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Poster

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Synopsis


Mickey's in Australia, driving Pluto crazy with a boomerang and getting involved in chaos when he encounters a giant emu and tries to steal her egg.

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 58)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 49)

VHS Video

United States

Life with Mickey!

Germany

Bum, Bum, Bumerang
Das Große Micky Maus Festival
Mickys Sommerspaß

France

Disney Parade 2
Les Folles Vacances de Mickey

Italy

Cartoons Disney 5
Sono Io ... Topolino
Le Avventure di Caccia del Prof. de Paperis
Video Parade 10

Laserdisc

United States

Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Life With Mickey

Japan

Disney Cartoon Festival 2
Donald Duck Goes West
Mickey's Summer Madness

DVD

United States

Mickey Mouse in Living Color - Volume 2
Have a Laugh, Volume 4
It's a Small World of Fun - Volume 1

Germany

Alle Lieben Mickey
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Micky's Ferienspass
Bernard und Bianca im Kanguruland
Bernard und Bianca im Kanguruland (Special Collection)

France

Tout le Monde aime Mickey

Italy

Il Mio Eroe Topolino
The Rescuers Down Under
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)

United Kingdom

Everybody Loves Mickey
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
The Rescuers Down Under

Sweden

Alla Alskar Musse
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)

Canada

Have a Laugh : Volume 4

Netherlands / Belgium

Mickey Mouse In Living Color: Volume Twee

Notes

Technical Specifications

MPAA Number: 11583
Running Time: 6:40
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

Although Mickey's personality is becoming rather bland, he still shows some signs of mischief. For example, he takes an egg from the nest of an emu (who looks more like an ostrich). This is similar to what he did in the short Alpine Climbers where he took some eagle eggs out of the nest. While Mickey is doing this, Pluto is having some problems with a boomerang. Okay of a short, but not one of my favorites.

From David Willis :

I loved this short which I have wanted to see for ages and then I found it on the Alice in Wonderland dvd (UK). Featuring Mickey and Pluto there is no real plot it just a lot of sight gags and the two characters getting into mischief but nonetheless enjoyable.

From Baruch Weiss :

Mickey and Pluto are, as the title says, Down Under in this short. Pluto is having trouble with a boomerang that seems to have a mind of its own (as many inanimate objects tend to in cartoons both today and classic) and Mickey gets into trouble with an emu (I do blame him, after all he was asking for trouble), but Pluto manages to save him despite the boomerang getting stuck in his mouth! I wonder if this cartoon was the inspiration for The Rescuers Down Under?

From Bryan Hensley :

It might seem weird for Mickey to be whistling Pluto's theme music in this short, but nevertheless, this short was hilarious! I mean when Pluto tried to get Mickey's boomerang out of his mouth in painful yet funny ways! Also when Mickey tried to steal an emu's egg, and she was angry! Wouldn't you be angry if someone tried to steal your kids? In the end, the emu was all tied up from Pluto making himself fly around with the boomerang still in his mouth. When it came out, Mickey and Pluto ran for their lives from the boomerang, ending this cartoon. This short was a part of Disney's It's A Small World of Fun collection on DVD (The first volume that is.) I don't know if this short was an inspiration for The Rescuers Down Under in 1990, but it should've been a great inspiration for it!

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Mickey’s back! Well, that’s not true, it’s not just his back it’s the entire mouse! Mickey Down Under returns our favorite mouse to the screen, in a bit of a different form from his last major appearance in Fun and Fancy Free. Along with Pluto, he takes a journey to Australia to join the land of boomerangs and kangaroos. The results are mixed at best.

Mickey Down Under opens with a new look for Mickey. He is softer edged and has a different facial structure than in the past. This is not his most popular look and consequently has not endured. The design we saw from Mickey in Fun and Fancy Free is much more like what we know Mickey as today. This different style Mickey is a bit of a distraction while watching, because it seems somewhat unfamiliar.

Pluto, meanwhile, is his same silly self he has been for years. In this short he ends up spending most of his time trying to capture the boomerang that Mickey throws. We see him throw up his pointer pose to show Mickey the way and then run after the boomerang. The remainder of his actions in the short consist of him biting the boomerang and having it stuck in his mouth. He twists, turns and contorts in order to try and get the boomerang out, but to no avail.

Mickey, meanwhile, gets entangled with a giant ostrich. Yes, you heard me, a giant ostrich. I’m unaware of the great Australian legends of the giant ostrich, but Mickey gets involved in a mess with the ostrich’s egg. This is where we get some of the great sheepish Mickey shots that are so much a part of his personality. Mickey works well when he is being shy or backing down. Remember his confrontations with Pete when he would grin and give a nervous giggle? That’s the kind of stuff you get here.

That’s a redeeming quality to a short that does not have a great deal of them. While Mickey Down Under is good because I can see Mickey again, it lacks a lot of the fun and great gags that Mickey shorts used to have. That’s sad, because Mickey used to be the most mischievous and exciting character that Disney had. This version does not compare to the old black and white version.


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History

3/28/2012

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8/22/2012

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8/27/2012

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10/22/2012

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8/1/2013

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8/2/2013

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11/21/2013

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1/23/2014

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2/4/2015

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12/20/2016

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Sources

Charles A. Nichols: Director
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Marvin Woodward: Animator
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George Kreisl: Animator
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Jerry Hathcock: Animator
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Sanford "Sandy" Strother: Animator
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MacDonald MacPherson: Story
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Jack Huber: Story
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Oliver Wallace: Music
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Karl Karpe: Layout
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Art Landy: Backgrounds
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