Happy 81st birthday Mickey

Mickey Mouse is 81 years-old (young?) today. Can you believe it? He looks amazing, doesn’t he?

The character of Mickey Mouse made his debut on November 18, 1928, in a black and white cartoon called “Steamboat Willie.” Disney celebrates this day as his official birthday. Today, Mickey can be seen on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (sing with me: “hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog . . . “), in films, and of course at his regular haunts — Disney Land and Disney World.

Say what you will about the
Disney empire, but this little mouse endures (and thrives really) 81
years later. I think that there is something cool about the fact that
my kids are watching the same cartoon character that their grandparents
watched when they were kids.

Turns out that as times changed, so did Mickey.
The original Mickey was an impish, mischievious version of his
modern-day, sweet-as-pie self. Everything from his outfit to his
attitude have evolved over the years.

you’d like to wish Mickey a happy birthday in person, you are in luck.
Mickey Mouse and his usual cast of characters are going to be in
Chicago this weekend at the 2009 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
on Saturday, November 21st. Mickey Mouse is the Grand Marshal of the
parade that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Mickey has the honor of illuminating
over one million lights.

Come on out and wish him well in his 82nd year.


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  • Wow thats amazing. The years have sure been good to him!


  • The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was "Plane Crazy", a silent short to which a soundtrack was later added. It premiered on May 15, 1928 and was the work of primarily one man - Ub Iwerks. The sound version can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMoAXM96ZE0

  • In reply to markhn:


    Thanks for the information. I did come across that when I was researching ol' Mickey. Seems like Disney uses the November date as his "birthday" though.

  • In reply to markhn:

    Happy Birthday Mickey!!! You've been making us laugh for a long time, may you continue doing so for even longer! Here is some background to the world

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