It's no fluke that The Walt Disney Company is referred to as "the house the mouse built." Mickey Mouse is one of the most popular and recognizable cartoon characters in the world, and with his friends Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto has been featured in more than 130 films. Mickey was the first cartoon character to be honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and he regularly receives write-in votes in many U.S. elections at local, state and national levels.
Mickey was born in 1928, the brainchild of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, as the replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character to which Disney had lost the rights in a contract dispute. Disney then started his own company and began producing cartoons based on a new character whom he originally named Mortimer. Disney's wife, Lillian, persuaded him to change the name to Mickey, and the rest is history. Mickey's official screen debut was in one of the very first "talkie" cartoons, Steamboat Willie. Over time, ten of Mickey's cartoons would be nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards, and 1942's Lend A Paw won the award. Disney himself was Mickey's voice until 1946, and again for a few years in the late 1950s. Mickey's first, and arguably most iconic, feature film role was as the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia in 1940.
Visitors to the Disney theme parks can meet Mickey and his friends; Mickey has been featured on wristwatches and in many toys and games. Now you can become Mickey or one of his friends in our Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes. They come in sizes for adults and kids, and let you bring the world's most famous mouse couple to life!