Gallopin' Gaucho

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : August 2, 1928

Running Time : 6:22


Gaucho Mickey flirts tempestuously with Minnie in a cantina, but must come to her rescue when bandit Pete captures her. He only rescues her after a manic swordfight.


Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse


Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Carl Stalling

Cut Scenes

A scene of Minnie tango dancing has been cut, as well as scenes showing Mickey smoking.


United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years


United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Mickey Mouse in Black and White


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 28: Early Mickey
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 9
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 27
The Mickey Mouse Club : April 15, 1957

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono : Cinephone
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by Celebrity Productions, Inc.


From Jerry Edwards : I enjoy the cartoon, but the sound doesn't do much for the short - it was obviously animated as a silent cartoon, with sound added later.

I like several gags in the short. Mickey riding an ostrich instead of a horse and tying the ostrich's neck to the hitching post. When the ostrich later collapses in a drunken stupor during the chase of Pete to rescue Minnie, Mickey "straightens" the ostrich with starch from a nearby farmhouse wash tub.

One early sight gag is a wanted poster in the cantina for El Gaucho.

From Calvin Daprice : In this short, Mickey starts out as having those large eyes with the pupils in them as he did in Plane Crazy. The only difference is that he now has shoes. By the end of the cartoon, he has his black oval eyes.
From Ryan : At the beginning of this short, Mickey does have his googly Felix- the -Cat- type of eyes. At the end, they do turn into ovals. This is the first Mickey short in which Mickey meets Pete. This short appears to take place in Argentina as the sign on the restaurant reads "Cantina Argentina." One thing that puzzles me is why Mickey rides an ostrich rather than a horse (seeing as there are no ostriches in South America). Another thing that puzzles me is why the scene with Minnie tango dancing was deleted. I see nothing offensive about that. Perhaps it was deleted to fit within a certain time frame.
From Lee Suggs : This short is interesting in that Mickey was still a rogue. He smokes, drinks and tries to impress a barmaid. Of course, Minnie is the barmaid, not a job that fits with the sweet image she has today. When Pete appears he is a smaller, more fluid, less menacing character than he would be in later shorts. Mickey, Minnie, and Pete seem all seem to come the same lower class, rough background. Mickey has not yet developed any moral weight, and the main difference between the villain (Pete), and Mickey is that Pete is willing to force himself on Minnie. It is interesting that Mickey developed into such a moral force when he began as such an ambivalent rodent.
From Bill : I'm very fortunate to have all of Mickey's shorts, color and black and white. It is very interesting to see how his character started to develop from a cigarette smoking, beer drinking gaucho to the better known hero to children, the downtrodden and anyone else who would have been bullied by the stronger opponent. Again, this "second" silent short begins with Mickey saving Minnie from Pegleg Pete, a formula we'll see throughout Mickey's career. The tango with Minnie is well animated and the sword fight is also a classic. It also shows Minnie Mouse at the start of her career as a rough and tumble saloon dancer, almost like the flappers of the time. Again, a great historical short in Mickey's career.
From Emiliano : There are no ostriches in South America, however there are Rheas. Rheas, also known as nandu are large flightless birds native to South America. More specifically Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. They are very similar in size and appearance to ostriches. This one is my favorite of the first four Mickey cartoons. It's a product of it's time obviously but that's one of the reasons I like it. The fact that Mickey smokes and drinks is also highly amusing as far as I'm concerned.
From Gijs Grob : Gallopin' Gaucho is Mickey's second and last silent cartoon. If possible, he is even ruder in this short than in Plane Crazy: according to a poster in the background, he is a sought-after criminal, he smokes and drinks and he dances a stout tango with Minnie. Nevertheless, this cartoon is also the first in which Mickey shows to be a small, but clever and courageous hero. For when Minnie is abducted by Peg Leg Pete (who, in his first appearance, still has both his legs), Mickey rescues her in a heroic fight. He then earns the kiss he tried to get by force in Plane Crazy. Due to the melodrama Gallopin' Gaucho contains less gags than Plane Crazy, but it's still a wonderful cartoon with ingenious gags like the scene in which Mickey uses his own tail as a tackle. Gallopin' Gaucho also set out a storyline that was to be copied a couple of times (e.g. The Cactus Kid (1930), Mickey in Arabia (1932), The Klondike Kid (1932)) and self-consciously parodied in Gallopin' Romance, the film shown in Mickey's Gala Premiere. Two final trivial remarks: one, Mickey's eyes change from the goggly to the familiar ones when he whistles for his ostrich. Two, the bird Mickey's riding might very well be a Rhea, a relative of the ostrich, that lives on the pampas of Argentina.
From Steven : This was a great cartoon with plenty of funny gags. This cartoon also features one of Carl Stalling's best musical scores in a Disney cartoon, but it's pretty obvious that this was originally a silent cartoon (the characters say things but no talking comes out.) A great cartoon, I give it a 7 out of 10.
From Robert Hanbury-Sparrow : The music at the beginning and end is so awesome.

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