Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

It’s hard to believe on this day 88 years ago the mouse that started it all debuted in “Steamboat Willie.”  Did you also know that today is Minnie Mouse’s birthday too? To celebrate 88 wonderful years, here are 20 interesting facts about M-I-C-K-E-Y (and Minnie) M-O-U-S-E:

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  1. Walt Disney’s wife actually came up with the name Mickey.
  2. Steamboat Willie was the world’s first cartoon with synchronized sound.
  3. Although you never see a wedding between Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the two are in fact married.
  4. Mickey Mouse’s first words were “Hot Dog.”
  5. The fact that he only has 4 fingers saved Walt Disney both time and money when creating the short films that stared Mickey.
  6. Walt Disney was the voice of Mickey and Minnie Mouse from 1929-1946.
  7. Mickey’s full name is Michael Thedore Mouse.
  8. Minnie’s full name is Minerva.
  9. Minnie’s design was inspired by a flapper girl.
  10. Minnie’s first appearance was in “Plane Crazy.”
  11. Minnie’s parents are farmers.
  12. The two people who voiced Mickey and Minnie are actually married in real life.
  13. Mickey was almost named Mortimer Mouse, who ironically became a character as Minnie’s ex boyfriend.
  14. One of the first Mickey Mouse items for sale was a wristwatch that retailed for $3.75.
  15. Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  16. Mickey has a huge wardrobe, packed with 175 different costumes.
  17. Minnie has worn over 200 outfits in her career.
  18. Ironically Walt Disney was scared of mice.
  19. Mickey Mouse is about 2 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 23 pounds.
  20. The fun park game “Hidden Mickeys” originally started as a joke between Walt Disney and other Imagineers.

 

 

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