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Transcript of Mickey Mouse
Everywhere I went I made sure Mickey came along. After having him for 16 years, I’ve never had the heart to let him go. He’s here to stay (: Mickey’s animation history began in 1928 and within his cartoon career he portrayed a variety of roles. This year (2013), on November 18th would mark Mickey’s 85th anniversary, The Origin Mickey became a brainstormed sketch on the drawings boards when Walt Disney
needed a new cartoon series to replace his earlier cartoon Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney had lost all rights of Oswald to, a Universal Studios’ film distributor, Charles Mintz. Oswald & then the draft begins... The draft of Mickey started on Disney’s train ride back from the dispute with Mintz. If his wife hadn’t suggested “Mickey” as a better name, he would’ve settled with his original idea of naming the mouse Mortimer. Mickey became an instant motion picture hit
on November 18, 1928
with the release of ‘Steamboat Willie’,
the first ever cartoon with synchronized
music and sound effects. but let's take a journey to where it where it all started... ...Can you imagine? The concept of Mickey may have begun with Disney, but talented animator Ub Iwerks is responsible for Mickey’s physical form. The End!(: Despite the fact that Mickey has gradually morphed over time, there is an undeniable mysterious appeal of Mickey’s very identifiable design. Destination #1 Road Map: Origin
Awards and honors
Destination #2 The book American Icons: an Encyclopedia of the People, Places, and Things That Have Shaped Our Culture highlights Mickey’s recognizable external characteristics. If you notice, no matter the angle at which he holds his head, the ears must remain two black circles. “The scrappy little barefoot mouse, [with a head more in the shape of a real rodent], of Plane Crazy in 1928 became in the 1930s better dressed with [white over-sized] gloves and yellow bulbous shoes, although he has always worn [those red velvet] short pants.” (Hall 2006) In the films Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and The Prince and the Pauper (1990), Mickey’s wardrobe expanded into additional costumes in accordance with the roles he portrayed. (Hall 2006) “…[In] his last appearance in a short cartoon in 1995, Runaway Brain, he has returned to his familiar clothing.” (Hall 2006) Roles:
Mickey as a suitor: in The Barn Dance, first released on March 14, 1929. Destination #3 First gloved appearance: The Opry House, first released on March 28, 1929 Depiction as a regular mouse: When the Cat's Away, first released on April 18, 1929. Mickey as a soldier: The Barnyard Battle, first released on April 25, 1929. Claire Suddath, the author of "A Brief History of Mickey Mouse," featured in Time Entertainment, mentioned other roles, such as: a football hero, a hunter, a tailor, and a symphony conductor. Behind the design of Mickey, who the three vocal actors? NationMaster.com reveals the three male voices behind the lovable face of Mickey Mouse. Destination #4 Walt Disney, the co-creator himself (1928-1947) Jim MacDonald (1947-1977) Wayne Allwine (1977 to date) For the Academy Award’s Best Animated Short Film, Mickey has had the honor in being a recipient of nine nominations. Those included: Mickey’s Orphans (1931), Building a Building (1933), Brave Little Tailor (1938), The Pointer (1939), Lend a Paw (1941), Squatter’s Rights (1946), Mickey and the Seal (1948), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), and the Runaway Brain (1995). Of all the nominations, Lend a Paw was the only film that had actually won the award. Conclusion On his 50th anniversary, Mickey became the first cartoon character to join the legendary stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 18, 1978. His star can be found on 6925 Hollywood Blvd. In 1994, four of Mickey’s cartoons were featured in The 50 Greatest Cartoons, a book that catalogs the “greatest cartoons of all time” elected by the members of the animation industry. The films were The Band Concert (#3), Steamboat Willie (#13) Brave Little Tailor (#26), and Clock Cleaners (#27). Mickey's greatness was no secret; he as many well-deserved awards and honors. Destination #5 Some of Mickey’s achievements have been recognized in the article “Awards and Honors” of the Mickey website. For the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2005, Mickey was appointed as the Grand Marshal. He was the first cartoon character in 1996, to receive the honor. I believe Mickey's legacy will continue to pass on for many more generations to come. I hope Mickey's 85 years of prominent existence will remain for more and more centuries. Exhibiting a domino effect, Mickey’s fans grow up to be parents and then he or she will introduce the eminent mouse to their own children. I know I would :D “By the 1940s his solid [egg-shaped] pupils had [altered] to more clearly defined eyes, and his snout was elongated somewhat.” (Hall 2006)