A character who has been a fixture on television, in theaters and as the focus of countless merchandising schemes for the past 90 years is about to have a big TV celebration.
ABC announced plans today for “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” a two-hour prime-time celebration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse, set to air Sunday, Nov. 4, on ABC. Acclaimed producer and director Don Mischer has signed on to produce and direct the program.
“From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films,” ABC says in the announcement, adding: “Superstars from music, film and television will join the festivities to celebrate the birthday of the internationally beloved character.”
A list of performers and special appearances is expected to be announced soon.
“Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on Nov. 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company,” the announcement notes. “From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.”
“Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” is produced by Don Mischer Productions. Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare are executive producers. Mischer will direct.