Animation historian David Gerstein has noted that although the characters will appear in different settings and sometimes even change their names Mickey's Christmas Carol , the characters are still themselves and behave in a way consistent with their natures. Generally, Mickey Mouse series movies are for entertainment purpose. Differing from traditional stories like Aesop's Fables , Disney animation generally do not avoid adult or mature scenes. In Hawaiian Holiday ,  Goofy was in a scene of being in a grave.
Disney arranged a laugh scene after that. Its choice of scene creation can be seen as a signature of the attention to entertainment effort. In all of his early films Mickey is in a rural setting, but most commonly at a farm. This setting was succinctly presented in the first sentences of one of Mickey's first storybooks:. This story is about Mickey Mouse who lives in a cozy nest under the floor of the old barn. And it is about his friend Minnie Mouse whose home is safely hidden, soft and warm, somewhere in the chicken house.
In the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, Mickey's farm was most likely located in the midwestern United States , as indicated by characters' comments to have arrived "out west" to Death Valley and to go "back east" to conduct business, etc. This rural setting reflected Walt Disney's own childhood in Missouri and like Disney, Mickey eventually moved to the city, although he never forgets his roots. Mickey sometimes makes references to his life "back on the farm. Mickey appeared in an urban setting as early as in the short film Traffic Troubles where he works as a taxi driver.
But due to then-current Mighty Mouse cartoons' use of a city called Mouseville, the new name Mouseton was created for Mickey's town instead; both in Mickey Mouse Adventures and in Disney's contemporary reprints of vintage stories in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories — Strangely, in-between licensee Gladstone —99 usually left Mickey's city unnamed, or—very rarely—referenced it as Duckburg , better known as Donald Duck 's hometown. Mouseton's location in Calisota and its positioning with regard to Duckburg the cities being next to one another were the subject of speculation early on, but have generally been treated consistently in American publications from onward.
In Disney comics published by Egmont Scandinavia and Abril Brazil , Mickey lives in Duckburg—even though Mickey and Donald only rarely team up in shared comics adventures. In Germany, the Netherlands , Brazil and Scandinavia , local tradition has it that Mickey's hometown is simply a different district of Duckburg.
In Disney theme parks, the Roger Rabbit -inspired Toontown, a district in Los Angeles specifically for cartoon characters, is presented as Mickey's home. In some s and s Disney press releases and magazines, Mickey was described as living in Hollywood —even though the rural setting of the actual cartoons and comics had little in common with the actual Hollywood.
In the film Mr. Occasional modern animated projects reference Toontown as well. The town also appears in the videogame of the same name and in the two films based on the series: A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie Mickey Mouse is an anthropomorphic mouse most often dressed in gloves, red shorts and yellow shoes.
While typically given a modest and pleasant personality, he is often an enthusiastic and determined character, seeking new adventures, excitement and mysteries. He often serves as the de facto leader of his friends. He was introduced in Minnie Mouse is Mickey's female counterpart, an anthropomorphic mouse usually portrayed as his girlfriend who first appeared in Originally characterized as a flapper , Minnie has often played Mickey's damsel in distress. Donald Duck is a quick-tempered, mischievous anthropomorphic duck who was introduced in Donald typically wears a sailor suit and is well known for his semi-intelligible speech.
Donald's stories are often triggered by his extraordinary bad luck, often brought about by his own actions. Daisy Duck is Donald Duck's girlfriend, an anthropomorphic duck who first appeared in Compared to most Disney characters, Daisy's personality is heavily subject to interpretation of the era, though she is typically portrayed as a pro-active female. Typically understanding of Donald's irascible personality, she will never fail to stand up to him should he go too far.
In most stories she appears as Minnie's best friend. Goofy is Mickey's dim-witted but good-natured friend who was first introduced in Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog who is accident-prone. In some stories he dates Clarabelle Cow while other times he is shown as a single parent. His original name was Dippy Dawg. Pluto is Mickey Mouse's pet dog who was first introduced in as Minnie's dog Rover and in as Mickey's dog.
Unlike the anthropomorphic Goofy, Pluto is characterized as a normal dog who walks on four legs, and almost never speaks. Clarabelle Cow is a tall, anthropomorphic cow who is Minnie Mouse's friend and is introduced in She is prone to gossip and occasionally plays a well-meaning but ineffective parent figure to Donald Duck. She has been known to date both Horace Horsecollar and Goofy.
