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January 22

January 22, 2018 – Minnie Mouse Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

“The star of more than 70 movies during her illustrious career, Minnie has entertained millions of people around the world, touching hearts and bringing joy wherever she goes.” – Disney CEO Bob Iger

On January 22, 2018, in conjunction with her 90th anniversary, the Disney character of Minnie Mouse was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is the eighth character from the Disney catalogue to be given this honor; the first, Mickey Mouse, was awarded this on his 50th anniversary. Minnie was present to receive her star, joined by Disney CEO Bob Iger, pop star and then-American Idol judge Katy Perry, and, of course, her love Mickey Mouse. During the ceremony, Minnie Mouse was recognized not only for her film contributions, but also for her worldwide influence ranging from fashion to theme park appearances.

January 2

January 2, 1938 – The First Episode of the Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air Airs

“Who’s afraid of ra-di-o, ra-di-o, ra-di-o?”

On January 2, 1938, the first episode of the radio program Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air aired on NBC. It was a musical-variety series aimed at children, and was sponsored by Pepsodent. The program was created to promote the upcoming full-length feature animation film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and featured Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Thelma Boardman as Minnie Mouse, Stuart Buchanan as Goofy, and Florence Gill as Clarabelle Cow. Each episode featured the characters in a different story, with the first story featuring the tale of Robin Hood. The twentieth, and final, episode aired on May 15th.

February 2

February 2, 1950 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse Star on Cover of Western Family Magazine

On February 2, 1950, the newest issue of Western Family Magazine was released, featuring a romantic image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing through a giant valentine card. The magazine featured Mickey on the cover several times, including in a Thanksgiving-themed setting back in 1945. This 1950 issue was illustrated by Hank Porter, who came to the Disney Studios in 1936, working as a publicity artist, and is well-known today for his work in creating insignias for military units during World War II.

December 15

December 15, 1934 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Two-Gun Mickey Premieres in Theaters

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“On your way, cowboy. I can take care of myself.”

On December 15, 1934, the Mickey Mouse short film Two-Gun Mickey was released to theaters. It was the first short film to be directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

The short begins with Minnie riding a trail, with her horses stopping at a puddle and refusing to cross through it. As she tries to pull them forward, she lands in the puddle, much to the laughter of Mickey, who has been watching nearby. Minnie refuses his help, though he assists her anyway without so much as a thank you. Minnie continues into town, and rebuffs the advances of Pete, who is a wanted bank robber. He and his gang chase after her, and Minnie races through the desert to get away. Meanwhile, Mickey is dreaming of Minnie at his campfire, when he hears her scream nearby. Seeing that she is being chased by bandits, he and his horse race down the canyon to rescue her. Pete manages to trap Minnie up a pole, and catches her in his arms, teasing her about her thinking she can take care of herself. As the gang fires on Mickey, he is able to shoot back with gusto, defeating all of the bandits with a series of well-placed shots. He then finally finds Minnie, and fights with Pete, eventually ending up falling off the side of a cliff. Mickey and Minnie share a kiss as they ride off into the sunset, pulling an unconscious Pete behind them.

November 20

November 20, 1989 – Minnie Mouse $10 is Added to Disney Dollars

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“Disney Dollars may be spent or collected and saved as souvenirs and are redeemable at any time before or after any period of inactivity.”

On November 20, 1989, a new $10 bill featuring Minnie Mouse was added to the Disney Dollar currency that was used within the Disney Parks. Though Disney Dollars had been circulated since May of 1987, it had only featured the $1 and $5. A $50 bill would be added in 2005 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland; all the dollars were discontinued on May 14, 2016.

June 20

June 20, 1941 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Nifty Nineties is Released to Theaters

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“A day in the nineties when grandma was a girl, the horseless carriage was quite the show, grandpa cussed when the thing wouldn’t go…”

On June 20, 1941, the Mickey Mouse short film The Nifty Nineties was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts that features the appearances of all the “Fab Five,” as well as a special cameo of animators Ward Kimball and Fred Moore. The short was directed by Riley Thomson.

