Mickey Mouse as a rebel? It’s not exactly the way you think of him, is it?
Ah, how things were different in the early days. Mickey joins the Confederate Army in The Barnyard Battle (1929) and leads the South to victory over some metal-helmeted cats who would look more at home in World War One.
There are some neat sight-gags as well as a scene with an expanded head take. Here are some poses when Mickey fires his rifle at a cat but discovers it’s a pop gun.
And, being a Disney cartoon, there are two butt-violation gags.
Carl Stalling’s score gives the cartoon most of its Southern flavour. “Dixie” and “The Battle Cry of Freedom” have places on the soundtrack, with “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” under the opening title.