Director: Burt Gillett
Release Date: September 1, 1931
Stars: Mickey Mouse, Pluto
Rating: ★★

Still from 'Fishin' Around' featuring the gamekeeperMickey and Pluto go fishing, but the fish are making fun of them.

Pluto even gets under water, sniffing the bottom of the lake and meeting an enormous fish. Then a gamekeeper appears, but Mickey and Pluto escape him. The goat-like gamekeeper would return in Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse comics.

Like ‘Traffic Troubles’, ‘The Moose Hunt‘ and ‘The Beach Party‘ from the same year, ‘Fishin’ Around’ is a genuine gag cartoon. It is the weakest of the lot, however, and can hardly be called a classic. Nevertheless, it is a modest example of how the Disney studio tried to improve the quality of its animation. Notice, for example, the reflections and other water effects in this short. By now,  they had become standard in Disney cartoons.

Watch ‘Fishin’ Around’ yourself and tell me what you think:

This is Mickey Mouse cartoon No. 32
To the previous Mickey Mouse cartoon: Blue Rhythm
To the next Mickey Mouse cartoon: The Barnyard Broadcast

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