Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday

If there is one quote from Walt Disney that I love more than any other it’s this one: “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” We’ve reached the beginning of a yearlong celebration of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. These two charming creatures were brought to life on November 18th, 1928. With a single short piece of animation, Walt Disney re-launched his career and created an entertainment dynasty that has grown over the last ninety years.

Mickey Mouse has an extensive history on and off screen. From his debut in 1928 in “Steamboat Willie”, he has featured in the Macy’s Day Parade, graced the red carpet and inspired fans across the globe to believe in dreams, wishes and the indomitable spirit of a little guy who doesn’t know when to quit.

Mickey Mouse was born a year before the start of the Great Depression. And while many other ventures, businesses, and dreams faded in that turbulent 10-year, Mickey Mouse thrived. His stick-to-it-ivism and optimism brought hope to a generation in despair. Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Disney cast of characters helped boost the war effort in World War II with shorts for the folks at home and as mascots and morale boosters for the troops abroad.

And when the war effort was over the fame and prestige that Walt Disney amassed after the birth of Mickey Mouse led to the realization of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and innovations that have spread beyond the theaters and the parks into the wide world beyond it.

That optimism is what keeps folks coming back for more in our own day and age. We all need to believe in the good in the world, in the hope of dreams and the power of the little guy to make the world a little bit brighter. So happy birthday Mickey Mouse, we are glad to know you and we hope for many more years of optimism and dreams in the days ahead.

Mickey Mouse and the Sword in the Stone

Photo curtesy of Kate K. of K8ilyeverafterpresents.com

A Brief History of Mickey Mouse

  • November 18th, 1928 – Steamboat Willie hits the silver screen as the first animation with fully syncopated sound.
  • January 11th, 1930 – The Mickey Mouse club started at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park California. By March 60 theaters were hosting the club. The club lasted for about 5 years before being phased out.
  • November 1934 – The Mickey Mouse balloon debuted in the ‘Macy’s Santa Clause Parade’ (Which we now call the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • February 23rd 1935 – the First color appearance of Mickey Mouse on screen.
  • February 18, 1939 – This is the debut of the modern versions of Mickey and Minnie.
  • November 13th, 1940 – Mickey Mouse has one of his most memorable roles as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the feature-length film ‘Fantasia’
  • July 17th, 1955 Mickey Mouse makes his Park Debut with the grand opening of Disneyland. The character went through a few costume changes over the years. The original version looking very little like the Mickey we know today.
  • 1955 – The Mickey Mouse club began to air. The Idea of wearing Mickey and Minnie ears was born from this show (Thank you, Roy Williams!)
  • October 1, 1971 – Mickey is present when the Magic Kingdom opens in Orlando Florida. Mickey also featured in the Mickey Mouse Review with a full cast of characters from the classic Disney films.
  • October 9, 1981 – Mickey Debuts in his very first Video Game appearance on the Game & Watch system.
  • June 18th, 1988 –Mickey’s Birthdayland opened in Disneyland to celebrate Mickey’s 60th
  • June 18th, 1988 – Mickey’s Toontown opens in the Magic Kingdom. This is the same year that Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film introduced the idea of a land where all the Toons lived when they weren’t on the screen. This was also in celebration of Mickey’s 60th
  • June 22nd, 1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit marks the only time that classic Disney characters shared the same screen with Warner Brothers classics like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
  • January 24, 1993 – Mickey’s Toontown opens in Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom iteration closed in 2011 to make room for the Storybook Circus expansion of Fantasyland.
  • September 30th, 2006 – Dream Along With Mickey is the first park appearance where Mickey is able to talk. Guests could hear Mickey’s voice during

This isn’t a comprehensive list of every one of Mickey’s milestones, but these are quite a few. If you know more milestones that you’d like to see us add to the list you can comment below! So happy 90th birthday Mickey Mouse, we’re glad to have you!

 

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