Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

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Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
Mickey Mouse series
Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Clyde Geronimi[1]
Produced by Walt Disney
John Sutherland
Voices by Billy Bletcher
Walt Disney
Lee Millar
Music by Leigh Harline
Oliver Wallace
Animation by Ray Abrams
Clyde Geronimi
Ed Love
Ken Muse
Marvin Woodward
Backgrounds by Jim Carmichael
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 1, 1940 (1940-11-01)
(USA)[1]
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Pluto's Dream House
Followed by The Little Whirlwind

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip is a 1940 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film was directed by Clyde Geronimi and features original music by Ed Love and Oliver Wallace. The film was animated by Clyde Geronimi, Ken Muse, Ed Love, Marvin Woodward, and Ray Abrams.[2] The voice cast includes Walt Disney as Mickey, Lee Millar as Pluto, and Billy Bletcher as Pete.[3]

The cartoon follows Mickey Mouse and his dog Pluto traveling by train, despite a rule forbidding dogs; Pete plays a menacing conductor intent on enforcing the rule.

Synopsis[edit]

Leaving for vacation, Mickey Mouse and Pluto arrive at a train station in Burbank, California (home of Walt Disney Productions headquarters). They board a west-bound train, but are both immediately kicked off by the conductor, played by Pete, because dogs are not allowed (side gag reveals Pluto's luggage to contain bones). Pete then rambles off the train's destinations and forces his watch to tell him when the train is ready to leave. When the watch does show its time for the train to go, Pete calls "All aboard!"

Mickey, at this point, decides to smuggle Pluto onboard by squeezing the dog inside his suitcase. At first, the handle breaks, making Mickey almost leave Pluto behind, but Mickey recovers the suitcase and manages to make it aboard just as the train is clearing the platform. Later, Pluto barks, wanting to be let out. Mickey scolds him for nearly arousing Pete, but manages to take Pluto out and unsquash Pluto. The freedom is only short lived as Pete is coming through the train to collect tickets, forcing Mickey to squash Pluto back into position in the suitcase. After biting "OK" in Mickey's tickets, Pete sees Mickey's suitcase containing Pluto in the seat and forcefully throws it into an overhead baggage net. This causes Pluto to bark, making Pete suspicious.

He then recognizes Mickey, who is trying to hide behind a large newspaper and make it look like the barking was coming from him. Understanding that Pluto has been stowed in the suitcase, Pete menacingly asks Mickey if he is alone. He then makes up a story about owning a little cat who'd cry when he was all alone and screams a loud "MEOW!" (with his face look like a real cat) at the suitcase causing the dog to leap out. Realizing his cover's been blown, Pluto ducks back into the suitcase, but Pete has already figured it out. Before he can catch the pair, Mickey and Pluto run away and a chase ensues on board the train.

Mickey and Pluto first hide in a sleeping car where Pete mistakenly intrudes on a female passenger and gets assaulted. Pete then stumbles into another bed where Mickey and Pluto (disguised as babies) are hiding. Pete apologizes for the intrusion, but quickly catches on after realizing he was covering up Pluto's tail. Just as Mickey and Pluto are gloating that they'd fooled Pete, Pete bursts in and threatens to beat them to a pulp, but the sudden darkness (from the train running through a tunnel) allows the pair to escape, leaving Pete to beat the mattress to a pulp (and a brief entanglement with the springs).

Mickey and Pluto masquerade as a conductor by hiding in Pete's own coat and hat which they'd had taken off in the tunnel. After getting false directions from Mickey, Pete catches on and threatens to catch them, but only ends up disturbing the female passenger again. Pete receives another beating and, unintentionally taking the passenger's hat, gets pricked by one of her needles. Finally Mickey disguises himself as an Indian chief with Pluto as his papoose, but Pete eventually sees through their disguises right after Pluto bites his hand.

While Mickey and Pluto are next to an open window, Pluto is caught on a passing mail hook which whisks him outside the train. Mickey runs after him through the train, and is just barely able to grab Pluto as he exits the last car. Pete throws their luggage out after them and they fall to the ground from the mail hook. Mickey looks up at the station sign and is pleasantly surprised that they have already arrived at their destination – Pomona.

Voice-over footage[edit]

Walt Disney (left) and Billy Bletcher recording voice-overs for Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip is unique among the classic Disney shorts in that film footage exists of the voice-over session, which included Walt Disney and Billy Bletcher. According to film historian Leonard Maltin, the footage was not known to exist and only discovered (as of 2004) "not too many years ago."[4]

The black-and-white film, which is about ten minutes in length, is the only known footage of Disney performing as Mickey Mouse and was included on the 2004 DVD release "Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Volume Two" as an easter egg.[5] Edited portions of the footage were also seen in earlier releases.[clarification needed]

Adaptations[edit]

In September 1940, a one-page adaptation of Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine. In this version Pete discovers Pluto by seeing his tail sticking out of the suitcase. Instead of being kicked off the train, Mickey and Pluto are confined to the baggage car. The story was told in verse and was illustrated by Tom Wood.[6][7]

In October 1940, a prose version of Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip was printed in the first edition of Walt Disney Comics and Stories. This five-page version is a closer retelling of the film, with the added detail that Mickey is heading to an "important meeting" in Pomona which he can't be late for. Pluto comes along only because he would get lonely if he stayed home alone.

In 2010, the film inspired the Italian comic story "Topolino, Pluto e la gita in montagna," or "Mickey, Pluto, and the Trip to the Mountain." The story, published in the May edition of Extralarge XL Disney, is 25 pages and written and illustrated by Enrico Faccini[8]

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Trivia[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Dave (1996). "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip". Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion. p. 336. ISBN 0-7868-8149-6. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip". www.bcdb.com
  3. ^ Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts
  4. ^ Quoted from "Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Volume Two," disc 1
  5. ^ The easter egg is accessed from the main menu by clicking on Mickey's cane.
  6. ^ Gerstein, David (2005). Walt Disney's Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse. Timonium, MD: Gemstone Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-888472-06-5. 
  7. ^ Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip at INDUCKS
  8. ^ Topolino, Pluto e la gita in montagna at INDUCKS
  9. ^ The Old Film Company

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