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Back in the 1920s, during the late years of TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, an animator named WaltDisney was starting up a new animation studio after he got in a dispute with Universal over a character of his, OswaldTheLuckyRabbit. Disney, along with fellow animator UbIwerks, needed to come up with some new character ideas. Finally, he settled on one - a little mouse named Mickey.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

The classic Disney shorts, made during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, centered around the adventures of a group of [[FunnyAnimal Funny Animals]]:
* '''MickeyMouse''': The first and most recognizable of the cast, often depicted as a good-natured, optimistic fellow - but also a determined and often feisty fighter with elements of both KidHero and {{Badass}}. Intentionally designed with [[SlidingScaleOfBroadAppealVSSpecificAppeal universal, broad appeal in mind.]] (Debut: ''Steamboat Willie'', 1928[[note]]Although ''SteamboatWillie'' is usually given as the first Mickey Mouse short, the first short featuring the character was actually ''Plane Crazy'' which had a test screening on May 15, 1928, but failed to find a distributor. It was officially released on March 17, 1929. ''Steamboat Willie'' was the first widely distributed Mickey Mouse short as well as the first animated short to use synchronized sound. It was released on November 18, 1928.[[/note]])
** From roughly the 1950s through the mid-1990s, Mickey's more adventurous side was usually seen only in comics. Even today it's easy to meet many who are surprised that Mickey can be a more interesting character. Of course, if he wasn't, then how would he have held his initial fame?
** 2010's EpicMickey by Junction Point, now owned by Disney, makes Mickey almost as mischievous as he was originally.
* '''MinnieMouse''': Mickey's love interest, who often took on the role of a DistressedDamsel. (Debut: ''Steamboat Willie'', 1928)
** WordOfGod says that when not "[[AnimatedActors acting]]" (the term used for when on screen in shorts and the like), Mickey and Minnie are married.
* '''DonaldDuck''': The EnsembleDarkHorse, a hot-tempered waterfowl who often ended up being the ButtMonkey. (Debut: ''The Wise Little Hen'', 1934). Though Mickey remains the face of the company, Donald is arguably the true moneymaker as far as long-term commercial success, spawning his own little corner of the Disney Universe that expands towards comics, cartoons, and video games.
* '''Daisy Duck''': Donald's love interest, with a similar - but more controlled - temper (Debut: ''Don Donald'', 1937, as "Donna Duck")
* '''{{Goofy}}''': An anthropomorphic dog (though his species [[FurryConfusion has been debated]]), and the world's biggest klutz. Often TooDumbToLive. He was originally called "Dippy Dawg", but they wisely changed his name. (Debut: ''Mickey's Revue'', 1932)
* '''PlutoThePup''': Mickey's loyal pet dog, but he's often a klutz (like Goofy), a ButtMonkey and hard to keep under control. He was originally called "Rover" and was actually owned by Minnie Mouse until 1931's ''The Moose Hunt'' when he was confirmed as Mickey's dog and his name was changed, most likely after the planet, Pluto, which had just recently been discovered at the time. (Debut: ''The Chain Gang'', 1930)

Other characters included Mickey, Donald, and Goofy's nemesis, {{Pete}} ([[IHaveManyNames sometimes known as Bad Pete, Black Pete, Peg-Leg Pete, Pistol Pete, and so on]]); Donald's rich uncle Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie; cheerfully egotistical Horace Horsecollar and his GrandeDame Clarabelle Cow; opera singer Clara Cluck; two mischievous chipmunks named WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale who often have a bone to pick with Donald; and many, many more.

Also of note were the ''SillySymphonies'' shorts, which were one-shots (usually, though a few of them got sequels, plus Pluto appeared in two and Donald debuted in one and appeared in another) set to popular music. Later, it primarily served as a showcase to try out animation techniques and technology before using them in the company's feature films. These were immensely popular in the 1930's and led to a FollowTheLeader approach from rival studios, with Warner for example creating ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'', and MGM creating ''HappyHarmonies'', among many others. The ''Silly Symphonies'' shorts were responsible for [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Critters]] becoming a staple of animation at the time.

Occasionally, the classic characters would appear in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon feature films]], usually anthology films like ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'', ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', and, most famously, the ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' films. In the '90s, WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale received [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers their own series]], as did [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Uncle Scrooge]], [[WesternAnimation/GoofTroop Goofy]], [[WesternAnimation/QuackPack and Donald]]. Recently, they've made appearances in series such as ''MickeyMouseWorks'', ''HouseOfMouse'', ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'', and, most recently, ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'', as well as the direct-to-DVD ''MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''. Some of these characters, mainly Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, also feature prominently in the ''KingdomHearts'' games. The second game paid [[GenreThrowback tribute]] [[{{Homage}} to]] [[{{Retraux}} black and white Disney shorts]] with the level "Timeless River".

