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Mickey Goes to Moscow is a documentary special that aired on The Disney Channel on January 24, 1989. The special was narrated by Willard Scott.

Synopsis

This special documents Mickey Mouse's historic two-week visit to the Soviet Union in 1988, honoring a Disney film festival in which three classic animated features were screened in the country for the first time. As the festival traveled through Moscow, Tallinn, and Leningrad, Mickey was given a tour the USSR by Misha, the USSR's mascot for the 1980 Olympics, and they encountered many interesting sights and people.

Highlights

  • While in Moscow, Mickey visited Red Square, Gorky Park, Arbat Square, and the Embassy School, interacting with excited children (and their just-as-excited parents).
  • Eager people lining up to get buy tickets to see the four animated features in the special Disney film festival: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Bambi, and 101 Dalmatians; the latter three had never been screened in the USSR before. Opening night attendees were treated to live performances prior to the screenings.
  • Roy E. Disney's tour of Soyuzmultifilm Studios, Moscow's finest animation studio. At the end of his tour, Disney was presented with a surprise gift: The Marathon, a special film tribute to Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday, which would make its premiere on American television here.
  • After leaving Moscow, Mickey and Misha visit Tallinn, home to many grand monuments and medieval architecture dating from the 13th to 18th centuries.
  • Mickey's last stop was in Leningrad, called "the Venice of the North". While there, Mickey visited the world-famous Soviet circus, where he was invited onstage as a guest of honor.