Mickey Mouse has appeared on thousands of merchandise items, and currently holds the honored title of Chief Greeter at the Disney theme parks. Mickey Mouse remains a popular and well-appreciated character who functioned as a valuable purpose by bringing generations of children and adults through the demanding times of the Depression, the War Years, and into the New Millennium.
Mickey Mouse made his screen debut on November 18, 1928 in Steamboat Willie, a short black-and-white animated musical. The Mickey Mouse of today appears much as he did in the early days except for a costume change here and there.According to the official legend, Mickey Mouse was the result of a brilliant burst of inspiration, which struck Walt Disney during a train ride from New York to Los Angeles.
Technically and artistically Mickey Mouse cartoons were far superior to other contemporary cartoons and gave life to an entire family of animated characters: Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horse collar, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Peg-Leg Pete, and many others.
Disney knew he had to come up with a new Cartoon Character, as a result Mickey Mouse was created, yet the birth of Mickey Mouse will always be shrouded in mystery as there are numerous different stories about who created the character.In addition to the influence that the Disney Studios (behind the flagship, Mickey) have had on movie-making and in amusement parks, Mickey Mouse has been a part of several fashion trends through the years.
Mickey Mouse clubhouse, is a new addition to the Disney Channels preschooler-oriented Playhouse Disney programming block, brings together six classic characters — Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto — for a lively half-hour of learning, music, and fun. The Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955 and became a long-running hit, launching the career of “Musketeer” Annette Funicello.