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September 24

September 24, 1937 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Hawaiian Holiday is Released to Theaters


“On the beach at Waikiki~!”

On September 24, 1937, the Mickey Mouse short film Hawaiian Holiday was released to theaters. Although labeled as a Mickey Mouse short, it features Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Minnie. The short was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

It’s a sunny day on the beaches of Hawaii, and Mickey and Donald play music to accompany Minnie’s hulu dancing. Goofy in the meantime is preparing to go surfing, although the waves run away from him, before picking him up and bounce him around like a doll. Minnie takes over Donald’s ukulele while Donald dons the hulu skirt and begins to dance. Unfortunately, his tail catches on fire from the nearby campfire, but he continues to dance, unaware. When he finally realizes he’s on fire, he runs as fast as he can to extinguish himself in a nearby pond area, only to get a starfish stuck to his rear. Donald throws the starfish away to where Pluto is, and Pluto chases the starfish back into the ocean. When a wave comes in, it buries Pluto in the sand; the starfish flicks the dog on the nose before jumping back into the ocean.

At one point, Goofy gets his surfboard stuck in his swimming outfit, and can't figure out how to get it out

At one point, Goofy gets his surfboard stuck in his swimming outfit, and can’t figure out how to get it out

Goofy continues to try and surf, with minor success, until he loses his surfboard. As he looks for it, it ends up in his bathing suit, and he ends up hitting his head. He tries to push it out, but the results are even more disastrous. Meanwhile, Pluto is free from the sand and exploring the beach, when another wave comes in and causes his head to get stuck in a shell. While he manages to get it off his head, it gets stuck on his rear. After finally ridding himself of the shell, he is unaware that a crab that was inside the shell has attached itself to his tail. The crab tries to pinch Pluto, but is unable to as Pluto looks around for the strange sound behind him. When he finds the crab, it pinches him on the nose, and the dog lets out a yelp of pain and surprise. The two study each other, and end up shuffling sideways across the beach, not losing eye contact until Pluto is buried in the sand again due to a wave. Goofy tries his third attempt at surfing, and announces to his friends that he’s made it, until the wave grabs his board and slaps him with it, sending him flying into the sand, with his surfboard sticking out of the sand. Mickey, Minnie, and Donald laugh, and Minnie throws him a lei. Goofy shoots out of the sand and gives everyone a sheepish smile.



July 30

July 30, 1942 – The World War II Educational Short Out of the Frying Pan into the Firing Line is Delivered


“Your pound of waste fat will give some boy at the front an extra clip of cartridges.”

On July 30, 1942, the World War II educational short film Out of the Frying Pan into the Firing Line was delivered to the U.S. government. The short was sponsored by the Conversation Division and the War Production Board, and distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Pictures Industry. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Minnie is cooking bacon and eggs in a pan on the stove, and the smell attracts Pluto, who is eating his dinner nearby. He scoffs at his dinner, but Minnie offers to give him some leftover bacon grease. As she gets ready to pour it in his bowl, they hear a voice telling them not to throw away the grease. They both turn to the radio, where an announcer informs them that the fats are needed to help win the war, much to Pluto’s annoyance. The fats are used to make glycerin, which is then used to make explosives. Every year, the announcer continues, two billion pounds of waste animal fats are thrown away, which is equivalent to enough glycerin to make 10 billion rapid-fire cannon shells. He continues to give examples about how a little grease goes a long way to helping the war effort. Hearing this, Pluto looks to a picture of solider Mickey on the wall and gives him a salute. Minnie asks Pluto again if he still wants the bacon grease, and Pluto declines. The announcer then instructs Minnie how to store her fats before donating them to the war effort. Pluto donates the fats at the butcher shop, and is rewarded with a string of sausages.

July 9

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July 9, 1932 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Musical Farmer is Released to Theaters


“Look look look look look look look look look look look what I did!”

On July 9, 1932, the Mickey Mouse short film Musical Farmer was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Mickey and Pluto are walking across the farm, planting seeds, which are soon devoured by crows. Mickey and Pluto spot the crows and chase them off, but as Pluto jumps after them, he lands in the nearby scarecrow’s clothes. Mickey helps him out, but is soon distracted by a singing Minnie who is milking a cow. Mickey decides to play a prank on her, so he and Pluto dress in the scarecrow’s outfit and make their way over, scaring her half to death. The “scarecrow” soon begins to dance, but continues to shout “boo!” and scare her. When she notices that it’s Pluto and Mickey, she trips them up can has Mickey fall into the washtub. He steps out wearing tartan socks and a kilt, takes three nearby geese, and pretends to play the bagpipes with them.

