Most people have felt like the world was working against you once
or more times. So it was easy to empathize with Mickey. The gags played
off of Mickey's straightman persona very well. Mickey was a cypher trapped
by things beyond his control. The setup also worked well because it
played off of Mickey's reputation as the ultimate good guy. It's funny
then to see Mickey caught in that embarrassing favor he owes Goofy.
(Mickey was probably wrongly incarcerated in that flashback, but they
left it open to speculate otherwise.)
Most of the gags were of Mickey trying to get rid of the clock. But
twice they broke off from those gags for Mickey's nightmare sequences.
Those scenes kept the short interesting to watch, and featured imaginative
imagery. I liked the squash-and-stretch of the noisemakers that came
in pairs, and the fluorescent colors used in Mickey's second nightmare.
The alarm at the end of that nightmare fit Mickey's role as someone
trapped and helpless from outside that nightmare fit Mickey's role as
someone trapped and helpless from outside forces.
This short and Donald's Halloweeen Scare are the best MouseWorks
shorts shown so far.
By the way, the ending was also extremely stupid.
The clock gag ran way to long with its irritating noises and pointless
channels. Also,the animation is the sloppiest. I was completely disatisatisfied.
Let's hope that we see better MMW cartoons.
"Yfoog sti, yekcim olleh."
"Goofy, you're talkin' on the wrong end of the phone again!"
Goofy was saying "Hello, Mickey, It's Goofy" and "Oops" backwards.
Airports and digital clocks seemed nearly non-existent back in the early
30's, that's why Goofy was asking "What's an airport?" and "What's a
digital clock?" Mickey tried a lot of ways to get rid of Goofy's annoying
clock, especially by mailing it. To Goofy, then Australia, then 1928,
then Mars, then Hades. It sure doesn't seem easy for Mickey to keep
a favor most of his life! This short comes from the very first episode
of Disney's House of Mouse in January 2001!
I hope you enjoy seeing this short, because I don't think Disney
XD ever shows this series or the Mickey MouseWorks shorts by themselves
I thought the clock gag ran a bit long, but overall I liked it, perhaps
because of the classic-looking animation, which I thought was a real
treat. I give the toon an 8 out of 10.
Also, for those who don't know what Goofy said at the beginning of
the call, it was "Hello Mickey, it's Goofy" and "oops!" ... backwards.
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