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Mickey Mouse Facts



The first animated cartoon Mickey Mouse was in was called Steamboat Willie.

Steamboat Willie made its debut on November 28, 1928.

One of Walt Disney's early trusted employees, UB Iwerks, helped Walt create the famouse mouse.

Mickey Mouse has had an appearance in more than one hundred twenty movies and films.

The Mickey Mouse newspaper comic was shown for more than forty five years.

Mickey Mouse's dog is Pluto.

Mickey Mouse's girlfriend is Minnie Mouse. Pete is Mickey's arch rival to try and woo over Minnie.

The Mickey Mouse character was created because Walt Disney needed a character he could control, after being told by Universal they would decide what what done with Oswald the Rabbit.

Mickey Mouse was originally drawn in a circular design, such as his head and ears, so it would be easier for animators to draw the character.

Mickey only has three fingers and a thumb on each hand.

The original voice for Mickey Mouse was Walt Disney himself.

Mickey Mouse's eyes were changed from being solid black to white with black pupils in 1939. Compare the eyes in the 1928 picture from Steamboat Willie above, and this picture from The Sorcerer's Apprentice released in 1940:

Disneyland first opened its doors to the public in 1955.

The first cartoon character to be rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is Mickey Mouse.



The Grand Rapids Creamery Ad

Yes, this was a real advertisement by a real company. We believe it is from the 1930s. No, it would probably not be approved today.



Walt Disney Signatures

Walt Disney tended to use two distinctly different types of signatures throughout his life. Most commonly see, he used a cursive style when signing legal documents and checks. In earlier years he also used a large "Block Style" signature during the 1930s and Disney's early years.

Here are two comparison documents. The top is from 1951 on Disney letterhead. The bottom is from 1934 in an informal book signing:







 


 


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