The Top 5 Thing You Didn’t Know About Mickey Mouse! (I Guarantee #5 Will be a Treat!)
Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Mickey Mouse
by Tim Foster
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1. When is Mickey’s birthday? It’s November 18, 1928, the day that the short Steamboat Willie was released. But that wasn’t Mickey’s first appearance. He actually made his debut in Plane Crazy, and he had a follow-up short called The Gallopin’ Gaucho. However, Steamboat Willie was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon to find a distributor, and that’s when his career really started.
2. Mickey’s ears have the unusual characteristic of always appearing perfectly round, no matter which way he’s facing
3. Mickey also has three fingers on each hand instead of four. It’s not a bizarre quirk of mouse anatomy; it just makes his hands easier to draw
4. Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon to feature a synchronized sound track. However, Mickey himself wouldn’t speak for six more shorts. And what were his immortal first words? “Hot dogs, hot dogs!”
5. You might not have heard of Roy Williams, fans, but he’s responsible for one of the most familiar Disney symbols of all. A long time Disney employee, Roy was handpicked by Walt Disney to be a new (but much older) Mouseketeer on the “Mickey Mouse Club”. Why? According to Roy, Walt “looked up at me and said, ‘Say, you’re fat and funny looking. I’m going to put you on [the show] and call you the Big Mooseketeer.’ But his greatest contribution would come, not through his acting, but from his idea–inspired by a gag in the 1929 short The Karnival Kid where Mickey tips his ears to Minnie–of creating a little cap for Guests that would let them tip their own set of ears. And thus was born one of the most endearing Disney souvenirs of all time, the famous Mickey Mouse Ears
About the author: Tim Foster is the founder and editor of Celebrations Magazine—discovering the magic of Walt Disney World—and the author of the Guide to the Magic book series, including the Walt Disney World Guide to the Magic for Kids. He has traveled to Disney World more times than he can count, and he is passionate about helping people enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World.