November 18th marks the birthday of one of America’s greatest animated icons, Mickey Mouse. To celebrate the occasion, Disney went all in with a Spanish-language animation called “¡Felíz Cumpleaños!” Released in 2015, “¡Felíz Cumpleaños!” stars Mickey and the gang, decked out in various traditional Mexican outfits, on the day of Mickey’s birthday. But what starts out as a celebration quickly turns into a full on-war, as evil piñatas invade their small town.
Led by the “Piñata Boss,” played by Danny Trejo, the bad guys go into full-on piñata war mode leading Mickey to face the dreaded mordida.
The short animation was obviously a labor of love, and Disney spared no expense bringing it to life. The team responsible included Emmy Award-winning Alonso Ramirez Ramos, from “Gravity Falls,” who worked as storyboarder and director, as well as Paul Rudish, from “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” who acted as executive producer. The result of their efforts is an animation that retains the spirit of Mickey Mouse, while celebrating the charm of the Mexican culture they bring to life.
Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928’s “Steamboat Willie,” which also holds the distinction as being the first animation with synchronized sound.
Mickey’s 87-year career began with “Steamboat Willie,” a short that took about three months to complete, and cost about $5,000 USD. In today’s money, that’s in the ballpark of $68,000). However, some hardcore Disney fans will point to the deep cut, “Plane Crazy,” as the actual first appearance of Mickey earlier in that same year. You can check out that film here.
Happy Birthday Mickey! Here’s to 87 more years of enjoyment.
La mordida, the Mexican tradition of shoving someone’s face into a cake, is always cause for laughter, but this Latina teen is going viral for brilliantly dodging a face filled with icing.
On Monday, Emory posted a video on Instagram of her high school graduation-slash-birthday party. In the short clip, the Latina, who turned 18, is seen doing something most Mexican kiddies only dream of: evading la mordida.
Right when three partygoers push Emory’s head into her rectangle cake, she places a paper plate over her face. As the crowd cheers and chuckles, it’s Emory who has the last laugh when she arises. The teen, with slight white and blue icing on the top of her forehead, reveals a clean face, with her black eyeliner, mascara and gloss all still in tact.
“Bitchhhh,” she yells in a green tank top and denim shorts as her friends and relatives hurray even louder, realizing that Emory cleverly turned the joke on them.
While just a few seconds long, the video has gone viral, with more than 112 thousand views and 245 comments.
The clip has even been shared by influencers like Daquan, whose post, which suggested Emory has a 200 IQ, has more than 3 million views.
Viewers were stunned by the teen’s savvy.
“She just completely changed the entire game! How did we not think of this when we were kids,” one user commented.
“This girls going places fur sure,” another one added.
While it’s common practice in most cultures to put a little icing on the person celebrating their birthday, in Mexico, and Mexican-American communities throughout the US, the fun (or misery, depending on who you ask) goes a little further.
During birthday celebrations, it’s tradition for family and friends to hover around the person who’s going to blow their candles out and chant, “mordida,” “mordida,” “mordida,” which is a call for the cake smash.
No one is safe from la mordida, which translates to “bite” or “take a bite,” not babies celebrating their first birthdays or elders commemorating their feat over the hill.
But now, thanks to Emory’s genius, we all have a quick shield we can use the next time we hear a crowd shouting “mordida.”
If you have ever invited a non-Latino friend to a birthday party, there are a few warning you have to give. Unos consejitos, as they say. First, your gringo friend has to realize that some folk get very competitive when bashing a piñata, and some mild violence may occur (if your friend falls on the right end of the political spectrum, you might need to warn him that said piñata might be shaped like the current POTUS). You also have to give fair warning on abuelita tactics: your abue will try to overfeed your invitado, in a show of pure Latino hospitality.
But perhaps the most out-there costumbres that nuestra gente have revolve around the birthday cake. When the cake arrives, your primas might take off their rings and place them gently around the candles, a ritual that is supposed to bring good luck. But the queen of all costumbres is the classic Mordida. Your convo with your guest might go something like this: “Look, before everyone has a slice of cake, the birthday girl will be pushed onto the cake and will end up all covered in icing”. The guest will look at you con cara de WHAT. You will continue: “Yes, a hair or two might fall on the cake, in which case you ignore it. Some lipstick might remain on the icing. In which case you also ignore it. And if the person does not want to do La Mordida, then someone will push their face. We will know it is coming
When people start singing Mordida, mordida, mordida, clapping feverishly”.
