Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse celebrate their birthday on November 18 and Disney is preparing to celebrate it in a big way.
That day Mickey premieres on Disney+: The Story of a Mouse, a documentary that traces the path of the legendary character, from its creation at a difficult moment in Walt Disney’s flourishing career, while giving an account of the transformations it has undergone over the decades. In addition, that same day a new Mickey Mouse short film premieres on Disney+, entitled “Mickey’s Wonderful Autumn”, and the celebration continues with more series starring the couple of mice: “Mickey Mouse Funhouse”, “The Wonderful World of Mickey “, “Minnie’s Bow Boutique and Minnie Toons: The Palace Parties”.
Here are some curiosities to learn more about Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s birthday has been celebrated every November 18 since 1928, when both characters made their film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first synchronized sound short film (available on Disney+) that premiered at the Colony Theater from New York. The film is a parody loosely based on Steamboat Bill Jr., a silent film starring Buster Keaton that also premiered in 1928 Love at First Scene.
In Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse meet when she runs along the banks of the river trying to catch up with Pedro Peg Leg’s steamboat. Ever resourceful, Mickey Mouse finds a way to get her aboard her even after the ship has left. The two realize an instant connection, and the rest is history…
Following their screen debut, the instant fame and enduring charm of these iconic characters would also mark the appearance of a variety of licensed merchandise beginning in the 1930s, from writing pads and watches to clothing and school supplies. Currently, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse products reach all members of the family.
More than 100 animated content
The iconic couple has starred in more than a hundred animated content and has conquered the hearts of millions of fans around the world. The official symbol of Disney across the globe, Mickey Mouse brings laughter, fun, magic and friendship to children and adults alike.
A unique combination
The happy, playful, curious and loyal nature of Mickey Mouse combines perfectly with the sweetness, sympathy and kindness of Minnie Mouse, and together they have formed one of the most emblematic couples in popular culture for decades, adored by all generations.
Eternally in love
Mickey Mouse is forever courting Minnie Mouse as his one great love. They both trust each other’s abilities and support each other. Although they may have disagreements, they make up quickly. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are boyfriends and, above all, friends forever.
Both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are presented in series, films and shorts with multiple occupations and professions. Mickey Mouse is an actor, musician, conductor, presenter, athlete, teacher, builder, fire chief, farmer, and explorer, among others. Minnie Mouse, for her part, is seen by fans as a singer, dancer, princess, saleswoman, astronaut, cook, fashion designer, and more.
The voice behind the voices
The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were originally recorded by none other than Walt Disney himself. Walt took on the role of Minnie Mouse out of necessity more than anything, and his tenure only lasted about a year. He continued to voice Mickey Mouse until 1946 and occasionally reprized the role in subsequent years.
Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Mickey Mouse was the first animated character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The event took place in 1978, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of it. Minnie Mouse, meanwhile, received the same distinction in 2018, on the 90th anniversary of its creation. Her inclusion on the Walk of Fame was accompanied by a fun event with leaders of The Walt Disney Company, fans and special guests such as singer Katy Perry, who wore a polka dot dress in honor of the honoree.
a crazy ride
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse inspired “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” a fun-filled attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Florida, that invites guests of all ages to board a wacky railroad for a ride exciting with twists, gags and more surprises as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse save the day.
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