If you're looking to find all of these shorts, all of them have been neatly compiled into a series of truly excellent DVD compilations in a series of sets called the '''Walt Disney Treasures''' series. All of these collection DVD sets with the classic shorts included on them are convieniently listed below just for you:
* '''The Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit''': Made to celebrate the big comeback of OswaldTheLuckyRabbit to Disney, this DVD compiles 13 of the 15 existing (of 26) Disney made Oswald cartoons[[note]]Two more were found to exist after the collection was released; "Poor Papa" and "Hungry Hoboes", but they weren't found in time[[/note]], with some pencil tests for another lost short (Sagebrush Sadie) and some other misc. extras as well. This collection also includes the first two Mickey Mouse cartoons (Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie) three of the Pre-Oswald "AliceComedies" live action/animation shorts, TheSkeletonDance, and a whole documentary on UbIwerks.
* '''Mickey Mouse in Black and White''' Vol. 1-Vol. 2: Compiles all 74 of the black & white Mickey Mouse shorts, 34 shorts on Vol. 1, and 40 shorts on Vol. 2.
* '''Mickey Mouse in Living Color''' Vol. 1-Vol. 2: Compiles all of the color Mickey shorts, 28 shorts on Vol. 1, and Vol. 2 has 18 classic shorts, the entire "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', the entire "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment of ''FunAndFancyFree'', MickeysChristmas Carol, ThePrinceAndThePauper [[note]]notably the ''only'' release of the film to reuse it's original widescreen format[[/note]] and the 90's Mickey Mouse short "RunawayBrain", Mouse Mania (a rare late 70's stop motion short made to celebrate Mickey's 50th Anniversary) and a whole truckload of other extras.
* '''The Complete Goofy''': Compiles all 46 of Goofy's theatrical cartoons.
* '''The Chronological Donald''' Vol. 1-Vol.4: Easily the largest of the Walt Disney Treasures sets, these sets cover all of Donald Duck's theatrical shorts. Vol. 1 has 37 shorts, Vol. 2 has 33 shorts and a ''A Day In the Life of Donald Duck'', a Donald Duck centered episode of the 1950's Walt Disney television series. Vol. 3 has 30 shorts, and Vol. 4 has 34 shorts and 10 modern "Mickey Mouseworks" cartoon shorts. That's ''144'' shorts.
* '''The Complete Pluto''' Vol. 1-Vol. 2: Compiles all 52 of Pluto's theatrical shorts. Vol. 1 has 28 shorts, Vol. 2 has 24 Pluto shorts and three obscure shorts starring Figaro the Cat from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* '''Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920's - 1960's''': Compiles 32 misc. Disney related shorts, including the ancient Pre-Oswald ''Alice Comedies''.
* '''On The Front Lines''': Compiles [[WartimeCartoon war cartoons done by Disney of the time period]]. Compiles 31 theatrical shorts, the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII film ''Victory Through Air Power'' and an old training montage video, plus two complete training films.
* '''Silly Symphonies''': Compiles the first 46 of the ''Silly Symphonies'' theatrical shorts.
* '''More Silly Symphonies''': The successor to the previous collection. Compiles the remaining 38 Silly Symphonies theatrical shorts.

That's 16 well crafted compilation [=DVD=]s to collect. Good luck finding them all, though, since they only saw a limited release. They're loaded with great extras and for the most part the films have been cleaned up really well, however so it may very well be worth tracking them down.

For a full list of characters, see [[Characters/ClassicDisneyShorts here]].

For noteworthy Disney staff, go [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff here]].

For non-series specific Disney shorts, see MiscellaneousDisneyShorts.
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!!Noteworthy Shorts Include:
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* WesternAnimation/PlaneCrazy (1928)
* WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie (1928)
* WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance (1929)
* FlowersAndTrees (1932)
* TheMadDoctor (1933)
* Disney/ThreeLittlePigs (1933)
* Disney/TheTortoiseAndTheHare (1935)
* Disney/TheBandConcert (1935)
* TheGoldenTouch (1935)
* PlutosJudgementDay (1935)
* MovingDay (1936)
* ClockCleaners (1937)
* Disney/TheOldMill (1937)
* Disney/LonesomeGhosts (1937)
* BraveLittleTailor (1938)
* WesternAnimation/SymphonyHour (1942)
* Disney/DerFuehrersFace (AKA Donald Duck In Nutzi Land) (1943)
* Disney/EducationForDeath (1943): A chilling and brutal look at a German boy growing up in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. Unlike ''Disney/DerFuehrersFace'', this cartoon was '''''not''''' meant to be a funny, Allies-Defeat-the-Axis-type of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII cartoon.
