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Ye Olden Days is a black and white Mickey Mouse cartoon that was released on April 8, 1933. It is loosely based on the historical novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.


The short features Mickey and his friends putting on a musical set in Medieval times. The film takes place in the fictional kingdom of Kalapazoo, where lives a wandering minstrel, portrayed by Mickey himself, playing his lute while riding atop his pet mule across the land.

Meanwhile, the king of Kalapazoo announces to his court his intention to marry his daughter, the princess (Minnie Mouse) to the visiting prince of Poopoopadoo (Dippy Dawg). Upon meeting the prince, however, the princess rejects him. Angered by this, the king orders her to be imprisoned in a tower alongside her handmaiden (Clarabelle Cow) until she changes her mind, making her very depressed. Having witnessed all this from a window, the minstrel climbs a nearby tree and sings his intention to save the princess from her fate, making her fall in love with him.

As the king and his friends enjoy the wedding feast, the minstrel uses the handmaiden's clothes as rope to climb down the tower with the princess, but is caught by the king and captured. He is then sentenced to the guillotine, but the princess pleads for her father to spare him. Seeing how the princess loves him, as well as an opportunity for some entertainment, the king allows the minstrel a chance to fight for his life and the princess' hand in a duel with the Poopoopadoo's prince, exciting everyone present. The prince dresses up in actual battle armor and rides a horse while the minstrel uses a bucket and a furnace as makeshift armor and rides his mule.

They then charge at each other, but their steeds end up headbutting into eachother, causing the riders to fly off. The prince attempts to lance at his opponent, but the minstrel uses a guillotine to chop his weapon and use the sharp end to chase the prince as the crowd cheers on. The mule and the horse duke it out too, and mule overcomes the horse's superior size by bucking his face and then chomping its rear end, causing the horse to run into a wall and knock itself out. The mule then joins his master in chasing the prince until the young monarch leaps out a window, thus making the minstrel the winner of the duel.

The princess kisses her father for giving true love a chance and then joins the minstrel's side as he and his mule are paraded by several others. She pulls up a fan and there share a kiss behind it.



  • The plot of this short was recycled from the Oswald short Oh What a Knight.
  • This short is featured as a transition level in Epic Mickey.
  • Upon the Prince's (Dippy Dawg, later renamed Goofy) entrance, the five-note musical phrase "You're... a hor-se's ass" plays, indicating that the Prince is not too bright.



Home video


  • Mickey Mouse: The Black and White Years - Volume One



  • Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition



See also

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Plane CrazyThe Gallopin' GauchoSteamboat WillieThe Barn DanceThe Opry HouseWhen the Cat's AwayThe Barnyard BattleThe PlowboyThe Karnival KidMickey's FolliesMickey's Choo-ChooThe Jazz FoolJungle RhythmThe Haunted HouseWild Waves
Fiddling AroundThe Barnyard ConcertThe Cactus KidThe Fire FightersThe ShindigThe Chain GangThe Gorilla MysteryThe PicnicPioneer DaysThe Birthday PartyTraffic TroublesThe CastawayThe Moose HuntThe Delivery BoyMickey Steps OutBlue RhythmFishin' AroundThe Barnyard BroadcastThe Beach PartyMickey Cuts UpMickey's OrphansThe Duck HuntThe Grocery BoyThe Mad DogBarnyard OlympicsMickey's RevueMusical FarmerMickey in ArabiaMickey's NightmareTrader MickeyThe Whoopee PartyTouchdown MickeyThe Wayward CanaryParade of the Award NomineesThe Klondike KidMickey's Good DeedBuilding a BuildingThe Mad DoctorMickey's Pal PlutoMickey's MellerdrammerYe Olden DaysThe Mail PilotMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Gala PremierPuppy LoveThe Steeple-ChaseThe Pet StoreGiantlandShanghaiedCamping OutPlayful PlutoGulliver MickeyMickey's Steam-RollerOrphan's BenefitMickey Plays PapaThe DognapperTwo-Gun MickeyMickey's Man FridayThe Band ConcertMickey's Service StationMickey's KangarooMickey's GardenMickey's Fire BrigadePluto's Judgement DayOn IceMickey's Polo TeamOrphans' PicnicMickey's Grand OperaThru the MirrorMickey's RivalMoving DayAlpine ClimbersMickey's CircusMickey's ElephantThe Worm TurnsMagician MickeyMoose HuntersMickey's AmateursHawaiian HolidayClock CleanersLonesome GhostsBoat BuildersMickey's TrailerThe WhalersMickey's ParrotBrave Little TailorSociety Dog ShowMickey's Surprise PartyThe PointerThe Standard Parade
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R'Coon DawgPluto's PartyPluto's Christmas TreeThe Simple Things
Mickey's Christmas CarolThe Prince and the PauperRunaway BrainMickey and the Goat ManGet a Horse!
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The Mickey Mouse ClubThe Mouse FactoryGood Morning, MickeyMickey's Mouse TracksMickey Mouse and Friends (TV Series)Disney's The Twelve Days of ChristmasMickey's Fun SongsMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasHouse of MouseMickey Mouse WorksMickey's Magical ChristmasMickey's House of VillainsMickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasMickey Mouse ClubhouseMickey MousekersizeMickey Mouse (TV series)Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up AdventuresMickey's 90th SpectacularThe Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

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Plane CrazyThe Gallopin' GauchoSteamboat WillieThe Barn DanceWhen the Cat's AwayThe PlowboyThe Karnival KidMickey's FolliesMickey's Choo-ChooWild Waves
The Cactus KidThe Fire FightersThe ShindigThe Gorilla MysteryThe PicnicPioneer DaysThe Birthday PartyTraffic TroublesThe Delivery BoyMickey Steps OutBlue RhythmThe Barnyard BroadcastThe Beach PartyMickey Cuts UpMickey's OrphansThe Grocery BoyBarnyard OlympicsMickey's RevueMusical FarmerMickey in ArabiaMickey's NightmareThe Whoopee PartyTouchdown MickeyThe Wayward CanaryThe Klondike KidBuilding a BuildingMickey's Pal PlutoMickey's MellerdrammerYe Olden DaysThe Mail PlotMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Gala PremierPuppy LoveThe Pet StoreThe Steeple-ChaseShanghaiedCamping OutMickey's Steam-RollerTwo-Gun MickeyOn IceMickey's RivalHawaiian HolidayBrave Little TailorMickey's Surprise Party
The Little WhirlwindThe Nifty NinetiesMickey's Birthday PartyOut of the Frying Pan Into the Firing LineFirst AidersBath DayFigaro and FrankieMickey's Delayed DatePluto's Sweater
Pluto and the GopherMickey's Christmas CarolRunaway BrainMickey and the Goat ManElectric HolidayGet a Horse!
While Strolling Through the ParkMinnie MouseDon't Go Breaking My HeartMinnie's Bow-tique
Totally MinnieMinnie Oh! Minnie! Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime FireworksIt’s Very Minnie!Minnie's Style Studio
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Totally MinnieMinnie's Bow-ToonsMickey's 90th Spectacular