219. Crazy with the Heat – Bob Carlson

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SUMMARY: Donald and Goofy began to succumb to mirages and madness when their car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

WHY IT’S HERE: Many years after the string of classic trio shorts which starred Mickey, Donald and Goofy, Disney reteamed the latter two characters for this oddball excursion. By now these characters had firmly established themselves as solo stars so it’s odd to see them back together again and they soon drift naturally into their own separate sequences, as they always did in the trio shorts. Blurring the line between reality and mirage, ‘Crazy with the Heat’ abandons all rules by the end, leaving the audience slightly perplexed if never less than entertained. A good short rather than a great one, I include it here as a curiosity and evidence that, even though Mickey was often marginalised in the trio shorts, his anchoring central presence is much missed.

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