* Disney/SpringtimeForPluto (1944)
* WesternAnimation/DuckPimples (1945)
* WesternAnimation/HockeyHomicide (1945)
* PeterAndTheWolf (1946): originally part of the package film ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', but has also been shown as an separate short film.
* WesternAnimation/MotorMania (1950)
* Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion (1952)
* WesternAnimation/AdventuresInMusicDuology (1953)
* WesternAnimation/DonaldInMathmagicLand (1959)
* Disney/GoliathII (1960)
* Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol (1983)
* Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper (1990)
* RunawayBrain (1995)
* HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater (2007)
* WesternAnimation/GetAHorse (2013)
[[/index]]
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!! The ClassicDisneyShorts is the TropeNamer for:
* MickeyMousing
* MrViceGuy
* NumberOneDime
* TameHisAnger
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!!The shorts contain examples of:
* AccidentalHero: Goofy in ''Two-Gun Goofy''.
* AccordionMan: ''The Cactus Kid'' (1930) for one.
* AcmeProducts: Only, in this case, it would be Ajax Products.
* AlertnessBlink: Possibly the [[TropeMaker progenitor]] of this trope.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: ''Elmer Elephant''
* AlliterativeName: Nearly everyone.
* AmusingInjuries: Used most frequently in the Goofy shorts.
* AndIMustScream: This is Donald's ultimate fate in ''Donald's Snow Fight'', in which he ends up being ''frozen alive''.
* {{Angrish}}: Donald, ''in spades''.
* AnthropomorphicShift: The 1929 cartoon ''When the Cat's Away'' depicts Mickey and Minnie as ''actual'' mice, squeaking and all (well, sort of).
* AppleOfDiscord: Used by Donald against Chip and Dale in "Toy Tinkers."
* ArtEvolution: The earliest Disney cartoons were very crude-the construction of the drawings was just piled on top of each other, using lots of rigid shapes, straight lines and symmetry with rubbery limbs, making the drawings look flat and move in a very mechanical, floaty way. In the mid-'30s, this started changing when the animators like Fred Moore began using more pliable, organic shapes combined with line of action and more refined timing and squash and stretch, which gave them the illusion of mass and weight, as well as actual construction on the heads and bodies to allow them to look three-dimensional and properly turn them in space-compare Mickey from his earliest cartoons like "The Chain Gang" to the Mickey in "Pluto's Judgement Day" and "On Ice", or example. And in a brief time in the '40s, Fred Moore did away with the symmetry of Mickey's design in shorts like "The Little Whirlwind", making him look much more loose and organic, but also earning the moniker of "Drunk Mickey" from the animators (the original model sheets for Mickey's "Little Whirlwind" model even have some very questionable dialogue written on them related to drinking).
* ArtShift: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl0AiuiqP-E The Nifty Nineties]]'' (which was a throwback to TheGayNineties, as in the ''18''90s) had Mickey and Minnie go to a vaudeville theater and watch a non-animated slideshow done in the sketchy style of John Held, a RoaringTwenties illustrator who also liked to send up TheGayNineties.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bHGfWfRU_Q This '55 Nash commercial]] directed by Ward Kimball, which has a completely redesigned, {{UPA}} influenced Mickey and Pluto.
*** Donald and his nephews are given a similar treatment in a similar commercial, this one for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BklXn2w6zKc the Hudson AMC]].
* AsideGlance: Goofy is a frequent offender, but none of the other characters are completely innocent, either.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The classic Mickey Mouse short ''The Brave Little Tailor''.
** And earlier, there was the black and white cartoon ''Giantland.''
* AuthorAvatar: Mickey, for Walt Disney.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: ''Chicken Little''.]]
* BeachEpisode: ''The Beach Party'', ''Hawaiian Holiday'', ''Beach Picnic'', ''Pluto's Playmate'', part of ''How to Swim'', and ''Bee at the Beach''.
* BearsAreBadNews: This is how Donald certainly feels about Humphrey.
** There are also numerous shorts which involve a run-in with a generic grizzly bear, such as the Mickey cartoon ''The Pointer'', the Goofy cartoon ''Hold That Pose'', and such Donald cartoon as ''Good Scouts'', ''Donald's Vacation'' and ''Dumbbell of the Yukon''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The orphans from "Orphan's Picnic" and "Orphan's Benefit".
** The Angel from "Donald's Better Half."
** Even Goofy gets like this when his pet grasshopper, Wilbur, is threatened.
* BigFriendlyDog: Pluto and Bolivar the St. Bernard (in ''Alpine Climbers'' and the Donald Duck comic strips/books)
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: The Goofy short ''How To Play Golf''.
