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Interview with Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse exposé

Are you surprised that I can interview Mickey Mouse . . . the famous international film star who happens to be an anthropomorphic celluloid rodent brought into the world by his creator, Walt Disney?

You already know that with my unbelievable, supernatural powers, I can interview dead celebrities like Genghis Khan and James Dean. As well as weird vocal animals like the Proboscis Monkey. And voluble insects like the Banana Spider. So my uncanny interviewing skill should come as no surprise.

Maybe Mickey will expose what he knows about Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake!

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in "Trolley Troubles" 1927

Laugh-O-Gram Studio before repairs

Laugh-O-Gram Studio before repairs

Walter Elias Disney 1901 - 1966

Walter Elias Disney 1901 - 1966

me – Here is Mickey now! How do you do, Mr. Mouse? This is a distinct pleasure. Please forgive me for attacking you with that broom when you first appeared. Old habits die hard.

Mickey Mouse – No problem. It’s my fault. I had no business running around without my red shorts … or yellow shoes … or signature white gloves. But ‘Mr. Mouse’ is too formal; please call me Mickey.

meThanks, Mickey. You know, I have been a fan of yours for a long time. When did you begin your film career?

Mickey – I first appeared as "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" in an animated black and white film cartoon in 1927.

I have to admit I was not the best-looking rabbit on the block. Instead of a good-looking, lucky rabbit, I looked more like a laughable-looking unlucky mouse with preposterous long black ears.

me – Were you the first Disney cartoon creation?

Mickey – No, Walt founded a company called Laugh-O-Gram Films in 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri, and created live-action/animation short films like Alice’s Wonderland. But times were tough.

me – How tough were they?

Mickey – By the end of that year Walt Disney was living in his office and taking baths once a week at Union Station – the railway depot.

In 1923, he filed for bankruptcy and moved to Hollywood, California.

Mouse Morsels

The first two Mickey Mouse cartoons that Walt Disney produced cost him $2,500 each.

Mickey Mouse's name has appeared fraudulently and frequently on voter registration lists, most recently in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

"Plane Crazy" 1928

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"Steamboat Willie" 1928

Why a Mouse?

meWhere did Disney get the inspiration of using a mouse as a cartoon character?

MickeyHe kept a timid little brown mouse as a pet in a wire cage on his desk in Kansas City. He would tap him gently on the nose with his pencil and train him to run inside a black circle drawn on his drawing board.

When Walt decided to move west, he took the mouse to a friend's large garden and set it free.

He showed his drawings of the mouse to his wife, Lillian, and said he was naming it Mortimer Mouse. She said the name sounded “too sissified” and suggested Mickey Mouse instead.

meHow did you morph from Oswald Rabbit into Mickey Mouse?

MickeyWhen Disney’s distributor appropriated the rights to Oswald, Walt changed the cartoon character from a forgettable-looking rabbit to a lovable mouse – me.

Ubbe Iwerks (that was his real name) was the animator who drew me, and Disney himself provided my falsetto voice until 1947. He was also the voice for my beautiful girlfriend, Minnie Mouse.

He produced two silent cartoons featuring me – Plane Crazy (1928) and Gallopin’ Gaucho (1928). Then sound was invented for films and I starred in the first sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie (1928).

Willie became an immediate sensation and I became an animated star. But I didn’t have a speaking part until the cartoon, The Karnival Kid (1929).

me – Did you have much dialogue to memorize?

Mickey“Hot dogs!” That’s it. But I did get to repeat it twice.

Mouse Morsels

In 1932, Walt Disney was given a special award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the creation of Mickey Mouse.

59 Mickey Mouse cartoons have been nominated for Academy Awards and have won 22 times, in addition to 7 Emmy awards.

Mickey Mouse became so popular that Mickey Mouse Clubs were formed in 1929 at hundreds of movie houses around the U.S. Several million Mickey Mouse Clubbers met every Saturday afternoon for cartoons and games in local theaters.

Mickey and friends

Mickey and friends


"The Band Concert" 1935 - first cartoon in Technicolor

White Gloves Mystery

me – I have always wondered, Mickey, why did you wear those large white gloves?

Mickey – I’m a gemophobe. (Laughs). No, just kidding. When my hands were drawn black like the rest of me, it was difficult for audiences to see them when they were in front of my body. So Walt put large white gloves on them so they would stand out on the screen.

