Release Date : February 14, 1941
Running Time : 8:34
I liked how crafty Mickey was in this cartoon, even though he wasn't
officially "the winner" of this short. It was fun to see Mickey bugging
Minnie over how he wanted the cake she was just finishing.
The best parts of this cartoon came when he was having trouble with that
troublemaking tornado while doing Minnie's yard work. I liked when the tornado
led the leaves in a march, and later when the tornado fetched his mom to
take care of Mickey. Mickey didn't speak (nor did he have to) between the
time he started the yard work, and the time when Minnie saw the disastrous
results from the trouble both whirlwinds caused. This is a good example
of how the meat of a story can be presented sans dialogue. Although one would
have to feel sorry for Mickey, the mischief played between he and the whirlwind
made for great fun. The animation was particularly rounded and bouncy, and
the music was very creative. In fact, the work of the animators just showed
a lot of energy in this presentation.
During the time this cartoon was made, Mickey was getting less attention
than Donald Duck and Goofy. But along with Fantasia, the animators still
tried to keep Mickey functional as a cartoon character (instead of a corporate
logo). Unfortunately, his role as an active character grew pale by the later
1940's (as by that time, he could no longer be seen in a regular cartoon
without playing second fiddle to Pluto), and that led to the character's
absence from theatrical shorts for about 30 years.
Seeing Mickey fight with that little tornado is really something to crack
up about, especially when it never seems to give up. Poor Mickey had to
nearly chase it down and then get pummeled by the big tornado, resulting
in an angry Minnie and a cake in the face. Hahahaha…
Of course, I've always had a major crush on Mickey, so why wouldn't I
like this one? Or was it Donald I had a crush on? CRAP! I'm stuck! I give
this one a 9.
This cartoon is also unique because it features Mickey and Minnie with
three-dimensional ears - ears that change position. It is a style that didn't
seem to last long, and looks kind of weird when you compare it to "traditional"
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