30 Fun Facts About Mickey Mouse on His 88th Birthday

Mickey Mouse has been an enduring symbol of the Walt Disney empire and his image has appeared in film, clothing, home goods and of course, toys. He has delighted children and adults alike for generations and continues to bring happiness to kids today with the Disney Junior show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Today marks the 88th birthday of the famous Disney cartoon character who started it all. But before you start to do the Hot Dog Dance, you should check out these fun facts about the mouse with the most.

  • Mickey first appeared in the short animated film “Steamboat Willie” which debuted on this day, November 18, 1928.
  • Even though he made his first feature film debut in in 1928, he was actually the subject of two shorts prior to “Steamboat Willie”. Mickey starred in “The Gallopin’ Gaucho” and “Plane Crazy”, two films that were later released after his debut.
  • The name of “Mickey Mouse” was said to have been suggested by Walt Disney’s wife, according to an article in Time Magazine. Previously, Walt had given the character the name of “Mortimer Mouse.” Mortimer ended up being the name of a new character, Mickie’s arch nemesis.
  • The script for the very first short that Mickey was originally featured in, “Plane Crazy,” was done while Walt Disney was traveling on a train from Chicago.
  • Disney Studios was producing somewhere around 12 Mickey Mouse shorts a year by 1937, according to Time Magazine.
  • The animators to first design the characteristic movements of the mouse were inspired by actor Charlie Chaplin.
  • Mickey Mouse shorts were originally silent. The first short in which Mickey actually spoke debuted in 1929 for the cartoon short “The Karnival Kid.”
  • The 1929 short cartoon, “The Opry House,” was the first cartoon in which Mickey wore his famous white gloves, according to the Internet Animation Database.
  • In January 1930, the very first Mickey Mouse comic strip appeared in 40 newspapers. The comics were done by Ub Iwerks.
  • When Disney was first deciding on names for his amusement park, he had considered naming it “Mickey Mouse Village.”
  • Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to ever have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. The star was presented to him in 1978 to celebrate his 50th
  • Based on his size in the cartoons, Mickey is estimated to be 2 ft. 3 inches tall and to weight approximately 23 lbs.
  • Mickey and Minnie are married, but only in private, according to Walt Disney. The adorable pair never had an on-screen wedding, but the man and woman who voiced Minnie and Mickey, Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, actually got married in real life to each other in 1991.
  • The first words that Mickey ever spoke in a cartoon were “hot dogs!” it was in the short “The Karnival Kid” and it is the reason why Mickey and the gang sing the “Hot Diggity Dog” song on today’s Disney Junior show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • Throughout Mickey’s career, he worn a total of 175 outfits. And Minnie has worn over 200.
  • The only time Mickey Mouse appeared on the silver screen with the only other cartoon character who could match up to his popularity levels – Bugs Bunny, was in the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, made possible by the star power of Steven Spielberg.
  • Mickey Mouse only has four fingers, ut did you know there are two reasons why? The first was that Disney believed five fingers were too many for a mouse, and the second was to save the company money.
  • Some of Mickey’s favorite sayings are “oh, boy,” “gosh,” “that sure is swell,” and “aw, gee!”
  • Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, was unfortunately afraid of mice. The only reason he created these characters was because despite his irrational fear, he found them to be very sympathetic creatures.
  • Did you know about these fun Easter Eggs? The “Hidden Mickeys” started as a joke between Walt Disney and other Imagineers. But word spread and now people have made a game out of searching for Hidden Mickeys in Disney movies and all of the parks. Did you know about these fun Easter Eggs?
  • Mickey’s appearance in Fantastia as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice is one of his most famous roles of all time and has sparked tons of recreations.
  • Mickey Mouse’s ears are always perfect circles.
  • In France, Mickey Mouse is known as Michel Souris. He is Topolino in Italy, Mikki Mausu in Japan, and Mikki Hirri in Finland.
  • In 1998, Mickey Mouse went on strike at Disneyland Paris over a pay dispute
  • The first Mickey Mouse club was started by Harry Woodin at his theater in Woodin, California, where he led attendees in a Mickey Mouse pledge and showed Mickey Mouse shorts on Saturday Afternoons. When Walt Disney heard about this, he partnered with Woodin and that was the birth of many Mickey Mouse club across US.
  • Walt Disney himself voiced both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from 1929 to 1946. In fact rumors say, that he only stopped voicing the characters because excessive smoking had taken a toll upon his voice, making it unsuitable to voice for squeaky Mickey and Minnie.
  • Walt Disney remains to this date, the highest recipient of the Academy Awards, with over 26 Oscars in his possession, 22 of which were in a competitive category. One of his first was an honorary Oscar for the creation of Mickey Mouse in 1932.
  • The biggest irony in the home of Mickey Mouse – Disneyland is that over 200 feral cats are kept in the premises to keep them free of the rat and mouse population. Not sure Mickey will be pleased about that.
  • The last Mickey Mouse short created by Walt Disney was “The Simple Things” in 1953, following which he was unable to resume work on them due to other commitments, until his death in 1966.
  • Mickey Mouse’s fullname is Michael Thedore Mouse, which is revealed by the French comic La Planete Des Cerveaux. However, earlier in the short Symphony Hour and the House of Mouse episode his name is shown to be as Michael Mouse.