We’ve all had childhoods where we spent our days watching our favourite cartoons. But when we talk about iconic cartoon characters, only one name comes to mind, Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse is a name and a face that almost every single person is familiar with. He’s been a part of people’s childhood for 90 years now and his influence hasn’t dimmed down a bit. Children love him, parents love him, the whole world loves him. On the occasion of him turning 90, here are 10 things about Mickey Mouse that you probably didn’t know:

Mickey was originally going to be named Mortimer
Walt Disney has planned to name the mouse Mortimer, but his wife told him that Mickey would be more suitable. Mortimer went on to become Mickey’s rival in the animated shows.

Mickey has his very own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
In 1978, On his 50th anniversary, Mickey became the first cartoon character to be ever named on the prestigious Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

Mickey was the first cartoon character to ever speak
In the episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey speaks his first words, which are “Hot Dogs.” This episode is a historic one in animation history as this was the first time a cartoon character ever spoke.

The artists who voiced Mickey & Minnie were married in real life
Wayne Allwine, who dubbed for Mickey was married to Russi Taylor, the artist who dubbed for Minnie. 

Mickey has an Oscar to his name
Yup, Mickey won an Oscar for his supporting role in Lend A Paw, which was mostly centered around Pluto. He has been nominated about 10 times.

Mickey’s middle-name is Theodore
We’ve always only heard Mickey introducing himself as Mickey Mouse, but his actual full name is Mickey Theodore Mouse.

Mickey has released a music album
In 1978, a music album was released by Mickey which went on to earn the double platinum status. Not bad for a mouse who can sing.

Walt Disney used to voice Mickey himself
Walt Disney used to actually lend his voice for Mickey until 1946. It’s never actually been confirmed why he stopped, but some say it was because of his heavy smoking habit, while others say it was because he had a lot on his plate due to other studio commitments he had lined up.

Mickey Mouse is more famous that Santa Claus
Children from all across the globe can identify Mickey Mouse much more easily than Santa Claus.

Walt Disney got inspiration to create Mickey from his pet mouse
He owned a trained mouse when he was young, and the idea of him popped up when he was on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood.

 

Header Credit – Disney India’s Website

 

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