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Symphony Hour is a color Mickey Mouse animated short. It was released in 1942.


Mickey is the conductor of an orchestra composed of members of the gang for their sponsor Sylvester Macaroni of the Symphony House radio show. Everything goes perfectly in rehearsal, and Macaroni loves the piece and agrees to have it shown in concert.

However, things start to go wrong just before showtime when Goofy accidentally drops the instruments (and himself) down the elevator shaft and the elevator crushes all the instruments. Macaroni and Mickey are unaware of the mishap until the orchestra starts to "play" the damaged instruments. Against all odds, Mickey manages to just barely hold the performance together, despite the ever-increasing lunacy, while Macaroni throws tantrums from inside of his private viewing room. At one point, Donald is so fed up with the chaos caused by the damaged instruments that he packs his things and leaves. Mickey, determined to carry on come what may, points a gun at Donald's head to get him back into playing.

As the piece ends, Macaroni is reduced to tears, believing his reputation to be ruined. But he suddenly lightens up when he hears the thunderous applause from the audience, and he is pleased to find out that they actually loved the bizarre performance.


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  • Symphony Hour would be the last animated short in the Mickey Mouse Cartoon series until the end of World War II.
  • The music performed in this short is actually one of Franz von Suppé's Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry).
  • Though she can be seen among the others playing in rehearsal, Clara Cluck oddly does not appear in the actual performance.
  • This film would mark the last theatrical appearance of Clara Cluck.
  • Pete's character as Sylvester Macaroni caused a bit of controversy with the Italian community in which they felt that Macaroni was an unfair stereotype on their behalf, considering the fact that he had a thick Italian accent and chain-smoked cigars. This was not the first time that a character (especially Pete) had been attacked due to their portrayal of another character.
  • After this animated short, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow wouldn't appear in another animated short until Mickey's Christmas Carol.
  • The scene where Donald packs up his things and tries to leave, after which Mickey points a gun to Donald's head to prevent him from doing so (animated by Bernard Wolf), is missing in some versions of the short.
  • The Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions - Mickey VHS uses the original opening and closing titles of this cartoon.

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