Mickey’s Circus (film) Mickey Mouse cartoon; released on August 1, 1936. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. At a circus benefit, orphans continually give Mickey and Donald trouble. When Donald chases seals who steal fish, orphans shoot him from a cannon onto Mickey’s highwire act. The orphans try to get Mickey and Donald to fall, and when they do, into the pool below, all the seals jump in to get a fish that a young seal throws into Donald’s mouth.