Mickey's Delayed Date

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : October 3, 1947

Running Time : 6:53

Synopsis

Mickey is late for a date with Minnie and has to get himself ready in a hurry with Pluto's help.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pluto

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
Jerry Hathcock
George Kreisl
George Nicholas
Jack Boyd
Backgrounds
Art Landy
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Art Scott
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Love Tales
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I: Minnie
Germany
Mickey Präsentiert
Happy Birthday Mickey
Mickys Größte Show
France
La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 1
Joyeux Anniversaire Mickey
Italy
Buon Compleanno Topolino
Topolino Superstar
Topolino 70 Anni di Avventure

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Minnie

Laserdiscs

Japan
Mickey's Golden Jubilee
Mickey's Family Album
Minnie : Limited Gold Edition

DVD

United States
Have a Laugh : Volume 3
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 9 : Best Pals : Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Mickey and Minnie
Have a Laugh : Volume 3
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 75
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 15, 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 Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : For an audience in 1947, to go from Mickey in Fun and Fancy Free to Mickey in Mickey’s Delayed Date would have to be a form of whiplash. After all, the design of Mickey in the feature film is much closer to what he was before the war, and the short is not even close to that same design. It’s a jarring transition for me watching these films back to back.

Sadly, part of Mickey remains intact from the feature to the short, and that’s his bland personality. The mouse who used to be so mischievous and fun loving is now a generic bachelor, devoid of personality. It’s a trend that we’ve seen often in the post-World War II shorts. Donald and Goofy have also been cast in generic roles quite often, where you could have swapped one for the other and it would not make a difference.

The premise of Mickey’s Delayed Date is that Mickey and Pluto are napping when Minnie calls up. She is upset, because Mickey is supposed to be out with her for a hot date. The rest of the short is spent with Mickey trying to get ready and arrive to the date on time. It’s no easy task, since he was dead asleep when Minnie called, so the entire first half of the short is a mad scramble around his house to get ready.

Further taking away from Mickey, however, is the fact that Pluto does most of the work in the first half of this short. Mickey is in the shower, so we get to see Pluto struggle around the room trying to get Mickey’s hat and clothes together. It’s okay, but doesn’t really stand out in the major gags that Pluto has been involved in before.

The second half of the short is Mickey’s journey to the date, which involves a lot of stumbling through a large city, falling into things and ending up looking like a bum. That turns out not to be a problem, but it is a much needed change from the first half. Still, it’s not quite enough to salvage a short that features too little personality and originality, especially for Disney’s flagship character.


From Ryan : Mickey and Pluto are both napping when Minnie calls them. Minnie informs Mickey that he is late for their date. The main humor of this short is where Mickey is getting ready for the date. He has to time himself in the shower and of course dress for the occasion. Although the scene with Pluto and the animate hat can be funny for awhile, it quickly gets tiring for me. Well sure enough, Mickey is out the door, but has forgotten the tickets. Fortunately, Pluto remembers and runs after Mickey with them. Another fun part of this short is where Mickey is on his way to the party, but runs into all sorts of obstacles, causing his fine tuxedo to turn to rags. I like the part where Mickey arrives at the party when Minnie compliments him on his costume. His top hat has been replaced by an old tin can. This is also somewhat of a milestone short as it marks the last time Mickey and Minnie are together (at least until Mickey's Christmas Carol.) A really good cartoon even though Mickey's personality is fading.
From Johnny R. R. : After Mickey's gloves became a mainstay in 1929, this is your only chance to see a gloveless Mickey Mouse, frantically clasping a towel and skidding on the soap after his emergence from the shower. Also, doesn't he look a gentleman in his best clothes (before, that is, the incident with the dustbins)? Fantastic entertainment and highly funny, as is only to be expected from a Disney short.
From Baruch Weiss : This is one of my favorite Mickey shorts. I really enjoyed it, but poor Pluto, who was at home ready to take a nice long nap, suddenly sees Mickey's tickets and rushes to get Mickey.
From Richard Sutor : There is more than a touch of irony in the naming of this cartoon. Mickey had been off the screen since March 20, 1942 so this cartoon is, indeed, a delayed date. Add to this the fact that Disney had released as a short subject on September 27 Mickey and the Beanstalk (taken from the feature Fun and Fancy Free) and there's a double meaning here. Could it be that the Disney studio waited to see if Mickey would still draw an audience before they committed to a fresh series of cartoons?

For those who were born after the advent of the VCR and the DVD, back when this short was made the only way audiences had to see any films was when the studios that controlled them released (or re-released) them to theaters. So for Mickey to return to screen after an almost 5 year absence was a really big deal. If you accept the notion that cartoon are for children there would be quite a few children now in the audience who had never seen the black and white Mickey or even the earlier color adventures. It would still be a few years before Disney would create his television classics "Disneyland" and the "Mickey Mouse Club". In fact 1947 is the year network television became affordable to the American public. But the cartoons featured there were of a much earlier vintage.

Hail the returning hero - Mickey is back!


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