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Epic Mickey - Uptown, Downtown and OsTown
July 4, 2011
Part 9 of 48
Thru the Mirror
With the gear retrieved from Big Bad Pete, the other gear is in Horace's possession, so we're going to set out to go find it.
It turns out Horace won't give the gear until he gets the book Casey has borrowed and hasn't returned in some time--but when we track down Casey, he's already given the book to Paulie in the ice cream shop. What kind of person...toon...thing is Casey if he gives away something that he borrowed from someone else? That pretty much crosses the line into outright stealing. Luckily, Paulie has not given the book to anyone else and is nice enough to return the book before he could finish it. The book turns out to be "How to Be a Detective," implying that Horace, despite running a detective agency, does not know what to do as a detective and is actually sharing his beginner-level techniques with other Mean Street residents. Has he actually read the book?
IHorace Horsecollar is a second-tier character in the classic Disney shorts. You may remember Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and Pete, but immediately below them on the rung is Horace (among others). He first appeared in "The Plow Boy" in 1,929, preceding Donald as one of Mickey's friends. Walt seemed to use Horace as mainly backup or as a reserve character in case all seven of the above were already in use. "The Fire Fighters" was from 1,930 and was about Mickey and his group of rescue workers trying to get Minnie out of a burning building. "The Barnyard Broadcast" was from 1,931 and was about Mickey running a radio station in a barn; some cats come in and distracts Pluto. Mickey tries to chase them both out, and the cats, Pluto, and Mickey leave the whole place in tatters. "The Band Concert" was from 1,935 and is easily the most famous of these three shorts. Every Disney character up to that point plays an orchestral piece in a field when a tornado picks up, flinging everyone into the air as Mickey attempts to continue to conduct. "The Band Concert" was well-known enough to be a bonus stage in Mickey Mania. (The names of these shorts sound sort of like Seinfeld episodes.) Horace has since returned to significance in House of Mouse. Horace is voiced by Bill Farmer, who also voices the male extras on Mean Street, OsTown, and the other hubs, as well as Goofy and Pluto.
"Thru the Mirror" (1,936) was a precursor to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, to some extent, using elements from Lewis Carroll's works. One day, Mickey find his mirror to be a portal of some sort and jumps through, then plays with the inhabitants there before getting in trouble with the card soldiers. While this takes Mickey to OsTown, I am certain it was once designed to get Mickey to Fantasyland, which had the Lewis Carroll theme. (Fantasyland was developed but unfinished in order to get Epic Mickey out before Christmas 2,010.)
OsTown is based on Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland, which is located at the far north end of the park and was the only region not to split off from some other region. (New Orleans Square split off from Adventureland, and Critter Country split off from Frontierland.) Inspired by the Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Toontown is themed on a very colorful 1,950s suburban neighborhood. Mickey's House and Donald's Tugboat are located in both Toontown and OsTown, and the signature Toontown ride Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is remade here as the Gag Factory. Of course, the music shows that OsTown is in a state of disrepair. The only one here still happy living here is Clarabelle. Well, it's more like she finds solace in her garden, the only consistently well-painted area in OsTown.
Clarabelle Cow is Horace's love interest and on the same rung as Horace. Preceding even Horace, Clarabelle showed up in "Plane Crazy" (1,928), putting her at the same level of seniority as Mickey. The two never interacted too much, which is likely why Mickey doesn't recognize her. "Mickey's Mellerdrammer" (1,933) is the various characters getting ready to perform "Uncle Tom's Cabin." "Mickey's Polo Team" (1,936) is exactly as it describes, and it's pretty much as the name suggests. Clarabelle plays opposite from Mickey. "Orphan's Benefit" was from 1,934; the remake Clarabelle mentions is from 1,941. The characters amuse the kids at an orphanage in various ways, but the orhans quickly turn to tormenting Donald. Clarabelle has also become a regular major character in House of Mouse. She is played by April Winchell.