Minnie's Yoo Hoo
Studio: Disney Release Date : 1930
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

A sing-a-long reel made for the Mickey Mouse Clubs featuring Mickey leading a rendition of the theme song.

Characters

Mickey Mouse

Credits

Director

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Contains Reused Animation from:

Mickey's Follies

Video Information

VHS

United States

Minnie's Yoo Hoo
The Mad Doctor
Mickey Mouse

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Cartoon Classics : Animal Tales

Japan

Fisherman Mickey

DVD

United States

Mickey Mouse in Black and White - The Classic Collection

Germany

Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Technical Specifications

Running time: 5:09
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Black and White
Sound Type: Mono: Cinephone
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From Jerry Edwards :

This 1930 short doesn't count as an "official" theatrically released short. Using animation and sound from the 1929 "Mickey's Follies", the words to the song were displayed on the screen for audience sing along. This was shown at the start of the first Mickey Mouse Club, a real club children could join in which local theaters invited children on Saturdays to watch a group of Mickey cartoons, preceded by this theme song short Minnie's Yoo Hoo. At the height of its popularity, this club had over a million members.

The copy I have contains a title page, which reads as follows:

Mickey Mouse Club
Theme Song
"Minnie's Yoo Hoo"
Mickey Mouse
(Himself)
Master of Ceremonies
With
Mickey Mouseville Jazz Band

The words to the song are the same as what is listed in the 1929 "Mickey's Follies" comments, with minor differences, such as the word "kuke" is used instead, as in "I have listened to the cuckoo 'Kuke' his cuckoo."

Although most of the animation comes from "Mickey's Follies", there is some connecting animation when Mickey talks to the audience and at the end when he is clapping his hands that is not from "Mickey's Follies". I haven't been able to determine if this is original animation or recycled from some other cartoons.

Although the animation is mainly from "Mickey's Follies", the background is different - a theater stage background instead of the barnyard of "Mickey's Follies".


From Ryan :

I saw this sing-along trailer on Realvideo a few months ago. This short just features reused animation from "Mickey's Follies" on a different background. I mainly enjoy this short historical-wise rather than for entertainment although "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" can be a catchy tune.

From Sammy :

My mom recorded this short on video for my brother and I. To this very day I still remember the lyrics to it! LOL. Rather sad for someone my age (I'm 18 by the way). I give it a 10!

From Kittie :

I first saw this short when I was about 6 or 7 years old. We have this one on tape. Anyway, I think it's a cute short.. that's all. I also like the fact that the lyrics were on the screen throughout the song just in case you wanted to sing along. I give it a 10 because of it's cuteness, I suppose.

From Lars Andersen :

A very interesting cartoon, if nothing else, at least by a historical point of view. The only thing is, I don't think that sounds like Walt's Mickey. Is it possible that others voiced Mickey as early as 1930?

From Bill :

Although this is a "repeat" for the failure of a better term of the performance of "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" in "Mickey's Follies" a year earlier, this is an important historical short because it cements the song as the official theme for the Mickey Mouse Club at the time. The song sounds best when played a little faster as it did on the earlier shorts.

From Robert Hanbury-Sparrow :

I think this episode is corny, yet catchy. I like the way he sings and rhymes in it.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

A small bonus short will wrap up the year 1930, a year that saw great changes in the Disney animation effort. The short Minnie’s Yoo Hoo is simply a sing along reel, that was distributed to theatres to use during their Mickey Mouse Club meetings. As such, it’s not really a full short, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

To those who are only familiar with the Mickey Mouse Club as Britney Spears’ nascent career, back in the 1930s, clubs existed in theatres, where owners would get kids into the theatres by joining the Mickey Mouse Club, and then playing a series of Mickey cartoons for them.

So, this short was designed to give the kids something to sing along with, which was a popular part of the movie going experience in those days. The reel opens with a short title card introducing the short, including the introduction of Mickey as the master of ceremonies and his jazz band.

In truth, it’s really just the same animation that was used in Mickey’s Follies, with a new background of a theatre. If you’ll recall, in that short, Mickey stood on the piano and sang the song “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” out loud, and that’s repeated here. Mickey goes through the song once, joined by his animal friends.

Then, Mickey peers through the curtain and asks the audience to sing along. The voice over switches to a baritone, who sings along with the words of the song on the screen. Again, I love this song, mainly because of the performance of the Main Street Saxophone Quartet on the old Disneyland/Walt Disney World album. But it is interesting to notice the lyrics.

All of the lyrics refer to Mickey and Minnie in the barnyard, working on the chicken coop for example, which becomes more and more irrelevant later. It’s often been commented that Mickey’s career path followed Walt’s in that he moved from barnyard settings to city life and domestic suburban bliss. Never is that more apparent than in this early theme song.

Even in the short itself, we see Disney reusing animation that was once set in a barnyard, moving it into a nice looking theatre. In just 2 years, from 1928-1930, Walt Disney went from a bankrupt producer with only one key animator in Ub Iwerks, to the dominant cartoon studio in Hollywood, able to survive the defection of Iwerks and Stalling and prosper. Very impressive work.


From Mac :

As we've been following the Disney cartoons. I've also been watching a sampling of cartoons from other studios to see what other trends in animation I can find. 1930 is an interesting year with staff and even characters (I'm looking at you, Oswald) who previously worked with Disney now at other studios. For the most part, Disney's hugely popular sound cartoons and main character of Mickey are leading the way, clearly influencing the other studios. The Fleischer studio, however, stands out with a flavor of cartoons all their own. They produced a lot of classic cartoon in 1930 including "Swing You Sinners", "Dizzy Dishes" and "Mysterious Mose" to name, but a few.

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    Sources

    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Director
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