The official birthdays of Disney characters, as provided in calendars, episodes and comics.
- Mater - January 12
- Shown on his passport in the closing credits of Cars 2, also being a reference to John Lasseter's birthday.
- Donald Duck - June 9
- Donald's birthday occurs in The Three Caballeros, but it is stated to be happening on Friday the 13th, without mentioning any particular month. The cartoon short Donald's Happy Birthday shows Donald's birthday occurring on March 13th. However, recent promotional material and comic stories such as Don Rosa's "The Duck Who Never Was" give his birthday as June 9th, the same day that The Wise Little Hen was originally released in 1934. According to Dave Smith's book Disney Trivia from the Vault, it was changed to June 9th to be consistent with Mickey's birthday being the date his debut cartoon was originally released.
- Vanessa Doofenshmirtz - June 15
- Revealed in the episode "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together".
- Rope Girl - July 18
- Mentioned in the episode "It's Crandall Birthday - Bandit!"
- Dipper and Mabel Pines - August 31
- Alex Hirsch confirmed that Dipper and Mabel's birthday coincides with the end of summer, thus putting their birthday around late August. The date is given on a flier shown in "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future". The series finale "Weirdmageddon Part 3: Take Back the Falls" has the twins celebrating their 13th birthday at the end.
- Pluto - September 5
- From 1998 to 2002, Toon Disney would run special "Happy Birthday, Pluto!" station IDs in commemoration of the day that Pluto's debut cartoon, The Chain Gang, was originally released in 1930.
- Mickey Mouse - November 18
- While Mickey's birthday was always linked with his public debut in Steamboat Willie, it was actually celebrated on different dates prior to the 1970s. Due to errors on the studio's early press releases, Mickey's fifth birthday was celebrated on September 30th of 1933, his seventh was celebrated on September 28th of 1935, and his tenth was celebrated on September 27th of 1938. And in 1968, his fortieth birthday was celebrated on October 28th. It was not until the early 1970s that it was officially confirmed that Steamboat Willie's original release date in 1928, and Mickey's official birthday, was November 18th.
- Disney has officially stated November 18th is also Minnie Mouse's birthday, due to her having debuted alongside Mickey in Steamboat Willie. However, this does not seem to be the case in fiction; numerous productions that take place on Minnie's birthday do not mention it also being Mickey's birthday, and vice-versa.
The following characters' birthdays have provided clues as to when their birthdays occur by mentioning their astrological signs in the zodiac.
- In the DuckTales episode "A DuckTales Valentine", Launchpad McQuack mentions that he's an Aries, indicating his birthday is between March 21th and April 19th.
- In the comic "Donald Duck in Panama", Scrooge McDuck, checking his horoscope, mentions that he is a Gemini, which puts his birthday between May 21st and June 21st. When Huey, Dewey and Louie check their horoscope a page later, they mention that they are Leos, which would mean their birthday is between July 22nd and August 23rd.
- In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers comic story "Cobra Kadabra", Snout mentions that he is a Pisces, which would put his birthday between February 19th and March 20th.
- In the Recess episode "Outcast Ashley", Ashley Quinlan states that she is a Leo, thus revealing that her birthday is between July 22nd and August 22nd. In the same episode, Ashley Armbruster states that she is a Gemini, which indicates that her birthday is between May 20th and June 21st.
- In the Kim Possible episode "The Ron Factor", Ron mentions that he is a Virgo ("Dude, I am Virgo, but what's your name?"), which would put his birthday between August 22nd and September 22nd. However, in the later "Trading Faces", he says "I'm surprisingly nimble for an Aries," which would indicate his birthday is between March 20th and April 19th.
- In the American Dragon: Jake Long episode "Shapeshifter", Jake Long states that he is a Pisces, thus revealing his birthday is between February 18th and March 20th.
- Major Monogram mentions in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Operation Crumb Cake" that he is a Sagittarius, which would mean his birthday is between November 22nd and December 22nd. However, this conflicts with his birthday being celebrated in the summer in "Backyard Hodge Podge" (see below).
The following characters have given clues about when their birthday occurs, but did not give the specific date.
- In The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window?", it is shown that Rabbit's birthday is on the 30th of the unspecified month in which the episode takes place. This rules out February, as it has only 28 days (or 29 days in a leap year), and since the episode obviously is not set in wintertime, that also rules out December and January.
- In the Mickey Mouse Works short "Whitewater Donald", Daisy Duck mentions that it is Valentine's Day and also her half-birthday. This would indicate that Daisy's birthday is in the middle of August. However, in the short comic story "Forget Me Not", Daisy's birthday is given as December 1st.
