Disney Movie Club: Mickey Mouse
The most popular animated character of all-time is undoubtedly Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is the creation of Walt Disney with the help of fellow animator Ub Iwerks. While he was originally nothing more than a cartoon character, he has transformed into one of the most recognized symbols in the world. How did this astounding character come to be?
Walt Disney had already achieved a certain amount of success with his character “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.” However, his distributor swindled the rights to the character and hired away most of Disney’s staff. After meeting his contractual obligations with Oswald, Disney experimented with a number of different animals including a horse, cow, and frog. A new character was on the horizon. When Walt was a boy in Missouri, he had a pet mouse. His love for this mouse would finally inspire one of the greatest animated characters of all time. He asked Iwerks to come up with some sketches of a lovable little mouse and the initial drafts called the loveable mouse “Mortimer Mouse.” Luckily his wife talked him out of the idea and they came up with the idea of “Mickey.”
Mickey Mouse was first seen in a short movie called “Plane Crazy.” In this movie, Mickey fancies himself an aviator. He and Minnie take a flight during which Minnie parachutes from. Mickey eventually crashes the plane. The short received mixed reviews and did not fare as well as Disney had hoped.
Mickey eventually broke through with the movie “Steamboat Willie.” This was generally credited as Mickey’s official debut. The reason behind this is that this feature actually got picked up by a distributor, while the older Mickey shorts did not. While this wasn’t the first cartoon to have sound, it was the first one to synchronize the sound with the action. It is interesting to note that Disney personally performed the voices for Mickey and Minnie.
The path to becoming a worldwide icon was set. Disney capitalized on Mickey’s popularity by putting his likeness on everything from lunch boxes to movie cases. Presently, those big black ears are recognized by practically anyone. In recent years, his regard has continued with children as a result of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoon and similar shows. As each generation introduces him to the next, the appeal of Mickey Mouse knows no bounds.
Mickey Mouse can be seen in a number of loved movies and cartoons. If you would like to introduce your family to his high antics, enroll in the Disney Movie Club today. You can have classics like “Fantasia” delivered right to your door. Share the magic tonight!