"Bad Ear Day" is the ninth episode of Mickey Mouse.
Mickey unbelievably loses his trademark round ears and has to hunt them down.
Mickey is fast asleep when a phone call wakes him. It’s Minnie; and Mickey is late for their date and has fifteen minutes to meet her at the theatre. While in the bathroom getting ready, Mickey’s fan blows his ears clean off his head, out the window and into the night sky.
Mickey has now gone deaf and is left wandering the streets, looking for his missing ears. With his ears nowhere to be found, he runs into his pal Goofy and engages him in a one-sided conversation until a frustrated Mickey takes Goofy’s ears to use as his own. It’s then that Mickey overhears hockey play-by-play from a nearby television shop where the broadcaster announces that there are three pucks on the ice and Mickey realizes two of them must be his ears! Mickey runs to the arena, jumps on the ice and scores a one-puck, two-ear game-winning goal.
With his ears back on his head, he rushes off to meet Minnie. He joins her in their seats just in time for the start of the show but when he realizes they are watching the opera, he removes his ears again so he can enjoy it in peace.
Character Voice Cast
- Chris Diamantopoulos - Mickey Mouse
- Russi Taylor - Minnie Mouse
- Bill Farmer - Goofy
- Don Cherry - Hockey Game Announcer
- Paul Rudish
- When Mickey rushes into the city to find his ears, a sign advertising King Candy can be seen in a window.
- Another sign reads "Family Books, est. 1955" (a possible reference to Disneyland's opening year).
- When Mickey is getting ready for his date, a bottle of after-shave called "Old Mice" (a reference to Old Spice) can be seen next to the sink.
- This short has a lot of similarities with Mickey's Delayed Date, except for the fact that Mickey doesn't lose his ears like what happens here.
- The setting of the second episode, "Yodelberg", is shown on Mickey’s pillow at the beginning.
- The aria that Clara Cluck is clucking to is Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville, by Gioachino Rossini.
- Because of the deaf-like nature of the episode, some viewers commented that they thought their speakers were broken when they viewed this episode for the first time.
- This is the first episode in which Mickey panics.