Disney Celebrates 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse With Stunning Art Exhibition


A special temporary exhibit in New York celebrates Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary (Credit: Disney)

Walt Disney’s iconic and adorable rodent Mickey Mouse turned 90 this year! To pay homage to the mouse “who started it all,” the Disney Corporation recently unveiled “Mickey: The True Original,” a 16,000-square-foot immersive art exhibition in Manhattan, New York. Open to the public from November 8, 2018 to February 10, 2019, it features stunning Mickey-inspired exhibits created by over 20 contemporary artists from all over the world.

A life-sized steamboat features prominently in the “Hello Mickey” installation (Credit: Disney)

Among the highlights is the “Hello Mickey” installation, which is dedicated to the mouse’s big screen debut: Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. The short film, depicting Mickey piloting a steamboat while whistling a catchy, cheerful tune, was the first Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound, incorporating both character sounds and musical composition. The exhibit also includes remakes of the short clip created in various styles by different artists and a life-size steamboat, where visitors can test their piloting skills.

Early Mickey comic strips (Credit: Disney)

Also fun is the "It's Black & White" exhibit, which celebrates the early Mickey black-and-white comic strips and the "1928: Original Muse" installation dedicated to Mickey's global influence throughout the years. In the "Burst into Color" room, fans will be treated to Mickey’s fascinating transition from black-and-white cartoons to color.

Sorcerer’s Way exhibit by Oliver Clegg (Credit: Disney)

Fans of the classic 1940 Disney release Fantasia will be delighted with New York-based artist Oliver Clegg’s “Sorcerer’s Way.” Named after the movie’s popular "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, in which Mickey wears the sorcerer’s hat and tries his hand at magic, only to fail miserably, it features a giant sorcerer’s hat as well as fake wells filled with original art from the movie. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a mural of Mickey’s famous sorcerer’s costume painted on recycled outdoor theater chairs.

When asked about the unique canvas, Clegg said, "For me, what is most interesting about Fantasia as a project [is that] it's a piece that was literally meant to engage an audience. The choice of the chairs was important because they represented the viewer and the audience.”

The Cosmic Cavern by Kenny Scarf (Credit: Disney)

One of the most eye-catching installations, “The Cosmic Cavern,” comes from American painter and street artist Kenny Scarf. Inspired by one of Disney’s first licensed products, the Mickey Mouse watch, it transforms the iconic timepiece into an immersive neon technicolor experience complete with bright green, blue, yellow, and pink hues. The techno music blaring in the background crowns the surreal experience. The observant few will also notice the Easter eggs – depictions of Mickey – artfully hidden among the large clocks and memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and walls.

Special celebratory ice cream by Ample Hills (Credit: Ample Hills)

The pop-up exhibition also features a carefully curated selection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia from Disney’s archives, providing fans with a never-before-seen glimpse into the character’s evolution over the past 90 years.

The best part of the temporary show, however, is the Ample Hills Creamery counter in the Mickey Mouse club room, where visitors are treated to scoops of two delicious ice cream flavors – Confetti Celebration and Triple Chocolate Surprise. Created especially for the occasion, they include lots of birthday cake and Mickey-shaped white chocolate pieces filled with fudge and tangy lemon cream – yum!

Disney also honored the world’s most famous mouse with a two-hour television special featuring star-studded musical performances, moving tributes, and unreleased short films on November 4, 2018. The landmark birthday is also being celebrated with tie-in events at all Disney Parks and Resorts.

Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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  • elena_likes_dog
    elena_likes_dogFriday, May 29, 2020 at 11:29 am
    • queen_strong
      queen_strongWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm
      • mhkgc235
        mhkgc235Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:20 am
        i recently got disney + so me and my sister watched the first ever disney creation that was made in 1927!!
        • queen_strong
          queen_strongWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm
          me too!
        • mhkgc235
          mhkgc235Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:17 am
          wow!! that's amazing!!
          • cutefurrygamer
            cutefurrygamerSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm
            Cool! My teacher is obsessed with Disney!!!
            • sakurablade
              sakurabladeSaturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm
              (A Mind-Blowing Secret!) Did you know the oldest Nintendo character, Mr. Game and Watch, Actually contained Disney characters but no animations of them in Super Smash Bros.?
              • sakurablade
                sakurabladeSaturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:26 pm
                His first show was a major sucess, including the "Steamboat Bill" opening where Mickey whistles on a boat. When they got a GOOD major sucess, they let Mickey in the Spotlight, where he was mostly loved by the creator himself Walt Disney. I think on the 90th anniversary of Mickey they wanted to make some Mickey art thingamabobs and thingamajigs. That is the way I see it. By SakuraBlade!
                • sakurablade
                  sakurabladeSaturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:31 pm
                  Sorry if I was too long... :(
                • amir17
                  amir17Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:18 am
                  • raytheones
                    raytheonesSunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm
                    that seems cool i want to go there
                    • angbee
                      angbeeTuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:11 am
                      so cool😄