Mickey is working as a hot dog vendor at a carnival when he meets and quickly falls for Minnie the "Shimmy Dancer". That night, Mickey and a pair of alley cats serenade her by performing the song "Sweet Adeline", much to the dismay of Kat Nipp, who is trying to sleep.
Mickey's first speaking appearance
During his first eight appearances Mickey would whistle, laugh, cry and otherwise vocally express himself. But he would not actually speak until his ninth appearance. This short was The Karnival Kid, first released on May 23, 1929. Mickey's first spoken words were "Hot Dogs!". The short featured Mickey selling hot dogs at a carnival. Much of the humor in this short came from the interaction between Mickey and his hot dogs, with the latter tending to act like actual dogs in relation to their owner/trainer. Three other recurring characters of the series also appear. The first of them was Clarabelle Cow in a cameo. The second was Kat Nipp, making his third and last appearance. A barker at the carnival, he briefly gets into an argument with Mickey. The third was Mickey's recurring love interest: Minnie Mouse "the Shimmy Dancer" of the carnival. Having purchased one of Mickey's hot dogs, she is surprised to see it run away. The short ends at night time. Mickey apparently attempts to draw Minnie's attention by playing guitar singing outside her window. He only manages to draw the attention of two alley cats who decide to join him and then that of an irate neighbour of Minnie's who starts throwing things at these three annoyances in an attempt to silence them. This marks the finale of the short.
Cast of Characters
- Mickey Mouse says his first words ("Hot Dogs") in this short.
- It is composer Carl Stalling, not Walt Disney (who would normally perform Mickey's voice until 1947), who allegedly performs Mickey's first words in this film.
- The gag in this cartoon where Mickey tips the top of his head as one would a hat when he meets Minnie was cited as the inspiration for Disney artist Roy Williams to create the concept for the Mickey Mouse Ears hats that were worn on the original Mickey Mouse Club TV show and are still sold at the Disney theme parks around the world today.
- This film would mark Kat Nipp's last theatrical appearance.
- The scene to which Mickey pulls down the trousers of a misbehaved hot dog and spanks it, mirrors and exact event in the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, All Wet.
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