Ye Olden Days
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|Ye Olden Days|
|Directed by||Burt Gillett|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Music by||Frank Churchill|
|Animation by||Johnny Cannon|
|Layouts by||Charles Philippi|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Ye Olden Days is a 1933 animated short film by Disney and which is in turn loosely based on the historical novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. It was directed by Burt Gillett and produced by Walt Disney.
Set in Europe, during the Middle Ages, Mickey Mouse, the wandering minstrel, rides on his donkey whilst strumming on his lute, singing his own song. He then arrives at a castle and witnesses the king of "Palapazoo" declare that his daughter, Princess Minnie, shall marry the prince of "Poopapadoo" (Dippy Dawg). However, Minnie does not love the prince at all and slaps him in the face three times in rejection. Angered at his daughter's rebellion, the king ordered his knights to "Lock her in the attic!", and so Minnie and her servant, Clarabelle Cow are both taken away. Concerned for the princess, Mickey then climbs a tree near the "attic", which is another castle tower.
As they are both locked in and her servant are locked in, Minnie immediately bursts into tears along with Clarabelle sobbing as well as there's no hope left. However, Mickey sings to Minnie that he'll save her, with Minnie throwing a flower in approval of her savior. Mickey gets to the window of her cell via catapulted bird's nest, but realizes that there isn't a rope to climb down from the window. While the king indulges himself on the wedding feast, Mickey grabs hold of his new found love, and glides down the rope of clothes made from Clarabelle, who is now nude in a barrel. The two lovebirds are halfway down, but the king spots them has them arrested. He then orders Mickey to be executed by guillotine.
But Minnie begs her father to spare Mickey's life, declaring that she loves him. Seeing that she truly has feelings for the young minstrel, as well as an opportunity for some entertainment, the king grants Mickey a chance to prove his worth for his daughter's hand by having a duel with the prince, exciting everyone. Mickey prepares himself by wearing a stove and helmet as armor and riding atop his donkey while the prince uses actual armor and horse. The prince and Mickey are both catapulted off their steeds and into the wall. The prince then grabs a spear and chases after Mickey, but the mouse avoids it and chops it with a small guillotine. Then Mickey grabs the spear and starts to poke the prince as the king and princess cheer on. Mickey's donkey and the prince's horse also fight each other, but the donkey bites the horse's bottom making him whinny and bump into a wall where the king's picture falls onto him, unconscious. The minstrel wins the duel as the prince jumps out of the window. Then the princess kisses the king and goes off after the minstrel. They both ride on the donkey as the crowd carries them outside. The short ends with Mickey and Minnie kissing behind a fan.
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