A photo album opens to reveal a picture of Mickey next to his car, and the scene is set in the nineties, where he decides to go for a stroll in the park. There, he meets Minnie, and the two fall in love at first sight. He offers Minnie some candy, and the two head off together for a stroll. They head to a vaudeville show, where they are first entertained by a melodrama called “Father, Dear Father.” The melodrama drives Minnie to tears, and Mickey tries to comfort her. Afterwards, they are delighted by the antics of Fred and Ward: Two Clever Boys from Illinois. Afterwards, the two go on a drive, passing by Goofy riding a penny-farthing, along with Donald, Daisy, and the nephews on their tandem bike. Mickey’s car races at 15 miles per hour through the farmland, and barely makes it up a hill, but spooks a cow on the other side. They crash into the cow, but everyone is able to laugh at the situation.

May 30

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May 30, 1947 – The Figaro Short Film Figaro and Frankie is Released to Theaters

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“Figaro, you fiend! You’re terrible! Of all the unspeakable, inhuman, barbaric, dreadful things!”

On May 30, 1947, the Figaro short film Figaro and Frankie was released to theaters. It was the last of the short series of Figaro cartoons, with the first being 1943’s Figaro and Cleo and 1946’s Bath Day. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Eric Gurney and Bill de la Torre.

Frankie the canary is singing in his cage, waking poor Figaro, who is desperately trying to nap. He attacks Frankie’s cage and stops him for a brief moment, but he fights back with birdseed. When Figaro tries to get back at him, Minnie finds the kitten climbing up to the cage and rebukes him. Figaro walks away, but then decides to go after Frankie again and manages to knock over the cage. When Minnie runs in again, she thinks that Figaro has eaten Frankie, and chases him with the broom out of the house. After Minnie rushes Figaro out, it’s revealed that Frankie is indeed alive, and stares out the window, wishing he could fly now that he is free. Unfortunately, Frankie is unable to fly, and nearly falls into Figaro’s mouth, until Figaro is chased away by Butch the bulldog. Butch nearly eats Frankie, and is stuck between being eaten by Figaro and by Butch. Figaro’s conscience tries to convince Figaro to save Frankie, but to not avail, until he hits the cat with his halo. Figaro pushes a potted plant onto Butch’s head, driving the bulldog away. The two manage to make up, and Frankie goes back to annoying Figaro with his singing.

April 29

April 29, 1949 – The Pluto Short Film Pluto’s Sweater Premieres in Theaters

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“You can go outdoors now, and your sweater will keep you so warm and comfy!”

On April 29, 1949, the Pluto short film Pluto’s Sweater was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts that features both Figaro and Butch with Pluto. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Eric Gurney and Milt Schaffer.

Pluto and Figaro are quizzically studying Minnie’s new knitting project, which Pluto thinks is a long john for Minnie. However, Figaro corrects him: the sweater is for him. Minnie forces Pluto to wear the sweater, which he finds incredibly itchy. Although Pluto doesn’t want to be seen in the pink monstrosity, Minnie insists that he go outside, and throws him out the doggie door. As he stands outside, Butch and his gang come across him, and laugh hysterically. Pluto tries to hide, but the pink makes him stand out. The sleeves on the sweater are also too big, and Pluto finds himself completely tied up at one point. Pluto tries to free himself and ends up in a pond; when he gets out, the sweater shrinks at an alarming rate, and Pluto heads home with the sweater around his head. When he arrives, Minnie is distraught and begins to cry, and Pluto feels guilty about upsetting her – until he realizes that the sweater is the perfect size for Figaro, who puts up a fight when Minnie places it on him.

February 18

February 18, 1939 – The Commercial Short Film Mickey’s Surprise Party is Delivered to Nabisco

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“My mother used to burn them all the time!”

