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July 29, 1930 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Shindig is Released to Theaters

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“To the party we will go, to the party we will go…”

On July 29, 1930, the Mickey Mouse short film The Shindig was released to theaters. A clip from this short was used in the documentary The Hand Behind The Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story as an example of the decency codes the films soon had to follow, known as the Hays Code. The songs featured in this short were popular standards of the time, including “Swanee River” and “Pop Goes the Weasel.” The short was directed by Burt Gillett.

A large group of animals are heading over to the barn dance, singing and playing with noisemakers. Horace Horsecollar makes his way to Clarabelle Cow’s house on a dilapidated motorcycle, and she quickly gets dressed to meet him. The two head for an uncomfortable ride to the barn dance. At the dance, everyone is lively while Mickey and Minnie entertain the crowd with music. Mickey uses whatever he can to play music, including a paper bag and, much to her annoyance, Minnie’s tail and bloomers. The crowd forms a dance circle, with Horace and Clarabelle dancing in the middle. Minnie then continues playing the piano while Mickey first dances with Clarabelle, then a dachshund, then a hippo.

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