Mickey's Good Deed

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Mickey's Good Deed
Mickey Mouse series
Mickey's Good Deed.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Burt Gillett
Produced by Joseph Schenck
Voices by Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Animation by Johnny Cannon, Les Clark, Frenchy Detremaudan, Norm Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Hardie Gramatky, Dick Lundy, Tom Palmer, Ben Sharpsteen[1]
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • December 17, 1932 (1932-12-17)
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Wayward Canary
Followed by Building a Building

Mickey's Good Deed (also called Mickey's Lucky Break and Mickey Plays Santa in certain home video releases)[2] is a 1932 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. Set during Christmas time at the height of the Great Depression, the cartoon depicts Mickey Mouse and his dog Pluto as poor street performers who try to make it a happy Christmas for an even poorer family. The film was directed by Burt Gillett and features the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey and Pinto Colvig as Pluto.[1]

Mickey's Good Deed was Mickey's second Christmas themed film after Mickey's Orphans (1931) and was the first film to depict an impoverished Mickey.


Once upon a Christmas on a dark, glowing and snowy night, Mickey Mouse and Pluto are street performers. Mickey plays Adeste Fideles on a cello while Pluto howls along in accompaniment. Several passers-by appear to throw coins in Mickey's cup and Mickey wishes them a Merry Christmas. However, when the two hungry pals go to eat at a restaurant, Mickey discovers his cup is filled only with nails, nuts, and bolts.

Mickey walks away disgusted and happens upon the home of a rich family. Inside, a crying child brat named Adelbert keeps throwing away toys given to him by his father and the Butler and throwing temper tantrums. When Adelbert hears Pluto outside he demands his father to buy the dog. The butler goes outside and offers Mickey money for Pluto, but Mickey earnestly refuses. As he runs away, Mickey slips on some ice and his cello slides into the street where it is trampled by a horse-drawn sleigh. The party in the sleigh cheerfully call out "Merry Christmas!"

Later on, Mickey and Pluto come across the house of a poor cat family. A mother sits at the table crying and Mickey and Pluto can see that the father, Pete is in jail and she has no money for food or toys for her children. Emotionally moved by the scene, Mickey returns to Adelbert's Mansion and reluctantly sells Pluto. With the money, he buys toys and food for the family. He then makes it back to the house, where the mother is now snoring, and delivers the goods dressed as Santa Claus. He barely manages to keep it quiet until he has snuck out of the house, just in time to see the children wake up to celebrate Christmas. Mickey is then satisfied that he helped the cat family to have a happy Christmas, but he still misses Pluto.

Meanwhile back at Adelbert's Mansion, Pluto is treated badly by Adelbert without love and kindness. He harasses Pluto, throwing food at his father and butler, and destroys much of the house, including the Christmas tree. At last unable and no longer to take it anymore, the father, orders the Butler to throw Pluto out, he then spanks Adelbert for the reason of his cruelty for Pluto and his vandalism of the home. Pluto finds Mickey sitting atop a hill in front of a fire along with a snow sculpture of his absent dog. Pluto burrows through the snow and pops his head out the top of the sculpture surprising Mickey. The two of them share a roasted chicken which Adelbert had tied to Pluto's tail. Reunited, Mickey happily wishes Merry Christmas to Pluto.



  1. ^ a b Mickey's Good Deed at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
  2. ^ Mickey's Good Deed at the Big Cartoon DataBase
  3. ^ Jiminy Cricket's Christmas at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
  4. ^ Holiday Celebration with Mickey & Pals at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts]

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