Mickey Mouse, world’s most recognised cartoon character,
celebrates his birthday on November 18, check out some
interesting facts about this Disney character:
Mickey became an instant hit on November 18, 1928, with
the release of Steamboat Willie, the first ever cartoon
with synchronised sound. At that time, most other studios were
still producing silent films while Disney adopted sound and
raised the standard.
Walt originally wanted to call Mickey "Mortimer
Mouse", and it was changed to "Mickey Mouse" when
Walt’s wife Lillian said she felt that "Mortimer"
sounded too pompous and suggested another name that personified
the qualities of fun and humbleness.
In Opry House, a video short released on March 28, 1929,
Mickey started wearing white gloves. He went on to wear them in
most of his subsequent appearances until today.
Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 18, 1978, in honour of
his 50th anniversary. The star is located on 6925 Hollywood
Disney’s product licensing business began in 1929, when
Walt Disney accepted a deal with a stationery company for the
right to imprint Mickey Mouse on school writing tablets. This
later turned into what is now known as Disney Consumer Products,
a 23 billion dollar business (as of 2007 fiscal year end).
One of the most iconic Mickey Mouse products of all time
is the Mickey Mouse wrist watch. The first one was produced by
the Ingersoll-Waterbury company in 1933, and it was sold for
$2.95. The company presented Walt Disney with the 25-millionth
Mickey Mouse watch in 1957. Later, it became the foundation
company for the brand now known as Timex.
The creation of Mickey Mouse earned Walt Disney an
honorary Academy Award in 1932.
Mickey was given his own entry in the Encyclopaedia
Britannica in 1934.
Mickey appeared in colour for the first time in The
Band Concert, which premiered on February 23, 1935.
Mickey appeared in black and white for the last time in Mickey’s
Kangaroo, which actually premiered about two months after
the first colour one.
Mickey Mouse’ feature film debut in Fantasia in
1940 as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was one of his most famous
roles ever. The film introduced stereophonic sound to motion
pictures through a special sound system called Fantasound, and
cost $2.28 million to make.
In 1955, Mickey made his debut on television in The
Mickey Mouse Club television show.
According to Walt Disney, Mickey and Minnie Mouse have
never been married on screen. But, in 1933, during an interview
with Film Pictorial, Walt said, "In private life, Mickey is
married to Minnie... What it really amounts to is that Minnie
is, for screen purposes, his leading lady."
In designing and constructing a Disney theme park or
adding the final touches to an attraction, Disney Imagineers
subtly "hide" Mickey Mouse silhouettes in plain sight.
It, later, became a tradition known as "Hidden Mickeys".
One of Walt Disney’s most famous quotes about his
accomplishments is: "I only hope that we never lose sight
of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse." — TNS