A certain famous mouse is turning 90 years of age this very year-Can you take a guess at whom I am talking about? Well, he’s got red shorts, white gloves, and big yellow shoes: Yup, I am talking about M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!! Yes, it is none other than the one and only Mickey Mouse, who made his debut on November 18th, 1928 alongside his gal pal Minnie Mouse in one of the first sound cartoons, Steamboat Willie, and he would go on to appear in over 130 films, including such shorts as Through The Mirror, The Band Concert, and The Brave Little Taylor, and his tour-de-force appearance in the 1940 film Fantasia. In 1978, Mickey would become the very first cartoon character to have his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1930, Mickey became a comic strip character, having appearing in his very own comic strip by a man by the name of Floyd Gottfredson, running for 45 years. Mickey Mouse has also appeared in comic books and in such television shows as The Mickey Mouse Club, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, among others; He has also appeared in other forms of media such as video games, and he is even an ever-present character in Disney theme parks all across the globe.
The silhouette of the head of Mickey Mouse has become a most iconic image in American pop culture, having appeared in every brand of Disney merchandise imaginable; His most famous outfit is of course those red shorts, white gloves and certain yellow footwear, but on occasions he would wear appropriate costumes, such as a red bandmaster coat for The Band Concert, red overalls for shorts such as Clock Cleaners, or even a red cloak complete with a wizard’s cone hat for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in the Disney animated masterpiece, Fantasia.
Mickey Mouse was first voiced by the man who created him, Walt Disney, and was then followed by other such voices as Jimmy MacDonald, then Wayne Allwine, who voiced the mouse until his death from diabetes in 2009, thereby the voice of the mouse had been held by a former Hallmark greeting card artist by the name of Bret Iwan, and he is still voicing the character as of this writing.
Mickey Mouse has been featured on tons of merchandise, licensed by Disney, including lunchboxes and t-shirts; But the most popular merchandise of all, I think, happens to be the Mickey Mouse watch, made by a company called the Ingersoll Watch Company. In 1933, the company manufactured its very first Mickey Mouse watches; The seconds on the watch were indicated by a turning disc below Mickey. Those first watches were sold for $3.75 at the Century of Progress in Chicago, and I bet that they were a hot Christmas gift item then! Many companies such as Timex, Elgin, and Bradley have sold Mickey Mouse watches through the years, while Robert Langdon, a fictional character from novels by Dan Brown, stated that he wears a Mickey Mouse watch as a reminder to “stay young at heart”.
Mickey Mouse has also become the official mascot of the Disney theme parks here in America and elsewhere around the world, mainly Tokyo and Paris; He has even been honored with ten Oscar nominations for such short films as Mickey’s Orphans, Building a Building, Lend a Paw, Mickey and the Seal, and the recent one, Get a Horse!, which accompanied the most incredible film of all time, Frozen. And, as I have just mentioned earlier, in 1978, Mickey was even honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; That star is located on 6925 Hollywood Blvd. What’s more, on New Year’s Day 2005, he became the Grand Marshall for the Tournament of Roses Parade, becoming the very first cartoon character to receive such an honor, and only the second fictional character after Kermit the Frog in 1996! (Really?!)
It is ever so amazing that a character such as Mickey Mouse is 90 years old; And surely, that character has had quite the same popularity as such other famous cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, and even Donald Duck…Yes, I am including my favorite character here in this post…I hope that Mickey is not jealous!
Anyways, KALEIDOSCOPE would very much like to wish good ‘ol Mickey Mouse a happy and blessed 90 years, and I very much hope that future generations would get to experience that certain mouse for the very first time. Happy 90th, Mickey!