July 28, 2022 9 min read
If you are human you must have at least once in life across Mickey Mouse. This legend has been raising a new generation of children since early 1900s and has been timeless. One might have seen him in newspaper, or as mischievous adventurer on the beefy TV in the 80s, 90s and 2000s or running his own clubhouse on modern day Disney channel and lately on their streaming services. Let's see how the journey of the mouse began?
Mickey Mouse is arguably the most well-known and well-known cartoon character of all time. Though he is no longer as rambunctious and mischievous as he once was, this iconic character continues to represent goodwill, kindness, friendship, and imagination.
Walter Elias Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928 as a replacement for his lost creation Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, whom he had lost to Universal Studios earlier that year. Disney collaborated with cartoonist Ub Iwerks to create a cartoon mouse based on a childhood pet named Mortimer. Lillian, Walt's wife, persuaded him to change the name, and thus "Mickey Mouse" was born. Walt debuted Mickey in a short called Plane Crazy, which he co-directed with Ub as the main animator.
Despite the film's failure in theatres, Walt and Ub went on to create another short called the Gallopin Gaucho, which pitted Mickey against Black Pete, a character from Disney's early days who would soon become Mickey's arch-enemy.
In this short, Mickey was more heroic, but still a rogue; he and Pete would fight for Minnie's heart; Mickey would win the battle, and he and Minnie would ride into the sunset... on an ostrich.
Mickey's first shorts were a flop, but after some thought, Walt cast Mickey in his third short, the legendary.
This was the first Mickey Mouse short to find a decent distributor and the first Mickey cartoon with sound, and it launched Mickey into stardom.
Mickey, with a new design and a slightly less mischievous demeanour, appeared in a slew of cartoon shorts and comic books. Mickey quickly surpassed other popular cartoons like Felix The Cat and Popeye. Mickey Mouse was the first fictional character to have his name etched on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mickey also began to appear in comic books and comic strips, which he continues to do to this day.
Mickey's popularity dwindled as he became more passive. Donald Duck got his feisty mischievousness, while Goofy got his innocent naivety.
Lets see some of the interesting and unknown facts about this legendary Mouse.