The Castaway

Only someone from The Greatest Generation would have the gumption to perform an impromptu concert upon washing up on a deserted island.

I picked up Fantagraphics’ Mickey Mouse collection last night, a book I’ve been waiting to own since I first read about Floyd Gottfredson in The Comic Book Book over 25 years ago. I’ll try to write up a proper review at a later date. For now, I present one of the cartoons mentioned in the collection, The Castaway; notable for showcasing a gag that originated in the comic strip.

It’s certainly interesting seeing Mickey Mouse separated from his regular milieu. I wonder if the comic strip had more of an influence then just the gag. Other than that, it’s pretty standard early Mickey, with a few funny pieces of business like Mickey’s shriek and the ape’s look of confounded concentration.

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