In cartoons, I was often joined by Minnie Mouse, as well as my animated friends including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Peg Leg Pete.

I was usually laid-back, cheerful and often slightly shy. Donald was just the opposite: forceful, loud and very opinionated.

me – Was that the William Tell Overture you were conducting so flamboyantly in your cartoon, "The Band Concert?"

Mickey – Funny you should ask. The famous conductor, Arturo Toscanini, became so infatuated with that cartoon he asked the projectionist to rerun it several times.

me – I know you were the star of 124 short cartoons and have become a worldwide cult figure.

Mickey – My cartoons became so popular that movie goers would first ask the ticket taker if they were ‘running a Mickey’ before they purchased a ticket.

The movie houses soon began displaying posters that proclaimed: ‘Mickey Mouse playing today!’ Sometimes the patrons sat through the movie twice in order to see me again. (Puffs out tiny chest).

me – How many cartoons did you star in during the thrities?

Mickey – I would call that my Golden Age - I was the 'Everyman/Everymouse' hero in 86 different cartoon shorts. I was a fireman, a Giant killer, a cowboy, an inventor, a plumber, a detective, a house mover, a pilot, a bandleader, a farmer, a whaler, a tailor - you name it. I left no occupation unoccupied. No vocation was safe from my interpretation. I filmed a session for almost every professon.

"Moving Day" 1936

Pluto - my very smart pet

Pluto - my very smart pet

Pluto and Goofy Mystery

me - One of the questions of the ages has always been: Why does Pluto, a dog, walk on all fours - like a dog - in your cartoons.

And Goofy who is also a dog walks upright, dressed and acting like a human?

Mickey - Simple! Pluto is my pet. Goofy is my friend and cartoon colleague.

me - What was your favorite cartoon role?

Mickey - That's easy. In 1940, I starred as the Sorcerer's Apprentice in a major artistic feature film, "Fantasia." The animation techniques were years ahead of their time and have never been matched to date. Stereophonic sound was introduced in this film.

me - That segment with you as the apprentice was one of my favorites, Mickey. The other was the dancing hippos - I featured them in my Hippo Interview.

Mickey - You may remember that the Apprentice role featured no dialogue at all - only the classical music of that symphonic poem by Paul Dukas. I borrowed the Sorcerer's magic hat and cast a spell on a broom to fill a deep well with buckets of water almost causing a flood.

At the end of the film, I am seen in silhouette shaking hands with another famous conductor, Leopold Stokowski, who conducted all the music in "Fantasia."

More Mickey Morsels

From 1932 on in Europe, Mickey Mouse was adored as 'Topolino' in Italy, 'Le Journal de Mickey' in France, and 'Miky Maous' in Greece.

Walt Disney stopped doing the high-pitched voice work for Mickey in 1947. Jim MacDonald replaced him until 1977 followed by Wayne Allwine until 2009. Bret Iwan currently provides Mickey's shy, squeaky voice.

The first Mickey Mouse wrist watch was produced by the Ingersoll-Waterbury company in 1933. It sold for $3.75.

Mickey became the first cartoon character to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of his 50th anniversary in 1978.

me – I know that Disney suspended almost all commercial activity during World War II and produced military training films. Were you on sabbatical?

Mickey – Au contraire! I appeared in movies and on posters everywhere urging the purchase of War Bonds.

In fact, I was the star of D-Day, June 6, 1944 when Allied forces landed in Normandy.

me – Say what?

Mickey – Most people don’t know this but it’s safe to reveal this secret now. The code name for the Allied forces invasion in 1944 was . . . “Mickey Mouse.”

me – Incredible.

Mickey – Yes, I am. (proudly)

me – I've noticed that in the 40s and 50s Donald Duck and Goofy were featured more in Disney cartoons. Had you retired?

Mickey – Not really, But I had evolved into a Disney symbol of goodness and virtue so it was difficult to create adventurous cartoon situations for me. My trademark expressions were: "Gosh? ... Oh boy! ... That sure is swell ... Aw Gee!"

My fans objected if I were sneaky or devious in cartoons. But they had no problem with Donald or Goofy being more flexible, if you know what I mean.