Mickey starts playing a tune for the barnyard musical extravaganza

Mickey starts playing a tune for the barnyard musical extravaganza

As Mickey pretends to be Scottish, the music he plays is infectious and carries all over the farm. Soon, Mickey plays an old rake like a mouth harp and sings with all the animals while Minnie dances on top of a washtub. All the hens lay their eggs in time to the music, save for one – Fanny. Fanny sadly looks around at all the other hens laying and gossiping about her, when suddenly she lays a giant egg. The entire farm rushes to the hen house to see what Fanny has done, and when Mickey sees the egg, he gives her a pat on the head and rushes to get his camera. After a series of mishaps, he sets off to take a photo of the giant egg. Unfortunately, he uses too much flash powder, and destroys not only his camera, but takes off all the feathers from every bird in the hen house.

June 17

June 17, 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Mickey’s Mechanical Man is Released to Theaters


“One, two, come on there, step in! Three, four, with a spot on his chin! Five, six, lead with your right, seven, eight, get in there and fight!”

On June 17, 1933, the Mickey Mouse short film Mickey’s Mechanical Man was released to theaters. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson. The gorilla in the short was a character from the 1930 Mickey Mouse short film, The Gorilla Mystery.

A poster is seen on the side of a barn, advertising the “Battle of the Century” between the Kongo Killer and Mickey’s Mechanical Man. Mickey is inside his own training center, having the robot named Sam punch a safe with the gorilla’s face on it while Mickey plays the piano and sings his commands. Minnie drives up to the training grounds and watches from the window. She honks her car horn, which gives Sam a strange reaction to violently punch any picture of the gorilla he sees. At one point, Sam punches a lamppost so hard that it falls on him and knocks him out. Mickey goes to check on Sam, when he hears Minnie laughing and mocking him. Mickey asks her to never honk the horn again, as it makes his robot go wild and crazy. However, she honks it again, and Sam gets up and runs wildly down the street with Mickey following him.

The town gathers for the fight of the century, although most are banking on Kongo winning

The town gathers for the fight of the century, although most are banking on Kongo winning

The crowds gather for the fight, but run inside when Sam makes his way to the arena, and proceeds to punch a poster of Kongo the Killer on a brick wall, knocking himself out in the process. Mickey drags Sam inside, with Minnie following him as the crowd laughs. Finally, the fight begins, although the crowd isn’t so sure Sam can win. In the beginning, Sam has a strong lead, but Kongo soon gets his punches in, sending Sam’s parts flying all over the place. Sam is soon knocked out, with mechanical birdies flying above his head, and Mickey begs Sam to get up. Minnie soon gets the idea to grab her horn and make it sound. When she does, Sam springs into action, fighting Kongo with all he’s got. Sam wins the fight, sending Kongo flying into the rafters, and Sam blows apart from the excitement.

September 22

September 22, 1944 – The Pluto Short Film First Aiders is Released to Theaters


“Now, don’t you two get into any trouble while I’m gone.”

On September 22, 1944, the Pluto short film First Aiders was released to theaters. This short features an appearance of Figaro the cat from Pinocchio; thanks to his popularity, he would also have three shorts in a series of his own. The short was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Harry Reeves and Rex Cox.

Minnie is reading a first aid manual, trying to create a cravat bandage on her own eye. Pluto uses his own ears to bandage himself as he hears Minnie read out the directions. Minnie’s efforts on herself fail, however, and she asks Figaro and Pluto if one of them would like to help her. Pluto volunteers, as does Figaro, although Pluto is able to push the kitten away into a wash bucket. Minnie then blames Figaro for the mess, and starts to work with Pluto, asking him to hold a bandage. The bandage rolls from Pluto’s mouth, and Figaro chases after the strip, attempting to bring it back to Minnie. As Pluto and Figaro play tug-of-war, Figaro is sent flying across the room into the first aid kit. Minnie once again blames Figaro for the mess.

