November 18, 1928: Happy 86th Birthday, Mickey Mouse! On this day, Mickey made his grand, official debut in Steamboat Willie.
Although Disney made two other cartoon shorts starring our favorite mouse, Plane Crazy and Gallopin’ Gaucho, this cartoon is still considered the first released Mickey Mouse cartoon as the first two never found a distributor. Steamboat Willie also introduced us to Mickey’s love interest, Minnie Mouse!
Although there was no actual spoken dialogue, Walt Disney himself provided all the voices for the characters, mostly grunts, whistles, and laughter. After nervously sitting in the back of Universal’s Colony Theater, Walt Disney was treated to the laughter of the guests in the theater, and from there, Mickey Mouse was welcomed into the hearts of the young and young at heart the world over.
Happy Birthday, Mickey! It was all started by a mouse!