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DISNEY CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF THE ICONIC MOUSE

The entire Disney Company is participating in Mickey’s milestone. New merchandise is available ev­erywhere. You’ll find fancy Mickey sunglasses, charms, clothes, and bags in Downtown Disney; shirts, pins, and artwork in the parks; and a really cute sipper cup that sold out in a flash. But it seems like Disneyland is getting the short end of the stick on this celebration. Disney World is get­ting a new Mickey Ride, Disneyland is getting a new nighttime “spectacular” that may end up being less spectacular than you’ve become accustomed to. . . .

Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey is one of the world’s most recog­nizable characters.

Created as a replacement for a prior Dis­ney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey first appeared in the short Plane Crazy, debut­ing publicly in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primar­ily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books such as Disney Italy’s Topolino, MM – Mickey Mouse Mystery Magazine, and Wizards of Mickey, and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising and is a meetable character at the Disney parks.

Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Though originally characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue, Mickey was rebranded over time as a nice guy, usually seen as an hon­est and bodacious hero. In 2009, Disney began to rebrand the character again by putting less emphasis on his friendly, well-meaning per­sona and reintroducing the more menacing and stubborn sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey. [2]

In August 2018, ABC television announced a two-hour prime time special, Mickey’s 90th spectacular, in honor of Mickey’s 90th birthday. [3] On November 18, 2018 has celebrations “Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary” around the World. [4]

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is already set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Holly­wood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, but Disney is expected to announce soon that the ride will also be coming to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

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