Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Quarterback, Free Safety
Current Team
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Athletic Profile: Mickey Mouse, Mouseketeers, Quarterback, Free Safety.

The most popular character of Walt Disney’s animated cartoons and arguably the natural-born champion and team captain of the Mouseketeers football team. He is lively and passionate about the game of football. At times he may cross the line with teammates and league officials, but overall has an optimistic approach to any team or league issues that may arise.

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His imagination and unfailing resourcefulness have saved the Mouseketeers with fourth quarter comebacks. Skillful and determined, Mickey Mouse is the little underdog whose bravery and fearless spirit always put the Mouseketeers as one of the best teams in Mickey Mouse Athletics Football League.

How Mickey Mouse Was Born

Walt Disney began his first series of fully animated films in 1927, featuring the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. When his distributor appropriated the rights to the character, Disney altered Oswald’s appearance and created a new character that he named Mortimer Mouse; at the urging of his wife, Disney remade him into Mickey Mouse. Two silent Mickey Mouse cartoons—Plane Crazy (1928) and Gallopin’ Gaucho (1928)—were produced before Disney employed the novelty of sound for the third Mickey Mouse production, Steamboat Willie (1928), though Mickey did not utter his first words (“Hot dogs!”) until The Karnival Kid (1929). Steamboat Willie was an immediate sensation and led to the studio’s dominance in the animated market for many years.

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.

-Mickey Mouse, Mouseketeers Quarterback, 2015

During the early years, Mickey was drawn by noted animator Ub Iwerks, and Disney himself provided Mickey’s voice until 1947. Mickey was often joined by his girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, as well as an animated gang of friends that included Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. Mickey was a cheerful and mischievous anthropomorphic rodent who starred in more than 100 cartoon shorts and became a worldwide cult figure.

The Mickey Mouse Club was one of the most popular television shows for children in the United States in the 1950s, and the signature black cap with mouse ears worn by the show’s stars has become one of the most widely distributed items in merchandising history. In 1932 Disney was given a special award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Notably Mickey Mouse Appearances

Sounds of Silence

Mickey originally appeared in silent cartoons, but by the end of 1928 he appeared in the cartoon Steamboat Willie, which featured synchronized music and sound. Steamboat Willie actually found a distributor before Plane Crazy did, so it's often considered Mickey's true "debut." Mickey whistled and made other noises in the short but didn't actually speak until 1929. Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey - his first line was "Hot dogs, hot dogs!" Most other film studios at the time were still producing silent cartoons, so Disney took the lead and never looked back.

Evolution of the Mouse

Mickey continued to grow and evolve throughout the 20th century, moving into comic strips, feature films, video games, theme parks and a ton of games and toys. He first appeared in color in 1935, in the cartoon called "The Band Concert". He got his now-standard gloves in the 1929 short The Opry House. Mickey's appearance changed steadily from his creation onwards. What is often considered the "classic version" of Mickey is the one that was designed by Floyd Gottfredson. The most popular version, however, is the Mickey created by Italian illustrator Romano Scarpa.



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