|Get A Horse!|
|Directed by:||Lauren MacMullan|
|Produced by:|| John Lasseter (executive producer)
|Written by:|| Lauren MacMullan|
Raymond S. Persi
|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)
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. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film of 2013, but lost to Mr. Hublot.
The film begins with Mickey Mouse walking from his house and spotting Horace Horsecollar pulling a hay wagon with all his friends playing music. He hops on the wagon and helps up 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, so 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 into 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 word, pulling back the cutains 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 appearently 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 that leave Pete electrocuted, poked with a pitchfork and hit with his car. Mickey then flips the screen sideways to rewind the action, having Pete painfully humiliated until he's knocked out cold. Minnie then drives Pete's car with Pete in tow and completely tears the screen down. Mickey and his friends dance for a moment and enter their world again as Mickey pulls a new screen down and waves us goodbye. As the iris closes, Pete, who woke up by now, tries to get back in through the screen, but gets stuck as the flap on his pants opens up to reveal the words "THE END".
- Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse
- Marcellite Garner/Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse
- Billy Bletcher/Will Ryan as Peg-Leg Pete
- Raymond S. Persi as The Horn
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.
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.
- 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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