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Mickey's Birthday Party (1942)

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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 »

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Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Clara Cluck (voice) (uncredited)
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Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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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 Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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7 February 1942 (USA)  »

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A Festa de Aniversário do Mickey  »

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The oven that the cake is baked in can be seen in Mickey's House at Walt Disney World including the temperature setting of "Volcano Heat". See more »

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Edited into Mickey Mouse Jubilee Show (1978) See more »

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A Big Party For A Little Mouse
4 February 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.

Minnie gets help from Donald Duck, Goofy, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar & Clara Cluck to make MICKEY'S BIRTHDAY PARTY a big success.

Lots of fun in this little film, with much amusement derived from watching Madame Cluck nearly dance the feathers off Donald and seeing hapless Goofy turned loose in Minnie's kitchen. Also of interest is enjoying Horace, Clarabelle & the formidable Clara in their virtual swan song performances. Subsequently, Clara would make only the most fleeting of curtain calls 41 years later in MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1983), while it would be another 48 years until Clarabelle & Horace had substantial roles again, in THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (1990). Blame must regrettably be laid at Disney's door for allowing these talented thespians to be forcibly retired from the screen. Clarence Nash & Florence Gill provide the unique voices for the Duck & the Cluck. For the record, Mickey turned 14 in November of 1942, the year this cartoon was released.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work will always pay off.


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