* BlackComedy: From ''Who Killed Cock Robin'': "We don't know who is guilty so we're gonna hang 'em all!" (sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
* BraggingThemeTune: Donald Duck's post-1947 theme. Possibly a subversion as none of it is true, aside from "[[TheChewToy Who get stuck with all the bad luck?]]"
* BrattyHalfPint: The pig kid from "Mickey's Good Deed".
** And the majority of Goofy's class in "Teachers Are People".
* BrickJoke: Near the start of "Teachers Are People", Goofy confiscates a number of items from George, including a gun and grenade, the latter of which he drops in a water bucket (presumably to deaden the explosion if it happens). At the end of the short, the school blows up, and George is made to write "I will not bomb the school again" on the chalkboard.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: ''Trombone Trouble''
* BulletSeed
* BumblingDad: Played straight with Goofy in the '50s cartoons where he plays a suburban dad named George Geef. A perfect example is "Father's Day Off", in which Goofy, as Geef, is [[ADayInHerApron woefully unprepared to take on the responsibilities of running the house in his wife's absence]].
* ButtSticker: In cartoon "Tiger Trouble": an elephant lands on a tiger. In a variation, only the tiger's stripes are stuck to the elephant's butt.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes
* CanonImmigrant: Figaro from previous DisneyAnimatedCanon feature film ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' was adapted as a pet kitten of Minnie Mouse, and an occasional foil for Pluto. The character was even [[BreakOutCharacter promoted to lead star]] for a handful of shorts, something even Minnie and Daisy did not gain in the classic era.
* CaptainErsatz: During the early '30s, Rudolph Ising of the Harman and Ising duo (who were both former employees of Disney) cooked up an incredibly blatant Mickey Mouse clone named Foxy for their Warner Bros. distributed animation studio. In fact, his image is proudly adorned on the main CaptainErsatz page. Fortunately, Walt himself got wind of the ripoff and personally asked Ising to stop using the character after only three measly shorts. However, Foxy was brought back for an episode of TinyToonAdventures called ''Two-Tone Town'' (albiet redesigned to look less like Mickey, while still having some similarities to a Golden Age rubberhose character).
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Mickey:''' "Swell!" "Hot dog!" "Gosh!" "Oh, boy!" "Gee..." "Hiya, pal!" "See ya real soon!" "Y-y-y-yes, ma'am!" "For gosh sakes!"
-->'''Donald:''' "Hiya, toots!" ''"SO!"'' "Aw, phooey." "Aw, nuts." "What's the big idea?" "You can't do that to me!" "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" "Well, I'll be doggoned!" "Why, you doggone stubborn little... ''(incoherent muttering/squawking)...''" ''"WAAAAAAAAAK!!"'' "Uh-oh!" "That's the last straw!"
-->'''Goofy:''' "Gawrsh!" "Ahyuck!" ''"AHHHHHHHH-HOO-HOO-HOOEY!"'' "Somethin' wrong here..." (singing) ''"Ohhh, the world owes me a livin'... deedle-didle dodle-didle dum..."''
-->'''Minnie:''' "Oh, my!" "Isn't that sweet!" "Oh, ''Mickey''..."
* CartoonConductor
* CartoonyTail: Daisy Duck, a female duck, has curled tail feathers, a trait exclusive to male ducks.
** Mice have thin, naked tails, but Mickey, Minnie and Mortimer Mouse have tails that are unusually thin even for mice. Pluto has the same kind of tail, despite being a dog.
*** WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale have short tails that end in a point, sort of like deer tails. In RealLife, it's the female chipmunks that have short tails.
* CatsAreMean: Pete.
** To an extent, Figaro (in the shorts, he was typically shown as a foil for Pluto), even if he doesn't excel much past a BrattyHalfPint.
* ChekhovsGun: As soon as you find out Minnie's car horn sets Mickey's Mechanical Man off, you just know it's going to get used in its boxing match against the Congo Killer in the 1933 short ''Mickey's Mechanical Man''.
** Also, both the gas leak and Pete's lighting his cigars in the 1936 short ''Moving Day''. Put the two together and [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].
* ChekhovsVolcano: The volcano in the Goofy cartoon ''Hello Aloha''.
* TheChewToy: Donald and, to a lesser extent, Goofy.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Ever since ''EpicMickey'' came out, I should review the old Mickey Mouse shorts in preparation for it. Okay, here's Plane Crazy and...is he doing G-Rated Rape on Minnie?
* ChasteToons: It WAS the '40s...
