Das Micky Maus Girl (1930)

Mickey Mouse was so popular by 1930 that every animation studio around the world tried to create unauthorized Mickey Mouse cartoons. Even live action filmmakers tried to get into the act. Check out this scene featuring actress Anny Ondra from the 1930 German talkie Die vom Rummelplatz aka “Fair People” (in Austria this feature was released as “Das Micky Maus Girl”). Check out the vintage poster here. Does anyone know if this was authorized by the Disney Studio?

(Thanks, Gary Meyer)


  • Doofus

    Frightening!

    I love knockoffs. They are always so interesting, because they’re essentially just public commentaries on the art, not the art that it was based on, or even affiliated with it.

  • doug holverson

    Great…. More live action “inspiration” for the Cartoonless Network….

  • http://clownalley.net Pat Cashin

    I doubt it!

    In the 1930s the Ringling clowns ran their firehouse gag (as seen in Dumbo) one year at Madison Square Garden completely dressed as dozens of Mickeys with one Donald Duck.

    Unauthorized Disney characters (created by Paul Jung) continued to appear on the Ringling show into the early 50s. You can see Jung’s creations in the “spec” scene in Cecil B. DeMille’s THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

    An unauthorized Popeye, Olive and Swee-Pea walkaround continued on the show into the early 1960s.

    Pat Cashin
    clownalley.net

  • Oscar Grillo

    the czech actress Anny Ondra was married to boxing heavyweight champion Max Schmeling and that must have intimidated Disney

  • darin m

    It beats Tarzan on Broadway.

  • doug holverson

    At least we know what Nazi started the trend of ruining cartoons by making a live action version….

  • Mark McD

    Y’know, a friend and I were watching my treasured Beany & Cecil DVD recently. After seeing the “Beanyland” episode, he said “No wonder Disney sued them!” Well, wait, I said. I don’t think Disney sued anyone over a mildly topical parody, even if it was on TV Sundays just before “Disneyland.” Walt may even have been mildly amused.

    Now there’s a difference between an obvious lampoon and an attempt to make money by ripping off intellectual property. Disney surely had someone in Germany handling the dubbing and distribution of cartoons, so they would have heard of the movie. The Mickey figure on the poster sure could be claimed to be “intended to confuse” moviegoers into believing they were seeing a Disney film. If Disney (or its German office) did not authorize use of the Mickey Mouse stuff (and sources claim he did authorize use of Mickey and the Three Little Pigs in Laurel & Hardy’s “Babes in Toyland”), maybe they figured: a) International copyright law and the thin profit margins in the movie business at the time guaranteed there’d be nothing to gain by pursuing a lawsuit, or b) at that stage in Disney history, they may have figured any publicity is good publicity. They may have been more worried about other studios’ Mickey ripoffs flooding theatres at the time.

    But boy, doesn’t that girl in the poster look like the guy in “Volere volare,” who turns into a cartoon character while in bed with a lady (at first I thought it was a Bruno Bozzetto movie).

  • marbpl

    The Nazis didn’t assume power until three years later…

  • http://thft.home.att.net Mark Arnold

    This is priceless! I bet the guys in the piano had sore backs after this one… It reminds me of the Muppets or Dr. Seuss besides Mickey. Perhaps they were inspired by this (joke).

  • shouldbeworking

    I think the Mickey short with the piano come to life was Jazz Fool? I know there were a few. I was just watching them a night before this was posted. A surreal cartoon; even more surreal attempted in live action; and even more surreal seeing them so close together.

  • shouldbeworking

    Oh…The Opry house was another cartoon.