Horace Horsecollar is a tall, anthropomorphic horse who is Mickey Mouse's friend who first appeared in He is prone to bragging and practical joking. He is often seen as the boyfriend of Clarabelle Cow. Pete also called Peg-Leg Pete or Black Pete among other names is a large chubby anthropomorphic cat and a recurring antagonist who was introduced in His character ranges from a hardened criminal to an ethical menace.
In the comics he is sometimes paired with Sylvester Shyster. The Phantom Blot is a mysterious enemy of Mickey Mouse who wears a body-length black sheet. An altered, monstrous version of the character, known as the "Shadow Blot," serves as the antagonist of the first Epic Mickey game. Max Goof is Goofy's teenage son, who has only made a few comics appearances. Most have been related to the Goof Troop TV series in which he was first named.
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a black rabbit and Mickey Mouse's half-brother. He plays an opponent in the noncomics continuity of Epic Mickey. Scrooge McDuck is Donald Duck's wealthy uncle. Scrooge is sometimes characterized as an irritable miser, but he loves adventure, treasure hunting and his family. Scrooge is often associate with the Donald Duck universe, but is also shown as a friend of Mickey's. Huey, Dewey, and Louie are the three triplet nephews of Donald Duck.
They were originally a catalyst to provoke Donald's temper, but they later became resourceful and helpful. Ludwig Von Drake is Donald Duck's uncle. He is portrayed as a brilliant, yet eccentric lecturer, scientist, and psychiatrist. Chip 'n' Dale are two chipmunks who are often trouble-makers for Pluto and Donald. However, the chipmunks are often provoked, especially by Donald.
The character first appeared in Morty and Ferdie's comics debut: there, she looks old and is not stated to be Mickey's sister. Indeed, Mickey calls her "Mrs. Fieldmouse" as if she were an unrelated acquaintance, implying that Morty and Ferdie call Mickey "uncle" as a form of courtesy.
Danish editor Egmont Publishing used the character again in seven stories published between and , reimagining some aspects while refraining from declaring the old and the new character the same one. This new incarnation looks younger and is identified as Mickey's sister. She is now named Felicity, a name that was kept in the American localization of these Danish stories. In Egmont production notes her husband is named Frank Fieldmouse, though the character has never appeared in a story.
Since then they have appeared in lots of comic strips and comic book stories starring Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Morty and Ferdy were first shown as wearing shirts, but no pants or underpants. Pants were later added to their wardrobe. Ferdie disappeared from the Mickey Mouse comic strip in because Gottfredson thought the nephews were too much alike. He had plans to bring Ferdie back later as a bespectacled, intellectual, bookworm mouse with an Eton hat and coat with the explanation that he had been away at school.
However, Gottfredson never got around to bringing Ferdie back and Morty remained in the strip alone. Morty was occasionally depicted with his best friend named Alvin and a sweetheart named Millie. Both were anthropomorphic dogs. Ferdie never vanished from comic book stories, however.
In recent years, some of Morty and Ferdie's comic book appearances have portrayed them as very talented football players on the team Riverside Rovers. Their mother is depicted as a supportive "Soccer Mom. Morty should not be confused with Mickey Mouse's originally proposed name "Mortimer Mouse," or Mickey's ofttimes rival of the same name Mortimer Mouse , or Minnie's wealthy rancher Uncle Mortimer.
Morty is a playable character on the PlayStation 2 game Disney Golf. Earlier books contain three or more nephews with various names, including Maisie and Marmaduke. In animation, Mickey's nephews first appear in the Mickey Mouse film Giantland , although the film shows Mickey with as many as 14 nephews at the same time. The following year the nephews appear again in Gulliver Mickey. The following film, Mickey's Steam Roller , is the first to show Mickey with only two nephews, who can be presumed to be Morty and Ferdie, although they are unnamed in the film itself.
