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Wild Waves
Directed byBurt Gillett
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringWalt Disney, Carl Stalling, Marjorie Ralston
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byNorm Ferguson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
December 18, 1929[1]
Running time
CountryUnited States

Wild Waves is a Mickey Mouse short animated film first released on December 21, 1929, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series.[2] It was the fifteenth Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the twelfth of that year.[3]


Mickey Mouse is a lifeguard, sitting on his beach chair and playing the banjo to amuse an appreciative audience of ducks, pelicans and sea lions. To his annoyance, the chair dances along. Singing "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean", Minnie Mouse changes into a bathing costume, and walks to the edge of the beach. A huge wave crashes onto the beach, dragging her out to sea.

Minnie cries for help, and Mickey rushes to her rescue, swimming through the waves (and mid-air) to locate her. He brings her back to the beach, and she starts to cry. Mickey tries to comfort her by singing and dancing, and the animals join in, leading to a lengthy sequence of penguins and sea lions dancing while Mickey plays an impromptu harp and uses sticks to bang on items making ding noises. A deep-voiced walrus joins in with a solo. Mickey performs the final with do-dos while tapping moving his arms and everyone, including Minnie, cheer for him. At the end of the performance, Minnie, now cheered up and happy, coos to Mickey, "My hero!" and he responds, "Oh that's nothing!" while sweeping his foot the sand. Minnie kisses him gratefully repeatedly on the cheek that Mickey stops her and kisses her in the lips twice and the mice hug each other.


Wild Waves is the first Mickey Mouse short directed by Burt Gillett, who would direct more than 30 Mickey shorts over the next several years.

"Wild Waves" was composer Carl Stalling's last film with the Walt Disney Studio; after this film, Stalling joined Ub Iwerks at his new studio.[2]

In a 1971 interview with Funnyworld magazine, Stalling said that he voiced Mickey's speaking lines in this short, as well as the singing walrus.[4][5] Mickey's singing voice is different, and probably performed by Walt Disney or an unknown studio employee.[1] Minnie's voice was performed by a woman who worked in Ink and Paint, Marjorie Norton (later Marjorie Ralston).

Some of the lifeguard gags in the film were recycled from an earlier Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short, All Wet (1927).[1]

The singing walrus footage was later recycled in the 1930 Silly Symphonies short Arctic Antics, and the dancing sea lions were reused in the 1931 Mickey Mouse short The Castaway.[2]

This was the last short to use the original title card, with Mickey in striped shorts looking at Minnie.[2] Newer releases of this short use the new title card with Mickey's face, followed by the title of the short.


The Film Daily (January 5, 1930): "Mickey Mouse is at his best as a life saver in this Walt Disney cartoon, which is made additionally funny by the antics of singing seals, dancing penguins, baritone sea lions and other amazing creations of the moving cartoon kingdom. Actually great."[6]

Motion Picture News (January 11, 1930): "Funny and Entertaining. Mickey Mouse plays the role of lifeguard in this clever Walt Disney sound cartoon. There are plenty of laughs when he sets out to save the fair maiden, being tossed about plenty by the wild waves. Then, to take her mind off the narrow escape he struts his musical stuff to great advantage."[7]

Variety (January 22, 1930): "Fast-moving comedy cartoon, which isn't on long enough to bore many, no matter if it isn't always laugh provoking. Doesn't rank with the best of the recent crop, but will fit any program. It's one of the Mickey Mouse series, unwinding the usual antics of the cartoonist's imagination. Most of the action attempts to keep the rhythm of the synchronized score, but the resultant gag maneuvers not being overly strong. Some of the cartoons are mimicking the voices of the figures in certain spots, a mistake, as it rudely interrupts any illusion the drawings may have previously invoked. That's overdoing the sound thing. The cartoon one-reelers are riding in front at present, with a wealth of material to pick from to make it tough to offset their strength. Carelessness and an attempt to turn 'em out too fast can undermine as fast as the novelty of sound and a couple of great ideas sent them out as pace makers. Their main asset is that they're built for laughs, and people primarily go to the theatre for that purpose."[8]

Home media

The short was released on December 7, 2004 on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two: 1929-1935.[9]


It also aired on The Mickey Mouse Club (season 1, episode 73) and Mickey's Mouse Tracks (season 1, episode 56).[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. p. 46. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. ^ a b c d Grob, Gijs (2018). "Wild Waves". Mickey's Movies: The Theatrical Films of Mickey Mouse. Theme Park Press. ISBN 978-1683901235.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 108–109. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Barrier, Michael. "Funnyworld Revisited: Carl Stalling". Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Hit the Beach (Part 1)". Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Short Subjects". The Film Daily: 13. January 5, 1930. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Looks Like Fair-to-Middling Week for Shorts; Cartoons Assume Lead". Motion Picture News: 82. January 11, 1930. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Talking Shorts". Variety: 17. January 22, 1930. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2 DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "Wild Waves". Internet Animation Database. Retrieved September 29, 2019.

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