21st April 2013
How Did Walt Disney Create Mickey Mouse?
The public is filled with Disney products and endorsements. Disneyland is known as the happiest place on Earth and all in thanks to the creator, Walt Disney. Children now look up to Disney as a source of hope, faith and inspiration for the future. Disney left behind tracks to what a child needs to grow and to become happy with the idea that magic exists. His first creation was brought to life by placing upon the name “Mickey.” It is interesting to note that Mickey Mouse started out as an impish, mischievous character that played a cow's teeth like a xylophone in his first movie. He also performed other nasty little tasks as well. This image was soon changed, though, in order that he would appeal to a much wider audience. The most noticeable physical differences between the first Mickey Mouse and his modern day appearance include the addition of white gloves on his hands. There appeared many other changes as he evolved over the years, though. Today, Mickey Mouse is normally dressed in red shorts with two buttons on the front, large yellow shoes, and his trademark white gloves. He sports a bulbous black nose, and he has large eyes. The only similarities he has to a real mouse include his large mouse ears, and his long, skinny tail. Other than those features, Mickey Mouse has his own distinctive look. The small mouse that Walt Disney brought to life went on to star in over one hundred movies. He features as the star in Disney's many theme parks, and his image is recognized around the world. Mickey also has appeared in other media such as video games as well as merchandising, and becomes a real life character at the Disney parks. Walt Disney looked upon the future to bring a smile to children all over the world. Drawing and animating became a gateway to happiness and magic. As a child, Mickey gives out hope in an Glogovac 2
adventure. Since the mouse impacted society in an immense way, how did Disney first imagine the mouse? Walt Disney is looked upon as an icon for creating a world of magic. Disney was an American animator, film producer, director, screen writer, voice actor, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, philanthropist, and highly influenced the 20th century field of entertainment. Walt Disney Productions became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. Disney was particularly noted for being a film producer and popular showman. He was also an innovator in animation and theme park design. “Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.” (Disney, 3). During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, as well as the international resorts like Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Disney began his freshman year at McKinley High School and took night courses at the Chicago Art Institute. He became the cartoonist for the school newspaper, drawing patriotic topics and focusing on World War I. Despite dropping out of high school at the age of sixteen to join the army, Disney was rejected for being underage. Walt a temporary job through a bank colleague at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio where he created advertisements for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters. At Pesmen-Rubin he met cartoonist Ubbe Iwerks and when their time at the studio expired, they decided to start their own commercial company together. (Gates, 3). Glogovac - 3
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