Walt Disney’s seven-minute cartoon The Picnic (1930) packs as many picnic conventions as possible.
There’s a motorcar drive to the country, a stream, shady tree, a wicker basket, a gingham cloth jammed with a gourmand feast of sandwiches, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles, olives, honey, cookies, cake with icing, sugar cubes, and some undefined soft beverage [lemonade or ice tea]—and lovers smooching and dancing to the tune of “The Good Old Summer Time.”
Immune to anger when squirrel’s, ants, and birds steal their food, Mickey and Minnie Mouse keep their picnic spirit. They never falter, even singing in the rain as they drive home in an open motorcar with Rover’s tail serving as a windshield wiper.
Featured Image: Burt Gillett. Walt Disney’s The Picnic (1930). Walt Disney Productions. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Mickey and Minnie are singing in the rain.Walt Disney gets credit for Mickey’s voice. Rover was renamed Pluto.