the screen.)
From Nikita : This one deserves a 9 too, and my two favorite men are in it! Mickey and Donald, a likely lovable pair.

I was so amused by how confident Mickey was to build such a huge boat, even when he got the idea from reading a scrappy catalog page that was an excuse for a blueprint. I quote the message at the bottom: "Even a child can do it." Yeah right! After all the sweat, blood and Lord knows what else they put into that boat and then see it fall apart is something to ponder, but what can I say? It's supposed to be comical, right?

Oh, and my favorite part is when Goofy lands in the nail pail and then freaks out after reading the label. That scene still flashes back when I least expect it.


From Rebecca : The cartoon wasn't very action oriented. It was just showing the Terrific Three doing yet another odd job. This cartoon would not have been as endearing without the part where Goofy falls in love with the mermaid statue. It is such a precious scene of the Goof, one of his highlights, one his best ever.
From Maxwell Morton Goudiss : Maxine and I saw this yesterday, along with "Meet the Robinsons" at Cobble Hill Cinemas. It was worth it nowadays.
From Steve : I was quite pleased to see Boat Builders included before the screening of "Meet the Robinsons". Nice to expose a whole new generation to such a classic.
From Katelyn : This is probably one of the funniest I've seen yet. The scene that shows Goofy getting all smitten with the mermaid statue made me laugh so hard I hurt my side a little. Of course, when the boat falls apart at the end, it's funny, but I feel a little sorry for 'em at the same time. I have to give this a 9, only because the part when Donald gets the paintbrush in his mouth grossed me out a little.
From Casey : I like this cartoon because Mickey, Donald, and Goofy try to build a ship but they fail every time they try. The funniest part is when Goofy fell in love with a mermaid that was actually a dummy.
From Mike : This has always been one of my favorite MDG cartoons. Goofy falling in love with the mermaid dummy was the funniest part, but the best part has to be Mickey high up the flagpole saluting. That was genius.
From Bryan Hensley : Back in the spring of 2007, my daddy and I went and saw the 2-D version of Meet The Robinsons in theatres. We were both amazed that this very short played before the movie got started! It was my very first time seeing a classic Disney short on the big screen, where they originated! "Build your own boat. All you do is put it together. Even a child can do it." That's what Mickey, Donald and Goofy thought at first. They had a lot of trouble putting the Queen Minnie together! You can't help but feel sorry for Goofy getting lovesick over a mermaid boat-head! Is that hilarious or what? Once the boat was put together and Minnie christened it, the whole ship quickly tore to pieces! In the end, Mickey, Donald and Goofy were stuck at sea, sitting on boat parts. "Aw phooey" was right for the boat being so easy, a child can do it... YEAH RIGHT! I wish that the new Disney shorts being made would be released more often. I haven't seen any old or new Disney shorts in theatres ever since 2 years ago.

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