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Casey Junior
Background information
Feature films The Reluctant Dragon
Dumbo
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Kronk's New Groove (cameo)
Television programs Mickey Mouse (cameo)
Video games Mickey's Racing Adventure
Park attractions Casey Jr. Circus Train
Main Street Electrical Parade
Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Ward Kimball
Voice Margaret Wright
Cathy Cavadini
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Casey Jones
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Sapient
Appearance 2-4-0 steam locomotive
Nationality
Species
Birthday June 20, 1941
Occupation Circus train
Alignment
Alignment
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To carry the circus, cars and passengers.
Home Some type of train station in Toontown
Casey Junior Junction (in Mickey's Racing Adventure)
Relatives Unknown
Pets None
Allies Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo, Mr. Stork, The Ringmaster, Pedro, Little Toot, Susie the Little Blue Coupe, Mickey Mouse, Toaster, other engines and toons
Minions None
Enemies None
Likes Pulling the circus
Dislikes "Annoying" signals, dip, crashing, being late, switches that lie down on the job
Powers and abilities Steam
Weapons None
Fate
Quote "All aboard! Let's go!"
"I think I can! I think I can!"

Casey Junior is a fictional anthropomorphic steam locomotive and among the more memorable characters of the 1941 Disney film, Dumbo, but has also appeared in other Walt Disney productions. His name is a reference to Casey Jones, the famous railroad engineer who died in a train collision in 1900.

A Disneyland attraction, Casey Jr. Circus Train, is based on Casey Junior, with an updated version running at Disneyland Paris. Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station, a water play area themed around the character, was added to the Magic Kingdom in 2012 in the Storybook Circus section of that park's new Fantasyland.

Dumbo

In the film Dumbo, Casey Junior is the tender engine hauling the circus train, and even has his own song. Casey appears frequently throughout the film, and is shown to be somewhat sapient. For example, when the Ringmaster calls for all aboard, Casey's whistle can be heard tooting:

"All aboard! Let's go!"

As is the case with most Disney vehicles, Casey Junior has the ability to move in a more fluid way than actual locomotives, and his boiler is often seen bending and twisting like rubber when in motion.

In addition, he can twist and flex his metal body to express motion. He uses his steam cylinders like limbs, giving him the ability to shrug, point and make other gestures.

Although a male (according to Casey's song, being referenced as he or him), Casey was originally voiced by Margaret Wright and he is currently voiced by Cathy Cavadini. While the sound of the voice resembles that of a voice processed through a vocoder, it was actually done with a more primitive device, a Sonovox, which uses one or two small loudspeakers in contact with the throat, which allowed Wright to "speak" by modulating an artificially produced sound with her mouth.

Earlier Work

In The Reluctant Dragon, According to a cartoon done before Dumbo, Casey was in fact, formerly a passenger engine. He unfortunately crashed after an effort to jump the chasm left by a broken bridge in a storm. In this film, he was of different wheel arrangement, 2-4-0 with the main rod on the forward driving wheel. He also had a bell and wasn't quite as stubby. In his circus work he was a 2-4-0, but his rod arrangement changed to the back wheel, and his bell was removed, and he became more stubby. This leads one to think he was overhauled after the accident and bought by the circus.

Appearance

Casey Junior has a 2-4-0 wheel arrangement, a small four-wheeled tender at the back, a big tall funnel, a little lamp hat, a short stumpy boiler, a short stumpy dome with a whistle on the top and a small cowcatcher at his front.

Trivia

  • Casey Junior is the second float in the Main Street Electrical Parade and its versions. Casey, driven by Goofy, pulls a drum with the parade logo and Mickey and Minnie.
  • Casey Junior makes a brief cameo in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He is spotted during the final scene.
  • The wagons that transport P.T. Flea's Circus in A Bug's Life are old boxes of Casey Jr. cookies.
  • In the film Kronk's New Groove, a sequel to The Emperor's New Groove, Kronk has a miniature model train set of Casey Junior in his new home, complete with scaled-down models of the carriages featured in Dumbo.
  • Casey Junior was named after John Luther Jones a.k.a. Casey Jones and The Brave Engineer.
  • It appears that, in the film, he does not have an engineer in his cab.
  • Casey Junior makes a cameo appearance in the Mickey Mouse episode "Tokyo Go".
  • When Casey Junior climbs up the mountain, he chants, "I think I can" over and over again, and on the way down he chants repeatedly, "I thought I could." This is a reference to the classic children's book The Little Engine that Could.
  • Casey Junior's train for some reason is constantly gaining and losing train cars as he makes his journey: the only time he is ever seen with all of his cars intact is when he crosses a bridge before climbing up the mountain.
  • The train Casey Junior pulls in the film, from front to back, is made up of an orange passenger car (for the clowns and other circus performers), a flatcar with a calliope organ, several flatcars carrying various circus wagons, a red boxcar (carrying the elephants), a dark blue boxcar (carrying animals like monkeys, horses, zebras and camels), several flatcars carrying the tent and its supports, a light blue boxcar (carrying the giraffes (whose heads are clearly sticking out of the roof)), a pink boxcar (carrying predators like hyenas, apes, bears, lions and tigers), a yellow boxcar (carrying animals like ostriches, seals, hippos and kangaroos), a green passenger car carrying (for the circus workmen), and a caboose (for the ringmaster). Also, at the end of the film, the caboose is replaced with a silver train car reserved for Dumbo and his mother.
  • Casey Junior makes a cameo appearance in Where's My Mickey?

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