One of America’s greatest authors and screenplay writers has passed on. Michael Herr, who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel Dispatches and through such films as Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 76.
The Mickey Mouse scene at the end of Full Metal Jacket, sums up Herr’s use of dark, brooding satire. A number of interpretations have been made.
It has been suggested that Mickey Mouse is a reference to Mk-Utra mind control being used by the elites.
Others think that “M-I-C” is spelled out… to refer to the Military Industrial Complex (which Eisenhower warned everybody about which still holds the world by the throat to this day as a never ending machine IN THE BUSINESS of creating never ending wars (for profit)…
More simply, Mickey Mouse is a symbol of America, thus the conquering soldiers bringing ‘freedom’ are also bringing the mouse, another layer of irony.
It’s an implicit criticism of the President “Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me” while the scene shows destruction and has seen rampant self destruction
By having everyone singing in unison on film, yet clearly the music was done with a male choir it makes the male bonding of the marching scene surreal.
It acts as an ironic counterpoint to the boy to man narrative of Full Metal Jacket
A “Mickey Mouse outfit” is of course a slang term for an unprofessional, clumsy, self- destructive organization that takes no responsibility for the chaos it causes. Could there be a better description of Washington’s USA?