** Subverted in that Goofy has a son in the '50s.
* ChronicallyCrashedCar: Any cars Donald and Goofy have happen to this.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Just where would Mickey be without those red shorts, white gloves, and yellow shoes? Or Donald without his sailor suit and no pants?
** Well, Mickey in particular would still be wearing the green shorts, yellow gloves, and brown shoes that were featured on merchandise a good 40% of the time before his cartoons moved to color...
* ColossusClimb: Mickey's patented way of taking down a giant (right before tripping them with a rope).
* ComicTrio: Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Arguably.
* CommediaDellArteTroupe
* ColourCodedCharacters: Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, are usually in red, blue, and green.
* CoveredInKisses: Occasionally, this happens to Mickey and Donald (thanks to Minnie and Daisy.)
* CranialEruption
* CrapsackWorld: Donald seems to live in one...
** [[EpicMickey The Wasteland]]
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Donald and Goofy often live in this kind of neighborhood.
* DamselInDistress: Minnie, frequently. Other times it was the love interest in shorts such as "The China Shop" and "The Moth and the Flame".
* DarkerAndEdgier: The early concept art for the game ''EpicMickey'' show a ruined SteamPunk world filled with horrific chimeras created by a monstrous version of the Phantom Blot.
** The original shorts occasionally went this route during the '40s, [[EpilepticTrees perhaps]] [[FridgeBrilliance due to]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 current events]] (and not just in the {{Wartime Cartoon}}s).
* DependingOnTheWriter: Mickey and friends either live in the same neighborhood (shorts in the 1930s placed them in Hollywood, California), or in separate cities (Mouseton and Duckburg, shown as next to each other).
** The 1992 series ''Goof Troop'' moved Goofy out of Mouseton to Spoonerville, but this has been written out of canon in more modern material?where Mickey and Goofy once again live in the same neighborhood.
* DistractedByTheSexy: ''[[WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale Two Chips and a Miss]]''. [[FanService Including some of the viewers]].
* {{Dogfaces}}
* DrippingDisturbance: What happens to Donald in ''Drip Dippy Donald'', which takes this trope UpToEleven.
* DrivenToSuicide: Donald in ''The Old Army Game''
** Daisy comes close in "Donald's Dilemma", where she tells her psychiatrist "I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat, I didn't wanna live!" and is seen pointing a gun to her head. This is often edited out in modern TV showings...
* EdutainmentShow: Several Donald shorts of the mid-to-late '50s had an educational bend, one of the most notable being ''Donald in Mathmagicland'', in which Donald learns that "there's a lot more to mathematics than two times two."
** Also, ''Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Money'', in which Scrooge gives lessons to his nephews on the history of currency and the capitalist economy.
* EraSpecificPersonality
* TheEveryman: All of the main trio, to some degree: Mickey (when he's not too good at being a hero), Donald (when he's not being too [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate nasty]]), and Goofy (when he's not being too clumsy) have all functioned as everyday working stiffs in viewer identification scenarios.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: A dominant trope in most of the early Mickey Mouse shorts.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Again, just ask Donald, who often squared off against bees.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''A lot'' of the names of the shorts.
** Averted in "Donald's Dilemma", because, contrary to the title, it's actually Daisy that has the dilemma...
* ExtremeOmniGoat
* FakeRabies: In "The Mad Dog", Pluto escapes while Mickey is brushing his teeth, causing panic throughout the neighborhood.
* FauxToGuide: Goofy always screwing up the narrator's instructions.
* FlyingBroomstick: ''Trick or Treat''
* FiveManBand / ColorCodedCharacters
** TheHero: Mickey - [[ChromaticSuperiority Red]]
** TheLancer: Donald - Blue
** TheBigGuy: Goofy - Green (originally Orange)
** TheSmartGuy: Daisy, DependingOnTheWriter - Purple
** TheChick: Minnie - Pink, or Light Blue. Also associated with polka dot patterns.
** TeamPet - Pluto - Yellow
* FunnyAnimal: Nearly the entire cast.
* FurryConfusion: Horace and Clarabelle started out as four-legged [[TalkingAnimal Talking Animals]] and became [[FunnyAnimal Funny Animals]] over the space of several cartoons. Pluto is usually a relatively realistic dog, but did say a few words in a few early appearances.
** And then there's the ever-complicated issue of Goofy, which comes from determining what Goofy (anthropomorphic man-dog whose is treated like a human) is in relation to Pluto (non-anthropomorphic dog, who's treated like a dog), whom he is occasionally shown to interact with. While it's possible that anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic dogs may simply exist side by side in the Disneyverse, it still has odd connotations (imagine if some humans were kept as pets, and treated as such, alongside seemingly similar humans).
* GagBoobs: Clara Cluck, no doubt.
