89. Clock Cleaners – Ben Sharpsteen

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SUMMARY: Mickey, Donald and Goofy encounter their usual barrage of problems while trying to clean a large clock tower.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Clock Cleaners’ is often celebrated as the best of the Mickey, Donald and Goofy trio shorts. While I actually prefer a handful of others, it’s easy to see why ‘Clock Cleaners’ is so revered. For one, in this short the writing is perfectly balanced so that every character gets a slice of the action. No-one is marginalised as they were in ‘Moving Day’ or ‘Magician Mickey’. The setting of the clock tower is ripe for comedy and there’s plenty of fun to be had as Mickey takes on a dozy stork, Donald a rebellious main spring and Goofy a duo of bell-ringing metal figures. Goofy’s segment particularly shines here and sets up the climax in which all three are brought together. By this stage the Mickey, Donald and Goofy shorts were extremely popular and it’s easy to see why, and why there are so many of them on this list.

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