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Get A Horse!
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Film information
Directed by: Lauren MacMullan
Produced by: John Lasseter (executive producer)

Dorothy McKim

Written by: Lauren MacMullan
Raymond S. Persi
Nancy Kruse
Paul Briggs
Music by: Mark Watters
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date(s): June 11, 2013 (Annecy International Animated Film Festival)
November 27, 2013 (with Frozen)
Language: English

Get A Horse! is a 2013 black-and-white/color traditional/CGI hybrid Walt Disney Animation Studios short film. The short features archival voice recordings of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse.[1] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film of 2013, but lost to Mr. Hublot.

Synopsis

The film begins with Mickey Mouse walking from his house and spotting Horace Horsecollar pulling a hay wagon with all their friends playing music. He hops on the wagon and helps Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow onto the wagon. Just then, Peg-Leg Pete shows up in his jalopy, his horn bellowing "Make way for the future!". Pete spots Minnie and gives her a sexual gaze, but Mickey puts Clarabelle in the gaze in Minnie's place much to Pete's disgust and horror. Angry at being pranked, Pete snatches Minnie and rams his car into the wagon, sending Mickey flying towards the screen. Seeing Mickey bounce off the fabric, Pete hurls him and Horace harder into the screen until they burst through it and land in the modern world.

As Pete taunts Mickey from inside the screen and closes the hole in the screen, Mickey tries to get back into his world, pulling back the curtains to reveal a wider screen. Horace then walks onto the stage wearing a Captain America t-shirt and carrying a cellphone, Milk Duds and popcorn. Mickey decides to use Horace as a mock biplane to fly around the theater and fire at Pete with Milk Duds. When they crash land onto the stage, Mickey finds the smartphone Horace brought (and apparently stole) onto the stage, so he calls Pete on his candlestick phone and Horace sprays foam from a fire extinguisher into the smartphone and out from Pete's phone.

Pete's car then lands in a frozen lake and the screen fills with water, giving Mickey the idea to poke a hole in the screen and let the water leak out, causing Pete, Minnie and the other cartoon animals to flood out onto the stage. Mickey and Minnie's reunion is short-lived, however, as Pete gives chase to the characters in and out of the screen until he snatches Minnie again, punches Mickey onto a support beam and nails the screen shut. Horace and the others decide to swing from the beam and try to break though the screen like a wrecking ball, but the plan only manages to flip the screen upside-down, causing Pete to fall from the ground.

Mickey flips it again and Pete lands on the ground, his car crashing down on him. Getting an idea, Minnie encourages Mickey to flip the screen again, this time having Pete land on a cactus, which sets off a chain of events. First, Pete gets electrocuted on some telephone cables, then he has his face get hit by all the steps on a ladder. Then he lands his rear end on a pitchfork, then he falls onto a seesaw, where he gets hit on the head by numerous tools. A sledgehammer then rams the pitchfork deeper into his rear. Finally, the sledgehammer falls on the opposite side of the seesaw, where Pete is launched and lands face first in his jalopy.

Horace, Mickey and Minnie begin to laugh hysterically at Pete's pain. Suddenly, Horace's hand gets stuck behind the screen due to him pounding the screen. Mickey tries to pull him out, but only succeeds by spinning the screen horizontally. To Mickey's realization, it re-winded the scene. Seeing this as an opportunity, Mickey and Horace begin spinning the screen around until Pete is completely knocked out.

Minnie then drives Pete's car with Pete in tow and completely tears the screen down, revealing the black-and-white world in color for the very first time. Mickey and his friends dance for a moment and re-enter their world. The horn that was on Pete's car tells an unconscious Pete "Get a horse!" before Mickey and his friends bring down a new screen, then Mickey waves goodbye to the audience. As the iris out closes, Pete, comes to and tries to get back in through the screen, but gets his head stuck. Seconds later, the flap on Pete's pants open up to reveal the words "THE END" and Pete bellows "Hey!!" as the screen cuts to the credits.

After the credits, the castle is in black-and-white and Clarabelle jumps over it, making the arch.

Characters

Cast

Additional voices by Jess Harnell, Mona Marshall, Bob Bergen, Paul Briggs, Nicole Mitchell, Danya Joseph and Terri Douglas.

Release

Get A Horse! debuted June 11, 2013 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.

