The most famous cartoon and comic books hero is not a Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, or Ninja Turtles. The most popular and world-beloved cartoon and comic book character in the world is the Mickey Mouse, who has already been at the peak of his popularity for almost 95 years. For more than nine decades, this animated character remains one of the favorite heroes until this day. According to statistics, the Mickey Mouse is more popular than Santa Clause.
The Beginning of Disney Era
Mickey Mouse appeared on the screen in the 1928. It was an animated movie called Steamboat Willie. It was the first animated movie with the full soundtrack and multiple voices. Of course, it caused a revolution in the history of cinema as the dominant type of cinema was a silent movie at that time. Mickey Mouse spoke in a Walt Disney voice then.
Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney himself together with one of the most talented creators of his team, Ubu Iwerks. Initially, their character was named Mortimer, but Lilian, the wife of Walt Disney, convinced both men that the name of Mickey was more appropriate for the mouse.
In just a couple of years, Mickey became one of the favorite cartoon subjects. As a result, his friends were created soon: the duck Donald, his crush beautiful lady duck Daisy, the restless dogs Pluto and Gufi. All these cartoon characters remain popular to this day.
How Did a Rabbit Turn into a Mouse?
Originally, Mickey Mouse was a rabbit named Oswald. It was the first animated character that had a distinctive personality, and in appearance it was quite similar to the current Mickey Mouse. The rabbit was created by Walt Disney himself while he was working in the movie-making company Universal Pictures, but in the face of a copyright conflict, the company got the character, as well as several animators who worked on the movie about Oswald.
After losing the case and being left without his character, Walt Disney decided to create a new character who would be wholly owned by his company, and along with the Ubu Iwerks (he was one of the animators who did not betray Walt Disney and remained with him after the conflict with Universal Pictures) invented the mouse Mortimer, which eventually became Mickey.
Facts About Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse wears white gloves to make it possible to see his hands, otherwise they would seem the same as his body and would disappear on the screen. This was especially important in the past when animation technology was not as advanced as they are today. The first words said by Mickey Mouse on the famous movie were “Hot Dogs!”
Mickey Mouse is the first animated character that received the star of his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It happened in 1978 to celebrate the 50th birthday of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney has said that Mickey Mouse and the lady Minnie Mouse are married but they keep their marriage private and do not even have a common home. Mickey Mouse has only four fingers, because five fingers seemed like a bunch of bananas to Walt Disney.