By Beth Deitchman
Mickey’s birthday is this Saturday, and we’ve received the best gift: an exclusive clip from the new Mickey Mouse short, “The Birthday Song,” which debuts tomorrow on YouTube ahead of its broadcast premiere on Mickey’s big day. Throughout the day on November 18, Mickey Mouse shorts will air every half hour on Disney Channel, beginning with the premiere of “The Birthday Song” at 9:25 a.m. ET/PT.
In the brand-new short, Mickey is celebrating his big day and his friends are planning something special. When Minnie Mouse loses the notes to Mickey’s birthday song, she embarks on a mission to recover them and save the festivities. Executive Producer and Supervising Director Paul Rudish tells D23 that the Mickey Mouse team could relate to her excitement and determination to create an unforgettable birthday gift for Disney’s brightest star.
“One of the fun aspects of making ‘The Birthday Song’ was being able to tell a story about Mickey’s birthday from another character’s point of view, specifically Minnie Mouse,” says Rudish. “Her struggles and delight to create something unique and special for Mickey, his very own birthday song, often mirrored our crew’s journey while making the short. From the quest to write a new, bouncy birthday song to navigating the comic calamity of musical notes rampaging through a party, we strived to express our own feelings of warmth and joy for Mickey and give him the ultimate birthday present.”
Enjoy this exclusive clip from “The Birthday Song” now, and watch the short in its entirety beginning tomorrow. And be sure to join the fun on your own social media, using #HappyBirthdayMickey.