Mickey Mouse is headed for his next milestone. The world’s favourite rodent is turning 90 and Sky TV is marking the event with a series of shows. We take a look at some of Mickey’s milestones.
We celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse debuted publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie (November 18, 1928), one of the first sound cartoons – but Mickey did not speak until his ninth film The Karnival Kid. His first words? “Hot dogs!”
Walt Disney originally envisaged Mickey as a rabbit called Oswald while he was working at Universal Pictures. When he lost the rights to that character, Oswald was transformed into a mouse with the help of Disney’s oldest friend – animator Ub Iwerks. Disney originally penned the name ‘Mortimer Mouse’, but his wife said it sounded too arrogant and suggested the humble Mickey.
Although they don’t live together, Walt confirmed in 1933 that Mickey and Minnie are, in fact, happily married.
Mickey was the first cartoon character awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His star was revealed on his 50th birthday – November 18, 1978.
Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular candidates at the US voting
booths, often used in protest instead of ‘none of the above’.
Mickey has undergone a couple of rebrands over time. At first, he was characterised as a naughty anti-hero, before being given a ‘nice guy’ makeover, instead focusing on qualities such as honesty, bravery, and a serving of humble pie. In 2009, Mickey became just a little bit less friendly in favour of an even more adventurous and cheeky spirit.
In 2017 the Disney Corporation, which also owns five film studios, a cruise liner and media franchises, had global revenues of £41 billion. As Walt Disney said, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”