Maestro Minnie : Flight of the Bumblebee

A Minnie Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : October 23, 1999

Synopsis

Minnie must tame a buzzing bumblebee that is disrupting her symphony.

Characters

Minnie Mouse

Credits

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 2 - Episode 5
House of Mouse: Season 2 - Episode 4

Technical Specification

Comments

From Patrick Malone : Or, "The Revenge of Bumble Boogie." We saw this one coming a mile away. What a surprise it was when an actual bee began invading the orchestra! (yawn) Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and with better, funnier results in both the previously mentioned Bumble Boogie and The Band Concert.
From J. D. Weil : Can this be called a "B" picture? This time Minnie's orchestra is invaded by a real bee instead of being bothered by a rebellious instrument. It does recall Bumble Boogie to mind, but I kinda wished they used the original orchestrations (the piece is certainly short enough) instead of trying to hoke them up. I found it quite distracting.
From Juan F. Lara : Why this selection? Disney has already done a well known short called Bumble Boogie based on the Rimsky-Korsakov work. That classic short had its own shortcomings, but this "Maestro Minnie" short had no new ideas for the selection. The bee flew around, annoyed the instruments, and that was it.
From David Gonterman : I'll be judging all the other episodes with this one as the benchmark. Minnie was just as animated as she was competent as a conductor, even with a stray bumblebee playing with her bow. Playing with her bow, no wonder Minnie was ticked near the end.
From Lee Suggs : Well, like I said I do like seeing Minnie is action. However, these "Maestro Minnie" shorts are just not making it. Maybe its because every time I see these shorts I start thinking of Mickey in The Band Concert. This was such a wonderful short, and it used music so much more effectively. The "Maestro Minnie" shorts just don't flow like that. So they always suffer by comparison.