How Was Mickey Mouse Born?

On November 18th we celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse, viagra sale perhaps the most well known icon in the world. How was Mickey Mouse born? Ever wonder how Walt and Mickey got together? … by overcoming adversity.

Walt Disney at drawing boardAfter arriving in California in 1923 from Kansas City, Walt (along with brother Roy) made films about a little girl in a cartoon world called “Alice’s Wonderland.” After that, he created an all-cartoon series starring a new character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

But as life lessons go, after creating 26 successful Oswald cartoons Walt found out that his distributor had gone behind his back and hired most of his animators in order to create the series in his own studio. On rereading his contract, Walt realized that he did not own the rights to Oswald – the distributor did. From then on, he saw Walt -Roy Disneyto it that he owned everything that he made…a painful but valuable lesson.

After the loss of Oswald, Walt had to come up with a new character – thus Mickey Mouse was born.  According to Walt, “He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad … on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.”

With his chief animator, Ub Iwerks in the Hyperion Studio Walt finalized design of the most famous and beloved character in the world. Because sound was revolutionizing the movie industry they Walt Disney and Mickey Mousecreated “Steamboat Willie,” their first fully synchronized movie. It opened to rave reviews at the Colony Theater in New York November 18, 1928.

Mickey was immediately popular and the rest is history.

F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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