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April 13, 2019

Saturday Matinee #132: "Yodelberg" (June 29, 2013)

Originally Published July 13, 2013

by Albert Gutierrez

Yodelberg Mickey Mouse

Happy July once more! I think I've just about had enough sun now; bring back my rain! Maybe this heat isn't as fun as I thought. Fortunately, Mickey knows of some great ways to cool off. Namely, he'll go to a wintry location. Although winter-themed shorts will traditionally see airtime in a winter month, the wonder that is "Christmas in July" allows us to celebrate and cool down in different ways. Thank goodness Mickey's new short sends us to the Swiss Alps, his first time there since 1936's "Alpine Climbers." So sit back, pour yourself a cup of Swiss Miss, and join us in the wonderful world of "Yodelberg"!

Yodelberg Mickey Mouse

Rather than spoil this newly-released short for you, we will only be providing a half-summary.

Mickey Mouse emerges from a Swiss chalet, wearing lovely suspenders and ridiculously adorable green socks. He's heard the enchanting trills of beloved Minnie, who resides atop a Swiss mountain. Although Mickey would love nothing more than to yodel along with her, to do so may cause an avalanche! In fact, any extreme noise - be it the crunch of corn chips, a visually unpleasant belch, or a fleet of cuckoo clocks - has the potential to ruin his plans. How shall he reach Minnie?

Yodelberg Mickey Mouse

"Yodelberg" serves as the third short released in the new "Mickey Mouse" cartoon series. As with previous and future shorts, we see a unique geographical location. This time, it's the Swiss Alps, one of Disney's few-but-exciting forays into the world of neutral Europe. Previously, Mickey took Donald and Pluto on a climbing expedition in the aforementioned 1936 short "Alpine Climbers," which saw an uncommon trio (Goofy must have not been invited). Each one had their own mission; of the three my favorite was always Donald's quest for the edelweiss flower. Over twenty years later, Disney went on location to Zermatt, Switzerland in order to film 1959's Third Man on the Mountain, which led to Disneyland's tie-in with Matterhorn Bobsleds. It's been some time since I've seen either ("Alpine Climbers" or Third Man on the Mountain), so I can't remember if anybody yodels.

Yodeling itself is few and far between in Disney animation. Not many Disney Animated Classics feature the musical art form, aside from "The Silly Song" in 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo" in 2004's Home on the Range. With "Yodelberg," less emphasis is on the singing, and more on the general idea of any extreme noise. As a result, the singing gets restricted to just the beginning and end; something to make non-fans grateful. Of course, the intent of the short isn't to showcase yodeling, but to see how gags could be played without any noise at all.

Yodelberg Mickey Mouse

With the rate of release for these new shorts, I expect all nineteen will be out by the year's end. Disney hasn't yet commissioned a second batch, as it would all depend on the viewership figures for the shorts. Personally, as much as I like these shorts, their brevity (most will retain the 3.5 minute running time) does hinder some of my appreciation. I know quantity shouldn't outweigh quality in these shorts, but since I grew up with Disney shorts running an average 5 to 8 minutes, I feel like viewers are getting the short end of the stick by producing these shorts within a 3.5 minute running time.

Some would be quick to blame these 3.5-minute impositions on the shorter attention spans of younger generations, which is both a valid concern, as well as an uninformed-ageist assumption. After all, the Lumi�re brothers made a career of 50-second films (their actualit�s) in the early years of cinema. Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery runs 12 minutes. Marty, the 1955 recipient of the Academy Award for Best Picture, runs 94 minutes. Film can be engaging at any length, so long as it benefits the story at hand. Attention spans is not determined by generation, but by any individual's own environment. Collective experience within the same environment should not be indicative of any generation as a whole.

Yodelberg Mickey Mouse

As with "No Service," "Yodelberg" made its television debut on June 29. Thus, you can surely catch it making the rounds on Disney Channel anytime, while also watching online if you desire:



Past Saturday Matinees

Mickey Mouse
     - The Band Concert (1935)
     - Birthday Party, The (1931)
     - Boat Builders (1938)
     - Brave Little Tailor (1938)
     - Building a Building (1933)
     - Clock Cleaners (1937)
     - Croissant De Triomphe (2013)
     - Get a Horse (2013)
     - Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
     - The Jazz Fool (1929)
     - Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

     - Mad Doctor, The (1933)
     - Magician Mickey (1937)
     - Mickey and the Goat Man (2002)
     - Mickey Down Under (1948)
     - Mickey's Delayed Date (1947)
     - Mickey's Steam Roller (1934)
     - Mickey's Trailer (1938)

     - No Service (2013)
     - Orphan's Benefit (1934 and 1941)
     - Shanghaied (1934)
     - Steamboat Willie (1928)
     - Steamboat Willie Revisited (1928)
     - Thru the Mirror (1936)
     - Ye Olden Days (1933)
     - Yodelberg (2013)

Donald Duck
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Donald's Diary (1954)
     - Double Date Don (2001)
     - Grand CanyonScope (1954)
     - How to Have an Accident in the Home (1956)

