The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You

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The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You
Directed by Gerald Potterton
Produced by William Litwack
Ronald A. Weinberg
Written by Don Arioli
Gerald Potterton
William Litwack
Starring Edward Asner
Roger Daltrey
Sonja Ball
A.J. Henderson
Liz MacRae
Judi Richards
Carlyle Miller
Dan Lebel
Tony Robinow
Paula Harding Howe
Music by Milan Kymlicka
Edited by Nathalie Rossin
France Animation S.A.
Distributed by Sony (CDA)
Western Publishing
Release dates
January 4, 1992 (1992-01-04)
Running time
30 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You is a Canadian children's animated short film directed by Gerald Potterton as part of The Real Story of... / Favorite Songs animated anthology series. The short was produced in Canada by Cinar (now known as DHX Media, previously and formerly known as Cookie Jar Group) and in France by France Animation in association with Crayon Animation and Western Publishing and was released in January 1992 in the USA. It also features the voices of Edward Asner and Roger Daltrey and was based on a real song (originally called Good Morning to All) written by Patty and Mildred J. Hill.


The story involves neglected child Olivia, whose only friends are Charlie the Horse and Barnaby the Stablehand. Olivia wants her own special birthday song, but her evil caretaker tries to keep her from hearing it.[1]


  • The Girlie Wants a Song
Music by Milan Kymlicka, Lyrics by Gerald Potterton
  • The Birthday Contest Medley
Music by Milan Kymlicka, Lyrics by Gerald Potterton
  • Happy Birthday to You
Used by permission Warner Brothers Music, Written by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill


Broadcast history[edit]

  • The film was first broadcast on CTV Television Network in Canada and later on HBO in the USA. It has also been airing on Cartoon Network and the BBC in the UK, ABC TV in Australia, and Arutz HaYeladim in Israel. All three channels have aired it along with all the other animated short films in The Real Story of... / Favorite Songs series.

Video releases[edit]