The Worm Turns (1937)

Animated Short
Article 2663 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-4-2008
Posting Date: 11-27-2008
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Featuring the voice of Walt Disney
Country: USA

Mickey Mouse develops a potion that can make weak and timid creatures brave and strong.

So far, I’ve barely scratched the cartoon surface; after all, most cartoons are fantasies of one sort or another. However, very few of my sources have bothered to classify them as such, and if it weren’t for the science fiction aspects of this one, I probably wouldn’t be covering it for some time. Disney was putting out some of their best shorts during the thirties, with Fleischer being their biggest competitor at the time. The animation is excellent, as I would expect, though I never find the Disney shorts quite as funny as the Warner Brothers ones when they were at their best. One odd piece of note; at one point, Mickey Mouse gives the potion to a mouse being threatened by a cat. The curious thing here is that Mickey is already a mouse, and it points out the phenomenon I occasional notice in the cartoon universe whereby some animals are anthropomorphized and others remain animals. My favorite occurrence of this is in a Warner Brothers cartoon (whose title I can’t remember at the moment) in which it is revealed that farmer Porky Pig raises pigs on his farm.


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