Goofy in "How to Dance" 1953

Mickey Mouse Club on television

me – Since I am older than dirt, I remember watching the Mickey Mouse Club which became the most successful children's program on television during the 70s and 80s.

Dd you know the 12 Mouseketeers well?

Mickey – Did I know them well? I taught them everything they know.

Who do you think showed Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake those, dancing moves?

Even Ryan Gosling improved when I taught him the Moonwalk.

me – Were Britney and Justin an item then?

Mickey – They only had eyes for each other and became VERY, VERY good friends.

Remember, I taught them everything they know.

I LOVE being a Host.

I LOVE being a Host.

Macy's Parade 2010

Macy's Parade 2010

me – I know you have appeared in comic strips, books, board games, on television, and in video games. What has pleased you the most?

Mickey – I love being a Chief Host and Greeter at all the Disneyland Resorts - California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. But two events in particular made me squeal with joy.

me – Which were . . . ?

Mickey – Way back in 1935 I led the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City as a 55-foot high Mickey Mouse balloon. That was a trip.

And I was the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2005.

me – I can think of no better way to thank you, Mickey, for the joy and laughter you have brought the world than to repeat this tribute from Walt Disney regarding Disneyland: "I hope we never lose sight of one fact ... this was all started by a Mouse!"

In February 2006 (78 years later) the rights to “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” were re-acquired by The Walt Disney Company from NBC as part of a deal that traded sportscaster Al Michaels from Disney's ABC and ESPN to NBC Sports.

"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known." - Walt Disney

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2011, 2013 Rev. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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Comments for Interview with Mickey Mouse

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 20, 2014:

Delighted that you enjoy Mickey as much as I do. Thanks for enjoying this interview. Mickey thanks you, too.

CherylsArt on September 25, 2014:

Mickey is one of my favorites too. I enjoyed your interview.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on June 19, 2013:

Mickey would be proud of you, bhaumik. Now go read 'Gulliver's Travels.' - you will enjoy it.

bhaumik on June 19, 2013:

I like to read robinson crusoe

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 25, 2013:

Happy to know, Patricia, that you and I and your lovable grandson all share a love of Mickey Mouse. Wish him a happy birthday for me.

Mickey Mouse still seems to be a popular costume at Halloween but last year I noticed an abundance of little pint-sized Elmos for the first time.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 11, 2013:

Love love loved this, drbj. My grandson dressed as Mickey for Halloween last year. The cutest little Mickey you ever saw.

And that Fantasia...I think may be my all time favorite.

I have been to Disney World more times than I can ex, my baby and I went on opening day and I was hooked. I always always buy something Mickey when I am there.

My grandson turns 3 in a few weeks and the theme is....drum roll, please.....Mickey Mouse.

thanks for sharing this...I enjoyed it so much. happy Saturday

Angels are on the way this morning :) ps

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2013:

Hi, H.S. What a great idea. The Peanuts gang would be fun to interview. Thanks for the suggestion. I will add them to my list of potential interviewing subjects.

H.S. on February 18, 2013:

How about interview with Lucy and Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and the Peanuts gang!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 07, 2013:

Hi, Chris. I love Donald, too, but Mickey was the star first. Perhaps I'll get to interview Donald, too, one day. And dedicate the interview to you!

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 06, 2013:

Being a sailor, I naturally expected a large portion of this to be devoted to Donald Duck, but.... :-D

Heaven L Burkes from The Invincible Heart of Neverland on September 24, 2012:

Very Cool - I will. :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2012:

That is a very perceptive comment, heavenleigh. Cinderella is her own woman now. Like you, I love almost anything Disney, too. Thanks for finding this interview wonderful.

You might also like to take a look at my 'Interview with Snow White,' and 'Interview with the Seven Dwarfs.' Would love to get your reaction.

Heaven L Burkes from The Invincible Heart of Neverland on September 24, 2012:

Wonderful interview! Now that Cinderella has found her own empowerment - she doesn't need Prince Charming's permission to do an interview anymore. ;) I love most anything "Disney."

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 20, 2012:

What an interesting question, Julien. I have done a series of interviews - 31 to date - with dead celebrities, animated characters, fairy tale heroines, and many others. Since they arose from what I like to think of as my fertile imagination, all the permission I needed came from within. I did interview an actual Disney character at Disney World - Cinderella - but the information she provided was hers not Disney's.

