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Get a Horse (2013)

by Nicholas Sammond

The nostalgic Disney short from 2013, Get a Horse, evokes the liminal bounds between screen and projection by suggesting the divide between the past and the present as between 2-D and 3-D. Jumping onto a hayride pulled by Horace Horsecollar with his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, Mickey and his pals encounter Peg-Leg Pete driving a car. Shouting "Make way for the future!", the cartoon gestures towards its own 2-dimensionality as shortly after Mickey is thrown by Pete like a lasso, propelled into and puncturing the screen itself to appear in the 3-dimensional, color world. The rest of the cartoon centers on this gag between the screen and stage, the 2-D of the 1920's style-cartoon in contrast with the 3-D richness of contemporary styles of animation, as the characters run from the stage into the hole in the screen, and back again. Manipulating the screen by turning it upside down, twirling it and manipulating the gravity of the scene, the characters who live in the 3-D world exert much more control over the scene as in the end, the screen is ripped and all of them jump back again, save for Peg-Leg Pete, the villain of the short.

Get a Horse (2013)

by Nicholas Sammond

The nostalgic Disney short from 2013, Get a Horse, evokes the liminal bounds between screen and projection by suggesting the divide between the past and the present as between 2-D and 3-D. Catching a hayride with Horace Horsecollar, Mickey Mouse brings along Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow, singing a happy tune. Peg-Leg Pete shows up, honking the horn of his car, speaking the phrase "Make way for the future!", a signal to viewers of the changing construction of this animated short. Tossing Mickey like a lasso and using him to puncture the screen, Mickey lands in the 3-D, color world. The rest of the short centers on this gag between 2-D and 3-D, as the various characters jump in and out of the screen and the stage, turning the screen upside down to manipulate gravity for comic effect, even destroying the screen all together to turn 3-D.

Get a Horse (2013)

The nostalgic Disney short from 2013, Get a Horse, evokes the liminal bounds between screen and projection by suggesting the divide between the past and the present as between 2-D and 3-D.

from Get a Horse (2013) (2013)
Creator: Lauren MacMullan
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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