Friday, December 7, 2012

On Ice with Mickey and Minnie

Mickey Mouse and the gang don ice skates for some surprisingly perilous winter fun in the 1935 Disney short "On Ice." The cover to the Holiday Number of Mickey Mouse Magazine from December 1935 proves a convenient tie-in to the beautiful new cartoon. Five years later, the magazine cover featured another character from the short, Minnie Mouse. As we have seen before, what is today some rather old-fashioned sex role stereotyping seems to be in play here. Where the dashing Mickey is confident and cheerful, Minnie is awkward and fearful, looking very much the damsel in distress. Now who do you suppose will come to her aid?

Mickey Mouse Magazine 4
Mickey Mouse Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1935 Holiday Number

    Mickey Mouse Magazine, Volume 5, No. 6, March 1940
http://www.mickeymousemagazine.com/mickeymousemagazine_volume_5.html


"On Ice" (1935)
Walt Disney

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