Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cheese Birthday Cake?

Mickey Mouse is one old rodent! This week Walt Disney's most famous cartoon creation turned 82.
Mickey’s first appearance with sound - and the first of his films to be distributed - was in Steamboat Willie on Nov. 18, 1928. (The falsetto-speaking mouse had appeared in Plane Crazy six months prior, alongside Minnie, but in that feature he was as quiet as a...well, mouse! )
Walt Disney provided the vocals for Mickey for the first 20 years and once quipped: "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known." (Hmmmmm...yes, well...there's no good answer to that, is there!). And if you really wanna know, the mouse first spoke actual words in The Karnival Kid in 1929.
In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In an effort to bring the famous mouse back into the modern spotlight, last year the Walt Disney Company announced they would be rebranding Mickey as a more mischievous mouse, starting with a new video game Epic Mickey, which is due for release at the end of this month.
If you're interested in seeing the entire 7min. Steamboat Willie, click here...
PS: 29 Nov.2011 - Life before Mickey Mouse! A lost Disney mouse cartoon that pre-dates Mickey has been discovered!

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