Mickey Mouse is one of the most lovable characters ever created. As Walt Disney himself once said, “it all started with a mouse”! All of the Disney movies, TV shows, and amusement parks began when a young Disney drew cartoons of a mouse, who was then known as Mortimer Mouse. Today, Mickey Mouse is the most recognizable cartoon character in the world. He represents the entire Disney empire. Mickey’s first appearance in a film on November 18, 1928 in the movie “Steamboat Willie” which is why Mickey Mouse Day is on November 18th.
He has been appearing constantly in cartoons ever since. Mickey Mouse Day is a day to celebrate the world’s most famous mouse on the anniversary of his first appearance.
Mickey Mouse is recognized as the symbol of Disney, radiating happiness and excitement, and to this day he is loved by all types of audiences. Walt Disney’s immense success with Mickey Mouse was world-altering, leading up to all the current extensive success it has in different fields.
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing- that it was all started by a mouse.” -Walt Disney
Brief History of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney.
Mickey Mouse debuted on November 18, 1928 in “Steamboat Willie”.
Before Mickey Mouse, it was a similar character named “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”, due to conflicts with Universal, they lost rights to the character.
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks transformed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit into Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon with synchronized sound.
His cartoons ran before the main features in movie theaters.
The first time he spoke was in “The Karnival Kid” (1929) and it was the words “hot dogs! hot dogs!
The Mickey Mouse clubs was created in 1930.
In 1932 Walt Disney received an honorary Oscar.
Walt Disney has the most nominations and wins than any other person.
Mickey Mouse had his make-over in 1935, courtesy of Fred Moore, the most distinguishable detail added being his gloves.
During World War II, Mickey Mouse appeared on posters advertising war bonds and promoting national security.
The TV series launched in the 1950s.
In honor of his 50th birthday, he was the first animated character to get a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Mickey Mouse currently remains as the official mascot of Disney and the most recognizable character anywhere in the World.