Mickey’s Amateurs

Mickey’s Amateurs

Mickey Mouse series

Mickey Mouse invites Donald Duck to recite “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Directed by
Pinto Colvig
Erdman Penner
Walt Pfeiffer

Produced by
Walt Disney

Voices by
Walt Disney
Florence Gill
Clarence Nash
Pinto Colvig

Music by
Oliver Wallace

Animation by
Art Babbitt
Les Clark
Al Eugster
Ed Love
Stan Quackenbush
Ralph J. Sommerville
Marvin Woodward
Tom Palmer

Walt Disney Productions

Distributed by
United Artists

Release date(s)

April 27, 1937 (1937-04-27)


Color process

Running time
8:24 minutes

United States


Preceded by
Moose Hunters

Followed by
Modern Inventions

Mickey’s Amateurs is 1937 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. Originally entitled Mickey’s Amateur Concert during production, the cartoon depicts an amateur talent show hosted by Mickey Mouse. It was co-directed by Pinto Colvig, Erdman Penner, and Walt Pfeiffer, and features original and adapted music by Oliver Wallace. The voice cast includes Walt Disney as Mickey, Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Florence Gill as Clara Cluck, and Pinto Colvig as Pete and Goofy.[1][2][3]


1 Plot
2 History
3 Reception
4 Notes

Mickey Mouse is hosting an amateur talent show in front of a live audience for radio, in which he may terminate unworthy performances by ringing a gong. In the first scene, Mickey’s gong ends Pete’s rendition of “Asleep in the Deep”.
Next, Mickey introduces Donald Duck, who first presents an apple to Mickey in an attempt to win him over preemptively. But Donald’s recitation of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” ends badly as he forgets the words. Mickey rings the gong and Donald is removed from stage. Just as Mickey is announcing the next act, a disgruntled Donald returns to take back the apple.
The next act, as introduced by Mickey, are “the two Claras: Cluck and Belle.” Clara Cluck sings a clucking version of “Il Bacio”, a waltz by Luigi Arditi, accompanied by Clarabelle Cow on piano. Despite several blunders, the performance is the first to avoid the gong.
Next, Donald returns to stage uninvited wearing a disguise and carrying a violin case. Upon reaching center stage, Donald throws off the disguise and pulls a submachine gun from the case. He holds Mickey and the audience at gunpoint, determined to finish his recitation. But he again forgets the words. When the audience laugh