Mickey Mouse facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMickey Mouse
|First appearance||Steamboat Willie
November 18, 1928
|Created by||Walt Disney
|Voiced by||Walt Disney (1928–1966)
Carl W. Stalling (1929)
Clarence Nash (1934)
Jimmy MacDonald (1947–1977)
Wayne Allwine (1977–2009)
Les Perkins (1986–1987)
Bret Iwan (2009–present)
Chris Diamantopoulos (2013–present)
(see voice actors)
|Developed by||Floyd Gottfredson
|Occupation||Detective (MM Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine)|
|Family||Mickey Mouse family|
|Significant other(s)||Minnie Mouse|
Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world's most recognizable characters.
Created as a replacement for a prior Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debuting publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy's Topolino, MM Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, and Wizards of Mickey, and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks.
Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Though originally characterized as a cheeky antihero, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy, usually seen as an honest and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning persona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey.
Mickey Mouse has a pet; a dog. The dog is called Pluto. Pluto has 5 puppies with Minnie's dog, Fifi.
- Minnie Mouse (Girlfriend)
- Donald Duck (Best friend)
- Goofy (2nd Best friend)
- Pluto (Pet)
- Daisy Duck (Friend)
Images for kids
Concept art of Mickey from early 1928; the sketches are the earliest known drawings of the character, from the collection of The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Mickey in Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003).
Walt Disney, the co-creator of Mickey Mouse and founder of The Walt Disney Company, was the original voice of Mickey.
Mickey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Copying is not theft!" badge with a character resembling Mickey Mouse is a visual pun on Mickey as a symbol of the IP industry and its attitude towards copyright infringement.
Mickey Mouse Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.