Get a Horse!

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Get a Horse!
Mickey Mouse series
Get a Horse! poster.jpg
Directed by Lauren MacMullan[1]
Produced by Dorothy McKim[1]
Story by Paul Briggs
Nancy Kruse
Lauren MacMullan
Raymond S. Persi
Voices by Walt Disney
Marcellite Garner
Russi Taylor
Billy Bletcher
Will Ryan
Music by Mark Watters
Animation by Eric Goldberg (lead)
Adam Green (lead)
Layouts by Alfred "Tops" Cruz
Jean-Christophe Poulan
Studio Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11) (Annecy)
  • November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27) (with Frozen)[2]
Color process Digital film
Running time 6:00 [3]
Country United States
Language English

Get a Horse! is a 2013 American 3D animated slapstick comedy short film, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.[4] Combining black-and-white hand-drawn animation and color[5] CGI animation, the short features the characters of the late 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons, and features archival recordings of Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse.[5][6] It is the first original Mickey Mouse theatrical animated short since Runaway Brain (1995), and the first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in a Disney animated production in 85 years.


Get a Horse! follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical hayride in a horse-drawn wagon – until Peg-Leg Pete shows up in a car and tries to run them off the road.[6] Mickey and Horace are forced through the movie screen into the modern-day theater, emerging as color, CGI versions of themselves. Mickey proceeds to do battle with Pete on both sides of the screen, enlisting the aid of Horace (who had briefly left the theater to get modern concessions and 'borrow' a smartphone). They outwit Pete by flipping the screen on different axes to alternately change the flow of gravity and of time, causing Pete to repeatedly injure himself on the same objects. Finally, the movie screen falls apart, revealing a modern CGI landscape, and the now modernized Disney characters return to the film, fading out in time for Pete to get stuck in the iris.



Get a Horse! was conceived and directed by Lauren MacMullan, who became the first woman to solo direct a Disney animated film.[5][10] She started working on the short after Wreck-It Ralph director, Rich Moore, told her that Disney was looking for some Mickey Mouse ideas for television. Being fond of the earliest Mickey Mouse shorts, mostly because of their simplicity and freshness, she decided for a style resembling the 1920s animation.[11] Produced in a year and 6 months, its hand-drawn animation was supervised by Eric Goldberg, and its computer animation by Adam Green.[1] To achieve the 1928 look, ageing and blur filters were added to the image, while for the CG part, they created new models, faithful to the character designs of 1928.[8] Originally temporary, the production team incorporated archival recordings of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse voice from 1928 to 1947, and spliced it into the character's dialogue.[12]


Get a Horse! premiered June 11, 2013 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.[13] It made its United States premiere on August 9, 2013, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California,[14] and theatrically accompanied Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, which was released on November 27, 2013.[2] The short made its home debut on the Blu-ray and DVD release of Frozen on March 18, 2014.[15]

Critical response[edit]

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter lauded the short film as "one of the wittiest and most inventive animated shorts in a long time". He particularly points out that the film "begins as an early black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoon but then bursts its boundaries into color and 3D in marvelously antic ways that call to mind the stepping-off-the-screen techniques of Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. and Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo. It's a total winner."[16] Scott Foundas of Variety agreed, labeling the film as "utterly dazzling".[17] Drew McWeeny of HitFix lauded it as "the perfect companion piece" and "enormously entertaining". He continues on that "Filmmaker Lauren MacMullan perfectly nails the look and feel of the early days of the Disney studio, and it is the first time I have ever laughed out loud at Mickey Mouse. It's an inventive and technically precise short, and it also celebrates and deconstructs Disney's animated history in a very fun way."[18]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Awards[19] March 2, 2014 Best Animated Short Film Lauren MacMullan & Dorothy McKim Nominated
Annie Award[20] February 1, 2014 Best Animated Short Subject Lauren MacMullan Won
San Diego Film Critics Society[21] December 11, 2013 Best Animated Film Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Sarto, Dan (June 17, 2013). "Get A Horse – A New Mickey Mouse Short 85 Years in the Making". Animated World Network. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Tapley, Kristopher (June 6, 2013). "With Saving Mr. Banks and Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse, could it be a very Disney Oscars?". Hitfix. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 2, 2013). "Telluride: ‘Gravity’ Dazzles Fest Audiences So How Is Mickey Mouse Stealing The Show?". Deadline. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bahr, Lindsey (August 9, 2013). "Disney Animation preview: 'Frozen,' 'Big Hero 6,' at Disney's D23, Plus 'Zootopia' announced". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Breznican, Anthony (August 22, 2013). "Old-school Mickey Mouse gets future shock in Get a Horse! – First Look". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Keegan, Rebecca (April 23, 2013). "Walt Disney Animation releases new Mickey Mouse short". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Eagen, Daniel (November 21, 2013). "Film Review: Frozen". FilmJournal International. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Beck, Jerry (June 13, 2013). "First Peek: Get A Horse Premieres At Annecy". Animation Scoop. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Breznican, Anthony (February 26, 2014). "10 secrets of Disney's Oscar-nominated short Get a Horse! – Exclusive Video". Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (22 November 2013). "'Frozen,' 'Get a Horse!' female directors mark firsts for Disney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (27 November 2013). "Zany Disney short sizes up 3-D battle in animated Get a Horse!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Murphy, Mekado (26 November 2013). "Resurrecting His Master’s Mouse Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Breznican, Anthony (April 23, 2013). "Mickey Mouse returns in old-school Get a Horse short – First Look". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "D23 Expo: New Art From the Upcoming Disney, Pixar and Disneytoon Movies". August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Frozen Blu-ray set for March 18". Hi-Def Ninja. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ McCarthy, Todd (October 24, 2013). "Frozen: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ Foundas, Scott (November 3, 2013). "Film Review: 'Frozen'". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ McWeeny, Drew (November 18, 2013). "Review: Frozen is a classic Disney musical told on a grand and beautiful scale". HitFix. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "2014 Oscar Nominations". 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Complete list of 2013 Annie Award nominees for animation". Los Angeles Times. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Stone, Sasha (December 10, 2013). "San Diego Film Critics". Awards Daily. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

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