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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mickey Turns Eighty!

I'm not quite sure how to put this. Mickey Mouse turned 80 this year. That's right folks. It was in 1928, that Mouse of distinction, hit center stage. I wasn't really going to go into too much detail about Mickey Mouse. I mean really, does a mouse have a mouseography? It isn't like he was actually conceived is it? Or, is it. Let's see, by all accounts, well anyone in the know about Mickey Mouse, say Disney for instance, today, November 18th is Mickey Mouse's Birthday. The reason for this gets just a wee bit flighty. Hey, it was 1928, there were lots of stunts going on. The birthday question has to do with the debut of two of his movies; (movie shorts that is:) Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie. I for one thought the box office hit, Steamboat Willie which debuted at the Colony Theatre on November 18, 1928, was Mortimer's first movie. (aka Mickey...a change of heart by Disney, with the encouragement of his wife, thank goodness he was finally named Mickey)

Plane Crazy with Steam Boat Willie

This is gong to be quick. I have Mickey Mouse recipes to get to. Actually, there is a great biography about Mickey Mouse already on the net.

Mickey was created as a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, an earlier star created by the Disney studio for Charles Mintz of Universal Studios. In fact, Mickey closely resembled Oswald in his early appearances. When Disney asked Mintz for a larger budget for his popular Oswald series, Mintz announced he had hired the bulk of Disney's staff but that Disney could keep doing the Oswald series as long as he agreed to a budget cut and went on the payroll. Mintz owned Oswald and thought he had Disney over a barrel. Angrily, Disney refused the deal and returned to California to produce the final Oswald cartoons he contractually owed Mintz. Disney was dismayed at the betrayal by his staff but determined to restart from scratch. The new Disney Studio initially consisted of animator Ub Iwerks and a loyal apprentice artist, Les Clark. One lesson Disney learned from the experience was to thereafter always make sure that he owned all rights to the characters produced by his company. more...
Mickey Mouse (1928- ). Mickey Mouse was born on a train en route to Los Angeles from New York. His early life is somewhat of a secret, and it was not until he applied for work at the Disney Studios that Mickey's film career was launched and carefully recorded. In his 1st silent film, Plane Crazy, he met and fell in love with his leading lady, Minnie Mouse, who also appeared in Mickey's 2nd film, Gallopin' Gaucho. Although he could not find financial backing for his silent movies, Mickey, confident of his talent, made a "talkie," Steamboat Willie. The addition of a synchronized sound track made Mickey's character come fully alive, even though his voice was rather squeaky. Steamboat Willie premiered in New York City where it was a box-office sensation. more...
...Mickey Mouse was born in Walt Disney's imagination early in 1928 on a train ride from New York to Los Angeles. Walt was returning with his wife from a business meeting at which his cartoon creation, Oswald the Rabbit, had been wrestled from him by his financial backers. Only 26 at the time and with an active cartoon studio in Hollywood, Walt had gone east to arrange for a new contract and more money to improve the quality of his Oswald pictures. The moneymen declined, and since the character was copyrighted under their name, they took control of it. " . . . So I was all alone and had nothing," Walt recalled later. " Mrs. Disney and I were coming back from New York on the train and I had to have something I could tell them. I've lost Oswald so, I had this mouse in the back of my head because a mouse is sort of a sympathetic character in spite of the fact that everybody's frightened of a mouse including myself" Walt spent the return train ride conjuring up a little mouse in red velvet pants and named him " Mortimer," but by the time the train screeched into the terminal station in Los Angeles, the new dream mouse had been rechristened. Walt's wife, Lillian, thought the name " Mortimer" was too pompous and suggested " Mickey." A star was born!

Mickey Mouse Timeline

I did discover a few cool dollops of trivia while in search of Mickey Mouse recipes. Surprisingly, there weren't very many true Mickey recipes in my opinion. I mean doesn't such a celebrity mouse have a favorite food besides cheese? Even the Mickey Mouse Cookbook that I'm using for today's post doesn't have genuine Mickey recipes. all of the recipes are from restaurants at the Disney resorts. But, before I get to those, here's a few tidbits I have unveiled.

1901-Walt Disney was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901.

1929-Mickey first appeared in his signature white gloves on March 28, 1929, in "The Opry House," a musical short in which he performs a series of vaudeville acts such as snake charming and belly dancing.

