Happy Birthday, Mickey!

Today, Mickey Mouse turns 83! It is a date determined by the release of the 8 minute black and white animated short, Steamboat Willie, in November 18, 1928.

Was this the first time the public saw Mickey Mouse? No, but The Walt Disney Company recognizes it as the character’s official debut. May 15, 1928 saw the first screening of Plane Crazy, which also featured Minnie.  Mickey appeared again in The Gallopin’ Gaucho beginning August 2, 1928, but, like its predecessor, did not enjoy wide distribution until after the success of Steamboat Willie. It was also thereafter that sound was added to these other two cartoons to follow in the footsteps of Steamboat Willie‘s use of sound synchronization.

On his 50th birthday in 1978, Mickey Mouse becomes the first animated character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.

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