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.
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:
- Referee: Jack Holt
- The "Mickey Mousers" team:
- Shirley Temple, seated with the Three Little Pigs
- Charles Laughton, dressed as Henry VIII
- Eddie Cantor
- W. C. Fields
- Harold Lloyd
- Greta Garbo, waving a Pom-pon
- Edna May Oliver, seated next to Max Hare, from The Tortoise and the Hare
- Clark Gable, seated with Clarabelle Cow
- Fifi the Peke
- Two Easter Bunnies, from Funny Little Bunnies
- The Wise Little Hen, from The Wise Little Hen
- The Flying Mouse and his mother, from The Flying Mouse
- Peter and Polly Penguin, from Peculiar Penguins
- King Midas and Goldie the Elf, from The Golden Touch
- Ambrose Puss the Cat and Dirty Bill the Dog Robber, from The Robber Kitten
- Cock Robin and Jenny Wren, from Who Killed Cock Robin?
- Mickey's Gala Premiere
- Mother Goose Goes Hollywood
- Hollywood Steps Out
- Hollywood Daffy
- The Autograph Hound
- Slick Hare
- What's Cookin' Doc?
- Felix in Hollywood
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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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 MICKEY'S POLO TEAM:
See the cartoon sequence from HOLLYWOOD PARTY: