The gang throws Mickey a surprise birthday party; his present is an electric organ, which Minnie plays while Mickey does a jazzy dance. Goofy bakes the cake, but keeps having trouble with ... See full summary »
The gang throws Mickey a surprise birthday party; his present is an electric organ, which Minnie plays while Mickey does a jazzy dance. Goofy bakes the cake, but keeps having trouble with it falling. The gang does a conga line to a Latin tune. Written by
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Feeling a bit low that no one has really done anything for his birthday, Mickey is overjoyed to find that Donald, Minnie and a group of other friends have set a surprise party for him at his house! Now, all it needs is for Goofy to finish that cake.
Although I'm not a fan of this period of Disney I did enjoy this short. Usually when I see the wholesome comedy of Disney I begin to yearn for the slightly cleverer WB cartoons of Bugs et al. However this film does what it does well and didn't make me wish it were anything else.
The central scene of the short is the party, where Mickey and guests dance with Minnie continually breaking away to check Goofy's progress with the cake. Each time she checks him, he has just managed to destroy his most recent effort. While it isn't exactly cutting edge humour (even then) it has energy to it that makes it seem funnier. The ongoing dance feeds into Goofy's movements in the kitchen and makes it all feel joined up.
Overall this isn't the height of comedy and isn't consistently laugh out loud funny. However it has rhythm and is fun to watch and well worth a 5 minute slot of your time.
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