Mickey’s friends throw him a surprise birthday party at Minnie’s house. The chef brings out the cake (with 2 candles); Mickey manages to blow all the cake onto the chef’s face, while the candles stay lit. He unwraps his present: a miniature piano. He plays a duet of I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby with Minnie, followed by an instrumental version of The Darktown Strutter’s Ball, which everyone dances to (including Mickey and Minnie, while the piano stools keep playing). Mickey then plays There’s No Place Like Home on the xylophone, then accompanies Minnie on another piece, after which the xylophone gets frisky and eventually dumps Mickey in the fish bowl. —IMDb
Burton F. Gillett (October 15, 1891 – December 28, 1971) was a director of animated films. He is noted for his Silly Symphonies work for Disney, particularly the 1933 short film Three Little Pigs.
He was born in Elmira, New York. His animation career started around 1916 when he was employed by the International Film Service, an early animation studio under the ownership of William Randolph Hearst and the supervision of Gregory La Cava. The studio had been formed in 1915 and first employed experienced animators Frank Moser and William Nolan. Within a year the veterans had been joined by several new recruits. Gillett was probably recruited along with notable co-workers John Foster, Jack King, Isadore Klein, Walter Lantz, Grim Natwick, Ben Sharpsteen and Vernon Stallings.
In 1929, Gillett joined the Walt Disney Studio where he started out primarily working on Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. However, by 1930 he directed Cannibal Capers, the first… read more