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The Barnyard Battle was first released on April 25, 1929.

Summary

As the title implies it featured a battle between an invading army of cats and an army of mice trying to defend their homes and farms. Pete was depicted as a leading soldier of the former army and Mickey as a conscript of the latter one. Before joining the army, Mickey has to pass a physical examination. This scene depicts Mickey becoming the subject of physical and emotional abuse. After passing the examination, he is given a machine gun and is sent to battle. Mickey's combat efforts are comical in depiction but prove effective enough in forcing the enemy to retreat. Mickey is hailed as a hero by his fellow soldiers and then the short ends.

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Notes

This short is notable as the first to depict Mickey as a soldier and the first to place him in combat. The physical examination scene has since often been edited out as being somewhat disturbing. However modern viewers have often pointed to this scene as being the most memorable of the short. The short did not clearly identify the war it depicted; but it has been noted that the cats are depicted as wearing military helmets similar to those used by the German Empire during World War I. On the other hand, the mice are marching in battle to the tune of "Dixie's Land", a song written in 1859 by Daniel Decatur Emmett (October 29, 1815 - June 28, 1904). The song is known to have been popular among the forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. The victory of the mice is celebrated in the tune of "Battle Cry of Freedom". Both the music and the lyrics to this song were written in 1862 by George Frederick Root (August 30, 1820 - August 6, 1895) and it is known to have been popular among the forces of the United States during the same conflict. In any case both wars were still within living memory of the audiences at the time of release and so it is possible that the details mentioned were intended as recognizable references to both of them.

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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 Steeple Chase | 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 | Orphans' Picnic | Mickey's Grand Opera | Thru the Mirror | Mickey's Rival | Moving Day | Alpine Climbers | Mickey's Circus | Mickey's Elephant | Donald and Pluto | 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 | Mickey's Surprise Party | The Pointer
1940s
Tugboat Mickey | Pluto's Dream House | Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip | The Little Whirlwind | A Gentleman's Gentleman | Canine Caddy | The Nifty Nineties | Orphan's Benefit | 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!
See Also
Mickey Mouse (TV series)



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