This was two years after the twins debuted in the comic strip. Morty and Ferdie also make a cameo towards the end of 's Boat Builders and appear again in 's Mickey's Christmas Carol in speaking roles, albeit at different ages as one of the twins took on the role of Tiny Tim. Madeline Mouse is Mickey's blonde city cousin who appeared in "Love Trouble", a strip serial that ran from April 14 to July 5, While referred to as blonde in the story itself, Madeline has also been colored with straight yellow fur in some printings of the story.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is an anthropomorphic black rabbit who is described as Mickey's older half brother in the video game Epic Mickey. This is a reference to the fact that Oswald was Walt Disney's primary cartoon star before the creation of Mickey Mouse. Disney's loss of the rights to Oswald in led to Mickey's creation. The game is actually unclear on whether Mickey and Oswald are actually brothers; Yen Sid's closing narration merely states that the wizard hopes the two heroes will come to think of each other as brothers. Marcus Mouse is Minnie's father.
He first appears as a farmer in the Mickey Mouse comic strip story line "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers," first published between September 22 and December 26, He's also appeared in some English stories from s Mickey Mouse Annuals. Millie and Melody Mouse are Minnie Mouse's twin nieces.https://miricathema.tk
Minnie has had an inconsistent list of nieces. In Europe and Brazil , most often a single niece is depicted, consistently named Melodia Melody. However, in at least one other Italian or Brazilian tale Minnie did have another niece named Zizi whether this was the name of Melody's twin or just another name for Melody is unknown.
Although the writer of these comics is unknown, they were both drawn by Paul Murry , who rarely worked with characters that sported the same names even if they ostensibly were the same characters. These teenage nieces have yet to appear in comics printed in the USA. It is reported that another name is attributed in American comics giving Minnie's single niece the name of Molly. The only possible film appearance of any niece is in 's " Mickey's Christmas Carol ," where Mickey Mouse, as Bob Cratchit , has a daughter.
Mortimer Mouse is Minnie's uncle from whom she inherits an estate. After that, he appears in several other Mickey Mouse comic strip adventures in the s. He has occasionally appeared in more modern comics. He plays a supportive role in Mickey Mouse's comic-book mysteries, often relying on Mickey's help to catch characters such as Pete , Phantom Blot and the like. Known fellow officers include his friend, Detective Casey. In the Brazilian version of the comics, he is known as "Coronel Cintra", in the Danish versions as "Politimester Striks", in the Finnish translation he is known as "Poliisimestari Sisu" possibly named after the Finnish concept of sisu , in the French versions as "Commissaire Finot", in the German versions as "Kommissar Albert Hunter" Kommissar means commissioner in German , in the Italian version as "Commissario Adamo Basettoni" with "Basettoni" referring to his notable sideburns , " basette " , and in the Swedish versions as "Kommissarie Karlsson".
Casey disappeared from American comics in the s, but was used frequently in Europe, especially in Italy, afterwards; from , he returned as a frequent player in the American comics once again. Despite his occupation, Casey is an impatient man of only average intelligence. Thus, while sometimes a successful detective, he is prone to bungling cases as well. Eega Beeva , also known by his proper name Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push , is a human from the future, sometimes also referred to as an alien and first appeared on September 26, in the Mickey Mouse comic strip storyline titled The Man of Tomorrow.
Since then he and Mickey have been portrayed as good friends in subsequent stories. Eega Beeva wears short black trousers, which store a large number of useful items, often helping Mickey Mouse and Eega in difficult situations. Another trademark attribute of the character is his unique speech, adding a "p" at the beginning of every word that starts with a consonant.
In European stories he has been shown to prefer sleeping on top of narrow poles, such as on top of Mickey Mouse 's bed post. He eats mothballs for food and is severely allergic to cash ; these have sometimes been used as a plot device. He was a recurring character in the American newspaper Disney comic strips for nearly three years until July , but then Eega Beeva's notable presence abruptly ended for unknown reasons.
The character was adapted to comics of Italian artists in the s and has since then appeared in various European Disney comic book stories, especially in Italy. In his debut story, Mickey Mouse and his friend Goofy seek shelter from a thunderstorm and get lost in a cave. There, Mickey suddenly encounters an unusual humanoid who only says "Eega" at first. When Mickey and Goofy find the exit of the cave, Mickey invites the being to stay at his house, to which he gives the name "Eega Beeva", while the character himself states that his name is "Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push.
