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On This Day in Disney History…

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Plane Crazy, the first Mickey Mouse short ever made (and the third released), premiered with sound at the Mark Strand Theater in New York City on March 17, 1929.

Plane Crazy, the First Mickey Mouse Short Ever Made

In this short, Mickey Mouse dreams of being like his idol, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. He decides to build his own flying machine to impress his new sweetheart, Minnie Mouse, who, after a series of mishaps, ends up bailing from the plane by using her bloomers as a parachute.

An exact reproduction of the animation table animators at Walt Disney Productions used to make the first three Mickey Mouse shorts – Plane Crazy, The Gallopin’ Gaucho, and Steamboat Willie – currently is on display at the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Among the animators who worked on the Plane Crazy short was Disney Legend Ub Iwerks.


  • I grew up on the shorts when the Disney Channel used to show a ton of classic cartoons. I miss those times. Well my favorite shorts were the Donald and Chip and Dale cartoons. Donald was and is my favorite character, and the shorts made for some funny gags!

  • Justin – I think that’s considered to be his birthday because that was the first short with sound and the first time you could hear Mickey speak and get a sense of his personality.

  • I know that Plane Crazy was played for an audience on May 15, 1928 without any sound. Does anyone at the Disney Parks blog know why Mickey’s birthday is celebrated on November 18, the day Steamboat Willie (the first synchronized sound cartoon) was released?

    Also, I’m not sure which short cartoon is my absolute favorite, but I am a huge fan of the Silly Symphony “The Old Mill”.

  • I love the old shorts like this! 😀

  • It was fun then and still fun now 🙂

  • Benjamin – What is your favorite Disney short or film?

  • Look how far we’ve come!

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