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“Mickey’s 60th Birthday” (November 13, 1988)

Mickey's 60th BirthdayBRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Mickey’s 60th Birthday Party is about to get underway, though Mickey can’t quite fathom that people will want to see him as himself. After rummaging in his old prop trunk, he comes across the sorcerer’s hat he doffed in ‘Fantasia.’ However, the wizard of the hat warns Mickey that he doesn’t need someone else’s’ magic when he has his own.Mickey tries to get on with the show. however, the newest member to the Disney family, Roger Rabbit, causes a bit of his own madcap destruction, destroying half the stage and blowing up Mickey’s cake in the process.

All seems lost, until Mickey goes against the magician’s wishes, and throws on the sorcerer’s hat, cleaning up the mess, and has the crowd chanting for more. All goes well, until suddenly: the mouse vanishes! The wizard is none to pleased, and after leafing through his spell book, hits on a fitting punishment: he’ll make Mickey unrecognizable to others, until Mickey can find his ‘own magic.’

Mickey is then returned to the normal realm, but no one recognizes him anymore. And so begins his journey, as he treks his way through several sitcom locales, such as the ‘Family ties’ family, and even winds up in the ‘Cheers’ bar, where he talks up conversation with Sam Malone and the crew.

Meanwhile, the world goes into overdrive at the loss of Mickey, as media services go into all-out panic mode looking all over, doing commentaries on him from friends, and more. And as one reporter chimes, “The stock market continues to go down, Michael Eisner’s blood pressure continues to go up.”

The 60th Birthday special for Mickey aired in the fall of 1988, after the summer when ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ started the renaissance of animation the world over.

Synopsis by uruseiranma for the IMDB.com

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GENERAL INFORMATION

GENRE: Animation/Live-Action
STATION: NBC
AIR DATE: November 13, 1988

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DIRECTOR: Joie Albrecht, Scott Garen
WRITERS: Joie Albrecht, Scott Garen
ORIGINAL SCORE: Christopher L. Stone
DIRECTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Robert Primes
ART DIRECTORS: Bruce Ryan, Ira Diamond
PRODUCER: Cheryl Abood, Joie Albrecht, Scott Garen
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Michael Petok, Denny Salvaryn
EDITOR: Michael Hebdon
CHOREOGRAPHER: Kenny Ortega
STOP ACTION ANIMATION: Ramon Alfonso, Jim Auperle, Kevin Dole, John Higbie, Bill O’Neil, Don Waller
NEW ANIMATION SUPERVISOR: Sam Cornell
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Walt Disney Productions
DISTRIBUTOR: Uncertain; probably NBC

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Rebecca Howe…Kirstie Alley
Mickey Mouse…Wayne Allwine (voice)
Donald Duck…Tony Anselmo (voice)
Mallory Keaton…Justine Bateman
Arnie Becker…Corbin Nernsen
Andy Keaton…Brian Bonsall
Himself…Peter Bright
Wizard…Peter Cullen (voice)
Sam Mallone…Ted Danson
Detective Sargent Rick Hunter…Fred Dryer
Leland McKenzie…Richard Dysart
Mia Loud…Jill Eikenberry
Himself…Michael Eisner
Roger Rabbit…Charles Fleischer (voice)
Alex P. Keaton…Michael J. Fox
Dr. Frasier Crane…Kelsey Grammer
Michael Kuzak…Harry Hamlin
Woody Boyd…Woody Harrelson
Disneyland Janitor…Cheech Marin
Himself…Ed McMahon
Carla Tortelli…Rhea Perlman
Herself…Phylicia Rashad
Cliff Clavin…John Ratzenberger
Mel Pollini…Carl Reiner
Dudley Goode…John Ritter
Herself…Sue Simmons
Victor Sifuentes…Jimmy Smits
Minnie Mouse…Russi Taylor (voice)
Stuart Markowitz…Michael Tucker
Jonathan Rollins…Blair Underwood
Norm Peterson…George Wendt
Jennifer Keaton…Tina Yothers
Herself…Bea Arthur
Herself…Betty White
Herself…Rue McClanahan
Herself…Estelle Getty
Himself…Burt Reynolds
Himself…Phil Collins
Herself…Annette Funicello
Herself…Bette Midler

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Magic, It’s All Up to You…Bob Esty, Joie Albrecht, J.C. Cole

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AWARDS

1988 Young Artists Awards
NOMINEE: Soleil Moon Frye
CATEGORY: Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama or Special
RESULT: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

Video

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 (the Keaton family appears in this segment)

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6