May 15th 1928: Mickey Mouse debuts


The first Mickey Mouse cartoon


On this day in 1928, the iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the cartoon ‘Plane Crazy’. The character was developed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and was inspired by Disney’s childhood pet mouse. Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie were first seen in a test screening on this day in 1928. However, the character was not popular, and it was not until November 1928 that a Mickey Mouse cartoon was released and widely distributed with ‘Steamboat Willie’, which is considered Mickey’s official debut. The character’s popularity steadily increased and became the mascot of the hugely successful Walt Disney Company.



‘Steamboat Willie’ – Mickey’s first big success


“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse”
– Walt Disney, 1954


Walt Disney and his iconic character


3 responses to “May 15th 1928: Mickey Mouse debuts

  1. There are only a few things in life that make me smile inside and out than Mickey!! 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Bite Size Canada and commented:
    Mickey Mouse debut, sort of. Not offically. Enjoy, everyone! -tkmorin

  3. This is a great post. My mom is an EXTREME Mickey Mouse fanatic. XOXO – Bacon

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