Mickey Mouse Turns 82

Mickey Mouse Turns 82

Mickey Mouse Turns 82 - Walt DisneyWalt Disney’s oldest cartoon character, Mickey Mouse turned 82 on November 18, 2010. The comic cartoon character resembling an anthropomorphic mouse has enthralled audiences worldwide with his squeaky clean image, comic capers and tricks. On his 82nd birthday, let’s take a closer look on how Mickey Mouse akka Mickey came to be.

Founded by Walt Disney in the year 1928, Mickey Mouse was the brainchild of Ub Iwerks who decided to create a new cartoon character for Walt Disney after the company fell out with its long standing business partner and cartoon developer Charlz Mintz of Universal Studios over a larger budget for the then hit cartoon series, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

At first, the creators of the character thought of naming Mickey Montimer Mouse after which they decided on the name Mickey Mouse as they felt it would be more appealing to kids and families alike.

Mickey Mouse first featured on a full length cartoon film in ‘Steam Boat Willie’ which released on November 18, 1928. He had however appeared in two other cartoons, ‘Plane Crazy’ and ‘The Gallopin’ Guacho’ prior to the release of Steamboat Willie which were silent episodes that failed to make a mark due to lack of distributors for the films.

After Steamboat Willie was lapped up by the audiences, Walt Disney found out that it had a new star in the rising and churned out one cartoon after another featuring Mickey Mouse, his girlfriend Minnie Mouse and the notorious Black Pete.

Soon Mickey Mouse was a household name and in 1978, on his 50th anniversary, he became the first cartoon character in the world to have a star named after him in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located on 6925 Hollywood Blvd, if you want to take a closer look.

Throughout his cartoon career, Mickey Mouse competed for fame with Bugs Bunny (cartoon creation of Warner Bros.’). Though both cartoon characters remained on their own shows, they chose to or rather, their makers chose to cast them alongside each other in the Robert Zemeckis Disney/Amblin film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (made in 1988). But this happened only when both companies came to a final conclusion about the screen time shared by each character in the film(right down to a micro second frame).

Mickey Mouse Turns 82 - Walt Disney

In 1990, Mickey Mouse featured alongside Kermit the Frog in the television special The Muppets at Walt Disney World. In 2004, the muppets were purchased by the Walt Disney Company itself.

Mickey has also appeared in the ‘Runaway Brain’, a short theaterical cartoon that released in 1995. He has also made an appearance in several made for video features, including Mickey, Donald, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas and Goofy: The Three Musketeers.

Mickey also enjoyed the position of the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in 2005. Currently, he features as the leader in Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is all set to feature in another yet untitled Disney film.

Set to release on November 30, 2010, ‘Epic Mickey’ is a video game that will project Mickey as a more mischevious rodent in sharp contrast to his usual innocent demeanor as is seen in his previous films.Walt Disney has announced the change in order to bring one of it’s favorite children, Mickey Mouse back into the spotlight.

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