By: Adam F Manfredo
This is a day late, as Mickey’s Birthday is November 18, but I felt I should say something
because he is a big part of my life. There is some gray area when it comes to who created the Mickey Mouse character. Walt Disney had just had his legs cut from underneath him by Charles Mintz, when he signed away all of Disney’s animators, except Ub Iwerks, and took creative control of Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character. Here is where the grey area comes in, as some say it was Walt that came up with the character and some say it was Ub Iwerks that developed the character. I believe that both are true, and that Walt had ideas and creative input and Ub, being the draftsman and more skilled an animator, designed the character. No matter what you believe, either way Mickey Mouse was born.
Mickey Mouse’s first on-screen appearance was as Steamboat Willie, in the 1928 short which featured the first cartoon with synchronized sound and music. Who knew what a mega corporation one little mouse would launch, but Disney has not looked back. Mickey has meant the world to me, even leading me down my own career path as an aspiring animator. I want to wish Mickey Mouse a happy birthday and to many more. I will end this article with a very famous Walt Disney quote: “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, it was all started by a mouse.”.