It made its U.S. premiere on August 9, 2013 the 2013 D23 Expo and theatrically accompanied Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, which was released on November 27, 2013.

Production

Get a Horse! was conceived and directed by Lauren MacMullan (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Simpsons), who became the first woman to solo direct a Disney animated film. She started working on the short after Wreck-It Ralph director, Rich Moore, told her that Disney was looking for some Mickey Mouse ideas for television. Being fond of the earliest Mickey Mouse shorts, mostly because of their simplicity and freshness, she decided on a style resembling the 1928/1929 animation. Produced in 18 months, its hand-drawn animation was supervised by Eric Goldberg and its computer animation by Adam Green. To achieve the 1920's look, aging and blur filters were added to the image, while for the CG part, they created new models, faithful to the character designs of that period.

It took about two weeks for the editors to edit Walt Disney's voice tracks to assemble the word "red" and make it sound like a surprised statement.

Trivia

  • This is the first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in a Disney animated production (outside the Epic Mickey franchise) in more than 84 years.
  • The candy that is used as ammo in the short is Hershey's Milk Duds.
  • "Get a Horse" won the Annie Award For Best Animated Short.

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References


Previous Mickey Mouse short: Next Mickey Mouse short:
Runaway Brain



Mickey Mouse Series
Mickeystar 1600

1920s: Plane Crazy | The Gallopin' Gaucho | Steamboat Willie | The Barn Dance | The Opry House | When the Cat's Away | The Barnyard Battle | The Plowboy | The Karnival Kid | Mickey's Follies | Mickey's Choo-Choo | The Jazz Fool | Jungle Rhythm | Haunted House | Wild Waves

1930s: Fiddling Around | The Barnyard Concert | The Cactus Kid | The Fire Fighters | The Shindig | The Chain Gang | The Gorilla Mystery | The Picnic | Pioneer Days | The Birthday Party | Traffic Troubles | The Castaway | The Moose Hunt | The Delivery Boy | Mickey Steps Out | Blue Rhythm | Fishin' Around | The Barnyard Broadcast | The Beach Party | Mickey Cuts Up | Mickey's Orphans | The Duck Hunt | The Grocery Boy | The Mad Dog | Barnyard Olympics | Mickey's Revue | Musical Farmer | Mickey in Arabia | Mickey's Nightmare | Trader Mickey | The Whoopee Party | Touchdown Mickey | The Wayward Canary | The Klondike Kid | Mickey's Good Deed | Building a Building | The Mad Doctor | Mickey's Pal Pluto | Mickey's Mellerdrammer | Ye Olden Days | The Mail Pilot | Mickey's Mechanical Man | Mickey's Gala Premier | Puppy Love | The Steeplechase | The Pet Store | Giantland | Shanghaied | Playful Pluto | Gulliver Mickey | Mickey's Steamroller | Orphan's Benefit | Mickey Plays Papa | The Dognapper | Two-Gun Mickey | Mickey's Man Friday |The Band Concert | Mickey's Service Station | Mickey's Kangaroo | Mickey's Garden | Mickey's Fire Brigade | Pluto's Judgement Day | On Ice | Mickey's Polo Team | Orphan's Picnic | Mickey's Grand Opera | Thru the Mirror | Mickey's Rival | Moving Day | Alpine Climbers | Mickey's Circus | Mickey's Elephant | The Worm Turns | Magician Mickey | Moose Hunters | Mickey's Amateurs | Hawaiian Holiday | Clock Cleaners | Lonesome Ghosts | Boat Builders | Mickey's Trailer | The Whalers | Mickey's Parrot | Brave Little Tailor | Society Dog Show | The Pointer

1940s: Tugboat Mickey | Pluto's Dream House | Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip | The Little Whirlwind | The Nifty Nineties | Orphan's Benefit | A Gentleman's Gentleman | Canine Caddy | Lend a Paw | Mickey's Birthday Party | Symphony Hour | Pluto and the Armadillo | Squatter's Rights | Mickey's Delayed Date | Mickey Down Under | Mickey and the Seal

1950s: Plutopia | R'Coon Dawg | Pluto's Party | Pluto's Christmas Tree | The Simple Things

1980s-Present: Mickey's Christmas Carol | The Prince and the Pauper | Runaway Brain | Get a Horse!

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