In a series of events, two scientists conclude that Eega Beeva is a human from years in the future. At the end of the storyline, Eega saves Goofy from a skiing accident, causing them to become friends. In the first two strips of the storyline Mousepotamia in July , it is explained that Eega is homesick. Therefore, he returns to the cave where Mickey found him. Afterwards, he did not appear again in the American newspaper comic strips for unknown reasons.
When Eega Beeva was still featured in the American comic strips, he made his first appearance in an Italian Disney comic. It is titled L'inferno di Topolino lit. The character was newly discovered and defined by Italian comics artist and writer Romano Scarpa with the comic Topolino e la nave del microcosmo lit. Rather than his whimsical attributes, this story focuses on the futuristic and fantastic aspects of Eega Beeva and his environment, as do later stories. Eega Beeva is depicted as a humanoid being with a wide head, mitten-like hands and a scrawny body.
He wears short black trousers. His name is a pun on the idiom " eager beaver ". All humans would have Eega-like proportions. Older Italian stories often portrayed him as an alien from outer space, but in the most recent Italian stories post , Italian writers have generally reverted to Gottfredson's original conception of Eega as a future-man, though his precise year of origin is rarely mentioned. New Eega comics produced by Egmont , on the other hand, often refer to his hometown as being the Mouseton of —just as in Gottfredson's original stories.
He is, as his name implies, a kind of "humanized atom" created by Doctor Einmug who, by spitting mesons , is able to alter or manipulate the attributes of physical objects. Atomo appears a lot like Eega Beeva in his behavior, but they never meet each other. Two different characters in Mickey's world carry the name Mortimer Mouse. One is the uncle of Minnie Mouse ; another is an unrelated mouse who was Mickey's rival for Minnie's affections.
Mickey Mouse himself was originally going to be named Mortimer.
Lillian Disney , Walt's wife, suggested the name Mickey instead. Sound had been in animated cartoons before, but never on a scale quite like Mickey's third-produced short, Steamboat Willie. Walt provided the vocal effects for the short's two main stars—Mickey and Minnie—and would continue to voice Mickey for decades to follow. Considered groundbreaking and innovative for both animation and film as a whole, Steamboat Willie —upon its release on November 18 , at Universal's Colony Theater in New York City—was an enormous hit with both critics and audiences.
Though it was the character's third short to be produced, it was the first to be officially released. As such, November 18th is recognized as the official birthday of Mickey Mouse, as declared by archivist Dave Smith in The success of Steamboat Willie later allowed for the official releases of both The Gallopin' Gaucho and Plane Crazy , remastered with sound. Mickey in The Karnival Kid , his first actual speaking role. A slew of shorts would quickly follow, a majority of which portrayed Mickey as a rascally mouse living in a barn-like setting.
As more cartoons were released, Mickey's character would continue to develop in significant ways. In The Opry House , Mickey was given his trademark gloves, which made him and other characters with black fur easier to animate. In The Plowboy , Mickey was given a friend in the form of Horace Horsecollar , who would regularly appear in Mickey's early shorts as his steed and sidekick. With Mickey's success all but assured, Disney was offered a deal—three hundred dollars in cash for the right to feature Mickey on a children's pencil tablet that was going to be produced.
Walt accepted, and thus began Mickey Mouse's foray into merchandising. Though the club had its start in the United States, it would later expand to overseas markets such as Europe and Australia. The club had over one million members. In June , J. Connelly of King Features Syndicate proposed the concept of a Mickey Mouse comic strip for newspapers. On January 30 , , the first of Mickey's printed adventures was distributed—as written by Walt Disney, and illustrated by Ub Iwerks. By the summer of , the comic had appeared in up to forty newspapers across the world. By May of that year, the comics were taken over by Disney artist Floyd Gottfredson , who would become renowned for four decades worth of work on Mickey Mouse comic stories.
Like Mickey's entry into merchandising, the first of Mickey's comic strips were credited to having attributed to ushering in Mickey's golden age and worldwide success. Some of Mickey's popularity was attributed to his role as an underdog hero. A recurring and popular trope involved Minnie being kidnapped at the hands of the imposing Peg-Leg Pete, forcing Mickey to spring into action by battling his nemesis, rescuing Minnie, and ending the day triumphantly. He was a character that audiences could root for, which was especially popular and welcomed throughout the late '20s and early s, during the Great Depression.
