On its initial theatrical release in 1990, The Rescuers Down Under was preceded by the Mickey Mouse short subject “The Prince and the Pauper”. Interestingly enough this was only the second Mickey Mouse short made since the 1950s, the first being “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” which was made to accompany the 1983 theatrical re-release of The Rescuers.
Guys, there’s a hidden Mickey in the sink in my office.
I repeat, THERE’S A HIDDEN MICKEY IN MY OFFICE!
Disney uses the date of the release of “Steamboat Willie” (Mickey’s first appearance with sound, and the first of his films to be distributed) on Nov. 18, 1928 as Mickey’s ‘birthday’.
Haha, thank you SO much :)
And that’s awesome! I knew that they originally wanted it to be Dopey, but I never noticed the shoes before!
For “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of Fantasia, Mickey Mouse was redesigned by Fred Moore to give him a more modern look and eyes with pupils for the first time. By the time the movie was finally released (two years after “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was supposed to be finished as a stand-alone short), four regular Mickey Mouse films (starting with “The Pointer” and the promotional short “Mickey’s Surprise Party”) had been completed and released using the new Mickey design.
Totally Minnie was a 1988 musical television special on NBC hosted by Suzanne Somers and starring Minnie Mouse. The film centers on nerd Maxwell Dweeb (Robert Carradine), who is a loner with no friends. While watching television, he sees an advertisement for the Minnie Mouse Center for the Totally Unhip. Dweeb, in an effort to improve himself, decides to attend.
Totally Minnie not only brought back Minnie Mouse to mainstreem audiences, but launced a new “hip” look for both Mickey and Minnie (I definitely had that second poster hanging in my room as a kid).
In 1928, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse to act as a replacement to his previous star Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. But Mickey could not fill the void alone. Among the few consistent character traits Oswald had developed before moving on to Universal Studios was his near-constant pursuit of potential sweethearts. So for Mickey to have a chance to emulate his predecessor at flirting, someone had to replace Oswald’s many love interests. This replacement was to become Minnie Mouse.
Good eyes! You can also see Donald and Mickey with him in the crowd.
Mickey’s rival on Disney’s House of Mouse is Mortimer Mouse, who first appeared in the 1936 animated short “Mickey’s Rival”. When Walt Disney first created Mickey, he intended for his name to be Mortimer, but his wife Lillian convinced him to change it to Mickey.
Of course! Mickey Mouse is magical! He can be wherever he wants, whenever he wants!
(Ok, little kids and anyone who still wants to keep the magic perfectly intact, stop reading now)
In all, Mickey Mouse has 175 costumes to wear, and appears in multiple different shows and parades throughout the parks, as well as his character meet and greet locations (at least one in every park) and character meals. It would take a HELL of a lot of coordination and timing to make sure that he was not in more than one park at one time. It would probably be impossible!