When the farmer's away, all the animals play, and sing, and dance. Eventually, though, someone has to step in and run things, a responsibility that ends up going to Otis, a carefree cow.
Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto, who was listing from his doghouse, off). Mickey puts it out, but it, and several kittens, keep coming back in, playing with the equipment, running through the musicians (chased by a broom-wielding Mickey, who does a great deal of damage himself), and generally making a mess of things.
Mickey and his friends are staging a sort of olympics in a makeshift stadium on his farm. The main event is a sort of quadrathlon, with running, pole vaulting, rowing, and cycling. Mickey gets a late start due to some foul play by Pete, and that's not the only foul play.
Avelita, a mischievous chick, wants a jukebox.
A country orphanage puts on a show with some musicians to save their 4H club from being shut down by greedy politicians.
A cat and mouse nonchalantly dance on roller skates and comically harass Farmer Gray.
Mickey leads an 8-piece orchestra (that's counting the bass played by three birds as one) through the most recognizable parts of the Poet and Peasant Overture. The setting, as the title implies, is a barnyard, and some of the instrumentation reflects that (including various animals used as instruments, like a tuned group of piglets whose tails Mickey pulls).
Mickey Mouse joins a mouse army to battle evil cats.
There is a baby contest going on in the barn, but the rooster and hen haven't hatched their brood yet.
An old farmer has let his entire farm go and it is falling down around him, with mice taking over. Tom and Jerry (the human versions, not the cat and mouse) show up with magical saxophones, and the music has amazing effects on the farm. A chicken lays dozens of eggs, a cow gives gallons and gallons and gallons of milk, and two woodpeckers don't just peck a tree, they cut it down and split it into firewood. Even the farmer's well changes, filling with beer (by the mug of course) instead of water. The farmer trades Tom and Jerry a huge bag of money for the saxophones, but he gets the better deal - the bag is full of the mice from the start of the cartoon, and they carry Tom and Jerry off to throw them into the pond.
Gandy's Baseball team, composed mainly of fowl, takes on another made up of pigs.
A Terrytoons cartoon released 24 December 1937.
Larry Semon comedy for Vitagraph.
Aesop's Fables Studio version of the animal Olympics.
Gandy Goose has been studying his mail-order acting kit, and goes to visit his friend, Rudy Rooster, to show off his mimic skills. Rudy is unimpressed as his attention is more on another rooster who is bidding to replace Rudy as the ruler-of-the-roost in the hen-house. He gets Gandy to disguise himself as a fox and raid the hen-house, and Rudy will show up and run him off and be a hero of the hens. But...there is already a real fox in the barnyard and he has no intention of being run of by a rooster.
A Rooster finds that none of the housework, cooking or chick-minding is going on when the hens join the WAACs. Throwing themselves into a first-aid course, they manage to tie up the Rooster with bandages and nearly run him down with a jeep.
"Put out that light!" Gandy Goose and Sourpuss are Civil Defense air raid wardens on the home front during World War II. They come across a rooster and his family. The rooster fails to heed the media warnings to prepare in advance for blackout drills and scrambles to find suitable materials to make a blackout room in his house- with covered-up windows and no lights on- when the drill does come with hilarious results.
A Terrytoons cartoon released 6 March 1936.
Fatty tries to catch two "chickens" – one feathered, the other one wearing skirts.
A Terrytoons cartoon released 4 May 1939.
What do farm animals really do when the humans aren't looking? Just ask Otis, a carefree "party cow" who inherited the job of keeping the barn... and it's residents... in order. But instead of responsibility, Otis is driven by an insatiable need for fun, fun, fun. Along with his barnyard friends Pip, Pig and Freddy, Otis will stop at nothing in his pursuit of a good time... which usually means a few close calls with humans and other threats to what really goes on behind closed barndoors.