Disney Celebrates 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse With Stunning Art Exhibition

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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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963 Comments
  • jaxon543
    jaxon543Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:40 am
    so much mickey like in mickey mouse clubhouse
    • mahomesfan
      mahomesfanMonday, February 8, 2021 at 12:10 pm
      we love ya mickey
      • percabeth4ever
        percabeth4everMonday, January 25, 2021 at 11:12 am
        They look so pretty! I really love art and Disney a perfect combination!
        • disneyfan2020
          disneyfan2020Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:02 am
          This is so pretty
          • therealsnakes
            therealsnakesSunday, December 6, 2020 at 9:48 am
            Cool
            • galaxy52
              galaxy52Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:01 am
              OMG I LOVE DISNEY AND DISNEY MOVIES SO MUCH 😍
              • strawberrycream
                strawberrycreamWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:20 am
                G O M I C K E Y!
                • unicorngabi
                  unicorngabiFriday, October 30, 2020 at 10:25 am
                  so much fun to learn about!!
                  • heyheygirl
                    heyheygirlThursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:04 pm
                    My sis LOVES Disney and I'm going to show her this
                  • clever123
                    clever123Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm
                    I love pizza that is shaped like mickey mouse
                    • clever123
                      clever123Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm
                      OMG I love Disney who is your favorite Disney prencess
                      • heyheygirl
                        heyheygirlSunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:12 am
                        I like jasmine and Elsa I guess