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November 12, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Wayward Canary is Released

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“Oh, Mickey! Isn’t he cute?”

On November 12, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film The Wayward Canary was released to theaters. The short features cameo caricatures of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. It was directed by Burt Gillett.

Mickey is heading to Minnie’s with a package and Pluto in tow, and he surprises her with a canary. Mickey entices the bird to sing by playing the flute, and Minnie follows along on the piano to their merry tune. As she sings, several other baby canaries fly out of the cage and start dancing and chirping to the music. They then start to wreak havoc across the house, including getting into a bottle of ink and ruining a tablecloth. As Mickey chases after the birds, he ends up destroying most things in Minnie’s house. She manages to capture most of the birds in a tea kettle, though one manages to escape and accidentally set a hot coal on Pluto’s backside. The bird continues to elude Mickey, until it lands on hungry cat that chases after it. Pluto joins the fray by chasing after the cat and saving the poor bird before it gets eaten.

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