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: In "Beezy Bear", beekeeper Donald Duck catches Humphrey the Bear siphoning honey from his hives with a garden hose, so he connects the hose to a garden hose spigot, squeezes it until the water bulges up inside, and sends the bulge racing toward Humphrey. But then the ranger arrives and gives Donald back the hose, resulting in a game of Hot Potato that leaves all three soaked.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Okay, how did ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6dX-buqKDw this scene]]'' from ''Truant Officer Donald'' get past the Hays Office in 1941?
** Pretty much ''any'' time Jenny Wren (a shameless NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Creator/MaeWest...except as a bird) appears (or cameos) in the Silly Symphonies shorts. Also, there's this gem from the classic ''Toby Tortoise Returns'':
--->'''Jenny:''' "I like a man that takes his time..."
** Although it should be noted that in the context that line was said in, she was talking to Toby Tortoise, a rather slow-moving and slow-witted fellow who just got knocked out of the ring beforehand.
** The Goofy short ''Father's Day Off'' has Goofy's wife constantly cheating on him.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV5juFWVjF8 Golden Eggs]]''. It's not so much Donald [[UnsettlingGenderReveal crossdressing as a hen to fool a rooster]] (though he does a [[StupidSexyFlanders disturbingly good job at looking feminine]]), but just watch the rooster's reaction at about 4:20.
** In ''Up a Tree'', when Chip 'n Dale first look up their tree to see Donald climbing up it to cut it down, Dale says to Chip, "It's a duck with a big fanny!" (Though in the U.S., the term "fanny" is a euphemism for "backside" (the chipmunks obviously noticed Donald's backside), in the U.K., the term "fanny" is a euphemism for a certain part of a woman's anatomy (and thus was EditedForSyndication)).
* GhostInTheMachine: ''Reason and Emotion''
* GoKartingWithBowser: Pete's relationship with the gang varies.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: The entire premise of ''Donald's Better Self''.
** Pluto also had this in a few shorts, most notably ''Lend a Paw''.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Mickey and Donald both talk this way a lot.
* GossipyHens: [[VisualPun Literally used]] in "Cock O' The Walk" and "Chicken Little".
* GravityIsAHarshMistress
* GreenEyedMonster: Both Mickey and Donald feel this way when their respective ladies spend more time with a rival than with them, in ''Mickey's Rival'' and ''Donald's Double Trouble'', respectively.
* GunsAkimbo: Mickey in "Two Gun Mickey."
* HairTriggerTemper: Donald Duck is famous for his.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and (occasionally) Minnie.
* HighPressureEmotion: Donald.
* HollywoodMagnetism: In the ClassicDisneyShort "Donald and Pluto", Donald Duck is a plumber who uses a magnet to retrieve his tools from atop a ladder. Pluto ends up accidentally swallowing the magnet, and spends the rest of the cartoon dealing with the various objects that are mysteriously following him around.
* HumanPopsicle: What happens to Pluto in "Rescue Dog" after the baby seal pulls him out of some icy water that he fell into.
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: Donald Duck and other ducks have a plantigrade stance, as do Pluto, Butch, and other dogs and cats.
** Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar from the Classic Disney Shorts have a plantigrade stance even though more modern appearances always depict them with shoes. You don't see their back hooves anymore and their front hooves are drawn as hands, but in their really early appearances, you could see that they clearly exemplify this trope.
** Goofy, Max, nearly all other Dogfaces, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse have feet that look awfully like human feet. Mickey and Minnie also have hand and foot proportions that would be more appropriate for a Canada Lynx than for a mouse.
* IdeaBulb: Goofy gets one when trying to think of what to do about Mickey's birthday cake.
** Dale also gets ''two'' in ''Crazy Over Daisy'' when he and Chip try to think of a way to get revenge on Donald. The first bulb that Dale gets is small, but Chip dismisses it. The second bulb Dale gets is much larger and Chip approves.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: ''Commando Duck''
* InevitableWaterfall: ''Commando Duck''
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Several '40s and '50s Goofy shorts took place in a universe where ''every'' character was Goofy.
* InsomniaEpisode:
** "How To Sleep", with {{WesternAnimation/Goofy}} unable to sleep, so an AnthropomorphicPersonification of Science comes in to help.
** The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoons "Early To Bed" and "Drip-Drippy Donald". In those cases it isn't that Donald has insomnia as such, it's that external factors (a BearTrapBed, a [[DrippingDisturbance dripping faucet]]) won't let him sleep.
* InvoluntaryDance: In "Trick or Treat", a witch casts a spell on Donald after he [[SwallowTheKey swallows the key]] to the pantry where he hid all the Halloween candy. The spell made his feet dance and kick in an attempt to remove the key, while the witch accompanied on the banjo.
