I was doing a bit of research on Greta Garbo and came across a list of classic Disney shorts which caricatured her. In looking them up, I found that they caricatured a whole bunch of classic stars, and were simply too wonderful not to share.
The first is “Mickey’s Polo Team” from 1936, in which Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and the Big Bad Wolf compete against Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harpo Marx, and Charlie Chaplin in a polo match, to an enthused crowd of both animal and celebrity onlookers. I love Shirley Temple with the Three Little Pigs!
Next up is “Mickey’s Gala Premier” from 1933, in which Mickey dreams of premiering one of his films at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. There are way too many fantastic cameos to list here – watch out for a particularly harsh caricature of Marie Dressler – but my absolute favorite part is when Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis get up on stage and sing together!
Lastly and, in my opinion, best of all (and not only because Donald Duck has always been my favorite), we have “The Autograph Hound” from 1939, in which Donald sneaks onto a studio lot in Garbo’s car, gets into a fight with Mickey Rooney, and ends up giving his autograph to Shirley Temple! The caricatures here are brilliant and the ending is adorable.