Figaro gets thrown into the first aid kit, and is blamed for making a mess

Figaro gets thrown into the first aid kit, and is blamed for making a mess

Minnie then attempts to learn about artificial respiration with Pluto as her partner. Pluto lets out large amounts of air as she does so, and accidentally ends up with a cork from a nearby bottle of smelling salts in his mouth. He breathes in the smelling salts uncomfortably, but is unable to breathe out due to the cork. As Figaro laughs at Pluto’s predicament, the cork finally bursts out from Pluto’s mouth, hitting the kitten in the backside. As Minnie’s practice continues, she starts using splints and bandages. As she has him completely splinted, she has to go out and get more bandages. She asks the two to stay out of trouble, and Figaro angelically agrees until Minnie close the door. The kitten then begins to taunt Pluto, who is barely able to stand as he is in the splints. Figaro continues his torture, although he ends up getting beaten up slightly. As they escape outside, Pluto is able to break free of the splints, and the two chase each other around the house. Minnie returns from the store and, seeing Pluto is hurt, begins to use her first aid skills to tend to the dog. Figaro laughs from the stairs, but ends up falling into the splint, bandaged tight. The two end the short making nice, only because Minnie asked them.

October 11

October 11, 1946 – The Figaro Short Film Bath Day is Released to Theaters

“Figaro…time for your nice warm bath.”

On October 11, 1946, the Figaro short film Bath Day was released to theaters. A handful of shorts for the kitten from Pinocchio were released, this time being seen as Minnie’s pet. The short was directed by Charles Nichols, with the story by Eric Gurney.

Figaro is taking a nap, when someone off-screen calls for him. He looks up to see Minnie Mouse waiting to give him a bath. Hearing this, Figaro hides and fights with Minnie, refusing to get into the tub. Minnie grabs some bubble bath, and begins to wash the cat, who is less than thrilled. She finishes the wash with a bow around his neck and some perfume. Minnie calls him beautiful, which Figaro interprets as looking like a sissy. Angered, he throws a tantrum, and falls out the window.

As Figaro tries to trace the fish he smelled, he runs into a mean alley cat instead

Outside, he gets caught by the aroma of fish, and follows it into the trashcan, where he runs into a mean alley cat. The cat looks at Figaro, and calls over his gang of cats, who all proceed to laugh at Figaro and his bow. Figaro tries to attack the alley cat, but is unable to lay a punch on him. The cat then pretends to be scared by Figaro, then gets the upper hand of the fight. When the alley cat places the shaking kitten against a mountain of trashcans, the shaking causes the entire mountain to fall, knocking the alley cat out cold. The gang is surprised to see Figaro walk unscathed, and run away from the kitten. Minnie finds him after this fight, and is given another bath, against his will.

May 4

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May 4, 1944 – Disney Legend and Current Voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor, is Born.

“When I was a little girl, I was with my mom and my brother and it was late at night at Disneyland. We had just come off the Mark Twain Riverboat and were getting some popcorn. I looked over and saw Walt sitting on a bench, so we introduced ourselves and shared our popcorn with him. At one point during our chat, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I said, ‘I want to work for you!’ So he said, ‘Okay!’ – and now I do!” – Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor was born on May 4, 1944, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up wanting to work as a movie actress. However, she found the work tedious, and decided to try voice acting, as she had had a good ear for languages and accents ever since she was a child. She auditioned for the role of Minnie Mouse in 1986, and has held the role ever since – longer than any voice actress in the role.

When Taylor was asked in an interview by Leonard Maltin how she got the role of Minnie, Taylor explained that Minnie hadn’t spoken in a long time, and when she was in Mickey’s Christmas Carol, the writers didn’t know that Minnie could speak, which was why she didn’t say anything. In 1986, they decided to give Minnie a comeback, and Taylor auditioned against almost 160 others for the role. She had prepared for the role by listening to Minnie from the cartoons in the ’30s and ’40s, and when asked to improvise as Minnie, Taylor performed the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Taylor (L) with husband, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse

A prime example of life imitating art, Taylor married Wayne Allwine, the voice for Mickey Mouse, in 1991. They were working on a project for Radio Disney, and one night had dinner together, and soon became inseparable. “It was just a total friendship,” Taylor explained. “The next thing you knew, we were just sort of always together.” She remained married to Allwine until his death in 2009.

Taylor has a broad resume as a voice actress; for Disney, she voiced Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby in Ducktales, as well as Drizella and the Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella sequels. Taylor is also the voice of Martin Prince, twins Sherri and Terri, and Üter in The Simpsons, and was the voice of Baby Gonzo in the Muppet Babies series. Taylor was named as a Disney Legend, along with Allwine, in 2008, and continues to voice Minnie in many Disney projects.