When the Cat's Away (1929 film)

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When the Cat's Away
Directed byWalt Disney
Produced byWalt Disney
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byUb Iwerks
Ben Sharpsteen
Color processBlack & White
Production
companies
Walt Disney Studios
Celebrity Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
ca. April 30, 1929[1]
Running time
6:42 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

When the Cat's Away is a Mickey Mouse short animated film first released on May 3, 1929, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series. It was directed by Walt Disney and animated by Ub Iwerks and Ben Sharpsteen.[2] It was the sixth Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the third of that year.[3] In this cartoon, Mickey and Minnie are the size of regular mice, and Tom Cat is the size of a person.[1]

Plot[edit]

After Tom Cat leaves his house, drunk on hooch, Mickey organizes all his mice friends to break into the cat's house. Once inside, Mickey and Minnie play the piano by dancing on the keys and, later, others play some of the cat's musical instruments and records (using themselves as the speaker and stylus). In the end, Mickey and Minnie kiss.[2]

Production[edit]

The cartoon is a loose remake of Disney's 1925 film Alice Rattled by Rats, from the Alice Comedies series.[1] This is the last time Mickey is portrayed as the size of a mouse, although he remains fairly small in his next cartoon, The Barnyard Battle.[2]

The cat signs his name "Tom Cat", which was briefly used as a name for the character who was shortly afterwards identified as Peg-Leg Pete.[1]

In an early script, the cartoon ended with the pet parrot calling the police, causing the mice to scurry away.[1]

Voice cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Motion Picture News (June 8, 1929): "This is one of the series of the Mickey Mouse cartoons. It is synchronized for sound, which brings the greater part of the laughs. The cat a-hunting goes and the mice play while the cat's away. They play everything from the piano, right down the line of musical instruments."[4]

The Film Daily (July 28, 1929): "Amusing. Mickey and his relatives crash their way into the cat's home while the latter is hunting. The results is a music festival which proves genuinely amusing. As usual in this Disney series, the cartoon work is well thought out and intelligently and divertingly presented. Sure-fire for any audience.[5]

Home media[edit]

The short was released on December 7, 2004 on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two: 1929-1935.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. ^ a b c Grob, Gijs (2018). "When the Cat's Away". Mickey's Movies: The Theatrical Films of Mickey Mouse. Theme Park Press. ISBN 978-1683901235.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 108–109. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Opinions on Pictures: Sound Shorts". Motion Picture News: 1969. June 8, 1929. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Short Subjects". The Film Daily: 9. July 28, 1929. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2 DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. Retrieved February 19, 2021.

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