November 27, 2013 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Get a Horse! is Released to Theatres
“Where are we? Poughkeepsie?
On November 27, 2013, the Mickey Mouse short film Get a Horse! was released to theaters. This was the first theatrical short film featuring Mickey since 1995’s Runaway Brain, and the first short to use Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey since the 1947’s Mickey’s Delayed Date, thanks to archival recording. It also features archival audio of Marcellite Garner as Minnie (along with additional lines by current Minnie voice Russi Taylor), and Billy Bletcher as Peg Leg Pete (with additional dialogue by Will Ryan). It was also the first short to feature the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit since Disney’s reacquisition of the character. It was directed by Lauren MacMullan, with story developed by MacMullan, Paul Briggs, Nancy Kruse, and Raymond S. Persi.
The short begins with Mickey greeting his friends as they arrive on a hay wagon. As he rushes after them, he jumps out of his shorts and shoes due to his excitement. He tries to get them back, but they refuse to listen. He is finally able to retrieve them, and hops on the wagon as it passes by which also picks up Minnie and Clarabelle Cow. The merriment on the wagon is cut short, however, when Peg Leg Pete comes up behind the group in his car, and honks angrily to let him pass. When he spots Minnie, he decides he would rather have her, and takes her hostage before jostling the wagon with his car. Mickey and Horace Horsecollar are thrown into the movie screen, which puzzles Pete, but gives him an idea to throw Mickey and Horace into the real world.
Mickey is shocked about how he looks in the real world, including the red of his shorts, but soon forgets that when he realizes Minnie is in trouble. Try as he might, he has no way of saving her from his position. Suddenly, Horace appears, thoroughly assimilated into the real world (and wearing a Captain America shirt to boot). Mickey calls Horace to attention, and turns him into a makeshift plane, using Milk Duds as bullets to shoot at Pete. The plan, doesn’t work, however, so they try another approach: calling Pete’s phone and spraying him with the contents of a fire extinguisher, turning the animated scene into a winter wonderland. Pete then falls through the ice and lands in a lake, which threatens to flood the theater. Mickey pokes holes in the screen, freeing Minnie and pulling everyone out of the film with them. A chance ensues in and out of the animated and real world, and Mickey is knocked unconscious while Minnie is captured again. After reviving Mickey, the gang then realizes they can manipulate the situation by flipping the screen up and down and back and forth, and Pete is soon injured to the point of unconsciousness. Minnie is saved, and the screen is broken, sending Pete into the real world. The gang then closes the screen, leaving Pete trapped in-between worlds as he tries to get back.