The Birthday Party

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : January 7, 1931

Running Time : 7:33

Synopsis

Minnie, Horace, and Clarabelle join hordes of others for a big birthday celebration. Mickey and Minnie jam on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," then Horace and Clarabelle perform a dance and some scat-singing to "Darktown Strutters' Ball."

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar

Credits

Director
Bert Gillett
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Dave Hand
Tom Palmer
Jack Cutting
Dick Lundy
Ben Sharpsteen
Wilfred Jackson
Norm Ferguson
Jack King

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Japan
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years

DVD

United States
Vintage Mickey
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Germany
Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Television

Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 40
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 30, 1956

Original Animator's Drafts


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Page 3

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : Mickey's friends give him a surprise party, including the gift of a piano. Mickey shows his thanks by entertaining them with an energetic musical number. One fun scene is when Mickey and Minnie dance after they play piano duets - the piano stools are then shown playing the pianos. I enjoy the wide variety of animal friends at the party - horses, mules, cows, goats, dogs, cats, pigs, and ducks. This short was remade later as the 1942 Mickey's Birthday Party.
From Ryan : I saw the colorized version of this short on "Quack Attack" and then on the "Gotta Be the Shorts" marathon. This was okay, but it really wasn't one of my favorites and I somewhat found it boring. I have never seen the original black and white version except for a short sepiatone clip of it on the "Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show."
From Bill I. : This is just a feel-good short. Minnie does not have to be saved and Mickey does not have to battle any foes. Mickey visits Minnie and she has a surprise birthday party waiting with all his friends; notably Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, my favorite supporting characters! This short has gags galore and great music. Minnie gives Mickey a piano for his birthday and he and Minnie play up a storm, giving all the guests, all animals, a chance to dance and have fun. Nice sight gag when Mickey blows out the candles and the whole cake goes onto the chefs face. Another good scene; when everyone was hiding on Mickey, Percy Pig couldn't fit under the chair, so Minnie puts a tablecloth over him and a vase to disguise him. A strong 8!

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