Julien on August 20, 2012:

Hi. Did you get permission from Disney for the interview? In germany I tried to get an interview with a Disney-Character too, and they prohibited that. Same in US?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

What a lovely comment, becca, that your enjoyment factor has gone waay up! Thank you for adding immeasurably to my enjoyment factor with your visit.

Rebecca E. from Canada on February 17, 2012:

Ha ha! this is great, I am sorry for not having written around hubs for a while, but my enjoyment factor has gone waay up!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 04, 2011:

I knew, Dendriu, we were allies under the skin both having a lifelong thing for Mickey. Delighted you enjoyed this tribute to him and Walt. They were and are both very special.

Derdriu on November 04, 2011:

drbj: Thank you for the charming interview which brings in the personalities of Mickey's creators and predecessor as well as Mickey's considerable achievements and enduring appeal. What a fitting, humorous and thorough tribute to my favorite, lifelong, mousey friend!

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 31, 2011:

HA! My goof! You're funny. :D

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 27, 2011:

Hi, James. You know how much I enjoy reading your comments to me ... almost as much as I enjoy reading your terrific hubs. Thank you for that 'wonderful writer' appellation. Love it.

BTW, you brought a broad (smile) to my face, too, with your abbreviated comment. I do have supernatural interviewing skills ... but teleportation of 'broads' is beyond my ability ... so far.

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 26, 2011:

I enjoyed reading this terrific interview with the one and only Mickey Mouse. You never fail to bring a broad to my face. You are a wonderful writer! :-)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 23, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by, PhoenixV - nice to meet you here. Yes, Mickey had a very real role model - that small brown mouse that became Walt Disney's office pet. Just goes to show you never know when and how inspiration will strike.

PhoenixV from USA on October 23, 2011:

Very interesting interview with Mickey:) I didn't know he was based on a real mouse.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 22, 2011:

How nice to learn that Mickey is your favorite cartoon character, pras. He certainly remains an international symbol of goodness and all that is right in the world.

Yes, Walt Disney was the Steve Jobs of his time, way ahead of the rest of the world in movie-making techniques. He was a talented genius as you pointed out.

Thank you for your gracious comments and the up vote. Mickey thanks you, too. Namaste.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 21, 2011:

Micky Mouse is my favorite cartoon character. He has protagonist character in a good side. I can't imagine the man who created Micky Mouse. He must be a genius and very talented. My friend, you had success in interviewing Micky Mouse. Beautiful pictures and nice video. Vote up and useful.


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 05, 2011:

Wow! How happy I am to have you here, JRocco - your comments do put a smile on my face (wiping off that silly grin I otherwise wear).

Somehow I knew you were a lover of Disney cartoons, especially Mickey, and I'm delighted that you have such pleasant memories. You do not sound like an 'older gent' at all.

Thanks for stopping by and loving to read my hubs. My pleasure, you know.

JRocco on October 05, 2011:

WOW!!! You did it again. What a fantastic and interesting hub on Mickey. I can remember watching the Mickey mouse club on tv back when I was a child. I have always enjoyed the Disney characters, even now as an older gent. Many adults might not admit to this but this was and still is some of my best memories growing up and watching the Disney cartoons. My grandson loves Mickey and when he gets older I will take him to Disney World. Thank you DR for posting this wonderful educational hub. Love reading all your hubs.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 03, 2011:

Welcome to my slightly skewed world, b. malin. It's my pleasure to have you here. Thank you, thank you for your gracious comments. I look forward to your visits on my other Interviews (some with dead celebrities; some with weird animals).

If you grew up with the Mickey Mouse Club then you might find my "Old Age Benefits" hub of interest. Of course I will check you out, too.

b. Malin on October 03, 2011:

Hi Drbj having never been to your Hub Page before, I didn't know what a "Treat" was in store for me, reading your Fun filled and Enjoyable Hub on Mickey. I grew up with the Mickey Mouse Club on TV. You've done a Great job in your interview and videos. I look forward to following your Hubs...Hope you will check me out as well.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 01, 2011:

Hello, Keith. I'm not surprised to hear that the phrase, 'Mickey Mouse,' has at times represented something inexpenive and perhaps not well made in the U.K. as well as in the U.S. I found numerous examples of that in my research but didn't include them - Mickey would have been upset.

