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Western Animation: Get a Horse
Get a Horse! is a 2013 Disney animated short starring Mickey Mouse, the first theatrical short featuring the character since 1995's Runaway Brain.

In this 1928 throwback short, Mickey and his friends, including Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, enjoy a musical hayride until Peg-Leg Pete arrives in his runabout and tries to get them off the road. However, after a scuffle with Pete, Mickey is soon knocked out of the theater screen and becomes a computer-generated color figure, and soon it's an all-out battle inside and out of the screen.

This short is notable in that it utilized Walt Disney's voice for Mickey Mouse. Directed by Lauren MacMullan (The Simpsons, The Critic, Avatar: The Last Airbender), the short was released on November 27, 2013, on the same theatrical bill as Frozen. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but lost to Mr. Hublot.

The full short can be seen here.

This cartoon contains an example of:

  • Alertness Blink: When Pete has Minnie in his clutches, Mickey's ears briefly turn into exclamation points.
  • Animation Bump: The scene where we "chase" Pete from behind him, where not only is the background animated, but also tilts with the camera.
    • And let's not get into the CGI.
  • Born in the Theatre: Mickey breaks through into the theatre. One patron complains about spilling her nachos.
  • Brain Bleach: After Pete gets a good look at Clarabelle and her udder, he rubs his eyes trying to get the image out of his head.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Not just "breaking" it, completely shattering it and dancing over the rubble.
  • Brick Joke: When Pete arrives in his car, a chicken runs away from him and lays an egg, the egg then grows legs and also runs away. At the end when all the characters and the scenery appear in CGI, the chicken and the egg also return.
  • Bullet Seed: Mickey uses Horace as a makeshift biplane and he spits Milk Duds as ammo.
    • Later, Pete closes up the screen by swallowing a can of nails and spitting them across the bottom.
  • The Cameo: Near the end, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pops in for a quick cameo.
  • Chase Scene: Pete chasing Mickey and his friends around and around on both sides of the screen.
  • The Chew Toy: Pete.
  • Circling Birdies: Mickey gets stars above his head when Pete punches him into the theater's ceiling and hangs from an overhead pipe by his tail.
  • Confused Question Mark: Horace has one appear over his head. Also, Pete's hat curves into the shape of a question mark when the animals swing against the screen.
  • Exorcist Head: Mickey's head does a 360 while following his crawling sentient shoe.
  • Film Within A Film
  • Fisher Kingdom: Our world.
  • Foreshadowing: The anthropomorphic horn's line "Make way for the future!" becomes more poignant in that 1928's Mickey enters the world of 2013 and interacts with modern technology.
    • So is Pete saying he's going to "smack [Mickey] into next week." Only to over do it and send Mickey into next century.
  • Found Footage: Parodied. It was initially promoted as a "lost" Mickey Mouse cartoon that was made shortly after Steamboat Willie, but partway through, it proves to be anything but.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Your nachos will get wrecked. And it works both ways; if Pete thinks the theater screen will protect him, he's got another thing coming.
  • Fourth Wall Greeting: After Mickey crashes through the screen, he initially greets the audience before realizing just where he is.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Blink during the end celebration and you'll miss Oswald popping in to wave at the crowd!
  • Funny Background Event: When Mickey imitates an Army bugle to call the others for help, the hay wagon can be seen in the background moving like a tank.
  • Genre Throwback: The animation is modeled after the earliest Mickey shorts. The CGI animation is even rendered in a way similar to how the characters moved in 2D.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Clarabelle tries to hitch a ride on Horace's hay cart by showing a little leg...and udder.
    • Pete's stare at Minnie is drawn with a straight dotted line, when Mickey notices and replaces Minnie with a Clarabelle, Pete's stare line becomes flaccid and limp.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Played with; Mickey flips the screen upside-down, causing Pete to fall from the ground above him.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Steam comes out of Pete's hat when he gets mad.
  • Humiliation Conga: Pete undergoes this when Mickey controls the screen to have him fall from the sky, get stabbed with a pitchfork, get electrocuted, etc.
  • Iris Out: When the cartoon ends, Pete tries to get back into the screen through the iris, but gets stuck.
  • Logo Joke: The Disney logo at the end is in black and white, with "Disney" written in an older signature font and Clarabelle is jumping over the castle with a trail of pixie dust (or is it?) behind her.
  • Male Gaze: Pete gives one to Minnie, illustrated by a dotted line going from his eyes to her. When Mickey places Clarabelle in front of Pete, the line goes limp.
  • Manipulative Editing: Voice tracks from previous Mickey cartoons were used to create new dialogue.
  • Medium Awareness
  • Medium Blending: Traditional black-and-white animation combined with color computer animation.
  • Mickey Mousing: Naturally.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: "Company dismissed!" (The line originally came from Donald Gets Drafted.)
    • And right before that: "I used to have a little cat once!" (Originally from Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip.)
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Pete cries, "Not again!" when Mickey manipulates the theater screen so that Pete's car drops on his head for the third time.
  • Parachute Petticoat: Minnie's bloomers act as a parachute when she falls.
  • Portal Picture: The theater screen.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: When Mickey calls Pete from a smartphone, Horace sprays a fire extinguisher into it and the foam hits Pete on the other end.
  • Real World Episode
  • Reality Warper: Mickey and pals flip the screen and warp gravity and time to thwart Pete.
  • Retreaux: Done in the style of a 1920s cartoon until...
  • Rubber Hose Limbs
  • Running Gag: Whenever a character crashes into the theater's seats, a woman can be heard yelling "My nachos!".
  • Scenery Censor: When Mickey jumps out of his shorts, he uses a fence to cover his shame.
  • Screen Tap: A variation; Pete throws Mickey and Horace against the screen, causing it to bump, until they break through into the real world.
  • Shown Their Work: They really put effort to give it that early sound film quality, including cel mistakes, film scratches and poor-quality soundtrack.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: Clarabelle does this to hitch a ride on the wagon, revealing her udder as she does so.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: A rather strange variation. Mickey, from outside the screen, calls Pete, who is inside, with Mickey using a smartphone and Pete using an old candlestick phone.
  • Stock Footage: All of Mickey's dialogue is made up of voice clips recycled from old shorts. The same goes for Minnie and Pete's dialogue, mostly.
  • Stylistic Suck: See Shown Their Work above.
  • Title Drop: After Pete is defeated, his car horn comes to life and honks at him "Get a horse!".
  • X-Ray Sparks: When Pete hits the telephone wires.

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