Car Washers

A Mickey, Donald and Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : February 19, 2000

Synopsis

The terrific trio go into business washing cars, and who should their first customer be but Pete. Unfortunately, they also have a fairly destructive washing machine.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pete
Goofy
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Tony Craig
Robert Gannaway
Story
Neil Aslip
Story Editor
Thomas Hart

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 2 - Episode 14
House of Mouse: Season 2 - Episode 5

Technical Specification

Comments

From George Watters : This short is so much similar to the 1935 short, Mickey's Service Station.
From Patrick Malone : Enough has been said about this short being virtually a remake of Mickey's Service Station. All I can add is that after 65 years, Pete really should have known better. But this short suffers in comparison to that earlier one. The ending of the newer entry relies too much on a "deux ex machina" type of plot contrivance. After all, what kind of car washing machine would come with a setting that said "destroy car?" It seems that Mickey, Donald and Goofy could do a better job destroying Pete's car all by themselves in the 1935 short. And why, if they had a car washing machine, didn't they just use it in the first place?

The "spot" gag seemed to be straight from "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" and I expected it to go off in that direction. It didn't, but the animators didn't really seem to know what to do with it either. I was happy, though, to see them break down the "*fifth wall" a bit with Mickey's dealing with the spot. But when taken as a whole, the earlier short covered virtually the same territory with much better results.

* Television critics refer to the "fourth wall" as the wall that separates the audience from the performer. I take that one step further, and refer to the "fifth wall" as that which separates the performer from the animator. Probably the best example of this is the Warner Brothers short, "Duck Amuck." Disney never used the method that much until recently.


From Juan F. Lara : Here they remade Mickey's Service Station. Again, Pete was terrorizing the trio into working on his car (cleaning instead of fixing) by a deadline (A clock morphed into Pete's face in "Service Station". A whistle morphed into Pete's face in Car Washers.) I liked this scene, as I thought Pete blowing those spots so out of proportion was funny. People in these newsgroups have noted that in the old trio shorts each character would go off on his own plot thread. They did here at first. Goofy's and Mickey's skits were good, with Goofy's scene featuring a butt-joke like what the old shorts often had, and Mickey's scene reminding you that you're watching a cartoon. But then the short had a contrived way to get the car wrecked, and I went "huh" at Mickey thinking his dumb idea for fooling Pete would work.
From David Gonterman : Plot Contrivances, Complete disregard with the Fourth Wall (And I didn't even know there was a Fifth wall), South Park references (The Spot and Goofy's butt), and the Ajax-brand machine which works too well unlike it's Warner counterpart. This attempt at 'Mickey's Service Station 2000' has all the makings of FanFiction, with only Self-Insertion characters mis . . . . waitasec! Mickey Mouse counts as a Mary Sue! Uncle Walt's been doing this stuff long before any of these concepts were ever public knowledge!! If only this show would be sent to the Satellite of Love.
From Lee Suggs : Another of the less than successful Mickey, Goofy, and Donald shorts. This short plays as a remake of Mickey's Service Station. (A 1935 short where the trio destroyed Pete's car while trying to find a squeak.) This time MDG are trying to clean his car, with a similar destructive result. This short had a fine premise and at first looked quite promising. The boys' gags were quite funny (I especially liked Mickey erasing the whole background with a buffer machine.) However, when it comes time to end the short everything falls apart. Seemingly lacking an idea (Of how to conclude the short) the animators have the boys suddenly have a car washing machine with them. (Why were they washing Pete's car by hand?) What's worse they give the washing machine a destroy function. (I'm glad my dishwasher doesn't have one of those.) The conclusion that follows just ruins the short for me. I think with a little creativity this could have been a good or even an excellent short.
From Lelila : Like everybody that's commented, I thought the short started really well. I really liked the gag with our trio and their three different snores, and Goofy mistaking Donald for the phone was probably the best bit in the whole thing. Donald's argument with the sponge was quite amusing, but after that the short just went downhill. Goofy's bit with the traveling spot started out cute enough, but once it found his behind, not only did it get old, I was also slightly offended. (I really don't need a cartoon dog shaking his tush at me.) Mickey's bit with the cleaner showed promise, but fell flat. And the whole end was just silly. I think this cartoon had a lot of potential on the drawing board, but it tried too hard. Nothing really seemed to work just right.

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