Some of Mickey's success also came from his ability to slip into virtually any role in any setting around the world; he could be shown having a date with Minnie in The Picnic , traverse through a jungle island in Castaway , or battle a gruesome giant in Giantland. During this period, regardless of the fact that he was a cartoon character, Mickey was regarded as a cultural celebrity among Hollywood's finest. Walt was even awarded an Honorary Academy Award for the creation of Mickey in The Disney artists indulged in this by producing Mickey's Gala Premiere in which paired Mickey with numerous A-list Hollywood stars.
That same year, Mickey made his debut in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the third character from pop culture to have a licensed balloon. Mickey's cast of memorable supporting characters would also grow during the early s, joining the likes of Minnie, Horace and Clarabelle; Pluto first appeared as Mickey's pet dog and sidekick in 's The Moose Hunt ; Mickey's klutzy friend Goofy followed shortly thereafter in , as did Mickey's hot-tempered foil Donald Duck in Mickey in The Band Concert , his first official cartoon in color.
Walt had taken a gamble on Technicolor for the Silly Symphonies cartoons in Disney's cartoon, Flowers and Trees , was the first to break this new ground and was a success. This motivated Disney to regularly use color from then on out, though it would take another few years for this to translate into Mickey's cartoons.
Mickey's first appearance in color was in 's Parade of the Award Nominees , a short created for the 5th Academy Awards banquet. As a result, it was not released to the public. In his first animated appearance in color, Mickey donned green shorts, yellow gloves, and shoes. It wouldn't be until 's The Band Concert , that Mickey was given his first official cartoon in color. The short depicted Mickey as the struggling conductor of a public band concert, with such nuisances as Donald Duck and a sudden tornado causing havoc throughout the performance.
Despite the breakthrough, two more Mickey cartoons released that year in black and white; the last of which was Mickey's Kangaroo. With the introduction of color, Mickey's body structure was given a new look; his round body was replaced by a pear-shaped looking one and his head was changed so his nose was closer to his body. His ears were turned from round to oval and his eyes became more detailed the pupils smaller, the eye itself outlined instead of partially open.
Mickey in his Fred Moore redesign in The Pointer. As time went on, Mickey steadily became more of a character that audiences could sympathize with—a role model—mainly to appease unhappy parents who disapproved of Mickey's more controversial and flawed behavior. As such, Mickey's mischief and tendency to fall into trouble would be given to characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
These characters became more popular as a result, and they were eventually given their own series of cartoons to headline. This also lead to the famous series of comedy shorts pairing Mickey with Donald and Goofy, beginning with 's Mickey's Service Station.
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Unfortunately, this did not come without repercussions. With his mischievous personality having been reduced, stripping a great deal of his comedy and charm, Mickey's cartoons declined in popularity. To remedy this issue, Disney looked to rebrand his most famous character. Fred Moore would be brought on to redesign Mickey to allow a broader range of emotion in the character animation, breaking away from the restricted motion of the Ub Iwerks design. This new look first appeared in 's Mickey's Surprise Party , a commercial short. The Pointer —released five months later—is often credited as the true debut of Mickey's modern design, in part for Frank Thomas 's animation and Walt Disney's live-action reference and vocal performance.
The short even went on to receive an Academy Award nomination. Furthermore, development began on an elaborate short titled The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Eventually, however, the short for would become attached to a larger project - a full-length feature film - titled Fantasia , which would become Disney's third animated film , following the critical successes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in and Pinocchio in Mickey's role in the short, as the eponymous apprentice, would become one of the most recognizable of his career. After Fantasia , World War II had taken hold of the studio, with many artists and animators being drafted, thus reducing company resources.
The studio forcibly put focus on war-related, propaganda cartoons starring most of the headlining characters, with the exception of Mickey. At this time, Mickey would appear in fewer shorts compared to Donald and Goofy, as animators and storymen had an increasingly difficult time developing new and interesting stories for Mickey to star in.
Mickey was even omitted from a number of the upcoming "Mickey, Donald, and Goofy" entries, beginning with the release of 's Polar Trappers. Some story ideas intended for Mickey would be given to the less-restricted Donald. In a interview, regular Donald Duck storyman Jack Hannah recalled, "I remember many stories were started with Mickey but as soon as they started to rough the mouse up, somebody would come up and say, 'Well, that's more of a Donald Duck story' so they'd turn around and make it a Donald Duck story. He grew into such a legend that we couldn't gag around with him.
