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Some curiosities about Mickey Mouse.👌🏻😌💁🏼

1. Disney created Mickey Mouse after he lost the rights to his very popular cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, to Universal Pictures. 2. Originally Mickey was going to be named Mortimer.

But, Walt’s wife, Lillian, nixed the idea saying that it sounded pretentious, and instead suggested the name Mickey.

Eventually a mouse named Mortimer did appear, but as Mickey’s enemy in the short Mickey’s Rival.   3. Plane Crazy (not Steamboat Willie) was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon ever created.

However, Plane Crazy failed to find distribution so it wasn’t initially released publicly.   4. Steamboat Willie was the first publicly released Mickey cartoon and it was an instant hit.

The short was also the first cartoon to have synchronized sound.   Walt Disney Walt Disney

5. Mickey’s official birthday is Nov. 18, 1928.

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It is the day that Steamboat Willie premiered at Colony Theatre in New York City. 

 6. Steamboat Willie and Plane Crazy cost $2,500 a piece to make.

Calculated for inflation, that’s roughly $35,000. 

 7. The Opry House (1929) is the first cartoon where Mickey is shown wearing his trademark white gloves. The first words Mickey ever spoke were “Hot dogs!”

He delivered this dialogue in the 1929 short, The Karnival Kid.  Walt was the voice of Mickey from 1928-1946.

He allegedly had to stop voicing the character after he damaged his voice due to his smoking habit.

Since then, only four other people have gone on to voice Mickey: first Jim MacDonald, followed by Wayne Allwine, and currently by both Bret Iwan and Chris Diamantopoulos. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

10. The first officially licensed Mickey Mouse product was a writing tablet, which was introduced in 1930.  Via blogs.disney.com  13. In one really bizarre 1930 comic book storyline, Mickey tries to commit suicide in various ways, after he suspects Minnie of cheating on him!   

   

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Needless to say, he does not succeed. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Via beyondthemarquee.com

He received the star in honor of his 50th birthday.

More about that dreams come true call Walt Disney on http://blogs.disney.com/insider/articles/2013/09/12/disney-treasure-hunters/

Angelica by Style of Life. 

Love my Vintage Mikey Mouse jacket! 

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