Disney: The Prince and the Pauper
A 1990 short film from Disney loosely adapting Mark Twain
's The Prince and the Pauper
, starring Mickey Mouse
as both the prince and the pauper. It was shown in theatres with The Rescuers Down Under
. The film served as the setting of the final level of the video game Mickey Mania
Tropes used by the film:
- Animals Not to Scale: The owl is human height and the weasels are about four to five feet tall, much bigger than normal sized owls and weasels respectively.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning
- Big Bad: Pete, Captain of the Guard.
- British Stuffiness: Horace as the prince's teacher.
- Butt Biter / The Dog Bites Back: Pluto, to Pete.
- The Cameo: Clarabelle as a peasant woman.
- Chandelier Swing: The prince does one when he first confronts Pete.
- Darker and Edgier: This Pete is an abusive captain of the guard who sullies the king's reputation by doing acts of extreme abuse of power under his name and made a Sadistic Choice to Mickey that he'd kill Pluto if he didn't become a Puppet King. Finally, when the Prince exposes Pete's scheme for all to see, Pete does something really perfidious: he seemingly agrees to surrender gracefully, then attacks the Prince when he listens to him.
- Also a sad death scene of the possibly kind king who can't even tell the difference between Mickey and his own son as he was dying, Mickey plays along for the sake of making him die happily.
- Decomposite Character: Mickey's different personalities are divided amongst the titular characters—the Pauper has Mickey's current meek and friendly disposition, and the Prince has his earlier naughty but good-hearted demeanor.
- Disney Villain Death: How Pete and the weasels presumably meet their end after getting entangled in a rolling chandelier that rolls out a window.
- Fake King: Pete's plan with Pauper!Mickey.
- Fat Bastard: Guess.
- Furry Confusion: Aside from Pluto and Goofy, the featurette shows Horace Horsecollar and normal horses.
- Furry Ear Dissonance: Horace Horsecollar has ears like cows ears in this featurette.
- Glad I Thought of It: According to the Prince, that phrase and "Guards, Seize him!" is all you need to fake it as a ruler.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Only the Big Bad, Pete, is smoking. None of the good characters smoke and neither do Pete's weasel henchmen.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Sported by both Pete and Goofy.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The king.
- Humiliation Conga: Pete and his henchmen. Firstly the real prince shows up just as Mickey is about to be crowned, outing Pete as a treasonous would-be usurper, then a battle ensues where Pete and his whole freaking guard get their butts handed to them by Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, as well as the Prince. Pete tries to pull an I Surrender, Suckers move on the Prince, but only with short-lived success. And if that wasn't humiliating enough, Pete endures an incredibly embarrassing moment in front of the whole court and exits by being caught up in a chandelier and crashing through a stained glass window, his frilly underwear still on show.
- Identical Stranger: As per the original The Prince and the Pauper, the Prince and the Pauper are both Mickey Mouse.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Pete tries to do this to the Prince during the climactic Sword Fight. He admits defeat and asks the Prince spare him, after which Pete bows down before him, saying, "Your Majesty is too kind...". But the Prince (and not Pete) is standing on a rug, which Pete then pulls out under the Prince's feet, and the battle resumes.
- Intermission: Not in the movie proper, but in the film's theatrical release with The Rescuers Down Under, a 10 minute intermission started during this film's end credits to allow people to get up and take care of business before The Rescuers Down Under started, as shown here.
- King Incognito: In this version, The Prince is smart enough to take along his royal ring as identification when necessary.
- Kitchen Sink Included: Among many other weapons thrown at The Prince, Donald and Goofy in the dungeon, a kitchen sink is also included.
- The Late Middle Ages
- Mooks: Pete has an army of weasel soldiers; lifted from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- Non Sequitur Thud: After Goofy accidentally maces a weasel on the head, he kisses him on the nose and babbles, "Thank you, I had a lovely evening" before fainting.
- Prince and Pauper: Duh.
- Private Tutor: The prince is introduced receiving instruction on Trigonometry from the chamberlain, who seems to handle the prince's education as well, and bored out of his mind. The prince begins to amuse himself by tormenting Donald Duck.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Played straight with Mickey (as usual) and the prince, but averted with a female peasant mouse that shows up for a few seconds of one scene.
- Token Human: The trumpeters.
- Took a Level in Badass: The film has what is probably one of the most sinister and least bumbling incarnations of Pete ever.
- Wicked Weasel: As the previous example said they appear as Pete's henchmen.