It’s been ninety years since the big screen debut of one of Disney’s earliest cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie. This was the first Mickey Mouse film ever released and is a landmark in the history of animation. The film opened in New York on November 18, 1928, which came to be known as Mickey’s birthday and the celebration has continued throughout the duration of this year with a surplus of special events. This included the reveal of a brand new portrait of the character at this past Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
ABC Television Network has now joined the celebration with announcing a two-hour primetime special which will be broadcasted from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Mickey’s 90th Spectacular will feature star-studded performances and appearances which will be announced Sunday, November 4 between 8-10 p.m. EST. The night will also have powerful tributes and exclusive never before seen short films. Directing and producing the special is one of the most acclaimed producers and directors in the industry, Don Mischer.
“I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” said Mischer when asked about conducting the 90th celebration of Mickey Mouse.
Executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare commented on their excitement to work alongside the 15-time Emmy Award winner in producing Mickey’s 90th Spectacular saying, “It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon.”
For more ways to join in on the festivities, view the full list of celebration events on the official Disney fan club website and also make sure to join the celebration on social media with the hashtag #Mickey90.