[…] Minnie, and other characters the opportunity of acrobatic playing
and dancing, and accenting the musical beats. Other pictures like
STEAMBOAT WILLIE and
CANNIBAL CAPERS have the
characters make use of their noses, tusks, whiskers, pig tails, skulls,
and any kind of object for musical instruments. Even as slight a
coherence as that built
around locale is often broken in the second part of the picture. In
KARNIVAL KID, the second
part has nothing to do with the carnival, but features two cats singing
"Sweet Adeline" on the fence. In
TRAFFIC TROUBLES, Minnie
and her music lesson and singing have nothing to do with the traffic
troubles with which the picture starts.
Characters do not contribute
to the unity of this type of story, because, appearing in such large
numbers as in BARN DANCE,
TOUCHDOWN, they are
not distinguishable from
each other, and merely form part of the background. It is impossible
for the spectator to discriminate or establish any personal contact
with them. Even such outstanding characters as Clarabelle and Horace,
for some reason or other, do not
react naturally, according to their own motivation and logic,
but merely conform to the mechanical beat of the measure. Villains in
and MICKEY IN ARABIA, and
many others are stereotyped
and act in much the same way - like monsters. They all have pimply faces
and saliva dripping from their mouths.
Most of the characters lack personality, because their physical or
physiological actions (like fighting, chasing, hitting, falling, bumping,
spitting, jumping, and dancing) are too general and not individualized.
They do not express a distinct personality or interesting mental attitude.
The appearance of their characters (for example, that of the fat man
in TRAFFIC TROUBLES), is
exploited merely from the physical angle of fatness,
not of characterization.
2.Stories successfully held
together by plot and theme.
In MAIL PILOT, the theme,
"The mail must go through, "is stressed by the voices off-stage, by
mottoes, and by the attitude of Mickey as the Mail Pilot. The story