Brave Little Tailor is a Mickey Mouse animated short, based loosely on "Das tapfere Schneiderlein" (tale 20 in the Grimm Brothers' Kinder- und Hausmärchen) released in 1938. It was ranked #26 in The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals, a book by animation historian Jerry Beck.
Mickey, the tailor, kills "seven [flies] with one blow." Townspeople, thinking that Mickey is talking about giants, not flies, spread rumors and the King sends him out to kill one, and offers him the hand of the Princess Minnie in return. Things get serious when a real giant shows up, where Mickey eventually realizes that his sewing skills proved to be useful in outsmarting and capturing the giant.
A comic adaptation of the cartoon ran in the Mickey Mouse Sunday newspaper comic strip from August 28 through November 27, 1938. The comic adaptation had a few changes:
The comic included a framing device between the beginning and end of the cartoon's story. The opening strips had Mickey receiving a phone call from Walt Disney about the film, and then meeting the director to pick up his script. Goofy also appears in the framing device, telling Mickey that the studio's giving him a different picture to film, figuring they probably didn't want him stealing Mickey's spotlight. After the cartoon is filmed, Mickey meets up with Goofy (who's in his outfit from The Whalers) again and invites him over to his house to play badminton.
The knight who informs the king about Mickey's feat doesn't slip on the floor and break his armor apart in the comic version.
Mickey's battle with Gustav was shortened to remove Mickey briefly landing in Gustav's stomach and Gustav smoking his "cigarette", instead having Mickey grab Gustav's mustache right when Gustav's tossing the pumpkins in his mouth.
Mickey shouts "Whoopee!" at the end of the story instead of the king.
Some of Mickey's dialogue from this short would later be reused in other materials. The line "Well, so long! I'll be seeing ya!" was reused in Fantasia after Mickey shakes hands with Leopold Stokowski. Mickey's big sneeze and nervous response of "Gesundheit. Heh." was reused in the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment of Fun and Fancy Free released years later.
The sound used for Minnie whispering to the King is the same one that was used for the knight whispering to the King. However, it could be implied that she whispered to the king, "Please, daddy, let me marry him if he kills the giant.", as evidenced in the subtitles on the 2000 Gold Classic release of The Sword in the Stone.