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Happy Birthday, Mickey! Disney Icon Turns 94 – Action News Jax

Mickey Mouse has made the hearts and minds of children, and even some adults, smile for 94 years.

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On November 18, fans of Mickey and the rest of Disney celebrate his “birthday.”

Here are 10 roles Mickey has been featured in. Some are iconic like his donning a wizard’s hat, while others are only gaining momentum among those who don’t eat, live, and breathe Disney.

1. “Steam Willie”

Mickey first appeared on the big screen on November 18, 1928 in his first released cartoon “Steamboat Willie”. It was one of the first sound-synchronized cartoons produced, and was listed on the National Film Registry in 1998. Walt Disney himself provided Mickey’s voice in the cartoon, as well as Minnie’s. Disney performed Mickey’s voice from 1928 to 1947 and again from 1955 to 1959.

[Watch “Steamboat Willie”:]

2. “Crazy Plane”

“Plane Crazy” was released four months after “Steamboat Willie”, but was actually the first anime. It had its official premiere on March 17, 1929.

[Watch “Plane Crazy”:]

3. “The Marching Band Concert”

“The Band Concert” was Mickey Mouse’s first color cartoon. It was released on February 23, 1935.

4. “Through the looking glass”

In “Through the Mirror”, Mickey Mouse takes on the main character of Alice for a journey through the looking glass. It was released on April 30, 1936.

[Watch “Through the Mirror”:]

5. “Brave Little Tailor”

Mickey Mouse was the title tailor in this 1938 short. He boasts of killing “7 with one shot.” The townspeople think he is talking about troublesome giants, when in reality Mickey was talking about houseflies. “Brave Little Tailor” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

6. “Fantasy”

Mickey Mouse donned a wizard’s hat in 1940, in perhaps his most iconic role in “Fantasia.” The film itself was something few people might have seen in 1940, animated vignettes set to classical music. Mickey Mouse was the wizard’s apprentice named Yensid (Disney spelled backwards)

[Watch a clip of Sorcerer’s Apprentice here.]

7. “Fun and non-fancy”

Mickey Mouse got a new voice in 1947 for the “Mickey and the Beanstalk” segment of the movie “Fun and Fancy Free.” James MacDonald took over the voice of Mickey Mouse for Disney when Walt’s schedule or voice did not permit.

[Watch a clip of “Mickey and the Beanstalk” here.]

8. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”

Christmas came in early 1983 when Mickey Mouse starred as Bob Cratchit in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” It was Wayne Allwine’s first time portraying Mickey in a theatrical role. Prior to the short, Allwine did his voice for “The New Mickey Mouse Club”. Allwine, who was married to the actress who voices Minnie Mouse, voiced Mickey until his death in May 2009.

Watch a clip from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”:

9. “Take a horse!”

Released in November 2013, “Get a Horse” is a classic-looking and sounding cartoon with a twist. Mickey and the gang jump from the black and white world and into a color world. Featuring cameos from classic Disney characters like Peg-Leg Pete and Horace Horsecollar, this is the first time that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a Walt creation that led to the eventual creation of Mickey, has made an appearance with Mickey. It also features Walt as the voice of Mickey.

[Watch a clip of “Get a Horse”:]

10. Mickey Mouse Shorts

In June 2013, Disney began producing short films for its YouTube channel. The first, “No Service”, has been viewed over 8 million times. The latest, “Carried Away”, was released in July.

[Watch the short here:]