The Brave Little Tailor

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : September 23, 1938

Running Time : 8:56


Mickey, the tailor, kills "seven flies with one blow." The king, thinking that Mickey is talking about giants, sends him out to kill one, and offers him the hand of the Princess Minnie in return.


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse


Bert Gillett
Fred Moore
Bill Tytla
Don Patterson
Milt Schaffer
Les Clark
Ollie Johnson
Frank Thomas
Riley Thompson
Jack Campbell
Don Williams
John Noel Tucker
Andy Engman
Frank Follmer
Cornett Wood
Art Palmer
George Rowley
Archie Robin
John McDermott


Based on the story "The Valiant Little Tailor"


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons.) The award went to "Ferdinand the Bull."


United States
Mickey Loves Minnie
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 7 : More of Disney's Best 1932-1946
Starring Mickey and Minnie
Hier ist Mickey
Micky's Lustige Abenteuer
Contes et Legendes de Jiminy Cricket
Salut Mickey
C'era Una Volta un Topo
C'era Una Volta un Topo
Le Meravigliose Fiabe del Grillo Parlante


United States
Starring Mickey and Minnie / Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Starring Mickey and Minnie
Hello! Mickey
Once Upon a Mouse
Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born


United States
The Sword in the Stone : 45th Anniversary Edition
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 1 : Mickey and the Beanstalk
It's a Small World of Fun Volume 2
The Sword in the Stone
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Alle Lieben Mickey
Die Hexe und der Zauberer
Tout le Monde aime Mickey
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Il Mio Eroe Topolino
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Alla Alskar Musse
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Everybody Loves Mickey


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 22: Classic Mickey
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 51
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 50

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 K. Richard : Doesn't this short contain another instance of Pluto talking? The knight/soldier who overhears the gossip of Mickey's deed and reports it to the king appears for all intents and purposes to be Pluto.
From Jesus Daprice : This seems to be a very well-known short. I have three Mickey Mouse porcelain figurines. Steamboat Willie, this one, and Sorcerer's Apprentice. It also seems to have been released on quite a few videos and has a lot of graphics. I wonder if this short was a favorite of Mr. Walt E. Disney.
From Jerry Edwards : I've always enjoyed what I consider to be a Mickey Mouse/Silly Symphony hybrid short. Mickey playing the brave little tailor works for me. I enjoy the story and especially the scene in which Mickey is trying to avoid being swallowed by the giant.
From Ryan : This is a very famous Disney short. If you look at Mickey Mouse merchandise, I can guarantee you that you'll find something related to this short. This could be considered a sequel to the 1933 Mickey short Giant Land. The animation of this short was wonderful and the storyline was good.
From Peter Fannelli : The first time I ever saw this cartoon was when I was five years old, and it frightened me. The scene in which Mickey is outside of the castle and he hears the giants massive footsteps made me hide under my blanket. There is also a scene in which Mickey gets swallowed by the giant, a scene which also gave me the chills. My favorite part of this cartoon is the part in which Mickey takes down the giant by tying him up. In the end when Mickey looks up at the defeated giant and then brushes of his dirty hands, you will have an urge to get up out of your seat and cheer for the him.
From Peter : I love this short! Even being 15 years old, after seeing this short Mickey Mouse will always be my hero! This short was very well-made compared to other shorts. The artwork was very unique, and the giant almost looked like a real human being. One scene that I thought was very unnecessary was the scene in which Mickey gets swallowed by the giant, and just dangles inside of his stomach for 2 seconds. One of my favorite scenes in this short is when Minnie kisses Mickey on the face about 55 times and all of her lipstick is smeared all over his face. All and all, I think that this is one of the best Mickey Mouse films ever made, and I plan on watching it again very soon!
From Kevin : One of the best shorts I've ever seen.
From Sam : One of the most recognizable Disney shorts ever created, it remains one of the best as well. The animation is very well done, the story is well told, and Mickey's acting is at it's best. My favorite scene is the one in which Mickey is retelling the king his tale of how he killed "seven with one blow". A masterpiece of animation.
From Betsy : This is one of my favorite Mickey cartoons, and a perfect 10. The animation is great for its time and Mickey (as always) is the heroic star. The scene where Princess Minnie kisses Mickey all over his face then their kiss at the end are not only two of the more classic and romantic Disney moments but also one of the cutest. Being a Mickey fan for many years this one has been close to my heart and mind as well as been on my list of Favorite Mickey Toons. This one really shows how Mickey was and is the heroic little guy who did big things and triumphed-with Minnie by his side.
From Chris Perdue : I give this short a ten for its story and its animation. I was made familiar with the story, not with the short itself, but a book and record read-along package my parents bought me as a little child. It wasn't until I was about twelve or thirteen that I got to see the short. I remember watching it with my little sister, who when she saw Mickey in the stomach of the giant, was scared to death for him. She cried all the more when water started pouring in on him. It was real enough to her that she was scared for Mickey.
From Gabe Bennett : In several episodes of the Disney TV series, "The Adventures of the Gummi Bears", notably "Close Encounters of the Gummi Kind", there is a peasant character (he appears to be a woodcutter) who looks exactly like the Giant from this classic cartoon. A little nod to the classics from the Television Animation Department perhaps? Also, I'm surprised that the scenes in this cartoon featuring the Giant rolling a cigar out of the hay and smoking haven't been censored (or have they? I haven't seen this one in many years.)
From Linda : I love this movie. It's so funny how Mickey is so excited about killing the flies and how everyone misunderstands and thinks he's talking about killing giants. I was lucky enough to get an original sericel of the movie.
From Baruch Weiss : This was 2 out of 3 times where Mickey was pitted against a giant. The first one was the 1933 black and white cartoon Giant Land then again in the 1947 cartoon Mickey and the Beanstalk. Anyway great short, I liked the scene where one of the guards comes rushing up to the castle then falls on his stomach then we hear the screeching breaks effect, I wonder what Jimmy MacDonald used to create that sound?
From Andrew : No one's mentioned yet that this was Mickey and Minnie's last appearance in their original designs. After this they would be given pink facial skin and eyes with pupils. The end of an era. Even so this is one of Mickey's most spectacular cartoons, with the magnificently stupid giant terrorizing the land (to him, Mickey would be about the size of an actual mouse to a normal human). If they show this cartoon on TV today, I really hope they didn't cut the scene with the giant using a wood stove to light his hay bale cigarette.
From Bryan Hensley : This 1938 masterpiece wasn't Disney's only oscar-nominee that year; Ferdinand The Bull was one too... and it won! Believe it or not, both shorts are in Disney's Animation Collection released in 2009! (This one in volume 1, and Ferdinand in volume 6!) I have three different versions of The Brave Little Tailor on DVD. (The Sword In The Stone 45th anniversary edition, It's A Small World of Fun volume 2 and the latest one I just mentioned.) The Sword In The Stone's version was unrestored, I's A Small World of Fun has a restored cut, and Disney's Animation Collection is still a restored version, except for the iris-in shot at the beginning, which didn't mention it being "Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Co. Inc.", and an second iris-out shot at the end logo. This is a great and award-worthy short and all, but has it always had tons and tons of white specks flying around in certain scenes? (Like Mickey's tailor shop for instance.) What's up with that anyway? Nevertheless, it's still a remarkable short to anyone who sees it, including me.
From John Lattarulo : I just acquired an original production sketch of Mickey and Minnie from this short. I have never seen this short but I am looking forward to it.

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