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Thru the Mirror is a color Mickey Mouse animated short. It was released in 1936.

Plot

When Mickey falls asleep reading Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass, he dreams he travels through his own mirror into a backwards version of his house. After meeting some of its strange inhabitants, he eats a nut that makes him rapidly grow as big as the house and shrinks him down to a size perfect for dancing with a telephone, a pair of gloves, and a deck of playing cards. However, when the King of Hearts sees Mickey dancing with his Queen, he becomes jealous and sends the cards after him. After an exciting chase, Mickey escapes back through the mirror and wakes up in the safety of his normal house.

Characters

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Chair
  • Clothes Hanger
  • Umbrella
  • Nutcracker Tool
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • Glove #1
  • Glove #2
  • Cards
  • Joker Card
  • King Card
  • Queen Card
  • King Neptune

Trivia

  • The King of Hearts is a caricature of Charles Laughton’s Academy Award-Winning portrayal of King Henry VIII in the 1933 film The Private Life of Henry VIII.
  • The Queen of Hearts is a caricature of famous movie actress Greta Garbo.
  • When Mickey first steps into the Mirror World, a footstool that acts like a dog can be seen. Said footstool may had been the inspiration for Sultan that appeared in Beauty and the Beast.
  • There is a tribute to this film in the "Friend Like Me" scene of Aladdin, where Genie briefly dances with two oversized Genie hands in a similar manner to the way Mickey dances with the gloves in this cartoon.
  • This short would become the basis of the plot for the GameCube video game Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse. At certain points, the game's cinematics (including the opening cutscene) replicate animation seen in the cartoon.
  • The opening scene of this short was replicated again in the opening cinematic of Epic Mickey. This short is also a transitional level in the game.
    Thru the Mirror Projector

    The short as a transition level in Epic Mickey.

  • The short was added as a bonus feature on all of the DVD releases of Alice in Wonderland since 2000.
  • The music playing when Mickey is dancing with his two oversized gloves was used as background music at the end of tapes in the Walt Disney Mini Classics series, listing all of the other titles in the series.

Edits

  • The scene where Mickey is shrunken is shortened down.

Releases

Television

Home video

VHS

DVD

Blu-ray

  • Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition

Gallery


v - e - d
Mickey Mouse short logo
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 | 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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