Today is the 84th birthday of one of the world’s best loved and recognized animated creatures. A little mouse known as Mickey Mouse. Sometimes he’s portrayed as shy, and other times as mischievous, but he’s always lovable. Sometimes he has tail, sometimes he doesn’t. Fans don’t seem to care, they just love him. Since he debuted in an animated short called, Steamboat Willie, he has graced television shows, movies, merchandise, and all sorts of things. Here he is on the face of a Ferris wheel at Disney’s California Adventure.
Here’s a few trivia things about Mickey Mouse:
1. Walt Disney originally named him Mortimer Mouse, but his wife suggested Mickey Mouse.
2. While Walt may have drawn the first sketch of Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks animated the mouse.
3. Walt was the original voice for Mickey Mouse.
4. Mickey wasn’t the first popular animated creature that Walt Disney created. Before Mickey, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. However, Disney didn’t own the rights to Oswald, Universal did. Mickey was created so that Disney could retain the rights to his own creation when he no longer had a say in what happened to Oswald. The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to Oswald in 2006 and he’s been making a comeback to Disney fans (myself being one of them). Oswald, not surprisingly, looks like Mickey but has rabbit ears instead of mouse ears. Go ahead and click the link above to see him.
5. Mickey’s girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, shares his birthday, as she also debuted in Steamboat Willie.
6. The Disney company consider Mickey’s debut to be Steamboat Willie, even though he appeared in two undistributed shorts earlier that year (Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho). Steamboat Willie was the first Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound, which may have lead to the success of Mickey Mouse.
7. Besides Walt Disney, Mickey has been voiced by Jimmy MacDonald, Les Perkins, Wayne Allwine, and Bret Iwan. Wayne Allwine, who died in 2009, was married to Russi Taylor, the voice for Minnie Mouse.
8. Mickey is the official mascot of all Disney parks.
9. Starting with President Harry Truman, Mickey Mouse has met all U.S. Presidents except for Lyndon B. Johnson.
10. I’ll leave with a video in which Walt says, “It all started with a mouse.” The video also has different incarnations of Mickey through the years.
Do you know any interesting facts about Mickey Mouse?