He acquired as many taboos as a Western hero—no smoking, no drinking, no violence. Mickey Mouse did continue to appear in a number of shorts throughout the decade, however; one of which included Lend a Paw , which became the only Mickey Mouse cartoon to date to win an Academy Award, having won for Best Animated Short of In , Mickey made his second appearance in the Disney animated features canon in Fun and Fancy Free , starring in the " Mickey and the Beanstalk " segment.
In the final years of Mickey's original theatrical run, Disney's cartoon shorts were given a "modernized" style of animation that Disney used from the mids to the later s. Mickey, himself, was given eyebrows in his redesign. Eyebrows would continue to be seen on Mickey's face until the late s and rarely in the early s, until being removed altogether.
There were 56 more color cartoons in the original Mickey Mouse theatrical series. The last of which was The Simple Things in , which focused on Mickey and Pluto's day at the beach. Afterward, Mickey's series would receive a thirty-year hiatus. Although he no longer appeared in theatrical cartoons, Mickey would maintain some degree of relevance by remaining the face of the Disney company, specifically in merchandising.
In , Disney commemorated Mickey's 25th anniversary with a portrait depicting the mouse by John Hench. This would be the first in a tradition in which the Disney company would commission and release a portrait to coincide with a major anniversary of Mickey's. Hench would paint the portraits for , , and Following Hench's death, Paul Felix designed the portrait for , while veteran animator Mark Henn designed the portrait for The portraits are currently residing at the Walt Disney Archives. Perhaps most notably in the 's, Walt debuted the popular The Mickey Mouse Club television show with follow-ups of the same name debuting in and In relation to Mickey, the show is perhaps most notable for introducing Jimmie Dodd 's " Mickey Mouse March ", which would go on to become Mickey's trademark theme song.
It also marked the first appearance of the iconic Mouse Ear hats that would become staples in Disney theme parks, the first of which— Disneyland —opened the same year in Mickey was present for Disneyland's opening, and continues to serve as the park's "ambassador" to this day. On November 18 , , in honor of his 50th anniversary, Mickey became the first animated character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located at Hollywood Blvd. Mickey would later go on to appear at the Academy Awards ceremonies of and The short also marked the debut of Wayne Allwine , who would voice Mickey for three decades until his death.
As Mickey's 60th anniversary grew near in the late '80s, there was an initiative to bring classic Disney characters back into the spotlight via animated short productions. Several projects were planned, one of which included 's The Prince and the Pauper , which was screened in front of The Rescuers Down Under and featured Mickey starring in the duo lead role. Two additional Mickey projects were slated to release around this time, including the featurette Swabbies , and a Christopher Columbus-inspired period piece titled Mickey Columbus Both cartoons were shelved, however.
In , four of Mickey's cartoons were included in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons , which listed the greatest cartoons of all time as voted by members of the animation field. In , Mickey starred in a new theatrical cartoon short titled Runaway Brain , where Mickey's brain and body gets switched with that of a monster who falls in love with Minnie. Mickey and his friends received a major comeback with the premiere of the Mickey Mouse Works series of shorts in , shepherd by Roy E.
Disney son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt. Developed in the style of Disney's golden age of animation, the show was significant in solidifying the aesthetics and environment of the Mickey Mouse franchise; its setting, Disneyville a city modeled after Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland , would be featured as the quintessential home of Mickey and his supporting cast in all forms of appearances including films, video games, television, and a wide array of marketing material.
When development began for what would become the video game, Kingdom Hearts , developer Squaresoft wanted Mickey to serve as the game's protagonist—contrast to Disney's request to use Donald Duck. Director Tetsuya Nomura remedied the issue by creating the character Sora , who was inspired by Mickey. Despite only having a brief appearance in the original game, Mickey's role was greatly expanded in later entries to serve as the most significant Disney character in the franchise.
Mickey had appeared in computer animation prior to , but the children's show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse served as his true foray into the art form. The series was incredibly popular amongst younger audiences, and aired new episodes until its conclusion in , ten years later. Artwork of Mickey meeting his predecessor Oswald in the Epic Mickey video game series. That same year, Disney sought to rebrand the Mickey Mouse character again by putting less emphasis on his pleasant, cheerful side and reintroducing the more mischievous and adventurous aspects of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey.
