Disney Channel has planned a great way to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday on Monday, Nov. 18. The cabler will premiere the first-ever extended episode of the Emmy Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts as part of a themed day of programming in honor of Mickey Mouse’s birthday. The special seven-minute comedic cartoon titled “Potatoland” finds Mickey, Donald and Goofy on a road trip to Idaho to fulfill Goofy’s lifelong dream of visiting what he fondly remembers as Potatoland theme park. The short will be available on WATCHDisneyChannel.com, the WATCH Disney Channel app for smartphones and tablets, Disney.com and iTunes the day after the premiere at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18.
Mickey Mouse cartoons will air every half hour beginning at 1:25 p.m., leading up to the premiere of “Potatoland.” The day-long birthday celebration kicks off with back-to-back episodes of Disney Junior’s Emmy-nominated series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET/PT).
The new Mickey Mouse shorts are exec produced and supervise directed by Emmy-winning artist and director Paul Rudish (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Dexter’s Laboratory) Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls) and Clay Morrow (Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls) are directors, and Joseph Holt (Sym-Bionic Titan) is the art director. “Potatoland” is directed by Aaron Springer.
Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928. His official birthday is considered Nov. 18 since that’s the day when his first short film, the iconic SteamBoat Willie premiered in theaters. That means the resourceful little mouse will be turning 85 this month!