     - Lighthouse Keeping (1946)
     - Modern Inventions (1937)
     - Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)
     - No Hunting (1955)
     - Sea Salts (1949)

     - Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
     - Hello Aloha (1952)
     - A Knight for a Day (1946)

Chip 'n' Dale
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Corn Chips (1951)
     - Out of Scale (1951)

Humphrey the Bear
     - Bearly Asleep (1955)
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Hooked Bear (1956)
     - In the Bag (1956)

     - All Wet (1927)
     - The Fox Chase (1928)
     - The Mechanical Cow (1927)
     - The Ocean Hop (1927)
     - Ozzie of the Mounted (1928)
     - Trolley Troubles (1927)

Alice Comedies
     - Alice's Wonderland (1923)

     - Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
     - All the Cats Join In (1946)
     - Ben and Me (1953)
     - Bueno Nacho (2002)
     - A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
     - Daisy's Road Trip (1999)

     - Disneyland Showtime (1970)
     - Disney's Electric Holiday (2012)
     - Epcot Film (1966)
     - Evolution of the Dunk the Mayor scene (1965-2006)
     - Feast (2014)
     - Figaro and Cleo (1943)
     - The Flying Mouse (1934)
     - Football Now and Then (1953)
     - General Hospital - The Introduction of Lucky Spencer (1993)

     - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (1964)
     - Grievance of a Starmaker (2002)
     - The Hardy Boys: The Stranger (1956)
     - John Henry (2000)
     - The Little Matchgirl (2006)
     - Max's New Car (2001)

     - Mickey and the Firefighter (1993/2002)
     - Muppet Mayhem: Baseball
     - Muppet Mayhem: Clapboard
     - Muppet Mayhem: Soap
    - My Heart Was an Island (1960)
     - Oliver and Company VHS Preview
     - Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Lane (1942)

     - Paperman (2012)
     - Scrooge McDuck and Money (1967)
     - Seven Wise Dwarfs (1941)
     - Snow White World Premiere Newsreel (1937)
     - Tangled Ever After (2012)
     - Three Notable Disney Commercials (circa 1950s and 2002)
     - Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (1953)
     - Tummy Trouble (1989)
     - Victory Through Rocket Power (1991)

     - War Shorts (1941-1945)
     - Welcome to the Future

Pixar Shorts
     - Geri's Game (1997)
     - Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
     - La Luna (2012)
     - Toy Story Treats (circa 1996)

Silly Symphonies
     - Father Noah's Ark (1933)
     - Music Land (1935)
     - Peculiar Penguins (1934)
     - The Skeleton Dance (1929)
     - Three Little Pigs (1933)
     - Tortoise and the Hare (1934)

     - 100th Week Retrospective
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Beauty and the Beast
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Robin Hood
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Sword in the Stone

     - As the World Turns and Disney
     - Beauty and the Beast: A Look at three versions of the story
     - Beauty and the Beast: Theatrical Reviews Trailer
     - Beauty and the Beast TV Spots
     - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
     - Casablanca scene of The Great Movie Ride
     - Happy Holidays from Saturday Matinee!

     - Cinderella vs. Cinderella III
     - Colors of the Wind Multi-Language Reel
     - Comparing Three versions of Alice in Wonderland
     - Deleted Disney
     - Disney Classics: Timeless Classics
     - Disney Classics: Modern Classics
     - Disney Classics: Television Classics

     - Disney Family Movie Night - Summer in June
     - Disney Studio Album: 1960
     - Frozen Review
     - Golden Girls go to Walt Disney World
     - Golden Girls Pilot Episode
     - Great Movie Ride Week One: Mary Poppins

     - Great Movie Ride Week Two: Singin' In the Rain
     - Great Movie Ride Week Three: Raiders of the Lost Ark
     - Great Movie Ride Week Four: The Searchers
     - Great Movie Ride Week Five: Alien
     - Great Movie Ride Week Six: Footlight Parade

     - Great Movie Ride Week Seven: Wizard of Oz/Fantasia
     - Great Movie Ride Week Eight: Casablanca
     - Heffalumps and Woozles vs. Pink Elephants on Parade
     - "It" Moments
     - Life Comes to Fantasy
     - Lion King Bloopers and Stand by Me

     - Live Action Character References
     - Muppets through Films
     - The Newsies' Santa Fe
     - Peter Pan's deleted song, "Neverland"
     - Remembering Steve Jobs
     - Saving Mr. Banks Review
     - Sleeping Beauty Backgrounds

     - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' first trailer
     - Song Showcase: Three Essential songs in Pete's Dragon
     - Spaceship Earth video
     - Spot Marks the X (1986)
     - Special Song Showcase: Disney's Greatest Love Songs

     - Step in Time from Mary Poppins on Broadway
     - Thor: The Dark World Review
     - VHS Deluxe Collectors Sets for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
     - Walt's Sweetheart Team - Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten
     - The Watcher in the Woods
     - A Whole New World Recording Session

Winnie the Pooh
     - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)


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