Happy 90th birth­day, Mickey Mouse!

As Mickey cel­e­brates his 90th birth­day, we look back at the mouse who launched the Dis­ney en­ter­tain­ment em­pire


HE’S cute, con­fi­dent, smart, sassy and mul­ti­tal­ented and he’s the owner of the most fa­mous pair of ears on the planet. At 90 years old he’s still go­ing strong – now how many stars have that claim to fame?

He is, of course, Mickey Mouse, the white-gloved, high-voiced mar­vel who en­abled his cre­ator to build an em­pire.

Award-win­ning movies, count­less TV shows, masses of mer­chan­dise, hugely prof­itable theme parks – they all fea­ture that fa­mous round head and in­stantly recog­nis­able ears.

Walt Dis­ney him­self never for­got the magic of the mouse he co-cre­ated. “I only hope we never lose sight of one thing,” he once said, “that it was all started by a mouse.”

To cel­e­brate his mile­stone birth­day, we look back at Mickey’s mar­vel­lous life.

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