jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th November 2018

Few people know that the famous mouse started its career as a replacement for Walt Disney’s first star cartoon figure, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The Mickey character was created with Ub Iwerks after Disney lost the rights to Oswald. At first, the mouse was named Mortimer, but reportedly Walt Disney’s wife didn’t like the name, and suggested Mickey instead.

Mickey Mouse premiered on screen on November 18, 1928 with the film “Steamboat Willie.” Almost eight minutes long, with sound effects and music, the short film already features Minnie Mouse and Mickey’s arch enemy, Pete. The audience and the media loved the cartoon that jump-started the Disney empire.

The first work starring Mickey, the silent film “Plane Crazy,” actually had a test screening six months before “Steamboat Willie,” but no film distributor was interested in it. In it, Mickey played Charles Lindbergh, the first aviator to fly flown nonstop from America to Europe. It was finally released in 1929, as a sound cartoon.

Mickey cavorted across the screen in black and white until 1935 before his films were produced in color. Walt Disney himself lent the mouse his voice from 1928 to 1946. The 1938 film “The Brave little Tailor” was considered very advanced technically, a model for cartoon animators worldwide well into the 1990s.

Pluto, who was first called Rover, joined the gang in 1930. The playful pet loves bones, and of course his owner, Mickey Mouse. Often enough, he smells something dangerous going on before Mickey notices. Unlike many other animals in the Disney kingdom, he doesn’t speak, he only barks and growls.

By 1939, Donald Duck started upstaging Walt Disney’s favorite character — so he dedicated a feature film to Mickey Mouse. “Fantasia,” an experimental animated masterwork set to classical music, netted Disney an Honorary Oscar in 1942. For his performance as the sorcerer’s apprentice, set to the music of Paul Dukas, the mouse would have deserved one, too.

The mouse that built an empire

Over the years, the lovable character appeared in over 130 films. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the official Walt Disney mascot, and merchandise featuring him is still popular to this day. “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse,” Walt Disney pointed out in 1954.

Mickey Mouse as described in Wikipeadia:

Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world’s most recognizable characters.

Created as a replacement for a prior Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debuting publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy’s Topolino, MM Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, and Wizards of Mickey, and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks.

Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Though originally characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy, usually seen as an honest and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning persona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey


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