- At the end of the Teamo Supremo episode "Will You Be My Valentine Bandit?", the Birthday Bandit asks Skate Lad, "Isn't your birthday in about a month or so?" This indicates that Skate Lad's birthday is in the middle of March.
- In the W.I.T.C.H. episode "Parents' Night", Elyon Brown mentions that her birthday is March 13th. But in the comic book, her birthday is October 31st.
- Phineas and Ferb had episodes that took place on the birthdays of Dr. Doofenshmirtz ("Raging Bully"), Linda Flynn ("Mom's Birthday"), Hildegard Johnson ("Run, Candace, Run"), Phineas Flynn ("Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!"), Stacy Hirano (mentioned in "Doofapus"), Major Monogram ("Backyard Hodge Podge"), Isabella Garcia-Shapiro ("Happy Birthday, Isabella"), and Jeremy Johnson ("Cheers for Fears"). However, none of these episodes mention the exact dates, so all that is known about these characters' birthdays is that they occur between the beginning of June and the end of August.
- In addition, according to the 104 Days of Summer! board game, Baljeet Tjinder's birthday is said to take place on the 13th day of summer vacation. Though this does not give a specific date, it does imply that Baljeet's birthday is in June.
- Also, Perry the Platypus has a birthday in the comic "Happy Birthday, Perry!"; thus, his birthday is likely also between these dates.
- In the Toy Story comic "The Return of Buzz Lightyear", Andy Davis receives a surprise gift from his grandmother during August, and his toys are surprised about this because Andy's birthday is not in August.
Kermit the Frog's birthday
While it is well known that Kermit the Frog was born in a swamp, the precise date of his birth is uncertain, with different months and days specified over the years (though it is unanimously agreed upon that he was born in 1955, the year he was created).
The earliest reference to Kermit's birthday came in an appearance on Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore on April 13, 1977. In that episode, Kermit celebrated his 21st birthday. As Karen Falk noted in an "Ask Henson" column circa 1999, "Kermit first appeared on television in 1955 (so he would have been 22 in 1977, but many show business people fudge their ages a bit!)." Falk also added that "the official year is 1955, but there is no official date. Besides - do you count when the egg was laid or when the tadpole lost his tail?"
In episode 406 of The Muppet Show, which was taped in May 1979 and aired in September of that year, Miss Piggy arranges a birthday tribute show for Kermit. However, the frog claims that his birthday is "about four months" away.
In 2005, with the 50th anniversary of Kermit's "birth," the issue of assigning a specific date resurfaced. A National Public Radio Morning Edition report, broadcast on May 9, claimed that Kermit was born on that day; the actual broadcast focused on Kermit's "birth" as a puppet creation as opposed to an actual celebrity, and chose May 9 since that was the date Sam and Friends debuted. The date was repeated on Wikipedia, in personal blogs, and other materials in 2005. However, most print news periodicals referred to "Kermit's birthday" only in terms of years. In contrast, MSNBC, in an August 21, 2005 article, claimed that Kermit would turn 50 "next month," possibly alluding to Jim Henson's own birthdate of September 24th.
In 2006, the May 9th date cropped up again, in a Ford press release promoting the debut of Kermit's Ford commercial during the Super Bowl on February 6, 2006. The press release, which treated Kermit not as a puppet but as genuine "celebrated actor, author, singer and journalist," included a biography of Kermit, which gave his birth date as May 9, 1955. However, when Kermit guest starred on Martha on October 5, 2006, the guest profile on the show's website insisted that Kermit was "'born' on May 9, 1955, in the mind of puppeteer Jim Henson," as opposed to a literal birth date.
The Muppets 2008 Day-at-a-Time Calendar also states Kermit's birthday as May 9th; the calendar page for that day pictures Kermit holding a present, with the words "Happy 53rd Birthday, Kermit!"
In his book Sesame Street Unpaved, David Borgenicht gave Kermit's birthday as February 29th, Leap Year Day. Since this is the only mention of this date, this could be interpreted as a joke about frogs leaping, and not as Kermit's official birthday.
In episode 106 of The Muppet Show, when Kermit and Jim Nabors discuss astrological signs during the talk spot, Kermit claims to be a Taurus, which would make his birthday between April 20 and May 20. While that's obviously a coincidence, it does give credence to May 9th as Kermit's birthday.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Jennifer Lee Twitter (5:07 PM - 2 Sep 2014 Tweet)
- ↑ Erik Adams; Alex Hirsch (July 31, 2014). "Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch previews the show’s new season by recapping its first". (Interview) (English). A.V. Club. "The kids are 12, going on 13, and 13 is when you’re technically a teen. Their birthday coincides with the end of the summer—I don’t think that’s been mentioned in the series yet—but this is the last summer of childhood."