Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 23: A Tailor Named Mickey

On this day in 1938, The Brave Little Tailor (a Mickey Mouse short produced in Technicolor) was released. Based upon the Grimm fairytale "The Valiant Little Tailor," it featured the work of animators Fred Moore, Bill Tytla, Les Clark, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston.
When a giant threatens a medieval European kingdom, its king mistakes tailor Mickey's (voiced by Walt Disney) boasting of killing seven flies with one blow ... to be giants! An embarrassed Mickey must fight the giant for real.
The Brave Little Tailor was the second to last Mickey Mouse cartoon to feature his original design. For his future appearances, Fred Moore would draw Mickey with smaller eyes that had pupils.
The short was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject Cartoon ... but ironically lost to Disney's own Ferdinand the Bull.

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