The 'most famous rodent' on the Earth – Mickey Mouse -- will turn 86 on Tuesday, 18 November.
'Born' on 18 November 1928, the little mouse is best known around the world as 'Walt Disney's famous mouse'.
On the 86th 'birth anniversary' or birthday of the famous rodent, here are 6 interesting facts to know:
Mickey's Rise to Stardom
Mickey Mouse debuted in the 1928 animated short film Steamboat Willie and went on to become a familiar figure at Walt Disney studios. The date when the mouse first appeared on screen, 18th November, is referred to as his birthday. The joyful rodent wearing white gloves and red shorts, has starred in dozens of Disney cartoon movies and the 1940 animated feature Fantasia became one of the world's best-known cartoon characters.
Mickey's Imagined Height and Weight
Mickey Mouse is fancifully estimated to be standing at two feet and three inches (69 cm) and weighing 23 pounds. Mickey rose to the pinnacle of American culture and is said to be more widely recognised in other countries than anything American, apart from the US flag.
Walt Disney's Symbol
For 86 years now, the little fictional rodent has signified The Walt Disney Company, animation, fun, goodwill, laughter and most importantly Walt Disney himself. His wife, Lillian Disney was once quoted as saying that Mickey and Walt "grew together" and were "mirrors of each other's personality".
Hollywood's Walk of Fame
On November 18, 1978, on his 50th birthday, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
The Mouse Always in Trouble
Mickey is most easily recognised by his red shorts with white buttons on it, white gloves and large yellow shoes and his round mouse ears. In most of his movies, he often gets himself into trouble that varies in seriousness as a result of his mischief and the fact that he can be forgetful, although he is very imaginative.
Fun loving and Adventurous
In his short films, Mickey often chooses fun and adventure over working, something disliked by Minnie Mouse, his girlfriend. Although he and his pals Donald and Goofy have good amount of luck, they usually end their day in failure.
Famous quotes on Mickey Mouse for His Birthday:
- Former US President Jimmy Carter once said, "Mickey Mouse is the symbol of goodwill, surpassing all languages an cultures. When one sees Mickey Mouse, they see happiness".
Mickey Mouse himself is often quoted as saying the following:
- "To laugh at yourself is to love yourself."
- "Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do."
- "Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes."
- "Don't stress over anything you can't change."
Walt Disney, Mickey's creator is famous for saying the following:
- "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever."