Date of Birth: 5/9/1929
Horace Horsecollar has the great distinction in being one of the first of the collection of barnyard animals to become Mickey's friend. He was created by Ub Iwerks and has the characteristic "Rubber Hose" style typical of the early toons. He is also recognized by his trademark "Horsecollar" always around his neck and a bow-tie. Horace first appeared as Mickey’s plow horse in the 1929 short the "Plow Boy". In the short he is just Mickey's plow horse but on cue he could stand on his hind legs, his hooves turned into hands with gloves on and then back to a plow horse again.
Like most of the animals in the Mickey shorts, he was anthropomorphic, changing back and forth to suit the needs of the cartoon. Horace was never as fully developed as say, the Fab Five, and throughout his career in the classic shorts he was in (30) he was just a supporting character, but in some stories like the 1930’s short the “Fire fighers” he was Mickey’s assistant, even helping put out the fire. He appeared in the last of the classic shorts in 1942’s “Symphony Hour”.
Although Horace never made it big in film, he was much more prominent in the comics. He was shown as Mickey’s sidekick in several of Floyd Gottfredson’s daily comic strips, his first adventure entitled “Mickey Mouse in Death Valley in 1930. Horace was also very popular in the European comic books. After these comic strip adventures, he was forgotten until the 1980’s when he had a cameo in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “Who framed Roger Rabbit”. In the newer comic books he was again occasionally featured as Mickey’s sidekick. However, his greatest comeback, so to speak is in the role of the equipment technician for the “House of Mouse” series on Toon Disney from 2001 to 2004. Just goes to show that you cannot keep a classic character down.