Happy birthday to our favourite mouse!
It is Mickey’s 88th Birthday today, as back on 18th November 1928, Steamboat Willie was aired for the first time in New York.
Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon to be released with synchronised sound and therefore became an instant classic and favourite in households all over. And so our love for Disney began!
Since then, Mickey has been on loads of adventures and introduced us to a load of new characters that would be nothing without him!
50 years later in 1978, Mickey Mouse would be the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
You may also have never realised that there has never been any actual confirmation regarding the relationship between Mickey and Minnie. But, Walt explained in an interview in 1933 that, “In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie… What it really amounts to is that Minnie is, for screen purposes, his leading lady.
You won’t just find Mickey on screen, you’ll also find lots of ‘Hidden Mickeys’ around all of the Disney parks, which are silhouettes of Mickey’s famous face hidden in plain site around each area of the parks. Next time you’re there, see if you can spot a few!
Mickey Mouse is the symbol of all things Disney, all the films we love, the songs we adore and the characters that we idolise.
“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.”
So happy 80th birthday Mickey from all your biggest fans!