And now on to some trivia: This was Mickey's last cartoon for a few
years until Squatters Rights
although he did have a cameo in a couple of shorts before then. He was
shelved during the war because Hitler (may he burn in Hell) hated him
for some reason!
I absolutely love The Band Concert
but Symphony Hour is as funny as it is. Poor Goofy has to break the
instruments, and Pete has to enjoy a pitiful concert. When Donald Duck
plays the instruments, they fall on him making him look like Chinese
and Native American stereotypes, and Horace Horsecollar gets a laugh.
This is the last short to feature Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar
til Mickey's Christmas
Carol. This is also the last cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse with
3-D ears. In my opinion, it was unnecessary for Leonard Maltin to warn
the viewer about Pete's phony Italian accent on Mickey Mouse in Living
Color Volume 2. The phony accent is used in the popular "Super Mario"
We’ve seen this many, many times before. There’s a long tradition of Mickey shorts featuring the gang in some kind of review or concert. The most memorable, is of course,
The Band Concert, but we’ve seen Mickey’s Amateurs,
Mickey’s Grand Opera,
Orphans Benefit and so many more. The Band Concert is the one that provides the most interesting comparison to Symphony Hour.
In Symphony Hour, we see Mickey and his crew conducting a flawless performance as an orchestra, much to the delight of Pete, who is the sponsor of the performance. It’s only when the performance ends, though, that we see that this was practice, not the live performance.
Still, it’s interesting to see the change that has come over Mickey in the years since The Band Concert. Remember, that short showed Mickey out in the boonies, conducting a concert in a rural setting for locals. This moves Mickey into the big city, again mirroring the journey that Walt himself made. Mickey and Walt are always connected, and one follows the other, as we see here.
The fun part of this short is seeing what happens after the perfect rehearsal. Goofy is trying to carry the instruments into the concert hall, but as Goofy is prone to doing, he screws up. Dropping the instruments, he watches them get squashed by the elevator, rendering them useless.
What follows is a hilarious look at the concert, with the instruments giving off the barnyard sounds rather than a polished symphony. Seeing the reactions of the various characters is priceless. Donald, especially, is a fantastic part of this short. He basically gives up early on, and Mickey has to coax him back to the percussion.
Mickey goes pretty far, too, even pointing a gun at Donald to get him back. This short is a fantastic cartoon, and it previews things that would go on between these two in the future. Think of Mickey’s Philharmagic in Walt Disney World, and it stems greatly from this particular short.