Day 10: Mickey’s Trailer (1938)
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy
A Cameo by: Pete
Setting: A country road
Plot: The gang embarks on a zany, out-of-control roadtrip in their trailer.
Yada, Yada, Yada…
What appears to be a beautiful, lakeside home nestled between snow-capped mountains is really a trailer parked outside the city dump in an industrial, pollution filled city.
Mickey has mastered the art of living off the land from the comfort of the road. First, while passing a waterfall, Mickey cleverly sticks his pot out the window to catch some water to boil on the stove. Then, he reaches out the window to grab some corn. Lastly, he manages to milk a cow while Goofy distracts it with some hay.
It’s no surprise that Donald sleeps in while Mickey cooks breakfast and Goofy drives.
There are TONS of great gags in this short stemming from the cozy confines of the trailer but my favourite is when Donald UNZIPS a bathtub full of water.
Donald bathes with a shirt on.
For breakfast, the gang feasts on a meal of potatoes, the aforementioned corn, watermelon, toast and popcorn.
Edited from current distributions of the short is the scene where Goofy inadvertently sticks his fork in the electrical outlet.
Blink and you’ll miss it: Pete makes a cameo appearance as the truck driver who narrowly avoids colliding with the trailer.
I feel like the trailer riding the fence with the xylophone sound effect is the most iconic and well known scene from the short.
I wonder where their destination is…
A version of the trailer is actually parked outside Goofy’s House in Disneyland’s version of Toontown. It serves frozen drinks as well as snacks. The license plate on the trailer even reads “Goofy’s Freez Time” with a “’38” registration tag (clearly a reference to the short’s year of 1938).
A Short About Nothing
This is definitely my favourite short of the series. I can still remember my Grandpa laughing along with me while watching it as a kid. I just love the physics and mechanics of the trailer as well as the zany action of them careening down the mountain. This short was more about the aforementioned trailer/action than the individual characters but Goofy stands out in particular while confidently delivering the closing line of “well, I brought you down safe and sound *hyuk*”