The Plow Boy

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The Plow Boy
Horace Horsecollar Plow boy 1929.jpg
The First Appearance of Horace Horsecollar
Directed by Walt Disney
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Walt Disney
Voices by Walt Disney
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Les Clark
Burt Gillett
Wilfred Jackson
Ben Sharpsteen
Ub Iwerks
Jack King
Studio Walt Disney Studios
Celebrity Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 28, 1929
Running time 6:14 min.
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by When the Cat's Away
Followed by The Karnival Kid

The Plow Boy is a Mickey Mouse short animated film first released on June 28, 1929.


As the title implies Mickey was depicted as a farmer alongside Minnie Mouse. He is first seen with his horse while plowing a field. Then Minnie comes along with her cow. She has Mickey milk the cow for her. As he does, the cow starts licking him in an apparent sign of affection. Mickey does not seem pleased and replies by rolling up its muzzle with its own tongue.

Mickey eventually manages to present Minnie with a full bucket of milk and proceeds forcefully to kiss her. Minnie's reply to this sign of affection is knocking his head with the bucket. At some point the horse is stung by a bee, panics and starts galloping. By the time the horse calms down again, the plow has been broken. In the finale, Mickey resorts to using a pig as a plow.

Curiously the short is considered mainly notable for the livestock it featured. Minnie's cow is considered to be Clarabelle Cow making her second appearance, and Mickey's plow horse is considered to be Horace Horsecollar making his debut. Though depicted as non-anthropomorphic animals during this short, later that same year Clarabelle would become as anthropomorphic as her former owners.

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