Moving Day (1936 film)

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Moving Day
Mickey Mouse series
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"Ya ain't paid the rent!"
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Produced by Walt Disney
John Sutherland
Voices by Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash
Music by Albert Hay Malotte
Animation by Paul Allen, Art Babbitt, Al Eugster, Wolfgang Reitherman, Fred Spencer, Don Towsley, Marvin Woodward, Cy Young
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • June 20, 1936 (1936-06-20)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 9 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Mickey's Rival
Followed by Alpine Climbers

Moving Day is a 1936 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The cartoon, set during the contemporary Great Depression, follows the antics of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they frantically pack their belongings after being dispossessed from their home. The film was directed by Ben Sharpsteen and includes the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey, Clarence Nash as Donald, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Billy Bletcher as Pete.[1]


Housemates Mickey and Donald are six months overdue on their rent payments. As they worriedly pace the floor, a sheriff bangs on the door and punches Mickey when he goes to answer. The sheriff, played by Pete, serves them a "Notice to Dispossess" authorizing him not only to evict them, but to sell off their belongings as collateral. He menacingly strikes a match on Donald's bill to light his cigar and leaves. The cigar is thrown into Donald's mouth like he is a trash can, after which he spits it out and squawks angrily at Pete.

While Pete is outside putting up signs for cheap furniture, Donald and Mickey decide to move before Pete can sell their belongings. Soon, Goofy, employed as an iceman, arrives with a delivery and Mickey and Donald enlist his help and the use of his truck.

While Mickey struggles with an overloaded suitcase, Goofy tries to load an upright piano onto the truck, but the piano keeps rolling out of the truck when he leaves it unattended or when he doesn't notice it. Goofy eventually discovers the piano to have a mind of its own after it runs over him and battles it around the house. Meanwhile, Donald, in his haste to pack everything he sees, grabs a gas heater which was attached to a gas line in the wall. Seeing the leaking gas, he casually plugs it with a toilet plunger, but the pressure in the line shoots the plunger out and it sticks to Donald's bottom. He struggles to remove the plunger, but squeezes it so hard it flies upward like the propeller on an airplane and cuts through a light bulb, making Donald hang from the wall and then fall into a fish tank.

As Donald struggles with the tank, Goofy has one final episode with the piano and learns that he can control it if just his hat is visible to the piano. However, when he makes the mistake of turning his back, it rolls out of the truck, smashes through the door, and runs over him again, which catapults him into the refrigerator and makes him end up eating a watermelon. Donald finally manages to free himself from the fish tank, but he gets catapulted across the room and gets his head stuck on the gas valve, which makes his body fill up with air like a balloon, and get launched and flies around the room, knocking over dishes and throwing Mickey and Goofy's clothes everywhere. Outside, Pete hears the commotion and storms into the room and orders them to leave immediately. Unaware of the gas leak, he strikes another match on Donald's bill, but the heat caused by the leaking gas causes his cigarette to explode, destroying the house and somehow catapulting all of the furniture and items (including the piano), Mickey, Donald, and Goofy into Goofy's truck. Pete ends up in a bathtub, and as he yells at them to come back (so he can arrest them), but he accidentally turns the hot water on. As they leave Pete behind to his fate, Donald laughs at him but the same toilet plunger lands on his tail, causing him to enter an explosive rage.



  1. ^ Moving Day at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts

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