Gung Hay Fat Choy! A Look At My Favorite Disney Horse As We Enter The Year Of The Horse!
Gung Hay Fat Choy, everybody! We are now in the Year of the Horse!
That, of course, got me thinking who my favorite Disney horse is. There are so many to choose from. There's Samson from Sleeping Beauty, Khan from Mulan, Maximus from Tangled, Angus from Brave and Bullseye from Toy Story to name just a few. But, I think my favorite Disney horse would have to be the OH (Original Horse) in the Dizzle [Did I just say that?] - Horace Horsecollar!
With all due respect to Neil Patrick Harris (who I love) who, during the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special asked the question "Who knew Horace Horsecollar?" To answer his question. I do! And, I love him!
This little guy made his first appearance in 1929 in the Mickey Mouse short "The Plow Boy." And, in those early days, Horace Horsecollar, along with characters such as Clarabelle Cow and Clara Cluck, were regulars in the Mickey shorts. In fact, Horace was paling along with Mickey before some of his better known friends such as Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto!
But, with the introduction of these new friends, Horace found his role diminishing with Goofy filling his role. By 1942, Horace sadly saw his last classic era appearance in the "Symphony Hour." And, he sort of faded into obscurity with some bit appearances in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
In the 1990s, Disney was developing a show on The Disney Afternoon called Maximum Horsepower which would have centered around Horace. The premise of the show would explain where Horace had been since the early days when he gets taken by aliens in need of a hero. It sounded like a fun idea, but, sadly, the show never came to be. Horace did end up on television on Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. Although, interestingly enough, while Clarabelle Cow is part of the show, he did not end up on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on what is now Disney Junior.
Thankfully, Horace has been making a comeback as of late. He is featured in the video game Epic Mickey as a private investigator in the Wasteland, a ruined world where forgotten characters reside.
But, even more recently, he shares the spotlight with Mickey once again in the new Mickey Mouse short "Get A Horse!" In this short, Mickey and Horace get sent into the real world by Pete who ends up kidnapping Minnie. But, ever the resourceful characters, Mickey and Horace end up outwitting the villainous Pete and save the day!
So, as we enter the Year of the Horse, thank you to Horace Horsecollar for all your years of entertainment!