Walt Disney once said, “Mickey Mouse will be five years old on Sunday. He was born on October 1, 1928. That was the date on which his first picture was started, so we have allowed him to claim this day as his birthday.”
While that date obviously didn’t last, the film Walt was referring to would play an integral part in deciding Mickey’s birthday. Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho were already completed (and test-screened) by October of 1928, which means Walt was in fact talking about Steamboat Willie. The short, inspired by the Buster Keaton film Steamboat Bill Jr., debuted on November 18, 1928, at New York’s Colony Theatre.
It wasn’t until Mickey Mouse was about to turn 50, however, that it was decided just when he was turning 50.
Read the full article on The Walt Disney Family Museum blog: http://www.waltdisney.org/blog/birth-mouse
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Happy Birthday, Mickey and Minnie Mouse!