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The Best Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts, Ranked

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The Best Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts, Ranked

When it comes to iconic cartoon characters, few have come anywhere near the status of Mickey Mouse. Created by Walt Disney, the mouse has been the face of the company since the very beginning and is still highly recognized today. Like many legends from the golden age of animation, Mickey originally starred in a series of shorts. These shorts were to be seen in theaters, often times preceding movies. Mickey was beloved right from the start, and his shorts were among the most popular in Disney’s catalog.

Today, we will be taking a look at some of the best animated shorts featuring the classic Disney mouse. Mickey’s longevity has ensured that generations upon generations recognize him, and fans owe it to themselves to go back to the beginning to see the best the character has to offer.

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According to Disney legend, one of Mickey’s original names was Mortimer Mouse. While this hasn’t been officially confirmed, Mortimer is the name of a classic character who made his debut in this short. Mickey’s Rival sees Mickey take his beloved Minnie Mouse on a picnic. Things don’t go as planned when Minnie’s ex-boyfriend Mortimer shows up. Mortimer makes it his mission to humiliate Mickey and win Minnie back.

In early shorts, Mickey has a temper problem that usually causes more problems than it solves, such as the case here. Mickey’s jealousy only serves to make Mortimer look better in comparison. The slapstick in this short is top-notch, and the audience wants nothing more than to see Mortimer get his comeuppance. Mickey’s Rival is a classic short that shows just what Mickey will do to win Minnie’s affection.

One of the key elements that made the Mickey shorts work was the side characters. Mickey’s Service Station has one of the best examples of Mickey interacting with these equally beloved characters. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy work as mechanics at a service station. The trio must work on Pete’s car, and they are under a fierce time constraint. What follows is some very Three Stooges-esque slapstick as they cause more damage than they fix. The hijinks of these well-meaning characters as they desperately try to avoid the wrath of Pete is exactly the type of thing that made these shorts so beloved in the first place.

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Slapstick and humor like this aren’t seen as much in animation today, and that is a shame. The short isn’t overly violent, but it still shows the characters being hurt in humorous ways, which they always simply walk off. This short premiered in 1935, five years before Bugs Bunny made his first appearance. It likely isn’t a stretch that this short, along with some others, helped inspire the slapstick shenanigans Bugs would be known for.

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