Friday, March 23, 2012

Mickey's Polo Team

Mickey's Polo Team is another cartoon with caricatures of various movie stars. Laurel and Hardy are again amoung those depicted. A Mae West bird, "Jennie Wren", from the cartoon WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN? also appears, as do some other familiar characters from Disney cartoons.

From Wikkipedia:

Mickey's Polo Team is a 1936 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The cartoon features of game of polo played between four Disney characters, led by Mickey Mouse, and four cartoon versions of real-life movie stars. It was directed by David Hand and was first released on January 4, 1936. The film was inspired by Walt Disney's personal love of polo.[1]
The cartoon features cameos of many Disney characters from the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony film series, as well as several real-world 1930s entertainment figures.
In detail the characters are:

 See also


  1. ^ Smith, Dave (1996). "Mickey's Polo Team". Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion. pp. 328. ISBN 0-7868-8149-0.

 External links

You can't tell the score without knowing the players.

The audience contains both human beings and funny animals, naturally.

Mouse polo.

Harpo Marx wore a red wig, which was frequently depicted in color cartoons as blond.

Mickey Mouse, Charlie Chaplin, Olliver Hardy.

Laurel and Hardy. Big horse laugh.

Clark Gable and friend.

Edna May Olliver worked with Wheeler and Woolsey.

Charles Laughton, Eddie Cantor, Harold Lloyd, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo.

1. Legs Sparrow, one of the three prime suspects from the Silly Symphony Who Killed Cock Robin.

2. Peter and Polly Penguin from the Silly Symphony Peculiar Penguins.

3. Three of the many miniature Mickey orphans that appeared in the shorts Orphans Benefit and Orphans Picnic. Because there are three, I identified them as such rather than as Morty and Ferdy who made their lone screen appearance in Mickey's Steamroller.

4. Cock Robin and a distinctly off-model incarnation of Jenny Wren from Who Killed Cock Robin. The Jenny Wren character was in fact a caricature of Mae West, though the resemblance is not apparent in this particular version.

5. The Wise Little Hen from the Silly Symphony of the same name. That short is best known for the debut of Donald Duck.

6. King Midas and Goldie from the Silly Symphony The Golden Touch.

7. The title character from the Silly Symphony The Flying Mouse, who is accompanied by his mother.

8. Ambrose and Dirty Bill from the Silly Symphony The Robber Kitten.

9. Pluto and his occasional girlfriend Fifi.

10. The Three Little Pigs surround famous child star Shirley Temple.

11. Two unnamed rabbits possibly derived from the Easter-themed Silly Symphony Funny Little Bunnies.

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Laurel and Hardy appeared as cartoon characters in several Disney cartoons. Their producer, Hal Roach, would return the favor by depicting Mickey Mouse and the Three Little Pigs from Disney's cartoons in his 1934 film BABES IN TOYLAND. Mickey Mouse was played by Josephine the Monkey in costume and the Three Little Pigs were three midgets in pig suits.

In 1934, Mickey Mouse also appeared in MGM's HOLLYWOOD PARTY as a cartoon character. Laurel and Hardy as well as Jimmy Durante were the stars of the movie, which also featured Lupe Velez and The Three Stooges in small roles.



See the cartoon sequence from HOLLYWOOD PARTY:

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