Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate America, what better way to learn about fire safety than from Goofy?

I've always loved "Mickey's Fire Brigade". From the minute the flames eat through the title card, you know you're in for a treat. The comedy team of Mickey, Donald and Goofy worked well in my opinion due to the character's different personalities: determined but fallible Mickey; angry, bombastic Donald; and clumsy, good-natured Goofy.

While Mickey deals with an out of control hose and Donald deals with mischieveous flames (which play "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf" on the piano), Goofy is busy throwing objects out of the burning building...directly into the engine of the fire truck, where they are promptly incinerated.

Another good gag is when Donald and Goofy ironically try to save the fireplace from the burning house. The three head upstairs when they hear Clarabelle Cow, who is in the bathtub, completely unaware of the fact that her house is on fire. In a very funny scene, Clarabelle thinks that Goofy is a peeping tom, rather than her potential rescuer. The three firefighters are forced to pick up the entire tub, with the cow in it, and try to save her against her will.

Clarabelle is sent screaming as her bathtub slides down the ladder and she thrashes Mickey, Donald and Goofy, still not aware that they saved her with thier inept rescue.

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