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YMMV / The Prince and the Pauper

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The Mark Twain version:

  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Laws benefiting the wealthy would be significantly unfair to those who lack the wealth to influence the government", showing through the miserable life of Tom the Pauper when Prince Edward VI was in his position, had proven to be timeless.

The Disney version:

  • Cult Classic: While a cartoon short to both The Rescuers Down Under in the US and Brother Bear in the UK, the film though shorter, has a much more meaningful plot than a lot of the other shorts involving Mickey Mouse.
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  • He Really Can Act: The film may only be 25 minutes, but Wayne Allwine utilizes them to really bring out the emotion in both Mickey and the Prince, especially in the scene where the king dies.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, one of the weasels, voiced by Charlie Adler, tries to take a hen from Clarabelle Cow by force. 5 years later, Adler would voice another cartoon cow and chicken.
  • Moral Event Horizon: This version of Pete threatening to kill Pluto and abusing his power under the name of the king.
  • Tear Jerker: The old king's death. Not only does he die unaware of his captain's atrocities in his name, he just seems so broken, and he doesn't even know he's talking to an impostor and not his son, because Mickey doesn't have the heart to tell him.
    • Then there is Mickey's promise to safeguard the kingdom in his stead; he just sounds so broken, watching his friend's father pass away before and knowing full well that only the Prince can see his promise through. He nevertheless honors the king's wish, letting him die peacefully and from then on works to restore his friend to his rightful throne.
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    • It also applies to the Prince who didn't find out about his father's death until a passing boater informed him. The grief of losing his father was hard enough, but it was also coupled with the fact that he wasn't there to say good-bye. His long silence after hearing the news made it apparent. A book adaptation of this version has him crying about this while imprisoned with Donald, who tries to comfort him.


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