Happy Birthday, Mickey!
Mickey Mouse’s birthday is November 18, 1928. That’s when the iconic mouse first appeared, in the animated short “Steamboat Willie” at the Colony Theater in New York City.
Here is some fun Mickey Mouse trivia to share with your Disney fan-crazed friends:
- Mickey’s name was “Mortimer” at first, until Walt Disney’s wife suggested “Mickey” instead.
- The first short Mickey was created for was “Plane Crazy” (which was released after “Steamboat Willie”), which Walt wrote on a train from Chicago to L.A.
- Animators used popular comedic film stars, like Charlie Chaplin, as inspiration for how Mickey should move.
- The first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by a theater owner in California. He devoted Saturdays to showing only Mickey Mouse shorts, and led children in a Mickey Mouse pledge.
- The first time Mickey spoke on screen was in “The Karnival Kid,” the ninth Mickey short. It was released in July of 1929. His first words? “Hot dog!”
- Walt Disney wasn’t satisfied with the voice actors speaking for Mickey, so he decided to do it himself, until about 1947
- A Mickey Mouse comic strip, by animator Ub Iwerks, was launched in January of 1930. It was printed in 40 newspapers in 22 countries.
- Mickey Mouse’s merchandise debut was on a pad of paper designed for children.
- The first Mickey Mouse doll was designed in 1930.
- Mickey’s first appearance in the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” once known as the “Macy’s Santa Claus Parade,” was in 1934. The balloon was 40 feet tall, was hand painted, and the handlers were all dressed as Mickey Mouse.
- “Mickey Mouse Village” was a contender when Walt was naming “Disneyland Park”
- Mickey Mouse was the first animated character to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was unveiled on his birthday in 1978.