Mickey's Good Deed
|Mickey's Good Deed|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Burt Gillett|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Animation by||Johnny Cannon, Les Clark, Frenchy Detremaudan, Norm Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Hardie Gramatky, Dick Lundy, Tom Palmer, Ben Sharpsteen|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Mickey's Good Deed (also called Mickey's Lucky Break and Mickey Plays Santa in certain home video releases) is a 1932 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. Set during the Christmas season and the contemporary Great Depression, the cartoon centers on Mickey's act of charity to bring Christmas to a poor family. The film was directed by Burt Gillett and features the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey and Pinto Colvig as Pluto.
Mickey's Good Deed was Mickey's second Christmas themed film after Mickey's Orphans (1931).
Mickey Mouse appears as a street performer playing "Adeste Fideles" on a cello while Pluto howls along. Several people appear to throw coins in Mickey's collection cup and Mickey wishes them a merry Christmas. But when Mickey goes to buy food, he discovers to his dismay that his cup is full of nails, nuts, and bolts.
Eventually Mickey comes to the home of a rich family and begins to play outside. Inside the home, a crying child named Adelbert keeps throwing away toys given to him by his father and a butler. When Adelbert hears Pluto outside, he demands his father buy the dog. The butler goes outside and persistently offers Mickey money for Pluto, but Mickey refuses and Pluto bites the butler in the buttocks. While running away, Mickey drops his cello and a horse-drawn sleigh runs it over destroying it. The apparently oblivious party in the sleigh call out a cheerful "Merry Christmas!" to Mickey.
Mickey and Pluto later come across the home of a poor cat family. A mother sits at the table crying and Mickey and Pluto see that the father, Pete, is in jail and she has no money for food or toys. Emotionally moved by the scene, Mickey returns to the rich home and reluctantly sells Pluto. With the money, Mickey buys toys and food for the cat family and their mother, who is now snoring as he makes it back to their house and he 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 have a happy Christmas, and he does not miss Pluto.
Meanwhile back at the rich home, Adelbert is tormenting Pluto and tying objects, including a roasted chicken onto Pluto's tail. The frustrated father finally has the butler throw the dog out, before spanking Adelbert. Pluto then follows Mickey's tracks to where he finds the lonely mouse sitting in front of a fire along with a snow sculpture of Pluto. Pluto burrows through the snow and pops his head out the top of the sculpture surprising Mickey. The two of them share the roasted chicken for a Christmas dinner.
- 1986 – "Jiminy Cricket's Christmas" (VHS)
- 2004 – "Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two" (DVD)
- 2005 – "Holiday Celebration with Mickey & Pals" (colorized, DVD)
- Mickey's Good Deed at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
- Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
- Mickey's Good Deed at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Hischak, Thomas S. (2011). Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland & Company. p. 256. ISBN 978-0786462711. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
- Jiminy Cricket's Christmas at The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
- Holiday Celebration with Mickey & Pals at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts