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Western Animation: The Mad Doctor
The short is darker than this poster makes it out to be.

I'm a raring tearing wizard when it comes to cutting up (evil laughter),
I can graft a chicken's gizzard on the wishbone of a pup.
And here's the great experiment I'm just about to tackle,
To find out if the end result will bark or crow or cackle,
—The Mad Doctor's Villain Song.

A 1933 Mickey Mouse short, while not known for being particularly innovative, is quite popular among Classic Disney fans for its sheer dark, macabre tone.

The plot of the short is centered on Mickey, as Pluto is kidnapped by the mad doctor of the title (named Dr. XXX) to be used in a chimera-esque experiment involving cutting off Pluto's head and splicing it onto the body of a chicken. Naturally, Mickey treks off to save him, all while trying to make his way through the doctor's elaborate castle.

As with the earlier short The Skeleton Dance, this short's macabre tone was its own undoing; many theaters refused to show it, even though Mickey was at the height of his popularity at that point. However, the short has managed to become much more popular in recent years for the same reasons it was initially shunned.

This short was the inspiration for the later Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain, and was remade as an entire level in the video game Mickey Mania. Epic Mickey also features the Mad Doctor prominently as a key villain (called "The Mad Doctor"), Nostalgia Level, and even the original short itself as an unlockable bonus. It also loosely inspired the storyline "Blaggard Castle" in the 1930s Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip by Floyd Gottfredson.


Tropes Used by This Short:


Flowers and TreesWesternAnimation/Classic Disney ShortsThree Little Pigs
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the SailorPublic Domain AnimationSteamboat Willie
Classic Disney ShortsThe Great DepressionThe Band Concert
Lonesome GhostsFilms of the 1930sMoving Day
Lonesome GhostsAnimated FilmsMickey's Christmas Carol
FantasiaHorror Western AnimationPluto's Judgement Day

alternative title(s): The Mad Doctor
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