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Plane Crazy is a Walt Disney cartoon that was distributed in 1929 and had been shown at a test screening a year earlier, in 1928. It is notable for being the first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to ever be produced. It also features Wienie and, in picture form, Charles Lindbergh.


Mickey Mouse and some of his barnyard friends, including Wienie, work on building a homemade aeroplane as Mickey tries to emulate his hero, Charles Lindbergh. Mickey invites Minnie Mouse to join him on the inaugural ride, which turns out to be quite a crazy one.


  • Lost on a Desert Island (1930) depicts very similar, and perhaps the very same, events as the beginning of this comic story. Both show Mickey Mouse and his barnyard friends being inspired by Charles Lindbergh and building a plane, which Mickey then flies with Minnie, who jumps off the plane and uses her undergarments as a parachute. Despite the major similarities, the two don't line up exactly, with one notable difference being the ending. In Plane Crazy, Mickey crash lands in the same barnyard he took off from, with he and Minnie being on bad terms due to his aggressiveness. In Lost on a Desert Island, he crash lands on the titular desert island, with him and Minnie having seemingly parted ways on good terms.
  • The Mail Pilot (1933) also shows Mickey learning how to fly, albeit under completely different circumstances. Quite possibly, when Mickey said he was going to "learn to fly" in The Mail Pilot, he was referring to learning how to fly professionally-made airplanes as opposed to homemade ones.
  • The airplane Mickey builds in this short, or a near facsimile, appears in certain episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006 - 2016), where it is referred to as the Toon Plane.

Behind the Scenes

Plane Crazy was released on March 17, 1929, even though it had been test screened a year earlier on May 15, 1928. It was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon to be produced. It was directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, who also wrote the story. Iwerks, Hugh Harman, and Rudolf Ising animated it, while Stalling composed the music for the sound release.[1]

Three cartoons starring Mickey were released before it: Steamboat Willie, The Gallopin' Gaucho, and The Barn Dance. This means that while Plane Crazy was the first of the Mickey Mouse cartoons to be produced, it was the fourth to be widely distributed.

Notes and References

List of episodes of Mickey Mouse
• Steamboat WillieThe Gallopin' GauchoThe Barn DancePlane CrazyThe Opry House • When the Cat's AwayThe Barnyard BattleThe Plow BoyThe Karnival KidMickey's FolliesMickey's Choo-ChooThe Jazz FoolJungle RhythmThe Haunted HouseWild Waves
Fiddling AroundThe Barnyard ConcertThe Cactus KidThe Fire FightersThe ShindigThe Chain GangThe Gorilla MysteryThe Picnic • Pioneer DaysMinnie's Yoo-HooThe Birthday PartyTraffic TroublesThe CastawayThe Moose HuntThe Delivery BoyMickey Steps OutBlue RhythmFishin' AroundThe Barnyard BroadcastThe Beach PartyMickey Cuts UpMickey's OrphansThe Duck HuntThe Grocery BoyThe Mad DogBarnyard OlympicsMickey's RevueMusical FarmerMickey in ArabiaMickey's NightmareTrader MickeyThe Whoopee PartyTouchdown MickeyThe Wayward CanaryThe Klondike KidParade of the Award NomineesMickey's Good DeedBuilding a BuildingThe Mad DoctorMickey's Pal PlutoMickey's MellerdrammerYe Olden DaysThe Mail PilotMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Gala PremierPuppy LoveThe Pet StoreThe Steeple ChaseGiantland • ShanghaiedCamping OutPlayful PlutoGulliver Mickey • Mickey's Steam RollerOrphan's BenefitMickey Plays PapaThe DognapperTwo-Gun MickeyMickey's Man FridayThe Band ConcertMickey's Service StationMickey's KangarooMickey's GardenMickey's Fire BrigadePluto's Judgement DayOn IceMickey's Polo TeamOrphans' PicnicMickey's Grand OperaThru the MirrorMickey's RivalMoving DayAlpine ClimbersMickey's CircusMickey's ElephantThe Worm TurnsMagician MickeyMoose HuntersMickey's AmateursHawaiian HolidayClock CleanersLonesome GhostsBoat BuildersMickey's TrailerThe WhalersMickey's ParrotBrave Little TailorSociety Dog ShowMickey's Surprise PartyThe PointerThe Standard Parade
Tugboat MickeyPluto's Dream HouseMr Mouse Takes a TripThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Little WhirlwindA Gentleman's GentlemanCanine CaddyThe Nifty NinetiesOrphans' BenefitLend a PawMickey's Birthday PartySymphony HourAll Together • Pluto and the ArmadilloSquatter's RightsMickey and the BeanstalkMickey's Delayed DateMickey Down UnderMickey and the SealPueblo Pluto
R'coon DawgPluto's PartyPluto's Christmas TreeThe Simple Things
Mickey's Christmas Carol
The Prince and the PauperRunaway Brain
Get A HorseSteamboat Willie Redux
Mickey Mouse Works & House of Mouse
Mickey's New CarAround the World in Eighty DaysMickey's Airplane KitMickey's MistakeThe Candy HouseMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Piano LessonMickey's RemedyMickey Tries To CookTopsy Turvy TownThe NutcrackerMickey's Rival ReturnsMickey and the SeagullMickey's Mixed NutsMickey's MountainMickey's Mix-UpMickey's Christmas ChaosMickey's CabinMickey's Big BreakBig House Mickey
Mickey's April FoolsMickey and the Goat ManPinball Mickey