Disney Collectors Club and all our club members and friends want to wish Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse a very happy 85th birthday today.
(November 18th, 1928 first appearance in “Steamboat Willie”)
It is hard to believe that this lovable iconic cartoon mouse and the official Walt Disney Company mascot turns 85 today and we have got to say Mickey and Minnie still look fantastic.
Mickey was first seen in a short animated silent film called Plane Crazy which was produced and viewed as a single test screening to a theater audience on May 15th,1928 but had initially failed to pick up a distributor for the new film.
Mickey was created for a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an earlier cartoon character created by the Disney studio for a film producer,Charles Mintz, who was distributing through Universal studios.After getting upset over debates about a budget increase with Charles,Walt Disney and animator Ub Iwerks created a new mouse character for Disney which was originally named Mortimer Mouse but later changed it to Mickey Mouse upon his wife’s request.
Later that same year Disney released Mickeys very first cartoon with sound, named Steamboat Willie, which turned out to be very successful. This first Steamboat Willie cartoon with sound is Walt Disney Company’s official first release with the iconic mouse and his significant other Minnie Mouse and November 18th 1928 became the official birthday for the pair.
Plane Crazy was released again as a sound cartoon on March 17th,1929 and was the fourth film with Mickey to be released after the popular Steamboat Willie.
This was confusing to some as to which is the actual first Mickey Mouse Cartoon as Plane Crazy was the first to be PRODUCED by Disney while Steamboat Willie was the very first cartoon to be RELEASED by The Walt Disney company.
Mickey Mouse is without a doubt, the most recognized cartoon character in the world and has appeared in over 130 films, mostly short films but also appeared in feature length films as well.
“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” ~ Walt Disney, Disneyland, October 27, 1954
Mickey has had nine cartoons nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend A Paw won the award in 1942.On November 18th,1978, Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame.
The star is located on 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
- Mickey’s Orphans (1931)
- Building a Building (1933),
- Brave Little Tailor (1938),
- The Pointer (1939),
- Lend a Paw (1941),
- Squatter’s Rights (1946),
- Mickey and the Seal (1948),
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983),
- and Runaway Brain (1995).
Among these, Lend a Paw was the only film to actually win the award. Additionally, in 1932 Walt Disney received an honorary Academy Award in recognition of Mickey’s creation and popularity.
In 1994, four of Mickey’s cartoons were included in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons which listed the greatest cartoons of all time as voted by members of the animation field. The films were The Band Concert (#3), Steamboat Willie (#13), Brave Little Tailor (#26), and Clock Cleaners (#27).
Mickey Mouse was also featured as a comic strip character for 45 years, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson from January 13th, 1930 (first appearance) to November 15th, 1975 and appeared in television series like the Mickey Mouse Club which ran from 1955 to 1996.
- Mickey debut in 1928
- Black and white films 1929-1935
- Color films 1935-1953
- Television and other films
Links are for Wikipedia if you are further interested in discovering additional details of any of the Disney films listed here.
Mickey was the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2005. He was the first cartoon character to receive the honor, and only the second fictional character after Kermit the Frog in 1996.
Selected short films
Full length films
That is quite an accomplishment for a cartoon mouse that even after 85 years, Mickey and Minnie continue to bring smiles and giggles to the millions of Disney lovers everywhere.
A very Happy Birthday to Mickey and Minnie and we hope you have many more exciting adventures ahead for you.