Today is Mickey Mouse’s 80′s birthday!
Plane Crazy (1928)
Steamboat Willie (1928)
He’s sure changed quite a bit over the years, from a wreckless plane-flying letch to a guy who got a tune by wrenching animal tails and hitting them with sticks to the wonderfully appealing Freddie Moore design in Fantasia‘s Sorcerer’s Apprentice to homogenised theme park bobble-head.
Fantasia: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940)
Mickey Mouse Club Intro (1955)
What better way to celebrate than by digging up a bunch of old links:
A Biological Homage to Mickey Mouse: “He has assumed an ever more childlike appearance as the ratty character of Steamboat Willie became the cute and inoffensive host to a magic kingdom. By 1940, the former tweaker of pig’s nipples gets a kick in the ass for insubordination (as the sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia). By 1953, last cartoon, he has gone fishing and cannot even subdue a squirting clam.”
The Runaway Brain: The last Mickey Mouse short, I believe, made in 1995.