1929-On May 23, 1929, Mickey Mouse spoke his first words -- "Hot dogs!" -- in "The Karnival Kid," a short which featured Mickey selling hot dogs at a carnival. In all of his previous appearances, Mickey would express himself vocally by whistling, laughing, crying, etc... but he never actually spoke.

1930-Mickey Mouse made his first comic strip appearance in the New York Mirror on January 13, 1930. The first few strips -- loosely based on "Plane Crazy," Mickey's first short film -- were drawn by Ub Iwerks and written by Walt Disney himself. On January 18, 1930 Minnie Mouse first appeared in the Mickey Mouse comic strip.

1933-The first Mickey Mouse watch came to market

1934-The Encyclopedia Britannica gave Mickey Mouse his own encyclopedia entry. He did, however, receive many other honors as well in later years.

1935-The League of Nations awarded him a medal for being an ambassador of good will. He was also honored in 1935 by the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which was led by a fifty-five foot high Mickey Mouse.

1935-Mickey Mouse was banned in Romania for frightening children.

1940-Mickey starred in dozens of Disney shorts and the 1940 animated feature Fantasia, became one of the world's best-known cartoon characters.

1955-The Mickey Mouse Club debuted on ABC TV on October 3, 1955.

1978-in honor of his fiftieth anniversary, he became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993-Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake all joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Cooking with Mickey

Cooking with Mickey Around the World is touted as a cookbook filled with "the most requested recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland." The copyright date is 1987. It really isn't a very colorful book with the exception of chapter introductions. I really wish I would have been able to include authentic Mickey recipes but no can do. Although, these cute Mickey & Minnie Biscuits are worth a look. Okay, I'll confess, I have never been to either of the Disney resorts. My plan is to go this winter. We'll see...The recipes I've chosen from the book are pretty atypical which is also a bit of a surprise. Most of them are already available online at the Disneyland recipes website. I've had a hankering for vegetable lasagna for a few weeks now so I'm not only posting this recipe for you kind visitor, I am also posting it for me. Perhaps, it will inspire me to make my own and you too. It's a long recipe, which is probably why I didn't see it posted on the website by Disney, so I have scanned it. Ah, technology:) The recipe is from Tony's Town Square Restaurant @ Magic Kingdom Park and it comes from another Cooking with Mickey Mouse Cookbook Vol. II

What would a Mickey Mouse post be without dessert? How about a mousse? Chocolate Mousse Cake from Boulangerie Patisserie at the Epcot Center.


The first words Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” (in “The Karnival Kid, 1929). The short Plane Crazy was inspired by the flights of Charles Lindberg. Mickey Mouse's sister is Amelia Fieldmouse. She has two children (Mickey's nephews), Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse. Think quick! What color are Mickey's shoes, shorts and gloves. More trivia below...

FYI: Yesterday was Home Made Bread Day. I shared a recipe poem for the occasion over at my other blog.

Resources

  • 1. Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse
  • 2. The Biography of a Mouse
  • 3. The Story Plane Crazy
  • 4. Mickey Mouse Trivia
  • 5. Mickey Mouse Copyright Controversy curious:)
  • 6. What is the secret of his appeal?
  • 7. Mickey @ The Museum of Modern Art
  • 8. Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart (recipe girl's masterpiece:)

6 comments:

  1. wow!! your blog is so knowledgeable and interesting.I leanr something today! My daughter favorite cartoon is M & M!! In fact we going to bring her to see Disney on Ice tomorrow at Nassau Coliseum:))

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  2. Thanks for popping in beachlover. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Oh how I wish I could take my grandkids to Disney on Ice at the Coliseum. (they live in Idaho:( Your daughter is going to just LOVE it! I'm in Pennsylvania right now and we have an ever so slight dusting of snow! this morning.

    Have FUN!

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  3. ...banned in Romania for scaring children? Ha!

    Fascinating post, as usual. If only high school US history class had been like this... *sigh*

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  4. Hi Adele, I was taken back by that bit of trivia also but, I suppose like Betty Boop, Mickey didn't look like he does today.

    Thanks for dropping in, I hope you enjoyed your visit:)

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  5. wow, interesting Mickey stuff for sure! Thanks for adding my "mousse" tart to Mickey's recipes!

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  6. This was a fun post recipe girl and your pumpkin banana mousse recipe added just the right pizzaz!

    Thanks for stopping by, I've added you to my blog roll as well...

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