On February 18, 1939, the short film Mickey’s Surprise Party was delivered to Nabisco. It was created as a commercial for the biscuit company to be shown at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It stars Minnie Mouse and her dog Fifi, with Mickey making an appearance near the end.

Minnie is busy in the kitchen making cookies for Mickey, but when she puts down the bowl to grab an ingredient, a fly buzzes around the bowl. As Fifi tries to drive the fly away, she accidentally knocks over a box of popcorn, sending the contents into the mixing bowl. She hides as Minnie returns to finish making the cookies. Mickey arrives soon after, and Minnie quickly primps to receive her beau. Mickey gives her a bouquet of flowers, while Pluto gives Fifi a bone. When Mickey asks for his surprise, smoke starts to pour out of the oven; when Mickey notes that something is burning, Minnie races towards the kitchen, alarmed. She quickly pulls out the burnt cookies, which then promptly explode one by one, thanks to the popcorn in the batter. Minnie then sobs over her failed attempt to make cookies like Mickey’s mother made, but Mickey reassures her that his mother used to burn cookies all the time. He decides to solve the situation by running to the store and bringing back a slew of Nabisco products, including Ritz Crackers and Oreos, and Mickey’s favorite, Fig Newtons. Minnie is so thrilled with Mickey, she kisses him.

November 27

November 27, 2013 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Get a Horse! is Released to Theatres

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“Where are we? Poughkeepsie?

On November 27, 2013, the Mickey Mouse short film Get a Horse! was released to theaters. This was the first theatrical short film featuring Mickey since 1995’s Runaway Brain, and the first short to use Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey since the 1947’s Mickey’s Delayed Date, thanks to archival recording. It also features archival audio of Marcellite Garner as Minnie (along with additional lines by current Minnie voice Russi Taylor), and Billy Bletcher as Peg Leg Pete (with additional dialogue by Will Ryan). It was also the first short to feature the character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit since Disney’s reacquisition of the character. It was directed by Lauren MacMullan, with story developed by MacMullan, Paul Briggs, Nancy Kruse, and Raymond S. Persi.

The short begins with Mickey greeting his friends as they arrive on a hay wagon. As he rushes after them, he jumps out of his shorts and shoes due to his excitement. He tries to get them back, but they refuse to listen. He is finally able to retrieve them, and hops on the wagon as it passes by which also picks up Minnie and Clarabelle Cow. The merriment on the wagon is cut short, however, when Peg Leg Pete comes up behind the group in his car, and honks angrily to let him pass. When he spots Minnie, he decides he would rather have her, and takes her hostage before jostling the wagon with his car. Mickey and Horace Horsecollar are thrown into the movie screen, which puzzles Pete, but gives him an idea to throw Mickey and Horace into the real world.

Mickey is thrown into the real world, and finds himself unable to save Minnie from her predicament, much to Pete's delight

Mickey is thrown into the real world, and finds himself unable to save Minnie from her predicament, much to Pete’s delight

Mickey is shocked about how he looks in the real world, including the red of his shorts, but soon forgets that when he realizes Minnie is in trouble. Try as he might, he has no way of saving her from his position. Suddenly, Horace appears, thoroughly assimilated into the real world (and wearing a Captain America shirt to boot). Mickey calls Horace to attention, and turns him into a makeshift plane, using Milk Duds as bullets to shoot at Pete. The plan, doesn’t work, however, so they try another approach: calling Pete’s phone and spraying him with the contents of a fire extinguisher, turning the animated scene into a winter wonderland. Pete then falls through the ice and lands in a lake, which threatens to flood the theater. Mickey pokes holes in the screen, freeing Minnie and pulling everyone out of the film with them. A chance ensues in and out of the animated and real world, and Mickey is knocked unconscious while Minnie is captured again. After reviving Mickey, the gang then realizes they can manipulate the situation by flipping the screen up and down and back and forth, and Pete is soon injured to the point of unconsciousness. Minnie is saved, and the screen is broken, sending Pete into the real world. The gang then closes the screen, leaving Pete trapped in-between worlds as he tries to get back.