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March 17, 1931 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Traffic Troubles is Released to Theaters

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“He’s gone!”

On March 17, 1931, the Mickey Mouse short film Traffic Troubles was released to theaters. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

Mickey is a taxi driver on a busy street, and doesn’t seem to do well with all the other cars around. When he stops to pick up a fare, he ends up stopping traffic, alerting a police officer, who berates him and won’t let him finish a sentence. Mickey is finally able to shuffle away in his taxi, but runs into trouble again when a small car refuses to let him pass. Mickey finally uses a trick to get past the tiny car, but the tiny car manages to get ahead again, especially after passing through several muddy patches. Mickey’s taxi has a problem on a road full of potholes, and his fare is less than happy, although each pothole causes the charge rate to jump. Mickey loses his fare without realizing it when he is bumped from the car, and Mickey looks horrified when he arrives to find the fare missing. Minnie is running down the street to her accordion lesson, and Mickey offers to give her a ride when she is running late. The Mickey whistles with Minnie playing her music on the way there, but the ride stops being joyful when Mickey’s car gets a flat tire. Mickey has to improvise with a pig when blowing up the tire, but over-inflates the tire and is sent flying while riding the pig. Meanwhile, a traveling huckster arrives with some snake oil and gives it to Mickey’s car, which causes it to go haywire with Minnie trapped inside. The car lands on top of a cow, which runs away out of shock, taking Mickey, Minnie, and the taxi through a barn and crashing into the side of a tower. Luckily, Mickey and Minnie can have a good laugh in the end.

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