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Trader Mickey

by Nicholas Sammond

In this 1932 Disney short, Mickey Mouse travels upriver with Pluto, on a paddlewheel steamer, playing the banjo. What does he have to trade? Jazz instruments? Whom does he encounter? Cannibals. Here the cartoon minstrel meets the racist caricature of the Ubangi, perhaps to enslave him (note the shackles in the dance number). The cartoon is rich with stereotypical tropes, including jazz as "jungle music," and the inability of Africans to not dance when faced with a compelling rhythm.

Trader Mickey

Mickey Mouse travels upriver.

from Trader Mickey (1932)
Creator: Walt Disney Productions
Distributor: Walt Disney Productions
Posted by Nicholas Sammond