Facts about Mickey Mouse

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1. A Famous Cartoon Character

Mickey Mouse made the debut on film screens in November, 1928. He starred on the very first sound cartoon called Steamboat Willie. Since his initial appearance, Mickey Mouse grew to become a global personality not only as a personification of all things Disney but also as one of the top universal symbols in the 20th Century. Mickey Mouse is the most popular character in Walt Disney.

 2. Created on a Train Ride

Mickey Mouse was conceptualized during a train ride in early 1928. Walt and his wife created the character while travelling on a train to Los Angeles from New York where they had attended a business meeting that saw them lose Walt’s cartoon copyright for Oswald the Rabbit. Walt spent his train ride time thinking of a small mouse wearing red velvet pants.

 3. Mickey Mouse was originally Mortimer

When Walt Disney created the little mouse in white gloves and red velvet pants and named him Mortimer. However, his wife implied upon him to name him Mickey. Walt had changed the Mouse’s name to Mickey by the time the train ride was over. The name Mortimer ended up being used in a new cartoon character that was featured as Mickey’s rival.

 4. Initially, no Distributor wanted the Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Walt and Ub Iwerks, his head animator worked to produce Mickey Mouse’s first silent cartoon called Plane Crazy. However, no distributor was interested in purchasing the film. Walt began producing a second silent cartoon called Gallopin’ Gaucho. In 1927, the Warner Brothers began producing talkies which brought silent films to an end. Walter worked on a 3rd Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie with sound. This cartoon was first screened in New York and it became a great success.

 5. 87 Cartoons Starred Mickey Mouse in 1930’s

In 1930’s, 87 cartoons starring Mickey Mouse were produced. These cartoons included a whole family of animations including Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Peg-Leg-Pete and many more. Walt Disney received an Oscar award for his creation.

 6. Mickey Mouse Club

In 1929, the popularity of Mickey Mouse led to the creation of a Mickey Mouse Club that met each Saturday afternoon for games and cartoons in local theatres. Mickey Mouse’s career reached its peak when he starred in Fantasia as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. On this production, Mickey interpreted music into shapes, colors, story and movement.

 7. Mickey Mouse appearance on Posters and Badges during World War II

The Disney Studio halted commercial production at the onset of World War II and focused on helping the war effort. During the War, Mickey Mouse was featured on posters and badges urging purchase of War and national security bonds. Mickey Mouse resumed cartoons after the War and featured on Fun and Fancy Free.

 8. 1st Cartoon Character on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

Mickey Mouse became the 1st cartoon character to have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He was accorded the star in 1978 on his 50th anniversary. Today, Mickey Mouse is 87 years old. Mickey Mouse has also been honored through creation of Disney theme park ‘lands’. These are Mickey’s Starland that opened in 1988 at Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Toontown that opened in 1993 in Disneyland and later in 1996 in Tokyo’s Disneyland.

 9. Opening of Disneyland

Mickey Mouse played an important role in the opening of Walt Disney World Resort in 1971. He also helped open the Tokyo Disneyland in 1983 and Disneyland Paris in 1992.

 10. Mickey Mouse Character

As a cartoon character, Mickey Mouse helped satirized foibles in 1930s and taught people to be happy and laugh. He portrayed a character that dreamt big and his dreams were global. He appeals to different groups for his ability to make people laugh.

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