Barnyard Olympics is a 1932 theatrical cartoon short. It features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, the cat athlete, Wienie, and Peg-Leg Pete. The voice of Goofy, or someone else with the same laugh as him, can be heard, though he does not make a physical appearance in the short.
All sorts of sporting events are being held, and Mickey Mouse is set to participate in the main event of the season, cross country. The arrogant cat athlete against whom he is to compete decides to pull some pranks on Mickey, making it harder for the mouse to win. Will Mickey prevail in the wild race which includes running, pole-vaulting, boating, and bicycling, or will someone else take the prize?
Behind the scenesEdit
Barnyard Olympics is a theatrical cartoon short. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson and was released on April the 15th, 1932. It was released ahead of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games and used a sports theme inspired by the event.
Voice artists whose voices are featured in the film include Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse, Marcellite Garner as Minnie Mouse, and Pinto Colvig. Colvig's voice was heard in the form a guffaw at the one minute mark. This laugh would later be used as the signature laugh of Dippy Dawg, a character who would officially debut in Mickey's Revue, a short released a mere month after Barnyard Olympics.
Barnyard Olympics notably features a cat athlete character whose identity is unclear. Some of descriptions for the short list the character as being the same as Mickey's nemesis Peg-Leg Pete. Curiously, the design of Peg-Leg Pete used in Alice Comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts actually makes a brief appearance at the end of the film. This appearance of Pete, albeit in his bear form, would indicate that the cat athlete couldn't possibly be the same as Pete as Pete is shown cheering Mickey on, in contrast to the cat athlete's strong competition against Mickey. If the cat athlete is not Pete, he might be the same as Creamo Catnera, a character who debuted in the Mickey Mouse comic strip just a year before the release of Barnyard Olympics and who was also a physically strong feline rival to Mickey in sports. The idea that the cat athlete and Creamo Catnera are one and the same is unconfirmed and is just speculation.