|Mickey Mouse series|
Theatrical release poster with A Goofy Movie
|Directed by||Chris Bailey|
|Produced by||Ron Tippe|
|Story by||Tim Hauser|
|Voices by||Wayne Allwine
|Music by||John Debney|
|Animation by||Andreas Deja
|Studio||Walt Disney Animation France|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||The Prince and the Pauper|
|Followed by||Get a Horse!|
Runaway Brain is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris, France, and starring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. In the short, Mickey is desperate to earn money to pay for an anniversary gift for Minnie. He applies as a lab assistant for Dr. Frankenollie, but finds he is looking for a donor to switch brains with the monster he created. Featuring animation by animator Andreas Deja, it was first released in 1995 attached to two Disney films; A Goofy Movie and A Kid in King Arthur's Court. It would be the final original Mickey Mouse theatrical animated short until Get a Horse! in 2013.
Minnie (voiced by Russi Taylor) visits Mickey (voiced by Wayne Allwine) while he is playing a video game and is upset to find that he has forgotten the anniversary of their first date due to his addiction to the game. Mickey comes up with the last-minute idea to take her to a miniature golf course for their anniversary and shows her a newspaper ad for it, but she instead notices an ad for a trip to Hawaii, which would cost $999.99, and mistakes it for Mickey's gift. Mickey frets over how he can make enough money for the trip when Pluto (voiced by Bill Farmer) shows him an ad to work with a mad scientist named Dr. Frankenollie (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) for a day of "mindless work" that would pay $999.99. Upon reaching the home of the simian Dr. Frankenollie, Mickey is dropped down a trapdoor into Frankenollie's laboratory, where the doctor plans to switch Mickey's brain with that of the Frankenstein's monster-esque Julius (voiced by Jim Cummings and modeled after Pete). The experiment causes an explosion that kills Frankenollie, but the brain transfer is a success, with Mickey's mind ending up in Julius' giant body and Julius in control of Mickey's body.
The dimwitted and insane Julius finds Mickey's wallet and notices a photo of Minnie, whom he instantly becomes smitten with. He escapes from the laboratory and finds Minnie while she is shopping for swimsuits and mistakes Julius for Mickey. Mickey arrives in Julius' body to save Minnie, but Minnie mistakes Mickey for a monster (due to his looks) and screams for help until Mickey convinces her of who he is. Julius continues to pursue Minnie, leading to a battle between Mickey and Julius during which they land on a telephone line and are electrocuted, which causes their minds to switch back to their original bodies. Mickey manages to tie Julius up with a rope atop a tall building and rescue Minnie, and the two travel to Hawaii together on an inflatable boat pulled by Julius as he swims after the photo of Minnie in Mickey's wallet, which is attached to a fishing line manned by Mickey.
- Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse
- Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse
- Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frankenollie
- Jim Cummings as Julius
- Bill Farmer as Pluto
The film was screened out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. It was first released on April 7, 1995 attached to A Goofy Movie internationally, and was released in North America on August 11 of the same year with A Kid in King Arthur's Court. The short was to be re-released with 101 Dalmatians, which was sent to theaters with the short attached in 1996, but Disney asked theater owners to cut the short off all film prints to replace it with trailers for then upcoming Disney films, including Hercules and George of the Jungle. In July 1997, Disney decided to attach it to George of the Jungle. It was also released in theaters in the UK with Lilo & Stitch in 2002.
It was later nominated the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, but lost to the Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave. The short was released almost a decade later on DVD in the Walt Disney Treasures collection Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Vol. 2 in 2004.
In other media
This cartoon was featured in the video game Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse.
Julius appears as an optional secret boss in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in Traverse Town.
- Runaway Brain at the Internet Movie Database
- Runaway Brain at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts