The Mad Doctor is a Mickey Mouse cartoon released in 1933. The short’s horror overtones made it unusual for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Some theaters refused to show it, believing it to be too scary for kids. At one time, for this reason, it was banned entirely in England.
The short’s title character later had a cameo in the Roger Rabbit short, “Tummy Trouble”, in which he was seen on a picture. The Mad Doctor was also the basis for, and title of the second level in the game, Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (for Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega CD and PlayStation (as Mickey’s Wild Adventure); a depiction of the Mad Doctor level is used as the cover art for the game.
This cartoon is in the public domain, and can be found on many low budget VHS tapes and DVDs
A mad scientist, Doctor XXX, has captured Mickey’s dog, Pluto. Mickey tries to rescue him before the doctor can perform his grotesque experiment: attaching Pluto’s head to the body of a chicken in order to see if a puppy will hatch from an egg (that is if the end result will “bark or crow or cackle”). Mickey battles his way through booby traps and animated skeletons before eventually getting caught and strapped onto a table to get cut open by a buzzsaw, forcing Mickey to suck in his belly, trembling.
The scene then fades to Mickey asleep in bed and suddenly woken up by a fly, whose buzzing resembles the whirring of the spinning blade. Not yet realizing the events were only a nightmare, Mickey shouts for Pluto, who eagerly jumps onto Mickey’s bed with his doghouse and chain still attached to collar.