Mickey's Revue is a 1932 theatrical cartoon short featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, Pluto, Clarabelle Cow (and three Clarabelle Cow lookalikes), and characters resembling Percy Pigg, Patricia Pigg, and Wienie. It is perhaps best known for featuring the first physical appearance Goofy, though his iconic laugh was previously heard in Barnyard Olympics.
Musician Mickey Mouse and many of his friends are playing music and dancing at the theater. During the first few acts, which include a dance by three Clarabelle Cow lookalikes and another dance by a pair of droopy anthropomorphic dogs, one audience member annoys many of the other audience members with his loud peanut eating and with his laugh. He's eventually whacked on the head with a mallet by two anthropomorphic goats in the audience. With him gone, it seems that the show now might be enjoyed in peace, but a litter of kittens living under the stage have other ideas...
- Mickey Mouse is seen conducting and playing a variety of instruments including drums, a xylophone, a trombone, and a tuba. Minnie Mouse plays piano.
- Horace Horsecollar is seen smoking a cigar.
- No less than four anthropomorphic cows that look identical to Clarabelle Cow appear in this short; three are performers, while the fourth is an audience member. While one of them could easily be Clarabelle herself, it is unknown who the other three are.
- Goofy, whose name is not mentioned in this short, appears to be an older dog with a scruffy chin and spectacles.
- In Mickey's Revue, Goofy attends a show starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse and laughs loud enough to gain the attention of other audience members. The Goofy Success Story (1955) references this when it shows Goofy attending a playing of Shanghaied starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse and laughs loud enough to gain the attention of other audience members. In Mickey's Revue, he is chastised for his laughter and made unconscious by the swing of a mallet from antagonistic audience members; in The Goofy Success Story, the laugh catches the attention of Hollywood scouts who land him a role in Moving Day.
- In one scene of the House of Mouse episode Goofy's Menu Magic (2002), a character appears that greatly resembles Goofy's design in Mickey's Revue, bearing the same scruffy chin and spectacles as Goofy in Mickey's Revue. However, this character is not actually Goofy; he is Goofy's "Pop", Amos Goofy. Whether or not this means that the Goofy seen in Mickey's Revue is also Amos and not the younger Goofy is unknown.
Behind the scenes
Mickey's Revue was first released on either May the 12th or the May the 25th, 1932 depending on the source. The theatrical cartoon short was directed by Wilfred Jackson with animation by Les Clark, Frenchy de Tremaudan, Clyde Geronomi, Johnny Cannon, and Tom Palmer. It starred Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse, Marcellite Garner as Minnie Mouse, and Pinto Colvig as Goofy and Pluto.
The short is perhaps best remembered today for being the first physical appearance of Goofy, whose name was not actually mentioned in the short. His iconic laugh had previously been heard in Barnyard Olympics, but this was the first time that he was seen onscreen.
Notes & References
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