Most of the times, the birthday girl ends up looking like this:
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However, there are true female warriors and defenders del buen estilo that have managed to remain classy during and after the pinche Mordida. This is a considerable feat, considering the stickiness and general mess involved in a merengue-rich Mexican pasteleria style cake.
Here are some of these wonder women of all ages!
This little princess and her mami, who have mastered the art of mess-free Mordida
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Look at the immaculate hair fascinator sported by this tiny princes del cumple. Her mom has the football grab nailed down to allow for a tiny besito on that Little Pony masterpiece. The cake remains almost intact, and so does her style.
Twinkle and bite, little star
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This chamaquita is doing the bare minimum so her cake doesn’t get all guacala and she can keep her face and her hair intact. Respect.
Look at this balancing act!
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So let us get this straight: this mom is carrying a baby while someone holds a cake and she is still giving Kate Middleton vibes while pecking the cake. Double…. triple respect!
Rosa nada salvaje
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The perfect distance for the deed: far enough so they can’t push you, but close enough to barely touch the icing. The pink dress will remain untouched. Great technique, reina!
La Sirenita preciosa
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This other little one did not let the cake ruin her Ariel outfit. She kept the merengue pretty contained to one area of her face, the area that can then be cleaned by kissing mom. What a perfect Mordida blueprint.
The best way to prevent a mordida: look menacing
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We can’t get over this little girl’s face and her dad’s contemplative gaze. He knows that he is in BIG trouble if the Mordida is even thought of! Her face is so gangster and cute at the same time.
It is all about the hair
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This girl turned 25, an age in which el qué dirán can be pretty brutal. So just like any long-haired person knows if they have had a bit too much to drink and need to, well, to throw up, the key to keeping your dignity is to meticulously hold your hair. Sore Castillo did it in an understated, yet effective way.
This blast from the past that shows no mess
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When browsing through old photo albums get rid of all evidence of a Mordida ever happening. This is what user @febev did, instead of posting a before-Mordida shot on her Insta. It is better not to show the aftermath of the sugary apocalypse.
If only life was like stock photography!
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Stock photos have given us some fantastic memes. They show ridiculous and super fake situations. Just look at this elegant lady about to take a Mordida on the cake. Sure, we all celebrate with our loved ones still holding their perfectly wrapped presents while a pristine cake is about to be a victim of the infamous tradition.
The queen of Mexican pop Thalia is class personified, even giving a Mordida
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We mean, is she even real? How can someone’s smile look so radiant after having had their face smashed into a sweet decadent delight?
Mordida in the age of Instagram?
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That’s why we can’t have nice things. The Mordida has been gentrified! Yes, non-Latinos are now embarrandose cake all over the face and posting glam shots. Look at these three: cultural appropriation much?
Don’t give me gato por liebre: that #adultcakesmash thing is La Mordida!
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There is now a trend of women turning 30 and organizing a photo shoot while doing a Cake Smash, which is gringo for La Mordida. To be honest, Tonya here looks super cute doing it, so we give her a pass. No sean criticones.
That cake is a true fashion statement!
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We can’t get over this girl’s amazing smile. She seems unbothered by the fact that her whole face is covered in artificial food coloring. We are sure, however, that Lady Gaga would love this look and perhaps incorporate it in one of her outlandish shows.
No pushing, porfavorcito
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We love this little one’s determination. If the damn Mordida is gonna happen, it will be on her terms. By the way, that giant Oreo cake is cool as, o no?
Never too young to learn
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This bebita who must be around four or five months old is, however, already well versed in the art of ladylike Mordidas. Wisdom travels from generation to generation.
When Salma was classy but Jimmy Kimmel got smashed
Salma Hayek is the epitome if Mexican class, so when she visited Jimmy Kimmel she didn’t lose her cool…. whole smashing Jimmy’s face straight into a cake. Only she can pull this off and ser elegante.
Dos pueden more than one
Double trouble or how to give a double mordida and look cute while doing it.