Horace Horsecollar is a funny animal cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney. He is an anthropomorphic horse, one of Mickey Mouse's best friends and the boyfriend of Clarabelle Cow. Horace first appeared as Mickey's plough horse in the cartoon "The Plow Boy" in 1929. He next appeared later that same year, in "The Jazz Fool", and after that he became a regular member of the Disney supporting cast, along with Clarabelle Cow, Clara Cluck and others even more minor. Characterized as a cheerful know-it-all, Horace helped Mickey on his sleuthing expeditions in the comics before Goofy assumed that role. In recent years, Horace has more commonly appeared in Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. Horace is a V.I.P. member of the Mickey Mouse Club.
He appeared frequently from 1930 to 1932 and less frequently afterward, making his final classic-era bow in 1942. The name of Horace's voice actor in the classic era is unknown.
In his earliest incarnation, Horace was presented as Mickey Mouse's four-legged plow horse. He could walk upright on his hind legs, at which time his forelegs became gloved hands; at other times, he got back down on all fours and reverted to form. Horace mostly played bit-parts in the approximately 30 cartoon shorts in which he appeared and his character was never as fully developed as the "Fab Five". Like Goofy in his early Dippy Dawg appearances, Horace's body seemed to be formed of rubber tubing. He and Clarabelle Cow had an uncanny ability to change from somewhat normal farmyard animals into anthropomorphized beings as necessary.
Horace was given a small cameo in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) He is seen dancing with Clarabelle at Fezziewig's Christmas Party in Scrooge's past.
Horace appeared in another small cameo with all Disney Characters in the end of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Horace Horsecollar had a bigger role as Mickey's pompous tutor in the The Prince and the Pauper (1990).
In the 1990s, Horace was intended to star in a new TV series to be created for The Disney Afternoon, titled Maximum Horsepower, intended to explain his disappearance from the shorts after the 1930's ended. The concept would be that, in 1939, Horace had gotten tired of playing bit parts and, after learning Mickey was starring in Fantasia (1940 film), was going to demand Walt to give him a starring role in that movie as well. On his way to Walt's office, though, he gets abducted by aliens who bring him halfway across the galaxy because they are in desperate need of the hero that they believe Horace is, despite his dreams of returning to Earth and resuming his acting career. Maximum Horsepower, however, never came to be.
Horace reappears and play a role in Mickey Mouse Works. Horace's most notable appearance is in the cartoon Mickey's Big Break. Mickey and Donald disguise themselves as Minnie and Daisy in order to retake a picture they broke while playing football. Horace spots Mickey and Donald (dressed as Minnie and Daisy), in the dressing room. Embarrassed Horace claims he did not see anything and runs away.
Horace reappears in House of Mouse as the club's technician, often starting up the cartoons and TV reports shown on the club's big screen; he often did this by attacking the DVD player with a mallet or punching glove. As a running gag, Mickey often asks him what is wrong, causing him to list things that are wrong in the world (i.e. "The Internet's too dang slow!"), prompting Mickey to rephrase "No, what's wrong in here?" One of his notable appearances is in the series pilot episode "The Stloen Cartoons". Pete The Wolf steals the clubs cartoons by breaking into Horace's tech room and taking all cartoons.
Classic cartoon appearancesEdit
- "The Plow Boy" (1929)
- "The Jazz Fool" (1929)
- "The Barnyard Concert" (1930)
- "The Cactus Kid" (1930)
- "The Fire Fighters" (1930)
- "The Shindig" (1930)
- "Pioneer Days" (1930)
- "The Birthday Party" (1931)
- "Blue Rhythm" (1931)
- "The Barnyard Broadcast" (1931)
- "The Beach Party" (1931)
- "Mickey's Revue" (1932)
- "Barnyard Olympics" (1932)
- "Touchdown Mickey" (1932)
- "The Whoopee Party" (1932)
- "Mickey's Mellerdrammer" (1933)
- "Mickey's Gala Premiere" (1933)
- "Camping Out" (1934)
- "Orphan's Benefit" (1934)
- "The Band Concert" (1935)
- "On Ice" (1935)
- "Mickey's Grand Opera" (1936)
- "Boat Builders" (1938)
- "The Fox Hunt" (1938)
- "Orphan's Benefit" (remake, 1941)
- "All Together" (1942)
- "Mickey's Birthday Party" (1942)
- "Symphony Hour" (1942)
- "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983)
- "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988)
- " The Prince and the Pauper" (1990)
Horace has never really been more than a supporting character, though he has starred in numerous European comic book stories of his own. In these, he plays a much bigger role than elsewhere, accompanying Mickey on his adventures or acting as Clarabelle Cow's paramour and fiance. Clarabelle and Horace were engaged in the comics according to some 1931 and 1932 continuities, but neither ever followed through.
For a brief time, during the late 1960s, Clarabelle Cow began dating Goofy, perhaps in an attempt to give Goofy a girlfriend. The reasons for Clarabelle and Horace apparently breaking up were not given. In 1969, the character Glory-Bee was introduced as a new love interest for Goofy. In later comics, Clarabelle and Horace were a couple again.
Mickey's Ultimate Challenge and Land of IllusionEdit
Horace has made appearances in Mickey's Ultimate Challenge and Land of Illusion.
He is also a playable character in Disney TH!NK Fast.
Horace appears in the Fantasmic! show in Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the boating ending.
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeEdit
Horace makes an appearance in the annual parade in the Magic Kingdom Park.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime ParadeEdit
Horace, along with Clarabelle, comes out for meet-and-greets and appear in parades and shows up on a regular basis at Mimi Tiddlytubby as well.