Evil Mickey Mouse


Contributed by TOONWRITER. 

mickey.jpgEverybody knows Mickey Mouse to be the icon of purity and wholesomeness. However, Mickey was (one of) the most evil characters of his time, circa 1927-1932 (As compared to Harman/Ising’s Bosko, Iwerk’s Flip the Frog, and Lantz’s (formally Disney’s) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit). Disney’s most well-known representative was abusive to animals, abusive to women, vulgar, and racist. Sighting his first cartoon, (Plane Crazy), as well as Floyd Goddferdson’s newspaper comic strip (Disney’s Mickey Mouse) Mickey, in an attempt to recreate Col. Lindbergh’s transcontinental flight, makes his own plane. For the motor to spin the propeller, he twists up a wiener dog. Attempting to take off, he taxis around, chasing animals. He chases three animals towards a tree: a goat, a chicken, and a pig. His plane causes the goat to run into the chicken, who in turn, runs into the pig, literally. All three animals run through each other, becoming a new hybrid of farm stock.

Fine, that is not too bad, you say. In Mickey’s next film, Gallopin’ Gaucho, Mickey lives in Mexico, and spends most of his time frequenting a bar where Minnie works. In this cartoon, he vulgarly spits, drinks alcohol (ale, in fact), slaps Minnie’s rear end.

In his third film (first film with sound), Steamboat Willie, we find Mickey trying his hand at working on a steamboat. In the original version (that Disney has been trying to repress from the public), once the music begins (a goat eats sheet music) Mickey starts playing animals as musical instruments. This goes beyond animal cruelty. Mickey swings a cat by its tail and throws it off the boat. He then finds a several baby pigs suckling on their mama. He picks up the mama pig and forcefully shakes off all but one of her babies. He then kicks the last baby off the mama pig and begins to squeeze her teats as if she were an accordion!

In The Little Orphanage (1931), Mickey and his pals put on a play for the children: “Uncle Tom’s Cabana.” If this is not racist enough, the characters try to repair a generator which explodes and puts them in blackface.

In Floyd Goddferdson’s newspaper comic strip (Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse), Goddferdson takes us on a several-month run of a newspaper-version of Plane Crazy. I already cited the dog/engine and farm animal incident, but Goddferdson shows us how Mickey copes in the jungle. After crash landing, we find Mickey cursing (represented by symbols), dealing with racistly-depicted natives with enormous lips, shrunken heads, and a dialogue consisting of “Oogle Moogle Noogle,” etc.

Finally, I cite the first Mickey Mouse Club. Not the show with Cubby and Annette, but the Saturday cartoons the theatres ran. Walt, himself, recorded the theme song, “Minnie’s Yoo-hoo.” In this song, the voice tells of a girl he has in the barn and uses animal sounds as sexual innuendoes. This song can be found on one of Disney’s CDs.

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46 Responses to Evil Mickey Mouse

  1. Sorry about the nitpickery, but, that’s Floyd Gottfredson, not Goddfredson. A great unsung artist that rivaled and even surpassed Carl Barks. Evil Mickey was the best Mickey. I’m reading Neal Gabler’s great bio of Disney. I highly recommend it.

  2. matias says:

    The Gallopin’ Gaucho short, as the title implies, was intended as a parody of Douglas Fairbanks’s The Gaucho, a film first released on November 21, 1927. Following the original film, the events of the short take place in the Pampas of Argentina (not Mexico)…with Mickey cast as the gaucho of the title.

    Mickey is introduced riding on a rhea instead of a horse as would be expected (or an ostrich as often reported). He soon reaches local bar and restaurant Cantina Argentina.

  3. Shade says:

    I wonder if this is why Disney Channel took their “Early Mickey” program off the air some years ago. This program featured the above-mentioned cartoons. However, it came on around 5:00 in the morning, so it’s not like a lot of kids were going to be up watching this.

  4. Aclarkson says:

    couldnt agree more

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  8. tehag says:

    Stacked up against some of the cartoons and comics of the 1960s and after, Mickey sounds almost normal.

  9. Classified infoRMation says:

    love this post

  10. ECigs says:

    Interesting how people see somethings the same

  11. Farah says:

    Will you people, please leave Mickey Mouse alone? Why do you make such a big deal about him being racist/sexist/etc.? Nobody complained about any of the racist cartoons Warner Brothers did. And nobody complained about movies that showed white people doing offensive “black face” acts like Holiday Inn and Babes in Arms. And certainly, nobody complained about how our fouding fathers of America didn’t care about setting black slaves free. Why do you pick on Mickey only? You’re just a jealous and bitter person who has nothing to do but seduce people into thinking how evil the media is-even harmless ‘toons like Mickey Mouse.

    • Clae says:

      You are aware that you’re on a website called cartoon overanalyzations, right? Nobody really cares if Mickey was racist or sexist or homophobic or cruel to animals, but pointing it out and then reading way too much into it is what we do here. Chill out.

  12. Ambar says:

    The thing is that Mickey wasn’t considered evil back then and he wasn’t only for children.
    This kind of humor was accepted as the social norm which is why nobody complained or shut Mickey down back then. Now our ideals have changed so we consider it inappropriate.

  13. tommy says:

    cartoon my idol. she’s very funny and adorable.

  14. Bruce says:

    You inspired an “evil Mickey” post on my Accordion Uprising blog. Nicely.

  15. Raven says:

    None of this surprises me. The 20’s and 30’s were a VERY judgemental time period full of racism, sexism and abuse. What else is new?

  16. Sami says:

    well if you think about it the first ever mickey mouse motion picture was in 1928 they had totally different views then than we do now. they were racist then (and i mean REALLY RACIST) and plus the animal welfare act didnt even come into play untill 1966 and finally women didnt have rights untill after black men did so of course this would be racist sexist and abusive im also sure the reason disney didnt want the public to see some of these is to keep the bad name off of disney all together even though people who think of nothing but the bad in people like you still some how managed it. i grew up with disney movies best parts of my childhood. (i know a lot about this because i had to right a report about an entrepreneur so i chose walt disney)

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  29. Phoenix says:

    Here’s a link to the “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” song on YouTube:

  30. Bonnie says:

    This whole thing is so stupid….We as kids grew up with Mickey and Minnie, check out the dates that this coming from 1927-1932 most of us weren’t even born. So WHY try to ruin what us and our kids know as our Mickey & Minnie Mouse. We love them & to us nothing can tarnish our friends. You are RUINING some of our grand-kids & their family’s out look on our characters that we look up to. Again I say what happened in the past should stay in that past. If it really happened (which I doubt). I Love Mickey Mouse today (at 54) as much as I did when I was younger. Nothing you say will change that for me or my grand-kids.

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