The Brave Engineer
Studio: Disney Release Date : March 3, 1950
Cumulative rating:
(1 rating submitted)


A fanciful resetting of the tale of Casey Jones who, through all sorts of dangers and trials, always brings his train in on time (at least, what's left of it.)


Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Jack Kinney


Milt Kahl
Fred Moore
Al Bertino
John Sibley (unverified)


Dick Kinney
Dick Shaw


Ken Darby
The Kings Men


Ray Huffine


Don da Gradi

Effects Animation

Andy Engman


Jerry Colonna


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (unverified)


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

Three Tall Tales

Included in:

Four Fabulous Characters


  • After the conductor says "So long," he jumps off the train. But in the next far-away shot, he is back on the train.

Cut Scenes

  • A scene featuring train robbers brandishing guns and knives has been editied out.


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 38)


United States

Disney's Tall Tales


Donald Total Verliebt


Disney Festival


Paperino Pippo Pluto e …

Laserdisc (CLV)


Disney Cartoon Festival 1
Disney Cartoon Festival 7


United States

Disney Rarities
Disney's American Legends

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:39
MPAA No.: 11169
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From Ryan :

I find this to be quite a fun musical short. I remember singing this song back in school. This was long before I saw this cartoon. Aside from the music, I also enjoy the animation.

From Gabe Bennett :

At the time this short was released, Janie, widow of the real Casey Jones, and Simm Webb, the African-American fireman who was with him the night he died, were both very much alive. I would be interested in knowing what they might have thought of this cartoon.

Personally, though, The Brave Engineer has always been one of my favorite Disney shorts. I think its an absolute shame that we've gotten so thin-skinned in this country that we can't even show a brief two-second scene of train robbers brandishing a knife or gun. I mean, that's just ridiculous!

Someone needs to put a stop to all this PC-editing before its too late.

From Baruch Weiss :

Not a bad cartoon! Jerry Colonna, who also voiced the March Hare in "Alice in Wonderland" is great as the narrator!

From C.J. :

This is by far my favorite short!

From David :

Nice cartoon!