What does Mickey Mousing a cigarette mean

As the name suggests, the term Mickey Mousing comes from the field of animated films by Walt Disney.

Mickey is celebrating his birthday with the film Steamboat Willie in which Mickey Mouse and his later rival Kater Karlo made their first known appearance.

The film was first shown on November 18, 1929 in New York's Colony-Thatre and was one of the first better-known animated cartoons with sound. This may also be the reason why the name Mickey Mousing became established for this type of film music.

With Mickey Mousing, the plot is highlighted by coordinating the film music. The weaker version is called underscoring.
Every movement of the actors and their actions are set to music by instruments or noises and thus create a funny-looking mood image, for which the cartoons are known to this day. The film music suggests what is happening, whether it is a scene in which something clumsy is happening or you are currently pursuing an exciting hunt.


But this soundtrack was not only used in the animated films of Walt Disney, but also in Charlie Chaplin.

In his films, as was usual with silent films, you can hear mainly music, but also sounds that point to the comedy of the plot.

As you can see, slapstick can also be classified between musical and noisy accompaniment.

Walt Disney further developed his film music and perfected Mickey Mousing with filling films like Pinocchio. Every jump of Pinocchio is accompanied by a glissando and a fall is accompanied by a deep bang.
Disney's in-house composers Paul J. Smith and Oliver Wallace were responsible for the musical accentuation.

In the past, Mickey Mousing was often used to accentuate an emotional scene, such as the collapse of a protagonist during a harbor glissando in The Big Sleep (1946).

Or in Star Wars when Han Solo chases a group of storm troopers in the Death Star.

The music runs with him and makes him strong until he turns the corner and meets a now much larger group.

But today people are rather skeptical about this type of film music, because the onomatopoeia is too obvious, i.e. simply too simple.

One would like to avoid obvious illustrations and is therefore mainly only used in slapstick scenes.

But since the films are always going fast, the music is a final clue and discreetly finds its place in current films again and again.


German title: A ship sweeps through the waves (1930), Steamboat Willie (since 1990)

Original title: Steamboat Wllie

Year of publication: 1928

Director: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney

Production country: United States

Length: 7:45 minutes

German title: Modern times

Original title: Modern Times

Year of publication: 1936

Directed by Charles Chaplin

Country of production: United States
Length: 87 minutes

Title: Pinocchio
Year of publication: 1940

Directed by Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

Production country: United States
Length: 83 minutes

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