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May 15th 1928: Mickey Mouse debuts

15 May

Mickey Mouse debut, sort of. Not offically. Enjoy, everyone! -tkmorin

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mickey1 The first Mickey Mouse cartoon

On this day in 1928, the iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the cartoon ‘Plane Crazy’. The character was developed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and was inspired by Disney’s childhood pet mouse. Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie were first seen in a test screening on this day in 1928. However, the character was not popular, and it was not until November 1928 that a Mickey Mouse cartoon was released and widely distributed with ‘Steamboat Willie’, which is considered Mickey’s official debut. The character’s popularity steadily increased and became the mascot of the hugely successful Walt Disney Company.

mickey4 ‘Steamboat Willie’ – Mickey’s first big success

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse”
– Walt Disney, 1954

mickey3 Walt Disney and his iconic character

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