Look Who Just Turned 80!

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On Tuesday November 18, 2008, the eternally youthful-looking Mickey Mouse turned 80! The ever-smiling rodent celebrated his birthday quietly surrounded by his friends and family and of course thousands of fans, young and old.

Born from a sketch that Walt Disney did whilst on a bus, Mickey started his life as Mortimer. Luckily for us, his wife convinced him that Mortimer was a bad choice for a cartoon, and picked Mickey instead.

Mickey was first introduced to the World in 1928 in a seven-minute animated cartoon dubbed Steamboat Willie (see video below).

This was a big deal, as it was the first time a cartoon featured synchronized music and sound effects - which included Mickey whistling and blowing raspberries at the ship's captain.

The film, which was a great hit, also starred Minnie Mouse, but it was Mickey that became an overnight star. Soon, stores were flooded with all kinds of Mickey Mouse merchandise, and two years later the Mickey Mouse fan club, which is still very popular, was born.

Mickey's first major makeover happened in 1935, at the age of seven. Fred Moore, a young animator re-drew his body, making it more realistic. He also made him cuter by adding large pupils and a smaller button nose.

But most importantly, he gave Mickey some style, by sketching in the signature white gloves, that the new Mickey Mouse always wears.

These changes were important as this was the first year that Mickey's cartoon appeared in color.

By 1950, with 12 animated short films to his credit, Mickey was well on his path to stardom, adding a park and television show to his long list of achievements.

Now at 80, Mickey seems to have 'retired' from movies, but he still stars in his own TV show.

No matter what other fancy characters Disney introduces, Mickey remains a favorite among both kids and adults all across the Globe. Happy Birthday Mickey!

Sources: Timeinc.com

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26 Comments
  • Saoirse T.T Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:33 am
    I LOVE minnie and Mickey mouse and to nikunuyu try watching Mickey mouse clubhouse.
    • Luisa and lisaFriday, September 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm
      Congrats micky
      • bigmama123
        bigmama123Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm
        Good from home
        • hfhfjchjhjjjjcjMonday, March 14, 2016 at 6:39 am
          I love the song
          • richmondthunder
            richmondthunderMonday, February 29, 2016 at 10:35 am
            Happy Birthday Mickey
            • ItsharrySunday, January 24, 2016 at 8:39 am
              I loooooooooove this
              • disney loverThursday, June 4, 2015 at 8:42 am
                tashaz he is turning 87 in november
                • tashaz
                  tashazSaturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:51 am
                  Wow! He must be like 86 and hes turning 87 on November . Well does anyone know what the song is called the one on the start i really love it. And if you know it just reply to me
                  • moni22
                    moni22Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm
                    i use to love that show and still do
                    • z14
                      z14Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5:01 am
                      i can't believe hes that old