But I am gratified to learn that the phrase means something positive in your country. Mickey would be pleased to know that. I once owned a genuine Mickey Mouse watch, too. Wish I had saved it; 'twould be an antique heirloom by now. Thank you for your gracious comments.

attemptedhumour from Australia on September 29, 2011:

Well who would have thought that Micky got the chop for being too nice. We used to get cheap Micky Mouse watches when I was a kid in England, so Micky Mouse meant poor quality. When I came to Oz Micky Mouse was rhyming slang for grouse, which is an Aussie term for really good. So it took a bit of maneuvering at times to remember which nationality I was addressing. All the Disney movies were great family entertainment and your hub does justice to his great creations. Cheers

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 27, 2011:

Hi, becca. What a lovely compliment - "I've outdone myself?" That will spur me on to even greater heights. Thank you for laughing and enjoying. Makes my day, dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 27, 2011:

christopher - Mickey and Minnie thank you for the invitation but they have informed me they are allergic to cats. Sorry.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 27, 2011:

Hi, Sheila. Thanks for the sweet comments and looking forward to my interviews. Me, too.

You are now one of my BFF since you thought Annette was before my time. That's a compliment, m'dear. Who do you think introduced Mickey to her? Heh, heh.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 27, 2011:

Hi, carrie, thanks for the up and the lovable comments -'exceptional' is one of my favorites. Mickey and Minnie send their love - they think you are cute, too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 26, 2011:

Martie, I gave your message to Mickey conveying your love and admiration. He was so overcome that he immediately - now that he is a Lord - dubbed you and your lovely granddaughter as Honorary Mouses ... er, honorary Mices ... er, you as an Honorary Mouse and your sweet progeny as an Honorary Mouse. The proclamation is in the mail.

Rebecca E. from Canada on September 26, 2011:

as always delightful and a great way to get back into teh dwing of things on hubpages... I laughed and enjoyed this one, you've outdone yourself

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on September 26, 2011:

They are both welcome to come round anytime. I'm certain my cat would give them a warm welcome.

sheila b. on September 26, 2011:

Your interview was fun to read, as always. You surprised me, though, when you mentioned the Mickey Mouse Club and asked Mickey about Britney Spears. I thought you were going to ask about Annette Funicello...way before your time, I suppose. Anyway, I look forward to your next interview.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on September 26, 2011:

exceptional hub! i love mickey mouse and i love disney cartoons. Mickey and Minnie make the cutest couple :)) voted up, intresting and beautiful


Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 25, 2011:

Drbj, yes, in our country fairies are to busy making wishes come true, so each of them has the right to appoint a mouse as personal assistant in the teeth collecting department. But you know, when the cat and the fairy are busy, the mouse often use a tooth to decorate himself or his home. My granddaughter is going to jump out of her skin with joy when I tell her that her tooth is now hanging as a charm around the famous, adorable, immortal Lord Mickey Mouse’s neck. Please convey our love and admiration to his lordship.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 25, 2011:

How lovely to see you here, Colin, I am honored and pleased. Everyone knows you are the finest and wittiest epigrammatic writer online.

I do appreciate your sending folks to read my Interview hubs and I return the favor whenever I can.

'Legendary, witty and sincere?' I'll have to try to live up to those very gracious comments. Sending Hub love to you on the shores of Lake Erie from the shores of Ocean Atlantic.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 25, 2011:

I wouldn't be surprised, Audrey, if Mickey is one of the most beloved cartoon figues in the world. He certainly is one of the most well known.

Delighted I could bring back for you some of those wonderful Saturday matinee memories. Me, too. Those were the days. And you are so welcome; it was entirely my pleasure.

Today's curren crop of cartoons are far different although I did enjoy 'Despicable Me.' Have you seen it? Very clever with the voice of Steve Carell as 'Me.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 25, 2011:

The real Mickey and I thank you, christopher, for your sublime comment: 'brilliant interrogation.' He IS interesting and charmed me with his presence and wit. Since you feel as if he were part of your family, he wants to know when he may come to dinner, and may he bring Minnie, too?

