“It was all started by a mouse…” — Walt Disney (Disneyland, 1954).
In late 1920’s, Walt Disney was drawing a sketch on a piece of napkin… He could not even imagine that one day this little black mouse will be bringing millions of dollars every year.
10 Interesting Facts About Mickey:
- The concept of Mickey belongs to Walt Disney. However, the character has been designed by Ub Iwerks, who was a two-time Academy Award winning animator, cartoonist, character designer, and special effects technician. Iwerks was Walt Disney’s old friend and spent most of his career working with Disney.
- Mickey’s body has been designed out of circles in order to make the character simple to animate.
- Disney’s original name for the character was Mortimer Mouse. However, his wife Lillian persuaded him to change it to Mickey.
- Mickey is 85 years old. He has been officially introduced to the public in 1928. Mickey was born out of necessity when Walt discovered he had lost the rights to his previous character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
- Since his early years Mickey Mouse has been licensed by Disney to appear on different kinds of merchandise (such as stationery, plush toys, watches and alarm clocks). The first Mickey Mouse watches were manufactured in 1933.
- In 1934, Mickey was given an entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- On November 18, 1978, in honor of his 50th anniversary, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- The Walt Disney Company is well-known for protecting its trademarks. In 1989, Disney has threatened legal action against three daycare centers in Florida for having Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters painted on their walls.
- Hidden Mickeys became a pop culture phenomenon since 1989, after Arlen Miller wrote an article for Walt Disney World corporate magazine. Soon the news about Hidden Mickeys have spread worldwide.
- Mickey’s wardrobe in Walt Disney World (Orlando) has more than 175 different outfits, ranging from scuba diving suits to tuxedos and Halloween costumes.
Photos by Dasha Wagner