* JokerJury: ''Pluto's Judgement Day''
* KangarooCourt: Also ''Pluto's Judgement Day''
* KarmaHoudini: A handful of shorts feature the Orphans, a group of obnoxious, cruel mice that look like little Mickeys. Their constant harassment of Donald (and sometimes Mickey) never goes punished. This contributes to some fans' view of them as TheScrappy.
** Their cruel behavior won't go entirely unpunished though. Do you really think any of those little brats will get adopted? I can't see any parents lining up to adopt such mean-spirited kids, no matter how cute they are. Why do you think they're orphans?
** Chip 'n' Dale at times, though granted they were less directly antagonistic par a few odd occasions ([[EscalatingWar and usually took as much abuse as they dished out beforehand]]).
* KidsAreCruel: ''Elmer Elephant''
** Most of the main cast's younger relatives were {{Bratty Half Pint}}s of the highest order, Junior in ''Bellboy Donald'' (not so much P.J.), Huey, Dewey and Louie, Mickey's Orphans, and sometimes Goofy Junior (not so much Max), just to name a few.
%%* TheLastStraw
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator in Goofy's "How To" cartoons.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Played annoying straight with the Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets.
** Disney has been doing this for decades. Remember the Limited Gold Editions series of videotapes from the 1980s? There were ''two'' sets of those.
* LiteralAssKicking: Donald was often a victim of this.
* LoveableRogue: Chip 'n' Dale, when not acting as {{Screwy Squirrel}}s or out of DisproportionateRetribution, played this role, usually after food in Donald's possession.
* MeaningfulName: Red, Huey's color, is the brightest hue, and blue is the color of dew, hence Dewey. This leaves Louie, and [[IncrediblyLamePun leaves]] are green.
** On the other hand, it's not like all artists and translations are at all consistent about which nephew wears which colored cap... the nephews being indistinguishable or swapping their caps has even been a plot point several times. The earlier shorts also featured Dewey and Louie wearing orange or yellow, with only Huey consistently wearing red.
* MickeyMousing: The TropeNamer.
* MisleadingPackageSize: In "Pluto's Party", Pluto gets a present shaped like a huge bone, but when he bites into it, it turns out to be a wagon.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Take a wild guess.
* {{Narrator}} / InteractiveNarrator: An important element of the "How To" Goofy shorts.
* NiceMice: Mickey and Minnie, naturally.
* NightmareDreams: Cartoons like ''Mickey's Nightmare'', ''The Mad Doctor'', ''Pluto's Judgment Day'' and ''Donald's Diary''.
* NoFourthWall: Goofy seems to think so.
** At the end of ''Mickey's Amateurs'', [[IrisOut the black circle]] that usually marks the end of the show closes around Donald's neck.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Goofy suffers one throughout "The Art of Self Defense", which takes "Shadowboxing" to its literal extent and has him be the punching bag for the various moves demonstrated.
* NonMammalMammaries: Clara Cluck again.
* NoSexAllowed: Walt himself once said when asked about it that Mickey does not have a sex life.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Everybody but [[AGoofyMovie Max]] and P.J., apparently.
* ObstacleSkiCourse: "The Art of Skiing" has Goofy doing all kinds of variations of this, most memorably accidentally skiing backwards.
* OfficialCouple
** Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse
** Donald Duck & Daisy Duck
** Horace Horsecollar & Clarabelle Cow
* OutOfFocus: Donald eclipsed Mickey in popularity through the late '30s and early '40s, and Mickey began starring in less and less shorts. There were no Mickey cartoons at all between ''Symphony Hour'' (1942) and ''Mickey's Delayed Date'' (1947) (granted, Mickey did appear in ''Pluto and the Armadillo'' (1943) and ''Squatter's Rights'' (1946), but they are considered Pluto shorts). And then after 1953's ''The Simple Things'', it would be another 30 years before Mickey would appear again in ''Mickey's Christmas Carol''.
* OvenLogic: For some reason, Minnie's oven goes all the way up to "volcano heat." Goofy uses the setting to speed up baking the cake for ''Mickey's Birthday Party'' with explosive results.
* PackedHero: In "Modern Inventions", Donald Duck is wrapped in cellophane by a gift wrapping machine.
* PantyShot: Played for humor with Minnie.
* PimpedOutDress: Some ladies wore these, like the classical style dress in "The China Shop", to the short dress trimmed with [[PrettyInMink white fur]] in "The Moth and the Flame", but the most oddly pimped out dresses are in "The Cookie Carnival", where the dresses are food based. One guy got a girl a nice dress just by mainly using eclair cream in the shape of a frilly dress.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "Out of Scale", in which Donald has a model train set in his backyard, is based on Walt Disney's own backyard train set.