I can't wait for my next interview, too, since I have not yet selected a victim, I mean, subject.

epigramman on September 24, 2011:

.....well I just left a comment with HELLO HELLO and in the same vein and sentiment to you - as you know I send everyone here including some new ones tonight as your hubs are legendary like the famous interview series - and I will post this most fascinating hub subject to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here - and yes your comments to me are legendary too and always witty and sincere - and I really don't think I would have come this far at the Hub without great people like you and HELLO HELLO

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Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 24, 2011:

Now who doesn't love Mickey? And I love him even more, now that I have seen him in action with drbj. Oh the memories of the saturday matinee - double feature and more than 1 Mickey Mouse cartoon. Thanks for the memories, beautiful friend!

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on September 24, 2011:

You do know the most interesting people. Thanks for introducing us to the real Mickey. After reading your brilliant interrogation, I feel as if he were a part of my family.

I can't wait for your next interview.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, Dolores, and thank you, thank you for the 'up and awesome as usual.' What a gracious comment. True of course, but also gracious. Mickey has far more humility than me.

I knew there were probably many other cartoon afficionados who wondered about the white gloves and the Pluto/Goofy mysteries. Gratified that I could solve them.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice to me was one of the best of all time cartoon segments I ever had the good fortune to see. Delighted you enjoyed it, too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, Sunshine. Thank you for the salute for this 'fabulous' interview tribute. Was that 21 guns?

You are spot on - Walt Disney left us an amazing gift in Mickey and all his other animated creations as well as the Disney Resorts.

Thank you for the visit and the 'UP/Awesome across the board!' Come back any time.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 24, 2011:

Hi, drbj - voted up and awesome as usual. You've presented some great info here and have solved a real mystery. I always wondered about those white gloves. Though never a fan of the rodent, I did love the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, amillar. I promise not to tell Mickey you used the word, history, when referring to him. Although he surely is an icon and a permanent piece of history, he IS sensitive and as you so aptly put it, he may become 'animated.' Touche, my friend.

Thanks for enjoying this 'fun stuff' as well as the 'Up and interesting.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Nice to meet you, seocoursemumbai. I'm not surprised that Mickey has been very special to you since you were young. He is an international icon and a symbol of all that is lovable and sweet.

Delighted you ejoyed the videos - sharing them is my pleasure.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, Rosemary. Thank you for you sweet, sublime comments. Especially loved ... 'wonderful job as usual.' I'm not surprised you had not seen ‘Plane Crazy’ before - it was first released a long, long time ago.

Yes, Mickey has remained a lovable icon through these many years. Thanks too, m'dear, for the 'up and awesome.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, Alicia. That's exactly what I hoped you would say -'fun, informative and entertaining.' Thank you, m'dear. I tried to select the videos that I enjoyed the most, too.

Immersion in Mickey Mouse's world is a fun place to be. Thanks for the visit and the 'awesome.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

Hi, carcro, welcome to my and Mickey's world. Delighted you are such a fan of his and of DisneyLand. If you ever visit Florida, DisneyWorld is the place to go. Now it's called a Disney Resort. Bonus: there are reduced prices for Florida residents.

Thank you for enjoying this memorabilia and the 'up and awesome.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 24, 2011:

You said it so well, Sally. Walt Disney and his creations - cartoons and resorts, too - are synonyms for being a child. Thank you for 'loving' this.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Me, too, Ruby. I lived in a fairly small town and the Saturday movie with its feature film, serial chapter, and Mickey Mouse cartoon was the highlight of our week.

Re Disney, he lost the rights to Oswald because he failed to trademark his creation. He was just about broke when he arrived in California. So it is particularly rewarding to recount what a superior businessman he became and the wealth he amassed.

It was my pleasure to share his story as well as the exploits of Mickey. Thank you for your appreciation.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Hello, sweet Hilary. You're welcome. Mickey is an old friend of mine, too. I loved all the cartoons with him and his gang when I was a child. That was so long ago that when I went to a Saturday movie my dad would give me 25 cents. I rode a bus both ways to the theater, bought a ticket, purchased popcorn . . . and I still had a nickel left over when I got home. Those WERE the days!

