Sunday, November 18, 2007
Happy Birthday, Mickey
79 years ago today, Mickey Mouse made his screen debut as the star of Steamboat Willie. On the occasion of Mickey’s 60th I wrote the cover story for Cartoon Quarterly, a magazine covering the world of animation and comics created and edited by animation historians Jim Korkis and John Cawley. At Jim’s suggestion I’m posting that article which in addition to covering Disney’s plans for the big 60th anniversary bash also took a look back at celebrations of the past.
Not surprisingly The Walt Disney Company tends to celebrate the major anniversaries of its Chairmouse of the Board in a splashy fashion. In 1998 we ran an article about Mickey in each issue of Sketches, the Official Magazine of the Walt Disney Collectors Society, published that year in honor of the Mouse’s 70th. Throughout the remainder of November I’ll run some of those articles as well as other Mickey-related mania. In the meantime I wonder what Disney will do for Mickey’s 80th in 2008?