Though the game received mixed reviews, it was significant as the first onscreen interaction of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. In , three dozen Mickey statues were used to promote the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which was played in Anaheim, California, adorned with insignias of the teams. In , Mickey played a silent, supporting role to Minnie in the animated short Electric Holiday , a collaboration between Disney and the Barney's New York fashion industry.
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In June , Mickey and his friends were rebranded, once more, with the premiere of a new series of shorts appropriately titled Mickey Mouse headed by animator Paul Rudish. In the style of Mickey's earliest cartoons, the shorts highlight Mickey's more flawed personality traits while retaining his likability and wholesomeness. With millions of views on YouTube, the series has garnered major critical acclaim; it has earned numerous Emmy and Annie Awards for its writing, music, and animation.
Paul Rudish's take on Mickey has since been featured significantly in different facets of the Disney company, including theme parks, merchandise and social media outlets. Rudish's Mickey also serves as the current mascot of Disney Television Animation. According to animation director Lauren MacMullan , there was a company-wide initiative to come up with ideas for classic Disney characters. In the short, Mickey is knocked out of the 2D world by Pete, who has once again kidnapped Minnie. Get a Horse! It also earned Mickey his tenth Academy Award nomination.
To celebrate his birthday in , Mickey was sent to various locations around the world such as Brazil, Peru, Italy and China where he interacted with locals and the culture. Similarly in , Disney sought out some of Mickey's biggest fans of all ages from around the globe, interviewed them regarding their love for Mickey, then capped everything off with a surprise meet-and-greet with Mickey himself.
The gala included tributes, musical numbers and celebrity guest stars. The exhibit consists of ten interactive rooms and displays artists' recreations of various Mickey moments from over the years, as well as archived Mickey material such as concept art and merchandise.
Exclusive Mickey-themed merchandise from major brands such as Beats by Dre, Pandora and Vans were also released. There was also a book released called Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History , a large page encyclopedia of Mickey's history from to the present.
Mickey's most famous role alongside Steamboat Willie is in the film Fantasia. In the film, Mickey appears in a segment called " The Sorcerer's Apprentice ". In this role, Mickey is the apprentice of a powerful sorcerer known as Yen Sid. Whilst the sorcerer spends his time conjuring spells and working with his abilities, Mickey merely works more as a servant, carrying buckets up a massive staircase to a well full of water.
One night, however, after Yen Sid retires to slumber, Mickey sneaks on the sorcerer's hat, which appears to be the main source of his magic. Having enough of the physical labor, Mickey brings a broomstick to life with his new found magic and orders it to carry on his duties. It's a success, and the little mouse soon falls asleep, dreaming he is the world's greatest sorcerer. At first, he does not realize the broom continues to bring water to the well. So much, that the tower becomes flooded.
Mickey tries to stop the broom, but it's no use, and the mouse is forced to kill it by cutting it to pieces with an ax. After the deed is done, Mickey begins to rest again, but the tiny pieces of sliced wood magically become hundreds of living brooms, and the army continues on with the duty of filling the overflown well with water, soon flooding the entire tower until Yen Sid arrives and puts an end to the chaos. After all seems well, Mickey silently apologizes and is ordered to return to his duties as punishment. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy live in a once peaceful village called Happy Valley, that became a wasteland after the beautiful singing Golden Harp was kidnapped by a mysterious giant.
The friends nearly die of starvation, but Mickey went off to sell their prized cow for food. Instead of a meal, Mickey bought three magic beans from a peddler, which Donald in a fit of anger threw out of the house. The beans then grew into a beanstalk that led to the castle of Willie the Giant who is the kidnapper of the Harp. The three battle the giant to save the harp and restore the peace in their village. They rushed down the beanstalk with the harp, chopped it down once on the ground, and escaped safely. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy became heroes and peace is restored.
In this film, Mickey is lacking in money, preventing him from easily purchasing a chain for Minnie's watch as a Christmas gift. However, after ruining Pete's scheme to sell an overpriced tree to a struggling family, Mickey's tip money is stolen by Pete, and the mouse is fired. With no money, Mickey and Pluto think of a way to make more money, whilst Mickey plays his beloved harmonica.
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