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Synopsis


Tugboat captain Mickey is cleaning his boat when he receives an SOS! Only Mickey, Donald and Goofy can save the day.

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 56)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 34)

VHS Video

United States

Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 10 : Mickey's Crazy Careers

Germany

Donald Geht in die Luft
Mickys Größte Show
Happy Birthday Mickey

France

Captain Mickey
Joyeux Anniversaire Mickey
La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 3

Italy

Storie Quasi Titaniche
Topolino : Un Eroe Mille Avventure
Buon Compleanno Topolino
Topolino Lupo di Mare

Laserdisc

United States

Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : How the Best Was Won : 1933-1960

Japan

Mickey's Golden Jubilee
Donald's Birthday Bash

DVD

United States

Mickey Mouse in Living Color - Volume 2
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Mickey

Germany

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

Italy

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

United Kingdom

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

Sweden

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

Canada

Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Mickey

Netherlands / Belgium

Mickey Mouse In Living Color: Volume Twee

Notes

Technical Specifications

MPAA Number: 5321
Production Number: 2236
Running Time: 7:17
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 :

This short was okay, but I would not call it one of my favorites. The plot seemed all too similar to the 1938 cartoon The Whalers (only without the whale.)

From Nikki :

A good short. Only full of a couple main gags, such as the stork and the paintbrush, Goofy trying to get the fire stocked and Donald trying to get the whole thing turning. The best part about this was how the S.O.S was just a radio play which they though was real like War of the Worlds.

From Baruch Weiss :

This, I believe, is the last cartoon to feature the classic trio. It would have been nice to have all of the faces of them on the title card and to open the cartoon as A Walt Disney Classic Trio! Ok cartoon; It's kind of like those "It was all a dream cartoons" except it wasn't a dream, it was only a radio show!

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

It’s been quite some time since we have seen the classic Disney trio of Mickey, Donald and Goofy together in a short. That’s sad for me, because some of my favorite shorts are the ones where they work together. Lonesome Ghosts is my personal favorite, but there are so many more, like The Whalers, Clock Cleaners and all the way back to Mickey’s Service Station.

So, seeing them all together again in Tugboat Mickey is a welcome sight. However, one thing kept standing out to me as I watched this short. I have seen it before. Just as before, Mickey is relegated to the side while Donald and Goofy deal with a frustrating situation trying to get the job done.

But it runs deeper than that. The gags are familiar. Remember in Clock Cleaners how Donald got into a fight with a spring? This time it’s with a steam driven piston, which even talks back like the spring in Clock Cleaners did. Even the ending is similar to that of The Whalers, where all three end up in the water.

Now, if you are going to mimic things from other shorts, you might as well do so with some of the best shorts Disney has made to this point. And the combination works together pretty well. Here we get to see the classic Donald tantrum as he deals with this steam piston, and Goofy’s look of confusion as the grate covering the coal furnace keeps closing on him.

What was an adjustment was seeing the new design Mickey (pupils in the eyes, more human like in the face) with the same old Goofy and Donald. This is the first time they have been together in the same short since Mickey’s redesign, so it took some getting used to while watching.

Overall, though, this short was rather unremarkable. It wasn’t particularly memorable, and in fact, I will probably get this short mixed up with the others years from now, because of the similarities. As best I can tell, this is the last time these three will be paired together. I’m sure the studio did not know that at the time, but it seems like it is time. In the future we will get the Goofy shorts that are some of my favorites and more and more Donald Duck shorts. It’s nice to see the three guys together again, but seeing this short tells me it’s time for them to go their separate ways as well.


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History

3/28/2012

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9/5/2012

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8/1/2013

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8/2/2013

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8/28/2014

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12/20/2016

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12/28/2016

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Sources

Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi: Director
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Errol Grey: Asst. Director
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Lloyd Harting: Layout
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Edwin "Ed" Aardal: Animator
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Rex Cox: Animator
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Kenneth "Ken" Muse: Animator
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Jack King: Animator
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Volus Jones: Animator
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Cornett Wood: Animator
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Edward "Ed" Love: Animator
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Tom Armstrong: Animator
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Johnny Cannon: Animator
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Larry Clemmons: Animator
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Andy Engman: Animator
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Ken Peterson: Animator
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Grant Simmons: Animator
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