Mickey Mouse series
Mickey Mouse invites Donald Duck to recite “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Ralph J. Sommerville
Walt Disney Productions
April 27, 1937 (1937-04-27)
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.
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