Disney's Get A Horse! short film leaked online

Mike P Williams
20 November 2013
Disney's Get A Horse! short film leaked online
The poster for Disney's 'Get A Horse!'

COMMENT | With Disney's retro-style short film 'Get A Horse!' that's set to accompany the UK cinema release of their Christmas film 'Frozen', a short clip of it has been released (or leaked) online.

There's only a minute's worth up there, but the silent, black and white piece is something from a Disney era gone by. As seems the trend to bring old stylings and a sense of historic nostalgia back to modern cinema, this brand new short has an unmistakable grain and shakiness to it, akin to the older animations from the company circa 1930.

The Details

It's a short film, lasting six minutes, and is a story involving Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as Peg-Leg Pete. What's interesting about it is the charming, worn aesthetic it has. Grainy and ancient-looking, it feels like it could very well be an old silent animation for 70 years ago, as some are mistaking it for such.

The brief synopsis reads; 'Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road.' While there's not much going on in terms of a story, the segment in the revealed clip looks rather charming indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen prior to 'Frozen', and it's always an added incentive to have a pleasant short film before a feature, as Pixar do.

Fascinating Facts

Interestingly, there's a lot to be said about this very brief Disney story, with one note regarding its director, Lauren MacMullan. It's worth noting that MacMullan is the first woman to have ever directed a Disney movie, which, even by modern standards, is rather surprisingly to discover.

What's more, the voices in the short film -- even though the clip featured is mute -- are a mixture of modern voice actors and archived voice clips. The 'archived sound', as IMDb phrase it, is from Billy Bletcher (for Peg-Leg Pete), with Marcellite Garner as the classic voice of Minnie Mouse. But perhaps the most interesting for Disney fans is the use of Walt's voice himself as Mickey.

Winning Streak?

Short films have come to prominence recently for Disney, with 'Paperman' winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film earlier this year, so could Disney scoop the award for a second year on the run? There's some stiff competition from the other nine entries in 2014's Oscar race, but there's no reason it can't be up there in close contention.

What do you think of the clip for 'Get A Horse!'? Have you seen the whole short yet, and do you think it has a chance of Oscar glory?

Mike indulges in all genres, with a particular affinity for animation -- specifically Pixar. His favourite films include 'Toy Story', 'Lost In Translation', 'The Shining' and 'Jurassic Park'. For more thoughts on movies and other such frivolity, follow him on Twitter.

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