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|Mickey Mouse series|
Mickey arrives in Giantland
|Directed by||Burt Gillett|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Voices by||Walt Disney|
|Animation by||Johnny Cannon
Frenchy de Tremaudan
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||25 November 1933|
|Color process||Black and white|
|Running time||8 minutes|
Giantland is a 1933 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by United Artists. The film is an adaptation of the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" with Mickey Mouse in the title role. Mickey is voiced by Walt Disney and Mickey's nephews are voiced by Marcellite Garner, who at the time usually voiced Minnie Mouse.
The film was the artistic predecessor to later Disney films such as Gulliver Mickey (1934), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fun and Fancy Free (1947). It also marked the animated debut of Mickey's nephews, although the large number of them is inconsistent with Mickey having only two nephews (Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse) in the comic strip.
The story is book-ended with Mickey Mouse at home telling the mice children the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", although he inserts himself in the role of Jack.
In the story within the story, Mickey climbs a tall beanstalk and arrives in "Giantland", a place in the clouds where everything is larger. Mickey rides a giant butterfly to a castle and looks inside through the keyhole. Just then, the giant who lives in the castle returns home and is unaware of Mickey who slips inside the castle. Mickey hides among the food on the dinner table as the giant sits down to eat and read a newspaper titled "EXTRA: GIANTS WIN".
When Mickey hides inside a wheel of Swiss cheese, the Giant makes a cheese sandwich and unwittingly puts Mickey into his mouth. Mickey avoids being chewed or swallowed, and eventually sabotages the giant's smoking pipe to escape. The giant tries to catch Mickey, but Mickey catapults a spoonful of pepper into the giant's face causing him to sneeze. The giant blows away the wall of the castle and Mickey runs to the beanstalk with the giant chasing after him. When Mickey reaches the bottom of the beanstalk he sets fire to it. The giant falls down and creates a large hole in the ground.
In 1934, David McKay Publications published a children's book adaptation of "Giantland".
Also in 1934, Ted Osborne wrote a story line based on Giantland for the Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip called "Rumpelwatt the Giant". This adaptation was the first to identify the giant by name. The artwork was by Floyd Gottfredson and Ted Thwaites.
The film was the first animated appearance of Mickey's nephews, although they had appeared in comics in 1932, in Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse Sunday strip titled Mickey's Nephews.
The premise of the film was similar to Gulliver Mickey, which was released the following year.
- Giantland at Disney Shorts