Day 5: Camping Out (1934)
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
Setting: A campsite
Plot: A swarm of mosquitoes interrupt the gang’s camping trip.
Mickey on the harmonica, Minnie on the banjo and Horace on the Jew’s harp for some INTENSE campground jamboreeing.
The Jew’s harp has no particular connection with Jewish people or Judaism and is also known as “Snoopy’s Harp” from the instrument’s inclusion in A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969).
While everyone else is playing their instruments, poor Clarabelle is left icing a cake.
Upon further review, their campsite looks more like a Hooverville or a shanty town with their mattresses, tables and other actual indoor furniture. Is the group homeless???
The only characters with dialogue in this episode are Minnie and the young and old mosquitoes.
Sitting by the Campfire
Last episode was all about Clarabelle but Horace shines here. Horace drives the action by walloping that little bully mosquito while also being the one to stave off the assault for good. You might even say that Horace is the main character which is nothing to sneeze at considering how far-and-away popular Mickey was at the time. I also loved the music and the ferocity by which the gang played their instruments.