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12 Jul 2016
Donald duck - A Mouse Stuck in Time

Mickey Mouse is some 80 years old and seemingly the ravages of your time haven't made a mark on him. Several makeovers have gone him a bit rotund and many somewhat misshapen. He's got steadfastly refused to update his wardrobe and saddled with the clothes who have seen him through the triumphs and disasters visited around the world which he inhabits over the decades of his life. But do you know what - he doesn't take a look at all bad into it!


His main film work seems to have dried up recently and he hasn't had the sale a show in over several years. He suffered the ignominy of getting his 4g iphone go right to video but he has was able to convey a brave face on things and indeed that face remains just about the most iconic images these days even beating Santa to the next record. His employers Disney threw a huge a tremendous party for the Mickey's 75th birthday many years back so his has decided restrain on any additional large extravaganzas for the moment.

Somewhat strangely Mickey's story started with a rabbit - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to be precise. During the mists of energy Disney Brothers Studio was simply part Universal Pictures' animation. Disney created Oswald in 1927 his round, white face, big button nose and floppy black ears made him an instant hit and Universal approved some shorts. Walt disney world met the Universal executives in 1928 with a view to negotiating a whole new contract. Oswald was still riding an excellent source of the charts and Disney assumed that the deal on his terms would be simple. The studio had other ideas and informed him told him who's had hired away all of his employees whilst retaining the complete artistic rights to Oswald. The studio provided to keep Disney on as long as he took a salary cut that they obviously refused.

He and Ub Iwerks usually the one animator who stayed loyal to Disney, moving on a session of brainstorming sessions burning the midnight oil to create a replacement for Oswald. Oswald's ears were shortened, some extra padding around the middle, and occasional and behold the rabbit tuned into a mouse originally of course we all new named Mortimer. This name didn't last anf the husband became called Mickey Mouse.

The first two Mickey shorts are not successful then again came Steamboat Willy a leading edge animation - the first person to feature synchronized music and sounds going to the large screen. The show fist premiered in Ny on Nov. 18, 1928 and it was immediately acclaimed a huge success. A few Mickey Mouse shorts soon appeared including, Plane Crazy which actually predated Steamboat Willy. Donald duck became a national icon after 4 seasons and yes it ended up being that Disney propelled the mouse to true superstar status by starting a type of Mickey merchandise rather than even after the Mickey Mouse Club was formed.

In 1935 Mickey his first makeover by an animator called Fred Moore, earlier Mickey was drawn as being a compilation of circles which was somewhat restrictive to his movement Moore, who later proceeded to animate Fantasia's Sorcerer's, innovatively gave him a pear-shaped body, pupils, white gloves along with a shortened nose with express purpose of making her cuter. Mickey also appeared in colour the first time that year.

When that 1937 came around Disney Studios was producing Mickey Mouse shorts at the rate of 1 30 days. Disney himself was providing the mouse's distinctive high-pitched voice. Mickey went on to mirror the globe in all it's various guises, becoming at various stages a football hero, a hunter, a tailor, and even a symphony conductor. He rescued Pluto from the dog pound, crashed his car, fell behind on his rent, enlisted inside the army together his house repossessed. By now his life companion Minnie had arrived on the scene and then she was always being captured by dastardly villains always later being rescued by Mickey naturally, the epitome of the all American hero.

In the 1950s Mickey had his very own amusement park and newspaper caricature, anf the husband had branched on for the new rising medium television. Sadly for Donald duck, block buster Disney movies like Bambi and Sleeping Beauty began to make accolades and poor old Mickey began to disappear. There were an enforced retirement of Thirty years between 1953 using the cartoon short Be simple Things as well as the 1983 Christmas special Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Yet despite pretty much everything Mickey's ears are nevertheless one of the most famous cultural icons of the 20th and 21st centuries. He's posed for photographs with nearly every U.S. President as the sale of Mickey Mouse merchandise have declined using their all time full of 1997 they still make up an incredible 40% with the company's consumable revenue.

Mickey's last appearance the important screen was obviously a cameo performance from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit as well as Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny. Such was the ego of these two characters that equal on screen there was a time insisted upon for every. He was printed on the t-shirt and stretched across Sarah Jessica Parker's chest to have an episode of Sex inside the City and our Mickey has entered the fashionable boutique world. In 2002, he mad a physique within the PlayStation2 game Kingdom Hearts.

All in all Mickey Mouse still manages to pull in an audience even one used to all of the kit and caboodle of our technocratic. So good for an 80 years old...



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