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The Birthday Party (1931 film)

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The Birthday Party
Directed byBurt Gillett
Produced byWalt Disney
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
January 2, 1931[1]
Running time
CountryUnited States

The Birthday Party is a Mickey Mouse short animated film first released on January 2, 1931, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series.[1] It was the twenty-fifth Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the first of that year.[2]


Minnie Mouse throws a surprise birthday party for Mickey, and he is surrounded by a circle of friends singing and dancing his praises. A pig chef offers him a birthday cake, but Mickey blows so hard that all of the cake ends up on the pig's face.

Mickey opens his present -- a small piano, to match Minnie's -- and the two mice play and sing "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby". Then they play "Darktown Strutters' Ball" as the guests dance. After a while, the piano stools take over, and Mickey and Minnie dance as well. Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow also have a spirited dance break.

Heading to the xylophone, Mickey plays "Home! Sweet Home!" and then accompanies Minnie on "Twelfth Street Rag". The xylophone gets excited and Mickey ends up riding it like a bucking bronco, ending up with a fishbowl over his head.


Mickey Mouse was a little over two years old at this point, having debuted in Steamboat Willie in November 1928. Mickey's "official" birthday changed often -- Walt Disney declared in 1933 that Mickey's birthday was October 1,[3] and in the Mickey Mouse comic strip, Mickey celebrated his 7th birthday on September 28, 1935.[4] Mickey's next birthday cartoon, Mickey's Birthday Party, was released on February 7, 1942. It was not until the early 1970s that Dave Smith of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Archives determined that the date of Steamboat Willie's premiere was November 18, and fixed that as Mickey's official birthday.[5]


In Mickey's Movies: The Theatrical Films of Mickey Mouse, Gijs Grob writes: "The short's most remarkable feature is a short scene in the beginning, animated by Tom Palmer: Mickey and Minnie bashfully asking each other whether they're fine may constitute the first funny dialogue in Disney history. At least, it's a wonderful example of character animation, elegantly establishing the relationship between the two."[2]

The Film Daily (February 1, 1931): "A Mickey Mouse cartoon in which the animals stage a birthday party, featuring an enormous cake. They go through some clever antics and all in all it is a peppy animated, well up to the standard of the Walt Disney series. The harmony and musical effects override the theme and clutter up the cartoon work unnecessarily in spots, but that seems to be the prevailing idea in cartoons until the exhibs or the public register a definite objection."[6]

Home media

The short was released on December 2, 2002 on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White.[7]


The short appears in the TV shows The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 2, Episode 22) and Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 40).[8]

Voice cast

See also


  1. ^ a b Kaufman, J.B.; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. p. 63. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. ^ a b Grob, Gijs (2018). "The Birthday Party". Mickey's Movies: The Theatrical Films of Mickey Mouse. Theme Park Press. ISBN 978-1683901235.
  3. ^ Gluck, Keith (November 18, 2012). "The Birth of a Mouse". The Walt Disney Family Museum. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Gottfredson, Floyd (2012). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, vol 3: High Noon at Inferno Gulch. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. p. 210. ISBN 978-1606995310.
  5. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (November 18, 1988). "Mickey Mouse's Age". The New York Times. p. 68.
  6. ^ "Reviews of Sound Shorts". The Film Daily: 12. February 1, 1931. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Mickey Mouse in Black and White DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  8. ^ "The Birthday Party". Internet Animation Database. Retrieved February 8, 2020.

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