The first appearance of Horace Horsecollar.
|Directed by||Walt Disney|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Story by||Walt Disney|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Les Clark|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|ca. June 28, 1929|
The Plowboy is a Mickey Mouse short animated film first released on June 28, 1929, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series. It was the eighth Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the fifth of that year.
As the title implies, Mickey is 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. Both characters became fully anthropomorphic in the 1930 short The Shindig, where they're treated as Mickey and Minnie's friends rather than farm animals. By 1933, Disney Studio publicity referred to The Plowboy as Horace's first film.
This short is also the first time Minnie Mouse is seen wearing her gloves.
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