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September 24, 1937 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Hawaiian Holiday is Released to Theaters

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“On the beach at Waikiki~!”

On September 24, 1937, the Mickey Mouse short film Hawaiian Holiday was released to theaters. Although labeled as a Mickey Mouse short, it features Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Minnie. The short was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

It’s a sunny day on the beaches of Hawaii, and Mickey and Donald play music to accompany Minnie’s hulu dancing. Goofy in the meantime is preparing to go surfing, although the waves run away from him, before picking him up and bounce him around like a doll. Minnie takes over Donald’s ukulele while Donald dons the hulu skirt and begins to dance. Unfortunately, his tail catches on fire from the nearby campfire, but he continues to dance, unaware. When he finally realizes he’s on fire, he runs as fast as he can to extinguish himself in a nearby pond area, only to get a starfish stuck to his rear. Donald throws the starfish away to where Pluto is, and Pluto chases the starfish back into the ocean. When a wave comes in, it buries Pluto in the sand; the starfish flicks the dog on the nose before jumping back into the ocean.

At one point, Goofy gets his surfboard stuck in his swimming outfit, and can't figure out how to get it out

At one point, Goofy gets his surfboard stuck in his swimming outfit, and can’t figure out how to get it out

Goofy continues to try and surf, with minor success, until he loses his surfboard. As he looks for it, it ends up in his bathing suit, and he ends up hitting his head. He tries to push it out, but the results are even more disastrous. Meanwhile, Pluto is free from the sand and exploring the beach, when another wave comes in and causes his head to get stuck in a shell. While he manages to get it off his head, it gets stuck on his rear. After finally ridding himself of the shell, he is unaware that a crab that was inside the shell has attached itself to his tail. The crab tries to pinch Pluto, but is unable to as Pluto looks around for the strange sound behind him. When he finds the crab, it pinches him on the nose, and the dog lets out a yelp of pain and surprise. The two study each other, and end up shuffling sideways across the beach, not losing eye contact until Pluto is buried in the sand again due to a wave. Goofy tries his third attempt at surfing, and announces to his friends that he’s made it, until the wave grabs his board and slaps him with it, sending him flying into the sand, with his surfboard sticking out of the sand. Mickey, Minnie, and Donald laugh, and Minnie throws him a lei. Goofy shoots out of the sand and gives everyone a sheepish smile.

 

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