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, rumors spread and the King sends him out to kill one, and offers him the hand of the Princess Minnie in return.



MickeyMouse issue 246

The cover to Mickey Mouse #246, which included a reprint of this short's comic adaptation.

  • 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.



Home video


  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - More of Disney's Best: 1932-1946
  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Starring Mickey & Minnie
  • Mickey Loves Minnie
  • Everybody Loves Mickey


  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Starring Mickey & Minnie / Starring Chip 'n' Dale



Have a Laugh! changes

The following scenes were deleted from the short release due to time constraints:

  • Mickey whistling as he sews the clothes.
  • The flies swarming Mickey before he takes his fly swatters.
  • One villager asking others, "Did you ever kill a giant?", before Mickey cuts in.
  • The villagers all running around and telling one another about Mickey killing "seven with one blow" is halved.
  • A knight telling the king about news about "seven with one blow".
  • Mickey telling the king about how he killed seven with one blow.
  • The king telling Mickey that for killing the giant terrorizing the kingdom, he will reward him with "six million pazoozas and the hand of Princess Minnie".
  • Mickey, after being kissed by Minnie, exclaims, "Whoopee! I'll cut him down to my size!"
  • Mickey leaving the castle to find the giant.
  • Mickey outrunning Gustav as he walks through the countryside is shortened.
  • Gustav yawning after he sits down.
  • Gustav hiccuping after eating the pumpkins and Mickey.
  • The entire scene of Gustav smoking a haystack like a cigarette, where Mickey is hiding.
  • Mickey climbing up on Gustav's face.
  • Mickey telling Gustav, "Don't move! I got you covered!" and poking him in the nose with his scissors.
  • Mickey pulling Gustav's nose over his face with his thread.
  • Mickey, having felled Gustav, sighing with relief and wiping his hands together.
  • The shot of the carnival is shortened.


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