Mickey Mouse turns 94 today. Looks pretty good, doesn't he!
Ninety-three years ago today, Disney released Steamboat Willie in New York. Though the short was the third Mickey Mouse short to be produced, it was the first to find a distributor and be released, causing the Walt Disney Company to use it as marking Mickey's debut to the world. This short innovated cartoon shorts at the time by being the first cartoon short to have synchronized sound throughout its entirety. The magic of sound and comedy quickly propelled the mouse to the most prominent animated character of the time.
In the years since, Mickey has gone on to be a movie star, television star, comic book hero, corporate mascot, and theme park icon. To the point where the three circle silhouette is instantly recognizable. And where referring to something as being "Mickey Mouse" has specific connotations.
From a life long fan, happy birthday Mickey! Ears to many more years!