1928, August 2 – RELEASE OF “THE GALLOPING GAUCHO”

Mickey and Minnie Mouse first meet in “The Galloping Gaucho” and a tango dance binds them for all eternity…In this animated film Mickey Mouse appears riding a rhea, an ostrich like bird, and he soon arrives at a bar called “Cantino Argentino”…already there, is the wanted outlaw, the dastardly “Black Pete”..Minnie Mouse, the house dancer, is there and she and Mickey dances a passionate tango together…in a sudden act of bravado, Black Pete kidnaps Minnie and escapes on his horse…Mickey gives chase on his rhea and finally catches up to Black Pete…a dramatic duel ensues from which Mickey emerges victorious and in the final scene he is seen riding away with Minnie into the horizon….this was the second short film featuring Mickey Mouse following “Plane Crazy” but it was not very successful; the sound version five months later did much better…the voice for Mickey was provided by Walt Disney himself and the animation was done by Ub Iwerks…

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In 1932 Disney would receive a special Academy Award for his creation of Mickey Mouse…he would go on to receive three other honorary Academy Awards and win twenty-two other Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, including a record four in one year…Walt Disney would receive more nominations and awards than any other individual in history…”The Galloping Gaucho” was a parody of the Douglas Fairbanks film “The Gaucho” which undoubtedly was inspired in part by the mega hit six years earlier, “The Four Horsemen and The Apocalypse”…the tragic and untimely death of Rodolfo Valentino the previous year was still vivid in the mind of his adoring fans…released in 1927, “The Gaucho” was the first film for the fiery, sexual, temperamental Lupe Velez…in the film version Lupe Velez dances a passionate tango with Douglas Fairbanks whose use of the bolo give hints of S&M

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