* RescueRomance: Plenty of it.
* SadistShow: DonaldDuck
* ScaryShadowFakeout
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: In the short ''Toby Tortoise Returns'', why didn't the game automatically go to Max Hare after Toby was knocked out of the ring by him? Instead, they just let the fight continue as if nothing happened.
* ScrewySquirrel: Chip 'n' Dale on occasion; Huey, Dewey, and Louie in many of their early appearances; and Mickey's Orphans (the crowds of mouse-faced kids in nightshirts).
* ShoutOut: ''[[WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale Two Chips and a Miss]]'' is one to Creator/TexAvery's ''RedHotRidingHood'', complete with the chipmunks temporarily turning into drooling wolves.
** Another one, the Donald short ''Duck Pimples'', is one to another Avery short, ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'', right down to the eerie organ music and the detective in both cartoons being [[HeyItsThatVoice voiced]] by Billy Bletcher.
* {{Slapstick}}
* SlippingAMickey: Happens to Goofy in ''How To Be a Detective''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* SoapPunishment: A lie detector uses this on the Big Bad Wolf in ''The Practical Pig''.
* SpeechImpediment: Donald, to the point where his near-unintelligible speech sparked [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/donald.asp an urban legend]].
* SpinOff: ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''MickeyMouseWorks'', ''HouseOfMouse'', ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''...
* SquirrelsInMyPants: In ''Moose Hunters'', Donald and Goofy are disguised as a female moose in order to lure one over to Mickey so he can shoot it. After they meet a male moose and Goofy, in the moose costume's front, pretends to flirt with it, Donald, who is in the bottom of the costume, accidentally sits on a bee, which makes the bee mad and it dives into the bottom of the costume and stings Donald, while he hops around in pain and tries to get rid of the bee. This makes it look like the female moose that Donald and Goofy are disguised as is doing a samba dance.
* StandardFiftiesFather: Goofy in his '50s cartoons, where he plays a suburban dad named George Geef. See also: BumblingDad.
* StockFootage: A few of the {{Wartime Cartoon}}s
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: ''TheMadDoctor''
* SuddenDownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''Chicken Little'']]
** [[spoiler: ''Tugboat Mickey''. The guy sending the distress call dies because of three idiots. [[Whatdoyoumeanitsforkids That is ''dark''.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Chip 'n' Dale, Goofy's mynah bird Ellsworth (a comic book character, most common in the 1950s, who wears clothes and is personified as a wise-guy intellectual - yet lives in a birdhouse and flies).
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics ({{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''House of Mouse'' in which Mickey and Donald convincingly disguise themselves as Minnie and Daisy by putting bows on their heads.
* TheyHaveTheScent: Mickey is pursued by a pair of bloodhounds after he escapes from prison in "The Chain Gang".
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In "The Army Mascot", Pluto turns green after swallowing a plug of chewing tobacco. He tries to swallow the green away, but it just comes back up. He then turns other colors as well, including, yes, plaid. Even his tongue!
** Likewise, in such cartoons as "Alpine Climbers", "Lend a Paw" and "Mail Dog", which take place in a snowy area, there are times when Pluto turns blue from the cold.
* {{Tsundere}}: Arguably, Daisy.
** In ''Donald's Dilemma'', however, she acts more like a {{Yandere}}.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: These cartoons played a big part in refining them.
* TypewriterEating: Present in ''Mickey's Trailer'', ''Donald's Cousin Gus'' and ''Pueblo Pluto''.
* WartimeCartoon: Perhaps one of the most classic examples would be "DerFuehrersFace" (originally titled "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land").
** Donald Duck had an entire suite of war shorts, from "Donald Gets Drafted" to "Commando Duck".
* WeDoTheImpossible: In ''The BraveLittleTailor.''
* WereStillRelevantDammit: [[InvokedTrope The ENTIRE ANGLE]] of the KingdomHearts games and especially EpicMickey.
* WhiteGloves: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow wear 'em.
* WhoIsDriving: ''Mickey's Trailer'' (1938)
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In ''A Gentleman's Gentleman'', Pluto buys a newspaper for Mickey, but stops to read a comic strip featuring himself on the front page. He laughs at his comic counterpart's misfortune, but then a similar situation happens to him.
* WickedWitch: Witch Hazel
* WilliamTelling: In ''The Tortoise And The Hare'', the Hare shows off his speed by shooting an arrow, running ahead of it, standing under the target with an apple on his head, and letting the arrow split the apple in two.
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''Contrast with [[LooneyTunes their Warner Bros. parody counterparts.]]''
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