You are so right. Disney lives on in his amazing animated creations.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 23, 2011:

I salute drbj for a fabulous interview tribute to the man who gave us Mickey & Minnie Mouse! What an amazing gift Walt Disney gave us :)) Voted UP/Awesome and across the board!!!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Hi, Martie. Mickey never minded being a rabbit in his previous life. He just wanted to be better looking. With more realistic ears. Disney made that happen when he created Lord Mickey Mouse. What a great appellation you gave him.

He was and is an icon of the silver screen and children flock around him when he is portrayed by some lucky human at a Disneyland resort.

Is that a South African fable? Mickey collecting children's baby teeth? In the U.S. we say it's the Tooth Fairy and leave some money under the child's pillow.

I asked Mickey and he remembers your granddaughter because she was so cute and pretty - and well behaved. He fastened her tooth to a chain and wears it around his neck for good luck. Mickey says thanks and so do I, dear Martie.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Thank you, Lynda, for the visit and the Mickey-speak. Aw, gee, he thinks it's swell when people speak his language.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Did Mickey mention you, bp? You betcha. He couldn't stop talking about the lovely lady he met at Disney World. In fact he kept repeating how you were so upbeat, interesting and funny.Which reminds me, thanks for the 'up,' the 'interesting' and the 'funny.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 23, 2011:

Hi, Dex, delighted to have brought back some great memories for you. You are right - those were the better (and more wholesome) days of animation.

Thanks for the gracious adjectives. Mickey says Hi, too.

amillar from Scotland, UK on September 23, 2011:

There's a lot of fun stuff going on here drbj. It's a great piece of 20th Century history. (Don't tell Mickey I said he's history. I hear he can get quite animated about things. I'd better say he's a 20th Century icon)

I expect you'll get a lot of clicks for this one. Up and interesting.

seocoursemumbai from Mumbai ( India) on September 23, 2011:

Mickey mouse has always been a very special toon character to me as a child and i have followed the series. Loved the videos too thanks for the share

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 22, 2011:

What a remarkable interview with a remarkable character.

You did a wonderful job as usual…

I hadn’t seen ‘Plane Crazy’ before just loved it.

Micky is certainly an icon as much loved today as he was all those years ago.

Voted up and awesome

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 2011:

This hub is so much fun and very informative too, drbj! I loved watching the videos - they were very entertaining. I was immersed in the world of Micky Mouse as I explored your hub. Voted awesome!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 22, 2011:

Hi, Kelly. Amazing is what I love to be. You are absolutely right. Considering the newness of the medium, "The Band Concert" produced in 1935 was way ahead of its time. We are not the only ones who think so. In 1994, it was voted the third-greatest cartoon of all time in a poll of animation professionals. How 'bout that?

I suppose you could get yourself a smart mouse like Mickey but the cat would have to go. Thanks for the visit, m'dear, and the 'awesome and everything!'

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on September 22, 2011:

I love everything about DisneyLand, the place to be. I wish I lived in Anaheim, I'd go there every week. Of course it all started with the mouse. Great hub, so much memorabilia. Our family has watched all of those old Mickey Mouse cartoons countless times. Voted Up and Awesome

Truckstop Sally on September 22, 2011:

Love it! Disney is a synonomym for childhood.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 22, 2011:

Aw, gee, you sure are swell, Alastar. to say such nice things. Thanks for loving this hub and the expose. Mickey was a heck-of-a nice mouse and his cartoons spread the love around.

Me? Humorous and imitable? in the same sentence? Wow!

Come back any time, my friend

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 22, 2011:

I agree, Will. Walt would be appalled and very surprised at some of the adult films now being produced by Touchstone Pictures, a film division of The Walt Disney Company. Mickey would not be heard to say, "Gee, those sure are swell."

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 22, 2011:

When i was a kid, i never missed a Saturday Matinee, and the cartoons were my favorites. Mickey and Minnie were special.I was surprised to learn that Walt was so poor in the beginning. He always made great family movies. Thank you for sharing your interview.....

