MICKEY’S GALA PREMIER (1933)
Article 2738 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-4-2008
Posting Date: 2-10-2009
Directed by Burt Gillett
Featuring the voices of Walt Disney and Marcellite Garner
A plethora of Hollywood movie stars comes out to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to see the premier of Mickey Mouse’s latest movie.
If you set aside for the moment the cartoon convention of talking animals, the fantastic content of this one is slight; among the audience members we have the Frankenstein Monster, Dracula and Mr. Hyde. Still, anyone who loves movies from the era will have a treat here, as we get a dizzying array of caricatures of stars from the period, including the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Joe E. Brown, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante…. I could just go on. The antics of the audience are the real attraction here; the Mickey Mouse cartoon they watch (a movie within a movie) is fairly ordinary, though it does feature Mickey riding an odd array of beasties in his chase to rescue Minnie from Pegleg Pete. Actually, it would be fun to put together an animated anthology of cartoons that featured caricatures of great movie stars; I know Warner Brothers put out several cartoons over the years that feature that format. Great fun.