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on September 22, 2011:

Thanks for bringing back an old friend! Mickey has got to be Walt Disney's alter ego who lives on, if not on the cutting edge of TV and animation today, at least in our hearts.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 22, 2011:

Drbj, you had an awesome interview with the most famous character on this planet, namely Lord Mickey Mouse. How interesting to know that he was a rabbit in his previous life! Do you know he still gathers (in his free time) the milk teeth of very special kids? My granddaughter saw him with her own eyes. He was wearing his blue jacket and he gave her a kiss on the cheek before he took off to Hollywood with her tooth. We are waiting now to see exactly what he has done with it… hopefully he has made himself a stylish navel ring with it.

lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on September 22, 2011:

Oh, gee, gosh and how swell is this hub!

breakfastpop on September 22, 2011:

Did Mickey mention me? We met t Disney World.. Up interesting and funny.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on September 22, 2011:

Hi Dr. BJ! Wow! Another great, entertaining and informative interview. I have always loved Mickey Mouse and the great cartoons from the better days of animation. This interview and associated videos and information bring back great memories!

Voted up, up and away!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 21, 2011:

Drbj - you never cease to amaze me with these interviews! The cartoon from 1935 is wildly good for that time don't you think? I expected it to look amateur but I was really surprised how great it was.

Oh why can't I own a smart mouse like Mickey?? Hmm...maybe it's the cat! Awesome and everything!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 21, 2011:

The penultimate Mickey Mouse interview thanks to the supernatural powers of one drbj. So Steamboat Willie was the first one eh. Loved this drbj: thanks for the, ahem, expose. And for spreading Mickey's love and Walt's vision in your humorous, imitable way.~:)))

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 21, 2011:

Hi, drbj,

Walt Disney would be appalled at the sort of 'mature' stuff being turned out by his studios today. He was a very decent man.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

Hi, Feline, sweetie. That Mickey Mouse did get around, didn't he? We all thought he was so shy and sweet and innocent and all that time he was the Guru for Britney and Justin. One never know, do one?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

Hi, Will. I agree with you. When Walt Disney died, so it seems, did the era of good, clean, funny innocent cartoons represented by Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the rest of his winsome gang. Thanks for the visit and the comments. Did you put your horse temporarily in the garage? Cause tying him up to a parking meter just isn't safe these days.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

I had not thought of that before, mckbirdbks, but you are right on the money. Mickey Mouse IS a symbol of a more innocent time in America. A time when we loved our neighbors rather than fearing them. Thanks for your exceptional comment.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

Dear sweet Petra, I am so happy to see you back on Hubpages - you have been missed - and even happier to see you here.

Thank you for being such a faithful reader of my interviews with dead celebrities, live weird animals, miscellaneous vegetables, and now, cartoon characters. Where will I strike next? God knows. And she ain't talking.

Will try to keep bringing you more 'of the same.' Thanks for your charming comments, m'luv.

Feline Prophet on September 21, 2011:

Who would have thought Mickey Mouse had such a chequered history! :)

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 21, 2011:

Disneyland and the Mickey Mouse Club dominated 1950's television. When Walt Disney died, the heart of the Disney Studio died with him.

Great Hub!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

Hi, moncrieff. Walt Disney was born in Illinois but spent a number of years in his twenties working in your backyard. You are so rght - Mickey is as American as apple pie and Ford automobiles.

Happy you enjoyed Britney and Justin dancing their lil hearts out. Thank for voting up all over - what a lovely comment.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on September 21, 2011:

Delighted to know, marellen, that Mickey is one of your favorites, too. Almost every small child who grows up in the U.S. has watched Mickey on television or at the movies. And on Halloween there is always at least one costumed Mickey 'trick or treating' at my door. Thank you for the visit and the 'awesome.'

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 21, 2011:

eke a mouse, but everybody's favorite mouse. Disney's work is iconic, almost a symbol of America's innocence

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on September 21, 2011:

My very dear drbj,

I read each and everyone of your fascinating interviews with dead people and animals of all sorts. Your exquisite sense of humor is only matched by your talent to do extensive research and bring to us interesting facts; no wonder you have so many friends and supporters and the ones who did not read your work yet, they just don’t know what they are missing.

Looking forward to more of the same, love always, Petra

moncrieff on September 21, 2011:

Fantastic job! I live in KCMO and I didn't know Disney lived here! And I've never seen The MM Disney Club... so seeing Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake doing hip-hop moves really amazed me. That's where Timberlake learned how to move - from Mickey! Thanks for the story, after all, there is nothing more American than Mickey Mouse! Voted up all over.

marellen on September 21, 2011:

What a great job and loved reading all about Mickey Mouse one of my favorites for sure. Awesome job....

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